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The End is Upon Us!

21 May

Kindergarten is almost done.

Summer vacation is almost here, and I can’t believe the year that we have had.

Sniffle, sigh… it seems like just a couple of days ago that we were walking into her school a family of three ready to start the new adventure in our lives that is kindergarten. She looked so cute in a red shirt and jean shorts with her hair brushed and teeth clean just bouncing in anticipation. When we walked into her classroom she did not hesitate a moment. She hung her backpack up on her hook and took her place at her little desk. Her teacher had already placed a couple of activities on their tables for them, so she picked up some blocks and started playing with them.

I’m not sure she even noticed when I leaned over to kiss her good-bye. After a few minutes of unneccessary loitering, I figured it was time to head for the door. At this point, I had to pull my husband out by his elbow… Then he stood in the doorway for a few minutes just watching her.

Fast forward to the end of the year:

Here are some Kindergarten Rules as they really apply:

Follow Directions the First Time They are Given.

Translation: see Stay on Task, one cancels the other when at home.

Keep Feet, Hands and Objects to Yourself.

Translation: This apparently does not apply to any manner of germs that will come home to share with your friends and family. This year we had at least 5 confirmed cases of Strep throat and 3 mystery viruses.

Stay on Task.

Translation: This teaches the skill of how to completely ignore your Mommy when it is time to stop what you are doing and clean your room as requested. Of this, my daughter is a master.

Use an Appropriate Voice at All Times.

Translation: New “friends” will have LOTS of interesting information for you to share with Mommy. Example: “Mommy, tattoos really hurt. They put them on you with a needle. So they really, really hurt. Did you know that???”

Respect People and Things.

Translation: Once you are out the confining limits of the classroom, feel free to let it all out every chance you get. All that energy has to have an outlet you know. Isn’t it one of Newton’s Laws of physics? If not Newton than surely this is covered by Murphy!

As the days count down I reflect on the year that has passed. The changes that have occurred, including adding a brother and loosing six teeth,  and I focus on this: Summer Vacation means that I have three months to keep all the good things she learned at school locked in her mind, while trying to ERASE the bad!

Tattoos anyone????

One Woman, Three Ring Circus… Step Right Up!

25 Apr

Everyone has had a week like I am having at one point or another. I do not pretend that it is only me. But really…. this is just crazy!

As the calendar pages fly by there are a few events on the horizon which I am both looking forward to and dreading.  Just setting the stage here folks, bear with me.

First: My mom is coming to visit!!!! Yay! Now, this will be the first time in six years that my mom has come to stay in our home. Which means, boy oh boy do I have some deep cleaning to do. Obsessive that I am, I have a list and a schedule made out for each day leading up to her arrival.

Second: My daughter’s sixth birthday party. Timed of course with my Mom’s arrival. Oh yeah and the fact that Grandma coming is a surprise. So I have to explain my frantic cleaning to our darling girl in other creative ways. How about “Clean your room before your birthday party, or I will tell everyone not to bring you a present!”? Too harsh? She really is too smart for her own good, and has an answer for everything. So her response to this empty threat was, “my clean or Mommy Clean?”.

Third: Some sadistic parent at my daughter’s school announced at random the other day that there are only twenty-eight days of school left! My heart fell out on the sidewalk. Now I have to figure out what to do with both of them all summer that doesn’t break the bank or involve hours of endless TV watching. It gets hot here. Really hot! I am already prepping my daughter that her baby brother won’t be able to spend all day at the pool like we did last summer… So if anyone has any bright ideas, I am all ears!

Just as things are kicking into high gear, if only in my mind: My car starts making a funny noise. Not to worry my husband tells me, we can take care of it ourselves, (meaning him and his cousin). Then off he goes on his only days off this week to go “fix it”. The baby is teething again/still, up all night and won’t take a nap for longer than twenty minutes. So sleep is a very precious commodity that I just can’t get my hands on. Ensue delirium.

But what has really iced the cake is that my poor little girl has come  down with strep throat. AGAIN. I think this the fourth time since Halloween, maybe it’s the fifth. To add insult to injury it means that she had to miss the kindergarten field trip to the zoo. The one she thing she has been looking forward to for months. What a way to teach her that life doesn’t always go how you planned. My heart broke with her when she woke up scorching hot, climbed in my lap and told me that she was not going to be able to go because she didn’t feel good.

As my mom is fond of saying: “One day, this will only be a memory”…..

Have happy week. With luck I can get the oven cleaned…. oops there goes the baby monitor!

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