My Sweetheart

March 4, 2012

“Do you have boys in your class, Mommy?”
Will was at the kitchen table finishing up his lunch when he asked me this. He’s really starting to understand about how his dad and I actually do things when we’re not home, and he’s starting to connect me with school. It’s still a surprise to me when he makes the connection, so I’m guessing I looked at him a little funny, but I answered him. “Yes, honey. I have a lot of boys in my class.”
“Oh. I have four.” And he proceeded to tell me the names of the four boys. Now, there aren’t as many boys as girls in his class – not by a long shot – but I know there are more than four. So I figured those were the ones he played with. We don’t hear a ton about preschool from him. In fact, it worries me about how little I’ll hear in sixth grade when all I can get out of him at age three is “We colored.” So I wanted to keep him talking about it.
“Are those your buddies?” I asked him.
But he shook his head. “No. Just you are my buddy.”
Ok – cool Mommy moment there. I admit that I stopped worrying about whether or not he’s made friends and just smiled at him. Then – because it was a normal day – I turned back around to the dishes I was doing. I figured the conversation was over.
But, as usual with Will, I was wrong. “Mommy, you can be my Sweetheart.”
Oh. That called for turning off the water, wiping my hands off, and catching him up in a hug. As I did, I wondered – as we often do with this kid – how he’d figured out that particular phrase enough to use it. “Thank you! So, what does that mean?”
He looked at me like I was speaking French. “What?”
“What does it mean if I’m your Sweetheart?”
He just looked at me and shrugged. “I don’t know,” he said simply. Then he grinned and wiggled to get down. So I let him run off to his Batman playset, and I went back to my dishes. The things that he does to floor me don’t usually leave any impression on him whatsoever. He’s ready to move on to the next thing – I’m the one that wants to stop and record them. It’s funny, how that works. Maybe someday the kids will be glad that I wrote all these things down for him…maybe not. But I will be. Life is so incredibly busy lately – and I’m being assured that it’ll get worse before it gets better – that I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday, let alone what the kids said last week that made me laugh. Surely, when he’s in the middle of the obnoxious teen-age years, I’ll need to remind myself that at some point in his life he actually wanted to be my sweetheart. So I’m making scrapbooks, and I’m writing things down like this when I can. I’m starting to feel strongly that time is slipping away and I’m missing things. Maybe if I can keep doing things like this, I won’t spend so much of my time worrying. Better to be busy than be worried, right? 

I had such good intentions when I started this…and then life got in the way! 🙂

But the good news is that I’m now officially done with my master’s degree (cue Halleluiah Chorus) and, while school is pretty nutty with all the changes this year, I have more time and I’m determined to be better about updating this.  I know better now than to tell you I’m going to update on a particular schedule.  We’re just going to take it as it goes.

Just an update on what we’re doing these days….

Haley is a fifth grader in her first year at the Intermediate School.  She’s loving it there, and has been chosen to participate in a leadership group.  She’s also in choir and basketball at church, and still takes gymnastics.  Yep…she’s a pretty busy kid.

Jack is a lively second grader.  He’s just started cub scouts and is over the moon about it.  Visions of camping, archery, and pinewood derby cars dance through his head, and he often falls asleep at night reading his scouting manual.

Will started preschool this year.  He loves it, and we haven’t had any requests for conferences from his teacher, so right now it’s so far, so good.   He’s an incredibly active three-year-old that bursts into song at random moments and is obsessed with the Wii.

Bryan and I…well, you’re not here to hear about us so much, anyway. 🙂  But we’re mainly trying to keep up with who has to do what on which night of the week!  It’s crazy, but we wouldn’t really trade it for anything.

I actually have another post already written, so you’ll be hearing from me again soon!

Where the Wild Things Are….

September 2, 2010

Hello there!  Thanks for being patient…so much for my idea of updating once a week.  School has started, and we’ve all been adjusting to the new schedule.  This is a post I meant to make before school started….oh, well – better late than never!

While Haley and Bryan were in Oregon for Jillian’s wedding, the boys and I enjoyed an absolutely beautiful day at the zoo.  We actually found a day that wasn’t in the 90’s and full of humidity!  It made for a much more enjoyable day.

The first set of animals we passed was the flamingos.  Don’t the boys look interested?  I thought so…

Then I found out that they weren’t excited about the flamingos, but the ducks and turtles swimming in the pond within their exhibit!  Kids don’t seem to focus on the same things we do, do they? 🙂

We started out in the plains exhibit.  Jack enjoyed trying to find the animals with a set of binoculars.

The big news at the zoo this summer was the new cheetah exhibit.  The cheetahs weren’t all that interested in being active for us, but it was really cool to be this close to them (separated by a glass wall, thank goodness).  Jack took the second picture while I was talking to Haley and Bryan in Oregon.

Jack enjoyed taking pictures while I was distracted, as you can see!

The giraffes were right next to the fence, but they moved off when we approached.  Apparently, they’re not used to the noise level of 2 and 6 year-old boys….

The ocean pavillion has been remodeled since we’d been there last.  The boys enjoyed getting up close and personal with the aquatic life.

The main attraction in this exhibit is a “Shark Petting Tank.”  There are at least twently dog sharks (this species has no teeth – they’re bottom feeders) swimming around the large, shallow tank.

You can reach in and pet the sharks as they swim by.  It’s really a neat experience.  Will’s arms weren’t really long enough (plus, he was more interested in splashing, which scares the sharks away), but Jack wanted to try.  It took him several tries, since he kept getting nervous and pulling his hand out of the water. 

But he finally did it, and was extremely proud of himself!

The highlight for Jack was the dolphin show.  The boys were fairly patient as we waited for it to start.

It was a fun show!  Not long after that, we’d seen most of the zoo (it’s not the largest zoo we’ve been to, by any means!) and decided to head out. 

We’d packed a picnic lunch, and decided to eat in a shady area near the parking lots.  The view of downtown was impressive.

As expected, Will lasted about ten minutes once we got into the van.  Jack enjoyed some peace and quiet as we drove home to our next adventure.  It was a great way to round out our summer!

Keepin’ Cool

July 30, 2010

It’s been pretty toasty outside around here! We actually had nowhere to go that day, so we decided to head outside. I dragged the kiddie pool down from the attic and filled it up. Apparently, all it takes to get my kids excited about being outside is water!

splashdown!

As you can see, it didn’t take long for them to modify my plan! Jack had the idea of putting the playset so that the slide went into the pool. He and Will climbed up those little plastic stairs more times than I could count! They loved splashing down into the pool at the bottom. Jack, of course, was the kind big brother, making sure Will got up the stairs before he headed up. I couldn’t believe how big he looked in that little playset.

Haley didn’t want to change into her swimsuit, but she still had fun. After a while, she decided to bend over and put her hair in the water. She then tried to sprinkle her brothers with her wet hair, which they thought was a blast. She looked pretty water-logged when she got done, but surprisingly, her clothes were mostly dry!

All in all it was a fun summer morning. There aren’t too many of them left…we’ve bought backpacks and lunchboxes, and I’ve been out to school several times now. But I think the three of them will get every last bit out of it that they can!