Two Birthdays 7 Days Apart

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I made it through my first year of celebrating my children birthday. If you’ve read my previous post Fall Is In the Air, you know that my babies were born 7 days apart. My oldest just turned 12 years old and my youngest just turned 1. This has been the busiest month for me. I planned for my son’s first birthday and my daughter’s celebration simultaneously.  The good thing is their age difference is so great, that they are both celebrating in two completely different ways.

On Sunday, September 20, for my son, we decided to have a carter's doorbackyard BBQ and we were blessed that the weather permitted. It was a family gathering with delicious food and my daughter lead several basic games for the older kids to play. Since we love cooking, my husband I drafted a pretty hefty menu for a  kid’s party which included: grilled jerk chicken, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, spaghetti, and baked macaroni & cheese.  Topped off with ice cream and cake.

My son was so drained that day. He seemed to get extremely active towards bedtime after opening his gifts. He was so fond of all his toys unnamedhe didn’t want to go to bed. I must admit I had a blast planning and hosting the party. It is always such a pleasure to see family and friends enjoying themselves. We received so many compliments on the food. It is great cooking with the hubby and it was even more special since it was our son’s 1st birthday.

Before we could get the house back in order and all the decoration down,  Sunday, September 27th rolled around and we were blowing up pink balloons instead of blue. Jasmine doorMy daughter wanted simple and chic. A day out with a friend to see a movie back home with pizza and cheesecake. She dropped a bomb on me a few days before and said she wanted blue hair. I’m usually ultra-conservative, but I figured it would be fun so I temporarily colored her hair blue with eye-shadow.jasmine's 12th

Blue hair and all we enjoyed the movie “The Visit” and grabbed pizza afterward.  She was so excited and appreciative for all her gifts. At the end of the night, I was exhausted. It helps that I’m a birthday-aholic because I loved every moment of it.

Well, I survived my first year of celebrating two birthday within 7 days and it was amazing.


CPS : Applying to Selective Enrollment Schools Begins October 1, 2015

cps-small-newI am often asked “how do I get my child in a selective enrollment school”? Here I have pall the information in one place directly from the CPS site.

*Note to complete the application you will need to apply for an electronic pin. Just a heads up I tried the link provided by CPS  to apply for the pin and it doesn’t seem to be functioning yet. I’ll try again next week in hopes that CPS has corrected the issue because the PIN does need to mailed your address.

Follow these directions for applying:

Applying to Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools is easy! Just follow the directions below, and contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or oae@cps.edu if you have any questions.

But first, please note the following:

  • The application period begins October 1, 2015, and ends December 11, 2015.
  • You have a choice of applying through the online application portal, or by using a paper application. (We recommend the online portal – it’s easier, faster, reduces chances for error, and provides email confirmation.)
  •     Admissions testing is required for the Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools (Regional Gifted Centers, Classical Schools, Academic Centers, International Gifted Program). All age-appropriate students applying to grades K-4 will be tested. Students applying to grades 5-8 must pre-qualify to take the exam, based on their NWEA scores.
  •    Your child’s application notification letter will be mailed to your home no later than March 25, 2016, to notify you whether or not your child received an offer from any of the schools to which you applied.


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