Unattended

Like many parents I think I have pretty well behaved kids and would be the first one to remove my children from any public place due to misbehavior.  I was at my hair dresser not to long ago and saw this sign and thought it very appropriate.

 

Any child left unattended will be given a shot of expresso and sent home with a puppy.

I have to say any parent who leaves their children unattended and expects others to do their job deserves a child high on caffeine and a new found puppy.

Face of Determination

Walker was quite determined to keep the goals out after one slipped by him when they began.  After that he had two wonderful saves.

Festivities started at 8:30 with the parade of players.  There are 80 children in the 5-6 years olds not to mention the other ages and sexes.  He didn't get to play until 11:00.  It was quite a long time to have the little ones wait. 


Peyton was a trooper for a while....then ... slowly but surely awakedness began to fade to...sleepiness


We brought the kids to the town fair after a morning of running around.  They were the only ones tired.  Click here to see additional pictures of First Day of Soccer.

It Happened in 3's...

They always say that things happen in 3's.  And this... was no exception. 

Two weeks ago a very good friend of the family passed away.  He was the vet that used to come to the farm every other week.  Needless to say I have known him just about my whole life.  My dad would take us up camping in upstate New York to his cabin for long weekends.  Very rustic this was.  No electricity and only out houses.  He was one of the kindest gentleman I have ever known.

The very same week my best friends grandmother passed away.  Nana was an extraordinary woman in her own time.  She was far beyond her peers in forward thinking and appreciated the important things in life.  Services were for family only but I was honored to be included in that category.  It is never easy to see a good friend grieve but I was glad that I was able to be there to help ease the pain and remember some of the fond memories.  I knew her almost as long as my own grandmother.

Third but not least and not to compare to the passing of a friend or family member but last week, the night after the first day of school our beloved dog of 15 years passed away in her sleep.  We knew is was coming but you can never prepare yourself for this.  I have to say it was harder having the conversation with my six year old that night.  I have never had to have the death discussion and what happens after.  I tried to explain to him once we gave the news to the boys that Lucy was in a better place.  She wasn't sick anymore and she got to play with all of her dog friends.  He was quite sad and explained that he was worried about Lucy.  How do you help your child with closure on such a subject?

So I am thoroughly convinced that things whether good or bad happen in 3's.

First Day of School

The first day of school has come and gone with success and no tears.  Walker started first grade and Peyton was starting the 3-year old pre-K program that Walker went through.  Though Peyton was a little scared and thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day, when he came home on the second day he was all excited about riding on the big yellow bus.  Click here for more pictures of the frist day of school.

Walker has had no homework as of yet but I am waiting on pins and needles to find out what he will have.  His teacher has less than thrilled me so far.  She has come from another school and has not been able to answer any of the basic questions that were posed to her during open house.  I am sure you will be hearing more about it during this school year.

BTW... apparently Mrs. B's class from last year is not doing the "Block" discipline program this year.  What a surprise...NOT!  Anyways I hope he has a good experience with his new teacher even if I don't.  The administration seems to preach the same old song without giving reason or information as to why they have come up with that decision... other than... I have been teaching for 15 years!  As far as I am concerned I don't think it matters how long you have been teaching but how well you teach your students.  Longevity of your job does not dictate how well you teach.  The happiness and knowledge of your students is a reflection of how well you do your job.

More to come...