Thursday, June 18, 2009

Anna graduates 5th grade!

Anna had her graduation cermony tonight. Not a real graduation like from high school or college, but one of those made up graduations, in this case from fifth grade. (Update -- I have been informed this was actually a "completion ceremony", and was not a graduation ceremony. I stand corrected. Thanks Deb!)

I know I start to sound like an old fart when I say things like "When I was her age we didn't graduate until high school" but that is honestly about all I could think about during the ceremony. And it was a long ceremony, complete with multiple musical interludes allowing each class in turn to regale us with their xylophone bravado. All recorded on a multitude of parental videotaping equipment. Huzzah!

Well, anyway, I suppose it is a good thing that accomplishment is encouraged, and it was great to see Anna and her friends up on stage, all so proud about that they have accomplished.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Friday near the end of the School Year

Anna and I rode our bicycles to and from her school yesterday. It was a lot of fun. It was one of the last days in the school year. She was very excited. She pointed out some weeds growing in a runoff drain and said "You see, its important for me to see wild plants like this. There are less and less of them around on the world these days."

Of course, this meant that I had to ride all of the way to school, and then ride back home. And then in the afternoon I had to ride all the way to school and then back with Anna. Actually, in the afternoon I was running a little late and had to sprint all the way to school to make it their on time.

The ride from our house to the school is awesome, the whole way is on bike paths. On the way, Anna made a point of saying hello to everyone she went past on the bike path. Not surprisingly, everyone said hello to her back, usually with a smile.

Later that evening there was a Girl Scout campout. I use the term loosely, because the camput was in the backyard of a friend's house, and they have a pool. Of course, this reminds me of a joke. How many Girl Scouts does it takes to set up a tent?

Answer: None! -- Just get your dad (the troop leaders husband) to do it! I got commisioned into setting up our tent, and then setting up someone else's large tent that I had never seen before. ("Oh, honey, you're so good at setting up tents, would you mind setting up Jeremy's tent also?") After all of that I was about ready for bed, so I grabbed the boys and headed home.

Of course the boys didn't want to leave because they were both in their elements; PJ was swimming in the pool and Sam was hanging out with a bunch of older women. But I packed them up and headed home. Once I got home, a friend of PJ's stopped by and asked if PJ could go for a sleepover at his house. Sweet! 2 down, 1 to go. I got PJ out the door, and then Sam and I sat down to a game of "Who cut the cheese."

After the game, I made a large bowl of popcorn and Sam and I sat down to watch "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" which surprisingly Sam enjoyed a lot. He fell asleep halfway through it though. After watching him sleep for about ten minutes I carefully picked him up and carried him up the stairs. About halfway up the staircase he stiffened, and tried to stand up while I was carrying him. "What are you doing?" he asked me.

"I was just bringing you upstairs to take a rest."

"No! I want to watch the movie." He said. I sighed. I took him back down the stairs and put him on the chair again, where he slept until the movie was over.

Finally I got Sam into bed, by which time I had time to myself, of course I just wanted to go to sleep by then. But I figured I was doing pretty good for a Friday.