Saturday, October 27, 2007
This is the view from one of the windows in my entrance station. The station is called Maverick, for this mountain. I had to take the picture because the ocotillo is blooming. It's out of season, and it hasn't rained for a little while, so there aren't any leaves on it. For those who aren't familiar with this desert plant, it grows leaves when it's been wet, and drops them when it has dried out, independant of season. Usually it blooms in the Spring, regardless of weather.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
We went to Taylor's birthday party. He had a huge pinata, a lovely cake, and there was plenty of food. It was a nice chance to get together with some other parents and let the kids run around and be a little crazy. Four of Sam's class of six attended, as did his teacher. Awyn carried her cat through it all, including hitting the pinata.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Sam started Pre-Kindergarten on Tuesday. We are thrilled, he seems to love this. I guess I expected to be emotional, but really, he was only a couple of houses away, and it wasn't really any different than taking him to dance, story hour, or a play group. He was ready to go, and we were ready for him to be going. Awyn remains a bit jealous. She already has dance class envy. Poor little girl. Well, her time will come soon enough.
Sam also, for the first time, let me cut his hair without a tantrum, scream, or even a protest. Usually he's crying and saying things like, "scary, scary" the whole time, even with popsicles, candy, massive bribery, and daddy holding him on his lap. It's been so bad in the past that I've actually had to pin him with my legs and shave his head while he screamed bloody murder. Instead, I jokingly asked him if he'd let me cut his hair for some chocolate. He said yes! So I got out a bag of those Hershey's kissables, and fed him a surprisingly small stream of chocolate while he sat there calmly, saying that he wasn't scared, and how he was a big boy. "I'm just not scared." He sat in the chair, letting me spray him with my water bottle, trim with scissors, and then even use the clippers! I need better hair cutting scissors. The giant craft shears are a bit too much for Sam's little head.
They are learning their colors. This is a good sized class with six children, evenly numbered, three boys, three girls. Note Awyn's sitting next to her brother. When we went to pick him up she just had to join the class. Mrs. Kelling was great - she let Awyn participate in the song, learning about colors and counting.
Eric took the kids on a hike to Boquillas Canyon on Monday. I was, of course, working. All these pictures make me jealous. Now I want to go climb a sand dune and scoot to the bottom. Well, I should get the chance soon enough. Soon all the staff will be back from furlough and all the positions will be filled, and I can go back to my relatively light work schedule.