Thursday, August 21, 2014

Yesterday My House was Quiet

Just as I suspected yesterday, Maeve rocked the heck out of her first day. No trouble with the dropoff, just a peck on my cheek and a BYE! And then the house was quiet for two hours. I mean, whoa. It was a beautiful thing, more beautiful even than I expected.

Even though it was pretty hot out, the dog and I took a decent run, I got a shower, I read a book in bed like some kind of fancy rich lady, it was dreamy. I even got the dishes done without Maeve standing around complaining about how long it takes me to do the dishes. Seriously, dreamy.

And I will never know what happened between when I dropped her off and when I picked her up because according to Maeve, everything she does at school is a secret. So, maybe she's in a CIA preschool and I didn't know it. What are those ladybugs hiding?

But she was so happy to see me when I got there, and threw her arms around me for a real, spontaneous hug, which is something she can be a little chary with most of the time. So if more school means more hugs, I am on it.

We are seriously considering seeing if there's space for her to attend 4 days a week because she loves it so much. We'll see!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Day of School Today!!!!

You better believe it! First day of school! First day of school!

Maeve was super annoyed at orientation that I stuck around, she wanted me to drop her off already. So I can tell this girl is ready for school. I predict no tears this morning - at least from her. But in theory, if she doesn't cry, maybe I won't? I make no promises about that, but I definitely won't let her see me cry.

She already did her first homework, we worked on a book about our family. I asked her to draw a picture of our family and this is what she did:

For a kid who doesn't usually indulge in representational art, this is pretty good, I think. I mean, my hair is kind of crazy and I look a little sad, but that's not too far off, really. And I really can't wait to see the things she'll bring home from school for me. More treasures! First day of school!

You know what I'm gonna do after I drop her off? A big run with the dog, a shower, and maybe some reading. I'm keeping it simple today. But getting to do those three things alone is a formerly-rare treat, so I will indulge!

I am not going to be Marlin, today, I tell you what. Just a big hug, a "see you later, alligator" and a smile, and I will be out of there.

Monday, August 18, 2014

I Love Back to School!

"If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers."  ~Edgar W. Howe

I never thought I'd get to experience the excitement, the rush of Back to School. I figured once I graduated college, I wouldn't get to go shopping for college rule paper, number two pencils, perfect, shiny binders, or any of that stuff ever again.

I forgot that I now get to enjoy thirteen years of my daughter's education. Eeep! Back to school, you guys! We get to go meet her teachers and see her classroom today! I get to haul the giant bag of school supplies in there, plus a handful of paperwork and an epi pen, and see where she'll be learning for the next nine months!

I'm also excited to see if there's a way to sign up for parental involvement, I know we're expected to volunteer in the classroom some. I am going to be one of those parents you just can't keep away! Hee hee.

I know that on Wednesday I might end up being tearful when I drop my baby girl off, but today I am all excitement and thrill!

I have every hope Maeve will love school as much as Lisa and I did!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Getting a Move On, Daily

You know what I like about jogging with Maeve and the dog? There are a lot of good things about it, despite it being pretty hard to juggle sometimes.

For one thing, it goes faster, and Maeve doesn't have a chance to dawdle, stop and inspect rocks and anthills, or stop to readjust her shoes every few feet. And faster can be good, last time we jogged right past a near-deceased bunny who had been hit by a car; I was grateful that neither Maeve nor the dog got a good look at it.

I like how it helps Patches and Maeve avoid trying to meet every person/jogger/bicyclist on our path; Maeve loves to introduce herself to people and start giving them all the details of her day. Patches, too, would love to give everyone on the sidewalk and creek path a shakedown/sniffing/thorough investigation. But when we breeze past them, we get to take a pass on all of the translations and apologies I have to make for the two of them.

Not to mention it helps wear out all participants; not that I needed help with that, but it's nice to have Maeve and the dog as tired as I am, at least for a few minutes. So maybe we'll do it again today.

On a walk with me - not on a jogging day.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I Don't Care About You

Mom, I don't care about you anymore.

Yup, I got that one last night because I had tucked in her new scorpion toy, Clawbo, incorrectly. News flash, tucking in scorpions wrong is one way to lose the care and love of your four year old. At least for sixty seconds or so.

I said, Wow, that really hurts my feelings. Do you still love me?

Yes, I just don't care about you anymore.

Because I didn't tuck in Clawbo right?


Then after I sang her the first lullaby, she relented.

I guess I do care about you, Mom.

Well, thanks, honey. Can I finish singing to you?


You know your kid is really pulling out the big guns when you hear that one, so I guess Clawbo's bedtime routine is pretty high on Maeve's list. Either that, or she hasn't figured how to strategically use that 'big gun' and is just aiming it all over the place. Yeah, probably that.

I am glad she still loves me, though. Sheesh.

That face!