Monday, April 30, 2012

An Unexpected Compliment

To get my rambunctious tots out of the house (and stop them from driving me insane with their constant power struggles), we spent the latter part of this morning at the local library working on puzzles. At some point I noticed a man walk in and head toward one of the back displays. (In hindsight, I realize he must have been there for some time, apparently observing us.) As we were wrapping up, he came over to compliment the children on their abilities (couldn't believe they were only four and two) and me for my teaching skills. He then asked about my educational background to determine if I would be eligible to teach kindergarten. Some compliment huh! Especially once he introduced himself as the Principal of the elementary school!

While not necessary, it's certainly nice to get independent confirmation that I'm doing something right. It negates the questions that pop up when I feel like I've literally spent the day breaking up fights and arbitrating for toddlers. I love my kids sincerely. Some days they are a handful and they need waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more structure than other days. But it seems their intellectual abilities exceed expectations and it feels damned great that my investment in them have a little to do with it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Disney Live

My family and I live in rural Alabama. This is challenging at times, but we are very grateful to be close to a larger city like Montgomery so that we may attend events like Disney Live at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center in order to expose our children to the finer points of city living.

Below is a picture summary of Snow White (my daughter's favorite), Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast:

You could not wipe the smile of my nearly three-year old daughter's face. Dressed in her Snow White costume [I thought I was original in this, but there were hundreds of other little girls dressed as one of the three princesses], she was truly on toddler cloud nine. My son enjoyed the first two stories, but grew restless during the third. I guess there weren't sufficient manly parts to keep him satisfied. Still, it was a terrific family outing, which I'm sure we'll do again soon.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Afternoon Challenge

Here's what happened...

I place my very tired 2 1/2 year-old daughter in her crib, kiss her goodbye, turn out the lights and close the door hoping she takes a well-deserved nap.

Amidst the sounds of toys being thrown around and bouncing up and down, I listen attentively for any signs she's slowing down.

She begins crying to come out of her crib. I ignore her cries because I am trying to convince myself that she will soothe herself and fall asleep. Yeah right.

Not able to take it anymore, I go into her room pick her up and settle into the rocking chair, still hoping there's a chance those puffy, red eyes will close for at least 40 minutes.

I'm watching the clock, highly alert to any changes in breathing. Sadly, there are none. As I continue to rock, I feel her former drowsiness leave her body for mine. I wonder who will give in first.

She begins pulling on the rocking chair cushions, my hair, her hair, and begins to fidget. Determined not to lose this battle, I pull her closer and begin to hum. I get sleepier.

She's really getting antsy now. The redness in the eyes are long gone. There's not hint of the sleepy little girl I saw hours ago. She begins pressing her feet into the arms of the rocking chair to propel herself up and away.

I admit defeat. She rises victorious.