What Avery’s Reading

Avery started reading the Wings of Fire series last year because it was in her classroom library. I saw the third book of The Menagerie series (by the same author) at the library a few weeks ago and ordered them for Avery.

She is halfway through the first book and is on track to finish the series by the beginning of September. Her favorite thing about the books? That they are about animals – including mythical and extinct ones. (She wanted me to let you know that there’s a Woolly Mammoth named Captain Fuzzpants).

The Menagerie Series by Tui and Kari Sutherland

I think I am going to read them when she is done!

33 Things Update

When I wrote the first post back in May, I was in a relationship. Some of my goals were relationship-oriented. Now that I am very happily single, I feel the I need to update my goals again.

  • Go swimming with my kids
  • Take them to more social events
  • Make progress in therapy
  • Try new foods from the local Farmer’s Market
  • Go to an outdoor movie
  • Pick fruit this summer
  • Get back into consistent blogging
  • Take daily photos
  • Get in the photos with my kids
  • Take more selfies
  • Walk every single day
  • More deliberate self-care
  • Less Netflix, more nature
  • Use my planners more
  • Plan more self-care nights
  • Use my free time more wisely
  • Use my phone LESS
  • Go out to dinner alone once a month
  • Write with my (many) pens more
  • Take a portrait of my kids each month
  • Get a haircut
  • Read daily
  • Get some sun (safely) this summer
  • Go see a movie alone
  • Word hard in therapy
  • Drink a lot more water every day
  • Journal daily
  • Get back into writing fiction
  • Focus on school and get my last year out of the way
  • Figure out who I am and be that.

Not too many things have changed, and now that I am looking back on this list, I need to get a move on the summer stuff! It’s already mid-August – my classes start in a little over a week and the kids go back the day after Labor Day. Summer is flying by and we’ve been a little lazy!

Last Day of Summer School

It’s Lauren’s last day of 5th grade summer school. In about three weeks, she will be going back to school as a SIXTH GRADER. Seriously, where does the time go?

The other night, we went to our local Night to Unite event, and Lauren had a great time. She had a hot dog, chips and Pepsi (!) for dinner, plus a root beer float, and got to use the fire hose to shoot a wall of fake windows. She mostly loved the rainbow that the water made though. She also got to see the Sheriff’s helicopter, and two fire trucks.

This morning, I took a few photos in our backyard, and this one was one of the best. I tend to have to say pretty embarrassing things to get Lauren to genuinely smile these days (a favorite around here is ‘butt snack’ from Troll Hunters on Netflix), but I think it’s worth it. She is disappointed that school is over already, and can’t wait until September! Honestly, I’m ready for school to start too!

33 Things

Post inspired by the wonderful LaShawn Wiltz at Everyday Eyecandy.

Today I am 33. It’s pretty much just another day. Except that I am spending it with my three kids and my parents. I told my mom all I wanted for my birthday was a big fire, BBQ, and chocolate chip meringue bars (since I can’t bake to save my life.

I have had a list of things I want to do since I was in therapy the first time in early 2017. Honestly, I kind of forgot about that list until about a month ago. I made some changes since I accomplished a few things already.

Go swimming with my kids

Take them to more social events

Make progress in therapy

Try new foods from the local Farmer’s Market

Go to an outdoor movie

Pick fruit this summer

Get back into consistent blogging

Take daily photos

Get in the photos with my kids

Take more selfies

Walk every single day

More deliberate self-care

Less Netflix, more nature

Use my planners more

Plan more self-care nights

Use my free time more wisely

Use my phone LESS

Pick a church

GO to church

Take a portrait of my kids each month

Get a haircut

Try Barre3 again

Get some sun (safely) this summer

Go see a movie alone

Word hard in therapy

Wear more makeup for fun

Journal daily

Get back into writing fiction

Focus on school and get my last year out of the way

Figure out who I am and be that.†

First Monday of 2019

It’s been a relatively quiet beginning to 2019. Hannah has a nasty cough, Lauren has a cold, and Avery has a teenage attitude, but it’s been okay.

Hannah turned 5 last Thursday. We had a quiet little party with just the four of us. She wanted tacos for her birthday dinner (which she didn’t eat because she was getting sick), cupcakes and ice cream, and five candles. Of course, she ate the cupcake and ice cream, but whatever, it was her birthday.

She got a Hatchimal with a light-up nest, and a Slothicorn. Yes. That’s a thing. And she loves it.

The first Monday of 2019 is pretty quiet, too. Instead of the 6″ of snow we were supposed to get last night, we got a bunch of ice. At 5:30 this morning, the schools were two hours late. By 7:30, they had closed, so we are just hanging out, waiting for the ice to melt so we can do laundry and all the fun stuff we put off over the weekend.

I start Spring Semester next Monday, with 17 credits. I’m anxious to get going on homework and papers. I didn’t do as well as I had hoped last semester, so I am going to try really hard to make sure this is an awesome semester.

Enjoy the day!

Grateful

Today is Thanksgiving. I am spending it in the woods, with my children and my family. We will be having ham and mashed potatoes, green bean casserole (ew), corn, homemade rolls, and Oreo salad (the best dessert ever). 

Today, I am grateful for my kids. I am grateful that they are healthy, smart and funny, and that I get to spend so much time with them. 

Today, I am grateful for my family. They spoil my kids and help us out when we need it. 

Today, I am grateful for my cat, even though she is super grumpy and hates to cuddle. Every now and then, she will come and sit with me. 

Beth A Hardinger

Today, I am grateful for the opportunity to go back to school and finally get the degree I wanted twelve years ago. It’s definitely difficult to go to school, work and be a single mom, but it’s worth it. 

Today, I am grateful to be single. I love being alone (with my kids and my cat). I’ve learned so much about myself over the past two years. I love the freedom I have, and I don’t have to rely on someone for my happiness. I will be happily single for the rest of my life. 

Today, there are so many things to be grateful for. 

Fall Conferences

On Tuesday afternoon, I went to Avery’s fall conference. I had a good idea of what to expect, but I was still a little shocked at her math scores.

July 31 Av9 Beth A Hardinger

According to the test she took for reading, she is at a 3.8 grade level (she’s in fourth grade), so this was encouraging. I just wish I could get her to read more at home. (I wish my kids had inherited my love for reading – and Harry Potter!)

July 31 Av1 Beth A Hardinger

Her math test was not as encouraging, but it’s still early in the year and there’s time to turn it around. The test results broke down exactly what she needs help with, so I am making a plan for her to work on during breaks and the weekends. Less device time, more brain time. (My kids no longer have devices, so that’s one problem solved.)

Sept7 La1 Beth A Hardinger

All in all, she’s doing well in a new school, with new friends. Next year, she will be a middle-schooler, so it’s important to give her all the skills she needs to succeed now.

Next up is Lauren’s conference, and then her IEP meeting in December. According to her new teacher, she writes IEPs a little differently than others, so I’m anxious to see what she will come up with.