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Since Saturdays are usually fairly quiet around here and Liss has encouraged me to share these sorts of stories, I thought I'd share highlights from a recent event: parent/teacher conferences. Two of our four kids are in school, one in Kindy and one in third grade.

Miss E is our kindergartner and was so freaking excited about her first p/t conference (much like how she was about getting homework for the first time, lol). At one point she was asked to count as high as she could, in an exercise that seemed to be part show off, part assessment. When she got to 53, she sucked in a breath, sighed, and said: "How about I just tell you my highest number?" (LOL). At the end of her conference, her teacher asked her if she had any questions for her. Miss E thought for a moment and said, yes, she did have a question (very seriously): "How do peppers change their color?". The completely caught off-guard look on her teacher's face was priceless.

After her conference, we went upstairs to Jack's class for his conference. You know it's going to go well when the teacher claps her hands excitedly and says "this is going to be a fun conference!". He's reading at 199 WPM (I wonder when he'll pass me up but I digress...). The test, however, only measures to 200 and no one is quite sure how he can be tested once he breaches that mark. His teacher seems to think the sun shines out of his backside, which amuses me to no end (don't get me wrong, I'm glad she thinks so highly of him!)--she actually said: "I won't be surprised if you're the one who cures cancer someday". I shit thee not.

One thing we got to hear (as he read it outloud) was his paper on "What I Want to be When I Grow Up". This is it (bear in mind, he's 8.5):
When I grow up I want to be a scientist because I like learning new things. I want to discover what the space where our solar system is now was like before the big bang. I also want to know another way to cool global warming. That is what I want to be when I grow up.
My budding astrophysicist. :heart:

Alternate title for this post: "Heyyyy! Everybody! Mykidsareawesome! Wooooo!"

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