Here I was lamenting about all the “festivities” involved with Halloween, and then Halloween came.
I arrived at the little one’s little school awaiting the beginning of her Halloween parade. I stood there feeling old, watching the younger moms with their strollers and infants and toddlers, in awe that it wasn’t too long ago I stood in the same spot as my twins paraded. Then it hit me. After all the years of these parades, this was it, my last Halloween parade.
It’s not about the parade of course it’s about my babies growing up….faster every day. :( I seem to be acutely aware of it at these events. Do you, as a parent, find yourself reflecting a lot about time passing by?
But on the bright side I just have to share this photo of the candy sorting on Halloween night…it always makes me smile
Well the third and first graders had their first day of school on Tuesday and I think it went pretty smoothly.
We don’t do a big back to school shop but I do get the kids new outfits for the first day. The girls saw those dresses at the Children’s Place and both wanted them. I was pleased because my big girl doesn’t even like to wear dresses anymore and the matching outfits worked out okay because they are at different schools. My son on the other hand didn’t want any new clothes except new socks. (what a typical boy!) :) He said his first day outfit would consist of lacrosse shorts and a “handsome shirt”.
As soon as they took off I headed out to our local Starbucks where I always meet up with a couple of friends to commiserate on the first day of school. Some years I’ve sat there with a lump in my throat, like last year when my little one went to kindergarten. This year, I felt alright.
It was a bit cloudy and humid in the morning but by the time the kids were delivered home the sun was shining beautifully and I was happy to hear all about the day. Of course they raced off and I heard barely anything!
We carried on another tradition that evening thanks to my lovely neighbors. On the first day of school they always give us an ice cream cake to celebrate after they wait at the bus stop with us! We have our neighbors over for an ice cream party after school to talk about the first day.
First week was only two days as we have Thurs and Fri off for holidays. It’s nice they are able to ease back into things.
How’s back to school going for you?
I found this in my kindergartener’s backpack last week.
She said she was sad because one of her classmate’s wouldn’t sit next to her in art.
Though I hate to think of her sad, I just love how she used art to express feelings. I told art is one great way to get her feelings out!
Do your children ever draw how they feel?
In my community, kindergarten and 1st grade are spent in one school and there are lots of opportunities for parents to get involved in classroom projects and field trips.
Once they hit second grade, however, it’s big league. Immersed with grades up to fifth it’s hardcore and there are very few chances for parents to be involved with the kids during the school day.
So I thought I was very fortunate to have secured a coveted spot as a parent volunteer on Friday helping to serve on one of a few special pizza Fridays. The twins were happy and immediately grilled me as to which side of the cafeteria I would be serving on, which thrust me into another twin mom dilemma, given that they both were on opposite sides of the cafeteria.
But ultimately, I ended up serving on my son’s side because it was via his class that I signed up to be a volunteer. That didn’t stop me, however, from visiting with my girl twin to get some midday smooches.
She and her pals were more than happy to ham it up for the camera.
Her brother on the other hand got a little cool for his momma when he was around his friends.
It was such a thrill to see them in their element! I was told there are so few 5th grade parent volunteers to serve the students because by 5th grade the kids absolutely do not want their parents coming around
It’s unfathomable that another school year will be soon completed…
Do you grab opportunities to help out at your child/ren’s school?
Could my daughter have picked a harder biographical character to re-enact for school today?! (I take that back, yes she could have chosen Ruby Bridges…)
After her recent passion with Anne Frank it really was no surprise that it was who she chose to be.
So now as a family we’ve represented Amelia Earhart and Johnny Appleseed and Anne…I’m wondering what the future holds for the little one?!
Have you had to scrounge around for costumes for your school age kids? (I know I probably shouldn’t even call this a costume…it was the best we could do!)
(Editing this to add a letter she gave me after school. She said , “I need an envelope and a balloon to send this to heaven. I don’t care if she doesnt’t write back.”)
My daughter came home from school yesterday buzzing about Anne Frank. She told me she had chosen a book about her from the book basket at school and had enjoyed learning about her. Typical of my big girl, I knew what was coming next. She begged me to get her more books on Anne Frank. Not tomorrow…right now!
I can’t ever say no to a request to go visit the library, so off we went.
She couldn’t even wait until we were home to rip into the books and was getting irritated with her little sister who kept breaking her concentration in the library.
My daughter takes everything to heart. She soaks up the world and feels for everyone. She once saw a story on the news about a baby panda bear in China that died. She CRIED FOR 3 DAYS about that panda. So I’m a bit concerned she’s going to get wrapped up in Anne Frank, similarly to the way she did with Ruby Bridges last year (she still talks about Ruby A LOT). She’s planning on recreating Anne’s diary as her next project.
In the meantime I’m going to focus on the positive….that she is an eager, sensitive and creative learner who loves reading, more than my other two. Do you have a child that loves to read?
If you know me you know I’m really not a big fan of this Hallmark produced holiday.
However, the kids really seem to make old V Day extra sweet and today was no exception.
First I got to go to the little one’s class to help out with her Valentine’s craft. She was so excited to see me and I loved being able to spend time with her at her school.
Then when we got home she presented me with her amazing card.
I mean there is seriously NOTHING better than the cards the kids present with family portraits and messages. They are TO DIE FOR, as also evidenced by my son’s card.
Ironic that the mom who tries to live the healthy life and spread that message continually to her children is loved for candy and soda!
Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day too!
My son had to do a biographical presentation this week. He had been reading biographies all month and then was to choose his favorite, dress as the character and talk as him a bit.
Though all the pictures of Johnny Appleseed show him with a pot on his head, it wasn’t gonna work with my son and his big cranium. He wanted to wear a frying pan but somehow I didn’t think his teacher would appreciate that!
Still Johnny Appleseed turned out damn cute.
And it all reminded me of when I had to give a similar presentation in the 3rd grade (my son is in 2nd). The teacher had snapped a photo of each of us to display in the classroom. I knew my parents had held onto so I begged them to uncover it.
…and they did! (though damn what a messs I am!)
My kids love it though every time I show my 5-year-old a picture from my youth she wants to know why I look like a boy :).
Needless to say, Johnny is much cuter than Amelia…wouldn’t you agree?!
My son was excited to show me this after school on Wednesday, even though it was his birthday and we had all sorts of birthday things we could have been discussing.
Dear Mom and Dad,
I am thankful for you because you take care of me.
You bring me to places.
You share with me.
You give me toys.
You make dinner, lunch and breakfast.
I LOVE YOU.
Feeling so thankful that I receive beautiful pieces of schoolwork like this, among other things. :)
Hope you have a wonderful day with loved ones.
Does your town celebrate your town?
Every year mine does, at least I think that’s what’s going on.
School kids are encouraged to purchase spirit day shirts and then wear them on the designated day. During that day, teachers and students all wear the school colors and engage in various spirit day activities.
The next day there’s a homecoming parade in town where students can march if they want and that’s followed by a football game.
All of this festiveness, every year, takes real effort on my part.
DISCLOSURE: This picture achieved through candy corn bribery.
I do, however, get tremendous pleasure in the cuteness of the kids in their spirit day shirts.