Double Awards for Nicholas!

So, the kids received their report cards yesterday and I was so proud of them as they received great praises from their teachers.

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Double Awards for Nicholas!

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Smart kid!

So, the kids received their report cards yesterday and I was so proud of them as they received great praises from their teachers. I have to say, for the amount of time they spend playing together, sometimes I wonder if they concentrate very well at school. But, I was put at ease by the teachers during parent-teacher meetings; nothing but great admiration for their work.

Ethan is reading almost three grades above his level and has been attending the Gifted program. His Math skills are unbelievable! I think I may just go ahead and add some additional courses on him!

Nicholas is the History and Science guy. He loves reading and grasps scientific studies like crazy. Today he received two awards (yeah, two!) : one for his grades achievements (he received straight A's on all his subjects) and the other award was on Character! Now, that one was a surprise, even Nicholas himself did not see that coming. I was mostly proud of this latter one, especially due to the fact that we've always struggled with Nicholas and his behavior at school. I remember when he started first grade, the teacher thought he was ADHD and I remember visiting the principle's office quite often. That continued until second grade.

But like I've always told his principle and the teachers, I knew my son did not have a behavior problem, but rather, a re-adjustment problem. Nicholas went straight from a daycare system to Kindergarten. He really did not know much about a structural education system, where things get done at specific times and specific places. He struggled with transitioning from one event to another. Unfortunately, his teachers did not notice that neither. We knew it very well and advised them about it, but in vain.

But with discipline (Yes, we, African Parents still believe in whooping your kids when they don't get it)  and love (lots of loving) from home and perseverance  at school, he finally got it during his third grade. His attitude started to change and we saw less and less issues. Deep inside, I've always known that Nicholas has a big heart, very compassionate and emotional guy, like his dad. So, he gets irritated when things don't go his way. But, he learned tolerance and mostly letting go of things that irritate him.

Congrats Nicholas!

Congrats Nicholas!

So, today's Character award meant more for us than the grades' award; we know he's very smart, but now, we're very happy to learn that his character has changed dramatically! Whatever it is (growing up? girlfriend? new environment?), it is working very well.  He reminds me a lot of my own self. I never liked school that much when I was little. I thought it was a waste of time since it took my time away from my friends, playing outdoor. Yet, everything changed when I met Colombe (come to think of it, it was also in my fourth grade!). Suddenly, I went to school earlier, made sure I never missed a day so that I can see her once more time. Now, our kids seems to follow the same path I guess lol.

I'm very proud of all my kids and thank God for them in my life. They are a bunch, but a very good bunch to have!

Meatloaf Recipe

I finally got a chance to try this Meatloaf recipe! Couldn’t be happier to how it turned up: very tasty! Cooking is a great way to distress and change perspective after a long day

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Meatloaf Recipe

First Meatloaf!

First Meatloaf!

I finally got a chance to try this Meatloaf recipe! Couldn't be happier to how it turned up: very tasty! Cooking is a great way to distress and change perspective after a long day; and sometimes, even when you have something running over your head. I guess it's because of all the instructions that come with the recipe on hand. Cooking requires following instructions, and expecting the end result to be the same as advertised.

I like cooking, but I like inventing most. So, I'm the chef that never follows instruction to the "T" as you may put it. I believe in surprising myself with different ways of doing things. Cooking will be boring to me if you follow every single instruction; it's an art. And art is never the same every time.

The next time you want to take you mind off whatever you're absorbed in, try cooking a meal for yourself or your loved ones. I promise you it is rewarding. Here is the recipe that I started with:

Pepper Jack Meat Loaf

1 lb ground beef, turkey or chicken
1 cup celery, diced
½ cup onion, diced
1 cup oatmeal or crumbled saltine cracker
2 eggs
2 cups pepper jack cheese shredded
¼ cup ketchup
1/8 tsp chili powder
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan.

Mix meat, celery, onion, oatmeal or crackers, eggs together well. Press half of the meat mixture into prepared loaf pan. Place cheese over meat mixture. Top with remaining meat mixture and press down to seal. Spread ketchup over top of meat loaf….sprinkle with chili powder, salt and pepper.

Bake, covered lightly with foil, for 30 minutes.

Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F, remove cover and continue to bake for 20 minutes or until edges are bubbling and knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Let sit for 5 minutes then slice and serve.

New cleats!

Just got a present from my brother-in-law: a new pair of soccer cleats! It was..

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New cleats!

Football cleats

Football cleats

Just got a present from my brother-in-law: a new pair of soccer cleats! It was about time for my old pair to retire. Can't wait to try this new one!