Monday, January 31, 2011
I'm about to go pick him up now, but I think we have achieved liftoff. Successful first day.
It's an interesting gig, this whole parenting thing. Such a mix of emotions. I'm excited for him, but wishing this day hadn't come just quite yet. I trust his teacher and know she's excellent, but I hope she realizes that he is in fact The Golden Child. I feel like we've done well preparing him, but I keep thinking of all the things we've forgotten to teach him. Case in point: how to tuck a shirt in. I realized this morning as I put his uniform on. Nate's wardrobe is pretty much exclusively non-tuckable clothing. He won't know how to tuck his shirt back in after he goes to the bathroom. (Which, by the way, "going potty at school" is a whole other source of angst that I didn't anticipate.) So we had a quick tucking tutorial this morning.
It's hot as blazes here today. Blazes, I tell you! So I'm off to pick up the kids and then we will hide in the pool until sundown.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The little area we were in is actually called Fairy Meadow. How cute is that? No actual fairies were spotted, but still. It was a lovely, relaxing five days, with lots of swimming. I read a Robert Ludlum novel, which isn't my usual thing. I mean, I watched the Bourne movies cause Matt Damon is is them, duh! I don't normally read spy novels though.
It's called "The Sigma Protocol" and it's mostly about old Nazis. I think I could come up with lots of plausible sounding titles for spy books--they all sound the same. "The Delta Debacle." "The Byzantine Curse." "The Amsterdam Key." Ya know?
About halfway through this book (not a Bourne novel), I thought "Meh." I then read all 600+ pages cause I was on holiday and what else are you gonna do.
Now we are home, with one week to go before school starts. Lots to do! And also, I am having 3 couples over to dinner tonight and it is about 247 degrees in my house right now.
Send ice chips.
Thank you and good night. Xoxo
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Look at her--she's like, "Really? You thought this would work out, did you?" Here's another look from a picture I took today:After I did it I told Jason, "Oh no! She looks like Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber!"It's okay, you can say it. She totally does. And for the next 2-4 weeks, we will learn to accept it.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Ewwwwww!!! And it was alive!! (The bug, not the clothespin, of course.) He and I both screamed, and he flung it from his hand as hard as he could. Then he burst into tears. Obviously, this gimormous bug had found a home in Nate's shirt while I'd left it to dry. The wings are huge--that's what had made it sound like something wrapped in plastic.
He clung to me for a moment, all 5 year old boy bravado momentarily abandoned. "I'm sorry buddy," I said. He wailed through tears, "I thought it was a lolly! I thought it was a lollyyyyy!!"
And I thought, here is a child that is only used to the good kind of surprise. Who else would assume that a large, unseen object in your hand is a lolly, miraculously appearing in the sleeve of your swim shirt? Nate assumes that life is just this good to him. I found that sentiment funny and sweet, and a little heartbreaking--as I guess a mama would.
Needless to say, I think we'll all be a little more cautious from here on.
Friday, January 14, 2011
A U.S. citizen may acquire foreign citizenship by marriage, or a person naturalized as a U.S. citizen may not lose the citizenship of the country of birth.U.S. law does not mention dual nationality or require a person to choose one citizenship or another. Also, a person who is automatically granted another citizenship does not risk losing U.S. citizenship. However, a person who acquires a foreign citizenship by applying for it may lose U.S. citizenship. In order to lose U.S. citizenship, the law requires that the person must apply for the foreign citizenship voluntarily, by free choice, and with the intention to give up U.S. citizenship."
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Anyway, today, the river that runs through Brisbane began to rise to dangerous levels and the downtown area emptied completely--all the office workers, visitors, and others fleeing. Throughout the afternoon today, I read the Facebook status updates of a friend of mine. Her husband was trying to get home from his office in the city. He was hoping to catch a bus home, and every bus that came by was jam-packed with people doing the same thing. I watched her updates as the time ticked on, and finally he was able to get a spot on an express bus. They are all fine and safe at home, but I know that many others aren't. The last report I read said that nearly 70 people are missing and 10 have died.
If you live here in Australia, you know all this. And if you live elsewhere and watch lots of TV news, you might know all this, too. But if you didn't, I wanted to let you know what's going on. To pray for those that are missing loved ones or who have lost family members, and to pray for the many, many who have had to flee their homes. There's a verse in Isaiah that I keep thinking of: "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you...". Lord, let it be so.
Thanks, y'all. xoxo
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Nate: Burping is actually just my *fourth* talent.
Me: Really? Cause that was pretty good. What are your other three talents?
Nate: Well. My first is being a good little brother. My second is snapping--
Me: That's true--you picked that up pretty quickly.
Nate: --and my third is bothering my sisters.
Me: Wow, Nate. I can't argue with any of those! You really are talented at all four of those things.
Nate: I have a few other talents, too. But they're SECRET ones. I can't tell you.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
So instead of a deep thinking resolution, introspective kind of thing, I give you this:
Here is a young man enjoying his Subway sandwich with his underwear CLEARLY displayed above his jeans, which were firmly belted around his mid-thighs. I know. I KNOW. Jason and I were at the mall yesterday and we walked past him as we were leaving the food court. I was in awe. And lest you think his pants slipped down too far and he was unaware, may I offer Exhibit A? The belt, sir. The belt.
Now, I think we can all agree that this is just wrong. Yes? Okay. But here is what may possibly be more wrong. As Jase and I passed him, I whispered, "I really have to get a picture of this." And in what seemed to be a choreographed movement, Jason continued forward with the stroller and I curved off to the right. Casually--oh so casually!--I strolled along, as if I were choosing between the kebab place or the salad place. I eased into a seat behind that poor dude and pulled out my phone as if to check for a text message. I snapped a quick picture and contemplated moving in for a closer shot. I didn't want to blow my cover though, so I pocketed my phone and made for the Dollar Shop just beyond the food court.
So, wrong as this guy's fashion choices are, it is probably worse that my immediate reaction was to take his picture. These kind of covert ops seem to run in the family. I was only thinking of you. It's just that sometimes life throws something absolutely ridiculous in your path and it simply must be shared. And when that happens, far be it from me to let you down. Plus, whatever issues you might be having today, I bet you remembered to pull your pants up all the way. So this could also be encouraging.
And thus ends my first post of the New Year. Just me sneaking a photo of a dude I don't know. A dude, innocently eating Subway with his drawers hanging out. And I promise you this--in 2011, I will strive to maintain this high level of quality and reflection.
You deserve nothing less.