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Kate and I watched a video of a 10 year old in Norway’s Got Talent. He was an amazing little pop and lock dancer who impressed us both. About thirty minutes later I was driving Kate to school, this little dancer, Tord, was still in her thoughts:

Mom, that 10 year old was a really good dancer.

Yes, he was.

Reilly is almost that old. I wonder how he is such a good dancer?

I don’t know.

I bet his parents don’t dance like that.

They might not.

I know… he’s probably adopted.

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Right from Left

We had all of our parent teacher conferences this week. Reilly’s was last night and both the girls were tonight. At Kate’s we spent sometime discussing Kate’s inability to confidently know her left from right. It was a light conversation because she is doing so well in areas that this was just funny topically to discuss.

After the conference Kate and I headed to her gymnastics class. We spoke of Shad’s and my meeting with the teachers and a couple of the things they pointed out as well as how well she is doing in class. I brought up the discussion of confidently knowing left from right. I said Kate we should continue to work on left and right and knowing which is which. Her reply was:

Well, I know this is my left (and she holds up her left hand) and I know this is my right and she holds up her right hand. I thought, well, it seems she does in fact know,┬ábut then she kept talking. BUT, when I turn around this is my left, well my fake left and this is my right, my fake right. So, when I turn this way my fake right is on my right is that right? Ummmmmmmm….. what? Well, when I turn this way I think is my left but I think it’s really my right so it’s my fake right. Right?

Ummmm… I am still not sure. Actually, I think my head is still spinning and it’s two hours later.

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In the blink of an eye an infant turns into a toddler, a toddler into a preschooler, preschooler into kindergartener, and a kindergartener into a first grader and so on… It’s so easy to get caught up in the frustrations of a day, the whining or fighting or complaining or crying or whatever the daily dose may be. BUT, as I see that eight years have flown by and Reilly is really finding his own way and his growing independence it causes me to reflect. I think about how his two feet used to fit in my one hand and this morning he came into my room to ask if he could borrow a pair of my socks. Reflection comes in so many ways, and so many things cause us to look back but I force myself to look forward all the time with the help of knowing what was behind me. I find that I want to always correct the things I didn’t do well, the yelling over things that in hindsight didn’t matter, the dishes I did instead of playing with cars on the floor, and the criticism I gave to him over issues that were actually mine and not his. It’s funny as a parent every corner you turn you see what could have been done differently. It’s one of those things that is magnified in your head like all the things that you did that were bad growing up. You never forget the test you cheated on, the candy bar you snagged, the kid you punched, the class you skipped, all that stuff. Parenting just carries over some of those things maybe my childhood was my preparation. I KNOW the things I wish I did different with Reilly and Kate and Shea and I forget to sometimes acknowledge the things I did really well. (note these are my thoughts not Shad’s – although I suspect we feel the same way. We are really on the same page with this kind of stuff).

I looked in on the kids before I went to bed last night. I sat on Shea’s bottom bunk and just stared at her – her crib was behind my back. As I sat there I realized how much of her little life had already made it’s way past me. I just love her – all of them – so much. As I sat there rubbing her leg as she slept with her thumb in her mouth and her little animal upside down pressed against her face as she snuggled with it – I thought to myself ┬ájust two weeks ago you were in a crib. Two months ago you were in diapers and two years ago you were a little child who needed me for everything.

Maybe it’s fast approaching autumn that makes me feel the change so much. Another summer has past and it’s the time of year that reinforces that a year has passed is more evident than ever. Perhaps it’s when nostalgia sets in and we all get prepared to “hibernate” till spring. I don’t know. I just know part of me feels a sadness that these wonderful years as a parent of young children are ending. In the next two months Shea may be in school full-time (or someone will come to the house) so a lot of changes are in the air. Life changing changes if you know what I mean.

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So… I just launched this site/blog for Reilly’s school, the Early Learning Center of Milford. I used wordpress to do it and was psyched at the flexibility in the template we selected. It’s super cool, if you get a chance, check it out, and let me know what you think.

www.elcmilford.com

It is so relevant for the school to be online as the scope of Kindergarten is changing in Milford. The town is going to introduce/offer Kindergarten to the public next year, and if you have been reading my blog you know that I think that not having public kindergarten is mind-boggling. Anyway, I’m happy to see that ELCM is going to offer a full day program – it will continue to give the kids a solid foundation for when they move into the elementary school. Public is going to be a TOUGH thing for at least a few years (I would imagine) it will be interesting to watch…

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Big Man on Campus

Summer has come to an end and Reilly will have some structure in his life once again. Today was the first day of Kindergarten for Reilly! He was pretty excited to be one of the big guys at his school given that this is his third year in this program.

Unfortunately, Milford New Hampshire is one of the six towns in NH that STILL do not offer public kindergarten. It has been mandated by the state to have public Kindergarten offered in the fall of 09, so, 08 is another tuition-filled year for Reilly. I’m sorry, why do I pay property taxes that are comparable to our property taxes in California? It must not be for the public schools.

Thankfully, it’s going to be a good growth year for him. He’s so eager and he’s anxious and he thinks he’s in complete control. He’s eager to read and to write in lower case letters and he is excited to talk about Math and the Presidents and more. He is craving learning in a way that has not been as obvious to us in the past. He tries to teach Shad and I stuff when he comes home as if he’s the only one who knows the information. It’s so exciting to see him enthusiastic and so confident that he is knows all this new information.

Shad and I find it incredible as we watch him process information and try to grasp or make sense of new things. It’s invigorating in it’s own way.

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