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Monthly Archives: August 2008

My worst subject.

As a parent, I fully believe that I need to take an active role in my child’s education.  I am committed to helping Torin succeed in kindergarten, and I will encourage her and help her as much as I can.  HOWEVER.  Today she came home and told me she needed to practice what she learned.  (Great, I’m thinking I’ll help her practice her writing or spelling words or math facts…)  She proceeded to the rug in the living room and started practicing her sit-ups and jumping jacks that she learned in P.E.

Y’all.  Let me tell you something right now.  Mama doesn’t do sit-ups.  Or jumping jacks.

I’ll take calculus, American government, science, reading, even physics, but NOT P.E.  The girl is on her own with that one.

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They’re here.

If you step out on our deck in the evening, you will hear them.  Thousands of cicadas swarm the trees in our back woods and sing to us every night.  I actually like the sound.  I can remember when I first moved to Phoenix and would walk around my neighborhood every night after 8:00 p.m. (I had to wait until after 8:00 before the temperature would drop below 100.)  I remember how quiet the desert was at night.  It was such a strange feeling to walk outside in the summer after dark and not hear any crickets or see any lightening bugs.  Fast forward a few years… we’re not in the desert anymore, and it is definitely not quiet outside at night.  In case you’ve never seen a cicada (I think I’ve got a few Arizona blog readers out there), here’s what the little suckers look like:

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The first REAL day.

Oh, the excitement, the tears, the stomach butterflies (mostly mine)!  Today was the first full day where Torin will be gone from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  It was also the first morning for kindergartners to ride the bus, so of course my neighbor and I were waiting at the bus stop looking like the paparazzi with our big cameras.  Hugs were given, kisses were blown, quick prayers were offered, and then she was off…

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One down, one to go.

Even though Torin’s school started this week, Parker’s preschool does not start for another THREE LONG WEEKS.  That’s twenty-one days.  Since his main confidant will be away at kindergarten, he’s going to need some company.  I have a feeling that in between my phone calls to clients, I will be playing a lot of dinosaurs and army men.  (Tonight he even let me drive the tank, so this could be fun.)

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