Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Computers Suck!

Sorry folks, computer troubles & and my techy husband can't fix. Hmmm I think I smell Apples.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monkey bars 1 - Sophia 0


Oh boy, I got my first call from the nurses office. "There was an accident on the playground, and you need to come pick Sophia up. She is okay, but there is a lot of blood and a lot of swelling"

Oh man, my stomach dropped. She had fallen off the monkey bars and landed on her face. When I got there she was okay and not crying, but the poor kid looked even worse than these pictures. The swelling had gone down a lot by the time we got home. No broken bones, loose teeth or concussion and nothing that will leave a scar-all and all not that bad. But man it was tough to get that phone call. I know they will get hurt, but if they could just do it while with me I would be able to deal with it much better!


Thank God for Hamsters!






Abby's first day went REALLY well. She was so excited and talked about being a preschooler for days. We arrived at the school at the same time as her little friends and they walked in together with big smiles. Things got a little hairy when I said goodbye and she started to well up, but then her teacher mentioned the class hamster! That was all she needed- backpack down and she was off the see that little rodent! PHEW WW!

Drop off on day two was a little tougher and we had some tears, but they ended quickly and she got to make apple cake with the teacher. On the ride home on the first day Abby did say "Sophia never went to this school. This is MY school!" I'm happy she can have ownership of this and not have to share it with Sophia for a change. I am also amazed that she noticed and verbalized it- and now I feel guilt about her feelings and the overwhelming need to go out and buy her new clothes and get rid of the hand-me-downs from Soph. But that will pass... I'm so excited she did so well and sorry I underestimated her! Now we just have to work on the giant temper tantrums she has been throwing lately!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

First Day Of Kindergarten and No Tears!

That's right- I didn't cry! Either did Sophia, but I wasn't worried about her. She has been ready and waiting for this day since she was about oh, 2 years old. I don't even think she was nervous. The only time she even mentioned nerves was at dinner last night when we were talking about the bus. But the conversation seemed very contrived and like she was saying what she thought she should be saying, or what she heard other kids say. She woke up this morning, put in her very specific lunch order, hopped around the house and smiled from ear to ear.

We went outside to wait for the bus with the boys across the street and I noticed a little bit of fear in her eyes as we heard the bus noises around the corner. But once that bus pulled up she was in it before we even said goodbye, she didn't even look back and wave. Not one look, not one I love you Mommy and Daddy, not one peek out the window, nothing...This means one of 2 things either we have done a great job as parents and create a strong, well adjusted, happy little girl that is ready to embrace the next adventure life has to offer, or we are so awful and boring that she couldn't wait to get away from us. I'm going with with the first option!

Waiting for the bus...

What thoughts are in that little head???

I hear the bus!!! Wide eyed and ready.

There it is...

Watching it pull up with excited eyes and nervous hands fidgeting with backpack straps...

Jumps on the bus! Yippee...

Bye Sophia, my little kindergartner.
It was at this point I hoped for a little look back, a wave, one lone tear proving she would miss me a little, but no I got nothing...
Great job Sophia, I love you.
Next adventure- Abby starts preschool tomorrow...I fear there is a very different post looming.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Amusement Park Fun!!!

We went to The Great Escape with the whole crew (kids, us, my dad and Tina) this past weekend. The weather was perfect, the kids were awesome and we had a really fun time. To be honest, I was concerned it would be a disaster and I'm not sure why. My kids are usually very good in public, but I just thought over stimulation and long day would equal disaster. But I was wrong!
Sophia is now tall enough to go on 50% of the rides, which makes me really happy since I love amusement parks and my husband does not. So in the past few years I have had to ride alone like this...(Poor Soph was a few inches away from this one!)



But now I have a roller coaster partner!!!!



Sophia is amazing and has no fear. If she sees a challenge, she wants to conquer it-like the trampoline trapeze thing at the park.

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Along the walk in the park I found somewhere I was drawn to. It gave me a sense of belonging and it was a place I knew I would be understood...
There was and old woman who lived in a shoe

She had so many children, she didn't know what to do...


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Abby enjoys the rides also, she is more timid than Sophia, but she didn't let it stop her. I was surprised!


And my favorite part of the day...The Desperado Plunge...Rich and I got to ride with the girls- so much fun, but the best part was this hysterical picture!



Thursday, September 3, 2009

Hot Dog Update...

For those that are curious, I received a hand written $20 check from the hot dog man's personal account and a letter asking me to buy Nature's Place mother f-ing bacon.