I feel that this blog has taken a turn to Mark mainly, so for today it is going to be all about my other baby. Ella turns 5 years old today, and I can’t believe what has happen in the last 5 years.
Ella started school this year, and I can’t believe what she has learned. I always thought that she was smart (yes, I am about to brag about Ella. So if you don’t want to read it stop now), but I didn’t really know how smart until I went to her first parent/teacher conference last week.
In Wisconsin they have these core standards, which I know all states have. So the state set these requirements that are to be met by the end of the year. Well Ella has met almost every requirement. They take these test at the beginning of the year to see what your kids knows, and what areas they need to work on. Ella can identify all 26 letters in upper case, and 24 letters in lower case. Now as a 4 year old Kindergarten by the end of the year they are supposed to know how to count to 30. Ella’s teacher said that Ella started to count for her, and as she got to 30, then 40, 50, 60, 70 her mouth started to drop. She said that she got to about 115 before she just stopped her, she said she didn’t know how far she was going to go. Bruce and I both just sat there dumb founded as her teacher was telling us this. I was so proud of my little girl. I always thought that she was smart but I didn’t really know till I went to the conference and heard it from someone else, and saw what she had been doing in school.
On Ella’s first report card so was above average on all aspects with the exception for her communication skills. Ella follows in her mommy and daddy’s foot step in that area. I know what some of you are thinking “what Sam can communicate just find”, but believe it or not as a little girl I was as shy as ever. Ella has a problem with communicating her needs to her teachers. I know that it is a matter of time before she breaks her shell and is talking none stop, and acting silly with her class.
However, she loves going to school, and I wish that she could go more then just 2 days a week. However, I know that once she goes to Kindergarten and she is gone everyday I will want these days back. So, I will take everyday one at a time and take in all the cute things that she does.
The sense of pride that I had when I left the conference with her teacher was more then words can say. I am so proud to call Ella my daughter, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Ella I love being your mommy and everyday is the best. I am so proud of you, and can’t wait for you to surprise me with new things that you learn. I love you with my whole heart. Happy 5th Birthday baby girl!!!