We have struggled with Caleb's stage fright. It is hard for Josh and I to comprehend and frustrating when we want him to perform and he will not. Last week we had two great experiences that are giving me hope that he may be overcoming his fear of performing. First, last week was the Joy School Graduation program. The kids sang five songs, performed with bells, and recited a poem. We were so proud of Caleb, although he was resistant at first, he jumped in and did a great job. We had a crowd of about 30 people with parents, siblings and grandparents. Caleb did an excellent job. I can't believe that my little boy will be in Kindergarden next fall.
I have to put a plug in for Joy School. This was our second year for having a neighborhood coop preschool and I LOVE IT. Of course working with fantastic moms makes it a good experience for me, but I also really enjoy having the children in my home and teaching them. This year I taught the units of Joy of the Body and Joy of Family. I taught the first three weeks of the year, before I had Andy and the last three weeks of the year now that he is 6-7 months old. The kids are so cute and it was amazing to see how much they had learned this year. I believe that the preschoolers who will be going to kindergarden are really ready. It is such a privilege to watch children learn and grow.
The second impressive thing that Caleb did this week was to give his first primary talk. Our primary is so big that they meet in the chapel for opening exercises, so he spoke from the sacrament pulpit. He had his talk memorized, but he had asked me if I would come up by him and help with his pictures. Just before primary started he told me he wanted to do it all by himself. I let him and he did an awesome job. He spoke loud and clear and did it just as we had practiced.
I can't blog about Caleb without mentioning that he is playing soccer this Spring, and he lives and dies for it. Thank goodness for the neighborhood kids who have coached him. He is really pretty good too. He has played three games and scored four goals. I have also been impressed with his sportsmanship. Unfortunately the weather has caused three of the games to be canceled. We will be missing three games while we are in Mexico next week and so he only gets to play one more game. It has been a fun experience for the whole family though. I really like cheering for him and his team, and it is a good thing because I think I may be going to games of my children for the next couple of decades.