Having parents that are both teachers can be somewhat a blessing and a curse. More of a blessing than a curse, of course. I'm sure our kids will disagree during their teenage years but they'll someday be thankful. One of the blessings of having "teacher parents" is us knowing the value of reading. Our parents both tried to instill this in us as young children and it wasn't until adulthood we really learned the value of it. Thanks mom and dad!
Because reading is so valuable, we kept summer reading calendars for both Kenley and Alexis. At summer's start, they each got to pick out a "reward" to work for. If they read 20 minutes a day and/or 100 books, they could get their rewards at summer's end. Kenley picked an overnight with Joshua (which I have no pictures of) and Alexis picked a new Build-A-Bear (imagine that!). This girl is in love with stuffed animals. She's spent most of her childhood playtime playing with her stuffed animals. The only other thing she really plays with is her Barbie Dream House so I don't know why we even keep the other 8,359 toys around. Here is Alexis reaping the rewards for reaching her summer reading goal. Way to go Kenley and Alexis. You will appreciate this someday, we promise! :)