Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year of the Goat!

This was Kerri on Chinese New Year 2007 (she was two years old).
And this is Kerri on Chinese New Year 2015 (she is ten years old).
Life with Kerri wishes all who celebrate Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Not good enough".

Not too long ago, Kerri brought home her first report card for fifth grade.  She had one B-, lots of B+, and five A-.  I was thrilled.  But Kerri was devastated.

She started to cry.  She said she did her best and it was not good enough.  She wants nothing but A+ on her report card.  She did not believe me when I told her how proud I was of her, and she said, "You're my Mom and you're supposed to say that."  I explained to her that her own daddy didn't have those kind of grades when he was her age.  I went over the grading system and explained it.  I talked to her for over an hour, reassuring her that her best was good enough, as a matter of fact, it was not only above average, it was awesome (especially considering her IEP).  I reminded her I was always honest with her.

When daddy came home, he also told her how awesome her report card was, and how proud he was of her.  And then he said, "I wish I had that report card when I was in 5th grade."  Kerri looked at me, and I think she finally understood we were being truthful, and not just saying what she thinks parents are supposed to say to their kids. We spent the next few days repeating our positive messages to her, in the hopes that she would see herself the way we do.

We have a daughter that loves to read, that loves to learn, that excels in math and science, that is extremely talented in arts, that is beautiful inside and out...and she thinks she is not good enough.  We have a daughter that is a survivor, a fighter, so very strong and resilient.  She has had a very tough beginning in life, dealt with numerous health issues, years of therapy, still dealing with an IEP for learning disabilities, has lost three grandparents, moved to another country and is still persevering.  I know kids who have had less happen to them and have not dealt as well as she has.  And still she thinks she is not good enough.

Kerri is better than good enough.  She is amazing.  She is exceptional.  She is extraordinary.

(We have a social worker at school that will be meeting with her to work on that, as well as self advocating, trusting to go to a teacher, and dealing with anxiety.  The social worker thinks this all may be stemming from attachment issues).

Life with Kerri wishes Kerri could see herself the way we see her.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Family Day.

Today is a holiday in Canada, called "Family Day".  All the stores, banks, and most businesses are closed.  Except restaurants - and the art studio.  So today we picked up Nana bright and early, and dropped her and Kerri off at art class.

While the girls crafted away, hubby and I sneaked out to Cora's to have breakfast.  We had our first date at Cora's in July 1999.  It was pretty sweet to go back!

After breakfast, we snuck back in to see what the girls were up to:
Nana was helping Kerri hot glue some eyes on her penguins.
Kerri is showing them off, but I have a better picture (closer up) further down.
Here is Nana with her artwork.
And this was Kerri's.
Kerri's penguins, fishing and toasting marshmallows over a fire.
And hubby took this picture of me while we were waiting for the girls to finish.
After art class, we went to Johnny Canuck's for breakfast.
And then we headed home to watch a movie, eat some pizza, and just hang out a bit more.  Because Family Day is about spending time with your family.

Life with Kerri loves her family - every day.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Art space.

I created an art space in my kitchen for Kerri.  She has a storage area, and a bucket and aprons for when she paints.  But when they are not in use, Jade likes to keep them occupied:
This is her "stop looking at me" face:
Here is the storage caddy daddy put together for Kerri.  It holds all her papers, canvases, paints, brushes, etc.:
Thank you to the Florida godfamily Tammie, David and Erin; and the Artsy Fairy Auntie Effy for filling that storage caddy up with wonderful art supplies!  And here are Kerri and Nana putting the space and supplies to good use this past weekend:
Kerri painted a dolphins themed crest:
I think Nana was working on an owl:
And here is Kerri's finished "Peacock" magazine collage from art class:
And her crayon "Sparky the old dragon" drawing from art class:
The kitchen art corner is getting a lot of use from Kerri, Nana, and even Jade!

Life with Kerri is most colourful.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How Kerri learned she is not going to be a vet.

Our cable company gave us a free preview of the National Geographic channel.  Kerri discovered a show about a Canadian veterinarian who goes to zoos in addition to having her own private practice.  I thought it would be educational for her to watch, since one of the many careers she is thinking of pursuing is that of a veterinarian.

So you can imagine my surprise when I found out what she learned.

She watched a semen sample manually being retrieved from a dog, and in another show, from a bull.

Kerri has now changed her mind and no longer wants to be a vet.

And thank goodness we don't have that channel any longer.

Life with Kerri received a bit more information than was bargained for.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hide and seek.

She's hiding.  Can you see her?  She thinks you can't.

Life with Kerri is the cat's meow.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Not done yet....

This is Kerri's current art class project, "Peacock".  Made out of magazine pages cut up and glue so far.  I will post the finished piece when she is done.

Life with Kerri is proud as a peacock.