I had a brief facebook convo with Kim from What’s that Smell yesterday and we were commenting on how we used to write just from the heart, about every day life and now, we rarely do. While I’m loving what HometoHeather.com has become and I’m loving the food and DIY projects so much, I do kinda miss those times were I was just journaling, really. Just writing for me. And so now, once in a while, I’ll do a post that’s just that. I won’t force it to fit into a category or worry about google finding it or all that other stuff I do to promote my other posts. These will just be simple posts of my thoughts. You know, the way I used to blog. Here goes….
Kindergarten is something I don’t remember much of from my own childhood so I’m reliving it through my daughter. It’s WEIRD. I mean, some of the stuff they do is just plain strange, and I suppose it helps the kids learn faster, easier, better but frig. For instance, she had two class parties this week. The first was a 100 days party where they celebrated the first 100 days of school. Fine, they learn how big 100 is and how to count by tens but get this – they celebrated by making a 100 days stew. Where each kid counted out 100 pieces of food (raisins, cheerios, marshmallows…) and then each kid brought that in and they mixed it all up together and ate it at snack time. Gross. And then today was their Valentines day party. It’s not good enough to give just cards anymore…now most of the kids are also giving candy. So she’s had way, way more candy this week than she’s normally allowed and as I type this, she’s calling out in her sleep with the second vivid dream of the evening. Likely induced by all the red food dye she’s ingested. Double Gross.
I’m feeling like I’m standing still these days, like all the days are mashing together into one big mess of sameness. Especially when my husband is out of town and I”m parenting solo. The routine is getting to me, and while it’s good we have a pretty rock solid routine, I find that it doesn’t leave much room for spontaneity and thinking outside the box and creativity and forward movement. I guess I need to set time aside to map out some goals and get working on where I want to end up.
Speaking of moving, I’m still working out on a regular basis. I’m down a pants size and eating well and feeling pretty good about things. I’m on the wagon and not getting off yet. Yay me.
Back to Kindergarten. My child had her parent / teacher conference this week and there were many nice things said about her. But then the teacher told her that when she’s drawing she needs to slow down and focus on details. Like how we wouldn’t ever color a cloud purple because clouds aren’t purple. I bit my tongue so hard. Why shouldn’t a Kindergarten kid be able to color the clouds whatever freakin color she wants to? Because she’s supposed to follow direction I suppose. She’s suppose to get with the program and become a good student who does what’s ‘normal.’ I didn’t like that….this is my reminder to tell Hannah she can color her clouds at school white, but at home they can be rainbows if she wants them to be. Gee…way to mold creative thinkers eh?
Ok. I guess that’s it for now. Time for bed. Goodnight.