Not so Wordless Wednesday: Kindergarten Woes

Yesterday Jac had to take his kindergarten “entrance exams.”  (Yeah, I know.)  He is REALLY not wanting to go to school, which starts in July by the way.  Being the youngest of three, he knows most of the kids & teachers at school already.  First he wouldn’t get out of the car.  He was not a happy camper and then refused to go into the room to take the test.
We tried:

  1. Bribery with lunch with mommy & Max
  2. Told him he could feed the snake in the science room
  3. Told him he could see the chinchilla in said science room
  4. They told him they would make a volcano with him
  5. Bribery with candy

You know what worked?  (Hint- None of the above!)
I had to go get Max from his classroom to go with him to take the tests.  They did make a volcano and I think they both ended up having fun. (Thank you for sweet, patient teachers!)

I took the boys to lunch at Your Mama’s, a busy “blue-plate” diner nearby.

Can you tell we don’t eat beef at home?
“Mom, these are the best rolls EVER!”

Later I asked little man if he was excited now about being at school with his brother and sister- his response was…


My thinking is that they don’t have the playground installed/purchased yet.  I mean, I don’t want to even go to a school with no playground.  All I can really remember about kindergarten was baking, playing dress-up, getting in trouble at naptime, and playing on the playground (chasing boys.)  I think it’s a sad state of affairs when No Child Left Behind has taken away all but the playground part, and most of that.  Being a parent of a now 8th grader who started kindergarten when this wonderful education plan started I can’t tell that it’s improved anything. 

Playdough Recipe

This is a great recipe for playdough!

4 cups of flour
1 cup salt
4 cups water
4 Tablespoons oil
1/2 cup of cream of tartar (I get my from Penzey’ much cheaper!)

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over low/med. heat until dough is completely
formed and no longer sticky. Allow to cool a bit before putting in a bag or tight container to store.

*You can add food coloring, kool-aid (for smell and color,) I usually put True Lemon in it to give it a nice scent. This recipe lasts a LONG time (as long as your kids put it away!)

Growing pains

I’m feeling a little blue

This is the gist of it…

My 7 yr. old, who until last week had to wave and blow kisses to me from the door to daddy’s car on his way to school in the morning- now just says “Bye, Mom!” and gives me a kiss

My 4 yr. old tells me:

“Mom, quit dancing!”

“Mom, quit singing!”

“Mom, I just don’t want to!”
And I can’t seem to forget lately that he will be 5 in December and K age next year…

Volunteering at school I’m feeling like an old (I AM NOT!) gray haired (I am) lady with all of these “fresh out-of-college” teachers. I have to remember when I taught I was that young.

On the bright side:

My sweet, sweet, girl did ask me to go on their field trip today. She also kissed me goodbye and asked me to put her hair up for her yesterday.

(AND, the dog likes my song and dance act!)

Happy Birthday Baby- March 10, 2008

Emily age 3 (first dance recital)

My baby’s growing up! Today I’m thinking back to a March that resembled this March- we had snow a the beginning of the month, and then beautiful flowers (I’m hoping that they will come soon.) It was eleven years ago when my first child came to be with us (in true character, four weeks late!) I can remember looking at her for the first time thinking “She has an old soul, so intelligent!” She has brightened my life in so many ways, and taught me so many things (patience, I’m still working on.) Her endless creativity always amazes me. I feel so fortunate to be her mother and share a special part of her life. I can’t believe it’s been eleven years already…