Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How's it going?

We get this question a lot!  For the most part, things are going well.  We have setbacks and meltdowns, but what family doesn't?  We are only 3 months in and I couldn't ask for anything more.

The boys are speaking more English every day.  They still speak mostly Hungarian to each other but they speak English to us.  I do hear them saying English words to each other but it's still mainly Hungarian.  They understand a lot of what we say.  I compare it to a 1.5-2 year old who's learning to talk.  We don't understand most of what they say, but they understand us. 

Getting along
For the most part, everyone gets along.  Gus is probably having the most difficult time adjusting to the changes.  He's had us to himself for almost 11 years and now he has to share us.  The boys are ok because they were used to house with 7 people in it, so only having 5 might be a nice change for them.

The boys are doing well in school.  They have ups and downs and the teachers assure us that all the kids have good days and bad days.  It's just hard to have good reports for several days and then go to school and hear that Drew bit his teacher or Sam spit on someone.  I think that it's still mainly a frustration thing that they aren't understood, but I know some of it comes from not getting their way.  We've met with both of their teachers so that we are on the same pages and using a lot of the same phrases/words for consistency.  I think it was a good decision to have them separated because they seem to be learning English faster and their personalities are blossoming.

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