Life has finally resumed some normalcy after the renovations, trip to Wisconsin, family visit and a birthday party. Normal still involves a lot of running around and juggling but we have a new perspective on how tame that seems now.
Cady is involved in a little love triangle at school. On one hand there is Javier. Javier is five and was one of her first steady school friends. In January things started to shift a bit and Cady came home talking about David instead of Javi. "Davie likes the Wiggles, David does a Wiggle Dance. David. David. David". David on more than one occassion has planted a big kiss on her at the end of the day. The most recent was when I had to pick her up early for a Dr. appointment. David yelled across the classroom, "Cady, wait! I have to kiss you" and comes running across the room and plants a big one on her. Well, the past two weeks she has started talking about Javi again and Mr. Polo told me that last week there was an actual fight between the two boys and she was smack in the middle of it. Both boys were competing for her attention by drawing her pictures and it got heated when Cady only gave one of the boys a picture in return. Ah, young love.
I'm still loving Cady's classroom. She comes home with so much new information. It's crazy how much she absorbs and it's refreshing to hear her learning about more than reading and writing. When I go into her classroom during the day it's always calm and the kids are always fully engaged. This is not the case in many classrooms that I've been in. Despite my love for the school we've had to make other choices for next year and Cady will go to another ECE program by my work because for now the hours are more acommodating of our schedules. Full-time ECE is going to cost and arm and a leg so we will no longer be able to afford to have Alicja return. I have been searching like crazy for an affordable option (something in the ballpark of 1/2 of what we pay now since 1/2 is going to ECE)and a great option just popped up. An acquaintance of mine who lives in the neighborhood and who has a son Coben's age is not returning to her Kindergarten job next year and is willing to take Coben on for the days that we need at a rate in the ballpark of what we are looking for. Hooray! I was hoping not to have to hand over my entire paycheck! It's a relief to know that he won't be in a childcare center and that he will also have another kiddo to play with.
Coben is growing by leaps and bounds. The kid can eat! Rob took him out to dinner tonight since I had a date with Cady. He ate a 1/4 pound hotdog, french fries and 1/2 a large jar of baby food. That rivals today's lunch of a very large bowl of ghoulash, three servings of beans, a tacquito and banana and yesterdays lunch of four scrambled eggs with spinach plus a healthy sized side of green beans. Growth spurt? He's still not a big talker but his speech is taking off. He's starting to sign more too. We've noticed that his mind operates like Rob's. He's more observant, technical, and hands-on than others of us. He watches and studies everything and then quietly performs. He's learning to climb up and stand on things. I'd like to put a helmet on him for the next couple of years but I don't suppose it's practical. The way that he lights up when he's standing on something that he's climbed onto keeps me in check. He has so much pride in his achievements that I just have to bite my tongue and let him go. He can play outside for hours and he's at his happiest when we let him. He toddles from one activity to the other and keeps himself entertained. Unfortunately as soon as we have a nice day and get a taste of summer we end up with snow or rain the next day. He is not tolerating those days very well.
Tonight Cady and I had a date. I bought tickets to see a neighborhood theater production of Wizard of Oz. I wasn't expecting much considering that last time we went when Grandma was here Cady said that her favorite part of the show was when it was over. We dressed up, put on a little make-up (glitter hair spray for Cady) and I could tell she felt so special. We parked at the show and walked up 32nd Avenue for dinner. Several people passed by and made comments to Cady about how pretty she looked and I could see her walking just a little taller after each compliment. She chose Chinese food so we had a nice dinner together and then walked back to the show. What a hoot! The way the play was set-up was a circular platform in the middle of the room surrounded by just six tables with eight chairs each. Very intimate and extremely close. I was a little worried about just how close because Cady was already having a lot of anxiety about the wicked witch. Well, the show started and the fun began. Because it was so intimate and because Cady made no attempt to use her "library voice" everyone from the actors to the audience got to share in Cady's innermost thoughts. During one scene when the trees were throwing apples at Dorothy and the Scarecrow, the Scarecrow missed the apple and it rolled under our table. I didn't even notice that Cady crawled under the table to get it until well into another scene when the apple goes flying onto the stage. And my all time favorite Cady comment of the evening was this:
Cady: Why is he walking like that? (referring to the tin man who was walking stiffly)
Me: It's because he is made of tin
Cady: (Pause) Am I going to look like that when I'm 10???
It was a great night. Cady laughed harder than I've ever heard her laugh (aside from being tickled) and she had so many comments during the show. The owner of the theater company approached us during intermission and said, "I don't know what's better. The play or the cute comments that your daughter is making" and this woman was seated at the table furthest from ours, yikes! Cady was terrified of the witch and spent all the witch scenes in my lap. She hugged Dorothy after the play. She sulked because she wants the show to be "open" every day and she didn't ever want it to be over. And because the show actually ended almost two hours past her bedtime she had the funniest meltdown during the ride home. It was pure tiredness and she was completely losing it in the back seat over nothing.
So that's about it for us. Naturally I'm still waiting to hear something (anything) about my position for next year. Meanwhile I'm just wrapping up the school year, getting my data reports completed, planning summer activties and enjoying the thought of spending more undivided kid time soon.