A huge accomplishment

June 14th, 2007 § 0

shebazzle.com is the in the top 10 results today of a google search for “crazy people”.

That’s just cool.

The chase

June 14th, 2007 § 0

When you have a bug-phobic child, the lengths you will go to to rid your house of the biggest wasp known to man before you have to bring your child home from day camp are just ridiculous. After an hour screaming episode in a parking lot due to a cicada, the prospect of our entire summer being shut down with a sting warrants a full-on attack.

I have spent the last 50 minutes running around like a nutjob, climbing up and down furniture with various forms of newspaper weaponry, chasing a wasp, chasing a cat chasing a wasp, chasing 2 cats chasing a wasp, chasing a maimed wasp, and finally chasing a cat with a maimed wasp in its mouth.

This job just doesn’t pay enough.

Tee-ball banter

June 12th, 2007 § 0

3 fun-killing phrases uttered by Coach Andrew during last night’s tee-ball game:

“Alex, no cartwheels on the field.”

“Boys, I think that’s enough loving.”

“Peyton, stop eating your glove.”

Tee-ball rocks.

If Only…

June 10th, 2007 § 0


June 10th, 2007 § 0

Last day of Kindergarten

June 7th, 2007 § 0

Just sent Alli off to her last (1/2) day of Kindergarten. As she bounced down the stairs, I couldn’t help but have a whole deja-vu moment of the departure for the first day of Kindergarten in the fall.

First day of Kindergarten, September 2006

Alli, I am endlessly proud of you. You have an enthusiasm for life that I envy beyond words. You have grown so much this year, and I’m not just talking about the nearly two inches that required a whole new wardrobe of pants. You have made great strides in learning how to cope with a body that hears, sees and feels things more deeply than most. You are kind and sensitive and welcoming to others (if occasionally bossy), and have become this social butterfly that I am in awe of. You have made friends openly and easily, and wake up excited every single morning about what the day might hold for you. You even managed to collect a set of adoring fans from the 6th grade! You have asserted your independence in ways I wasn’t prepared for, but in ways that have warmed my heart as a parent who has worked so hard to foster in you a sense of security in yourself. Just don’t pay attention to me walking 3 steps behind you — I’ll be able to stand farther back with time.

You became a leader in your classroom for literacy. Fearless in your pursuit of reading and writing, you astound us every single day with your creativity in finding new outlets for writing, and in your seamless way of integrating reading strategies that you seem to have developed overnight and all on your own. Your creativity in designing projects seems endless, and your awareness about the world around you and continued thirst for knowledge is like a bright beaconing star. I sometimes find little bits of work that you have done around the house, like the little sheet yesterday where you decided to work on adding three-digit numbers, and I wonder how you continue to find the time, the energy, and the brainspace given all that you occupy yourself with on a daily basis.

Most of all, from this year, I think we will all never forget the monkey bars. Taking physical risks has been such a huge challenge for a little girl whose body is more sensitive than most. Still, it has been hard for you to see other kids pursuing feats with ease that terrified you to the core. I comforted you for many years sitting on the sidelines, watching others with a mixture of awe and anger and sadness. The monkey bars, which many of your closest friends at school spent much time crossing with speed and ease, became almost an albatross for you.

About halfway through the school year you mustered the courage to attempt them, and devised a little routine where you were able to reach the 2nd rung while still keeping your tippy toes safely on the top of the ladder, hang for about 2 seconds, and drop. You were so proud of yourself, and we celebrated with you (with only a little chuckle in the back of our throats). Then, suddenly, about a month ago you decided you were ready to give it a real shot, and you crossed the entire set of bars without turning back. I’m embarrassed to say that Daddy and I didn’t quite believe you when you told us you could do them, and we promptly took you to a park under the guise of letting you celebrate (but with the real intent of witnessing what new trick you’d cooked up to make it across without letting your feet dangle). You took off, and put us to shame by zipping across all 12 rungs, no tricks. This was followed by the discovery of a blister and some split skin, which resulted in an hour screaming festival of “I HATE the monkey bars and I’m never doing them again!”, after which you surprised us YET AGAIN and resumed your monkeyness with the bars only a day later, blister still raw.

I have learned never to underestimate you again.

You are my hero.

Love, Mommy

Moving Forward

June 7th, 2007 § 0

Tomorrow is Alli’s last day of Kindergarten.

Excerpted from Alli’s teachers via the last class newsletter:

It is with many wonderful memories that we say good-bye to Kindergarten C. We will miss each and every one of the children in our class.

Adam…with your bubbly willingness to try new things, your quiet wisdom, and your love for any and all art projects… Alli… with your blossoming expression, your spirited bounce in each happy step, and your creativity… Dylan… with your delight in all manipulatives, your skill at building elaborate structures in the block corner with your friends, and your ever present energy and enthusiasm… Ely… with your broad smile, your interest in those you care about, and your ability to enable others to feel comfortable… Emily…with your thoughtful gaze, love of literature and nature, and your boundless artistic expression… Fin… with your warm smile, quiet wisdom, and your intricately woven tales of adventure… Henry… with your joyous smile and twinkling eyes, and your enthusiasm for sports, making books and the dice game… Henry James… with your wealth of knowledge of things great and small, your love of music, and your boundless athletic abilities… Molly… with your many ideas that spark imaginative play in all corners of the classroom and playground, your love of literature and making books, and your subtle sense of humor… Ryan… with your eagerness to connect with your friends, your love of basketball, making books and math games… Simone… with your observant ways, your willingness to share your knowledge and experience, and your love of nature and artistic expression… Sophie… with your quiet grounded confidence, your warm smile, your thoughtful artwork, and your love of jump rope… Tess… with your willingness to share what you are thinking, your keen sense of humor and love of word play.

We truly are all friends in Kindergarten C… and the children really seem to understand what it means to be a friend. They know how to make new friends, and how to continue to enjoy old friends. They are ready to journey on… We will miss them!!!!!I feel very privileged to have shared this year with you and your families. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to grow as a teacher in the company of your beautiful children.

Have a wonderful summer!

Excerpted from our reply:

Thank you both for your kind and wonderful sentiments about the children and this year. Andrew and I continue to express our most sincere gratitude for Alli’s experience this year in your classroom. While I know some of the tears I’m shedding reflect the normal parental wistfulness associated with watching their child grow up too fast, some of them are also reflective of what an amazing year of blossoming that Alli has experienced. I have to admit a little trepidation about the culmination of something that has been so wonderful for her (how can another year top this?!). You have both done such an amazing job at “walking the talk” of child-directed, cooperative learning and emergent curriculum, and you both have incredible gifts in balancing nurture with an encouragement to take risks.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sharing yourselves with our child.

Because other kids are cute too

June 5th, 2007 § 0

A neighbor, a girl around 10-11 years old, just posted a big advertisement for a pet care service. Offering experience with ferrets, cats, dogs and farm animals, her very detailed (girl after my own heart) service rates are broken down into very specific tasks, including removing animal waste (I think that was a $1 or $2 service).

My favorite part was that she requires interviews with new pets before taking them on as clients.


June 4th, 2007 § 0

Love this town!

June 1st, 2007 § 0

From the Evanston, IL E-news:

“Men can get free haircuts when they get their free blood tests that
screen for the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) at the Church Street
Barber Shop.”

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