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Is it just me or has time been flying by? I swear it was just January and I look at the calendar and we are about halfway through April. Last week was Spring break and it was wonderful. The girls had an actual break from the usual 4-7 hours of school work they have on a daily basis (weekends included). They had to nerve to complain that they were bored! I told them they had better enjoy that down time since from here until June 3rd there will be no school work break. We sort of lingered around all week and did a little shopping, eating out and getting together with friends. I enjoyed the quality time with the girls that we don't get much of during the busy school week. William was treated like a King while the girls were home. I hate to admit that William is a bit spoiled. The even carried him around like a baby! He loved every minute of it.

Now I am back to my usual getting up at the crack and driving kids everywhere. I would not have it any other way. Chardie has been getting some driving practice in although she will not be getting a car until she graduates high school. There's no need for it if I am available to drive them anywhere they need to go. I don't mind waiting either. I will let her drive herself to school once she gets her license. I'll just have to scoot myself back in the driver's seat and go home.

I have been working with William on his "school" work and he is doing an amazing job! He knows the entire alphabet phonetically and recognizes a lot of words. He has been saying a lot of bigger words as well as speaking in complete sentences. It's amazing how much he adds to his vocabulary daily. We are very proud. We have also been working on potty training. He is getting good at going pee pee and staying dry all day and overnight. Poo poo is a whole other beast. He still hided when he has to go. I don't really know what to do about that one. I guess I have put it in my head that he will get it eventually and thankfully since he is not in daycare/preschool it won't be as big a deal to be fully trained. I'm not stressing.

Dwayne and I have been talking about getting a treadmill. I am willing to buy one that is used but we have not been able to find what we want within our spending limit. I can't believe people think they can sell their USED treadmill for $800! If I was spending money like that I would buy it brand new. We are hoping the right deal will come along.

We have been getting some home improvements done. We are doing a little at a time since we don't use credit cards. Cash goes FAST! I feel like our bank account is a recycling center. All in all everything is going well for the Ismail family. How is everything going with you?

Shelly, Mom Files


  1. Time has flown...seems like it was just Christmas! Of course I've been in a fog for the past few months with lack of sleep. lol Sounds like you are busy busy! Our spring break is in a week or so and I'm looking forward to not having to keep up with 7th grade homework. I have to be on top of my son every day and it's hard when he goes back and forth from my house to dad's during the week. Hope you're having a good start to your week!

  2. O my gosh Shelly! Time is flying! I hadn't thought of it. That's good they got to hang out with you and William. He's going to miss them when they go back to school.

  3. I can NOT believe this year is almost 1/3 of the way gone...truly unbelievable.

  4. I am SO excited about William learning the phonetics of the alphabet and using all these big words - next step: READING!!!

    lmaoo @ him loving being carried around and being treated like a king. Chase would love that as well!

    Chase hasn't pooped on the potty yet at all - not at the house, or at school. *sigh* I admit I'm a bit lazy about it and haven't really done what I could. Other moms have told me that I need to sit him on the potty at the same times throughout the weekend, and i dont. Must get on that.

    $800 for a used treadmill?! Well good grief, what's a new one going for?!!


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