Valor has started kindergarten work in spite of the rest of us not being ready to start the new grades. He finished two of the preschool Star Wars workbooks we bought him this summer, Shapes & Colors and Numbers. When he finishes Letters he'll start Sing, Spell, Read, & Write level K. He's two lessons into Rod and Staff's Beginning Arithmetic now, and loved the felt duck pond instantly. Yesterday he slowly sounded his way through his first BOB Book.
Galadriel is the newest member of our family. She's a four month old "boxer mix," whose family was moving two states away and couldn't take her with them. Apparently they just kept her outside and didn't work on training. House and leash manners were completely foreign to her. She has *such* a sweet disposition, and she's picking up basic commands and expectations by leaps and bounds. As sweet as she is, it's rather like having a toddler in the house again. Fear of having one's toys chewed on has done more to keep my floors clean than anything else I've ever tried though. ;)