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Thursday, October 7, 2010

A {Happy} Post

Today is the first day of my four day weekend and I couldn't be happier.

I woke up to darkness and the beautiful hum of the monitor, indicating that I still had a sleeping boy upstairs.  I turned on Meredith, Matt, and Al, straightened up the house and enjoyed  a cup of coffee - meaning that I wasn't spooning sugar into a to-go cup as I raced out the door.  I embraced the wonderful calm that is 7am in a napping house (which is, by the way, a great children's read) and long for the days when that's the way I get to start every day.

Becks finally woke up and just getting to see his sweet little bedhead makes the day at home entirely worth it.  Plus, PLUS, I got to take him to preschool today {bonus!}.  Oh, I was so excited.  I'm glad that B and Becks get to have male-bonding on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but B doesn't come home and give me the full-on report that I want from his teachers.  Call it the educator in me, but it's important for me to know who my kid's playing with on the playground or what he ate for lunch or if he spends his mornings squishing playdoh and singing songs about pumpkins (which he is, in fact, doing). 

Suprisingly, Becks is QUIET (as in doesn't talk a lot) at school!  What?!  My kid, quiet?!  I was so surprised, since he's quite the babbler with us and our family.  His teachers said that there are still 3-4 students who cry for 5-10 minutes every morning and it kind of scares the other kids into silence for some of the morning.  Hopefully, he'll warm up...  They also reported he does what he's asked and is very "focused" on whatever he is doing.  Is that a code word for "plays alone?"  Again, the educator in me, but - for all you early childhood teachers out there - should I be worried that he's not talking a lot at school and/or playing by himself? 

Moving on, B and I spent a great morning running errands while Becks has been away.  Target, the bank, the dry cleaners, Starbucks.  It might sound boring, but it was the best date we've had in awhile.  We talked and mosied through Target without a toddler asking for popcorn or toys.  And the time in the car, I helped B study his Spanish terms.  Bliss. {No, seriously.}

It's kind of nice that Becks was at preschool because I didn't feel any guilt that we were doing something without him.  Had he not missed almost 2 weeks of school due to illness in September, I probably would have let him spend the whole day with us, but he needed to get back into the routine and our 4 hours, guilt-free alone time was nice :)  And, this weekend we have big family plans for the pumpkin patch.  Can't. Wait.

We're fortunate that Becks' preschool is within walking distance of our house, so we're about to grab the running stroller and go get him.  And probably collect about 1000 acorns on our walk home. 

I hope your Thursday is just as nice :)


Molly said...

Now that sounds like a nice little Thursday! Enjoy :)

Jamie said...

Awww I'm so glad y'all have had a wonderful day! And I think it's just fin that he's playing by himself :)

Shubs said...

YIPEE for fall break :)

PS...check your email bc I just emailed you exciting news!

Enjoy the boys and pumpkins this weekend :)

Anonymous said...

I'm very new to your blog and I am not an Early Childhood teacher. However, I have a 6 year old boy. His preschool teacher got me all worked up because he played by himself and she was concerned. I worried for days talking to him, trying to figure out what was wrong... NOTHING! He is an only child (has a 1/2 brother that's 7 years older and not around much) and he's used to playing alone or with his Mommy and Daddy. So, he actually enjoyed playing alone! Now that he's a little older, I watch him interact with other children just fine, but he still likes his alone time to play by himself. I'm fortunate for that. It gives me a break to do Mommy things sometimes while he's playing happily. Enjoy the rest of your extended weekend.

Megan said...

YAY! So glad you had a great day! Acorn pickin' days are the best. Hope you have an awesome LONG weekend!

Anonymous said...

It's great that dates with the husband can be anything as long as you're having fun together!

California Wife said...

I'm so happy that you have a 4 day weekend, you deserve it! Have a fantastic weekend with your family.

According to Ashley said...

Perfect day! The hubby and I often have "dates" where we wander around Target or Best Buy or an office store - hehe :)

Tickled Pink Mandy said...

Sounds like a perfect day!! Enjoy your long weekend!!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

I just wrote a really long comment, but I think blogger ate it! ahh! The gist of it was: Jealous you have Fall Break, I am a teacher also & my first break isn't until Thanksgiving! And, I wouldn't be worried about Becks playing by himself & not talking a lot at preschool. My oldest daughter who is 3.5 and is shy in social/school situations. Last year she would play by herself & not talk a lot. This past year, she has totally blossomed & become more social and outgoing. My 2 year old daughter, on the other hand, has always been outgoing & social. It just depends on the kid, they all develop at their own pace (which you know because you are also a teacher!)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great time! I know how it feels to get some alone time & it's great! As a Pre-K teacher, I think your little guy is just fine. He is still little and at the beginning of the year. I bet after Christmas he will start playing some with others. My little one plays a lot more with others this year in the 3s than he did in the 2s. I think they are still figuring out what's going on in that little room. :)
We mommies tend to worry about all sorts of things with our kiddos though.
Have a good weekend!!

Gina said...

I had a conference today for L and overanalyzed everything the teacher said too. She also said he's really slow to warm up when he gets into the room. Really? My kid???