Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Well, I'm officially a mother of a school aged child.

Maile started kindergarten on Monday and surprisingly no tears were shed by any of us. I'm convinced that I'm just numb from everything going on right now. I'll probably have a very late break down by the time she starts first grade.

I think the only thing that really bothers me is that I don't know what she's doing for seven hours straight. I'm so used to her being around all day, asking me for yet another snack or asking me to play with her in her room. Or being all up in Kale's business. Or asking me to snuggle and cuddle with her. And now? She's somewhere else. Giving someone else all of her attention. It kind of sucks, man! And it's gonna be like this for the next twelve years???

Anyway--She really likes it so far. I mean, it's only been three days, but she hasn't begged me to stay home or anything. So that's good, right? Today she had to walk into the building and to her classroom by herself. Tomorrow she's gonna have to walk a little more by herself. It seems so much scarier to me than it is to her. I keep thinking something is going to go wrong. Like she'll lose her lunch money or forget where she put it. Or she'll get lost. Or she won't make any friends. But then I have to remind myself that she's a smart girl. And she's going to be just fine. And that she's still going to ask me for yet another snack when she comes home, she's still going to ask me to play with her in her room, she's still going to be all up in Kale's business and she's still going to ask me to snuggle and cuddle with her. I'm just now going to look forward to those moments a little more than I did before.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Last days of summer

I have no clue where the time went, but somehow the summer flew right by me! I feel like I was just writing about all the cool things I wanted to do this summer and now I'm preparing for Maile to start kindergarten next week! How did this happen???

I think I'm more excited than Maile is, but I guess that's to be expected. She has that initial fear of the unknown, but I'm hoping she comes home from her first day eager to go back the next day rather than begging to never have to go again.

We didn't get to do all the things I had planned for the summer, but we did do a lot. Maile even got to have her very first sleepover (thank you again, Mike!). I'm pretty pleased with how our summer went and I hope Maile is, too.

Kale has been doing so much better with everything since my last post. I'm just gonna assume we were both having a really bad week. And that he was teething hardcore, for real this time .He even has his first bottom tooth to prove it. He's eating great again, sitting up and playing all the time--pretty much everything he was doing before my last post. He's also become quite the master at mimicking. He'll say "up", "uh-oh", "dad-dy", and he'll whisper when one of us does. When we sing Pat-a-cake he claps his hands--he'll also do that if you say "Yay!" It's hard to believe we are going to be celebrating his first birthday next month!

This past weekend we went to visit some family and we had such a great time. Kale got to go "swimming" and Maile just had a blast all around hanging with her cousins (as did I).

Times have been kind of rough around here with certain family members not doing so well and whatnot, but in the end it's family that keeps us all together. We may not all get along as well as we'd like to. We may all lead completely different lives. And most of us don't agree on much. But we're family and need to be there for each other as much as possible. If not in person, than in thought or prayer (if that's your thing). We just need to always be thankful for what we have and who we have in our lives. I know I am.