Yesterday's post was supposed to carry on in the same vein as Thursday's -- I had parent-teacher conference with Aaron's teacher Thursday after school.  We had a fantastic 10 minute conversation about his academics-- he is still reading beyond grade level and his comprehension, grammar, and spelling are ahead of the curve as well (100% on his spelling tests year to date!).  Math and science continue to be his strengths, and she was delighted with his ability to retain knowledge and make unexpected connections, especially in history/geography.  He continues to struggle with handwriting and has a tendency to respond to questions with one word answers both written and verbal.  Unless, of course,  the subject is something he has a personal connection to in which case the struggle is to get him to just. stop. talking!!!  She provided me with a copy of the handwriting scheme the school uses and a copy book, so we will add a bit of handwriting practice to his nightly reading and piano homework.  All in all, a very positive experience. 

We agreed that 10 minutes is not nearly enough time to begin a meaningful discussion regarding his social skills.  Instead we will schedule another meeting and bring in the special educational needs coordinator so that we are all starting from the same blank page and building a plan together.  We will leave that until after the winter term begins in January, though, since Aaron and I are homeward bound for the Thanksgiving holiday and his Christmas break begins a little over a week after we get back from that.  

The Thanksgiving trip is one of those "holy crap, this is spontaneous and starting to feel a bit rushed, but still very exciting" things.  It sprouted out of a simple, shared desire between me and my youngest sister to surprise my parents -- she was planning to make the trip at Christmastime, but was willing to change her plans if I could make it work on my end.  But when family consists of as many people and plans and priorities as mine does, nothing stays simple or secret for long, so now it is to be a family reunion of sorts.  Momma and Daddy seem to be delighted, if a tad overwhelmed, at the impending influx of (uninvited) visitors.

Altogether there will be five of their adult children, four of the adult children's spouses, three of their children still at home, and nine grandchildren (no word on whether the partridge and pear tree will make it) filtering in and out of their home for the week.  We will celebrate Thanksgiving on Friday rather than Thursday and, in true Semadeni fashion, will further break from tradition by making Navajo Tacos instead of turkey.  Also in true Semadeni fashion, anything in this paragraph is subject to change and probably change again.  When family consists of as many people and plans and priorities as mine does, you learn not to get too attached to any single version of events until after its already happened!


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