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Thursday, March 27, 2008
My Boy and His Books
My Favorite Boy loves to read (this makes me very happy). Lately, he has been reading the Magic Tree House series. On Friday evening, we picked up seven of these books from the library. By Saturday afternoon, he had read them all and was asking, "When are we ever going to the library to pick up more books?" I kindly reminded him that it hadn't even been 24 hours since we were last there.

He took a break from reading on Saturday afternoon for me to take him to Horton Hears a Who at the movie theater. As we were preparing to leave, I asked him to go to the car and buckle up. A few minutes later, I followed him into the garage, put the garage door up, started the car, backed out, put the garage door down, and drove toward the entrance of our subdivision. At that point, I realized that I was in the car ALONE! I returned home quickly. In my mind, I was imagining my Favorite Boy crying frantically because his mother left him. As soon as the garage door was up, I ran into the house to find him.

He wasn't anywhere in the house. I was beginning to worry, and I started yelling his name. I heard a faint response coming from the garage. I ran out there and found him in his dad's vehicle, reading calmly. He was so engrossed his book that when I left, he didn't even notice. I couldn't believe that he didn't notice the garage going from darkness to light or see the car backing out or hear the loud clanging of the garage door opening and closing.

I felt relief when I found him, and also a little bit of joy. My boy loves books! He may be his Daddy's boy when it comes to sports; but when he crawls into bed and asks for just a few more minutes to read, I know he is mine!


  posted at 9:59 AM  

Monday, March 24, 2008
Rest and Relaxation
Spring Break is in the past. We had a wonderful week! I mentioned that my mom was coming for a visit. She arrived last Tuesday and will be here until Wednesday. I did not mention, however, that I was planning an escape! Thanks to two babysitters named Grandma (my MIL) and Grammy (my mom), I was able to accompany my husband on one of his work trips for two and a half days. His meeting was at the Boca Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Florida. I haven't been anywhere without children since July of 2005, so this was quite a treat (although I admit that I cried when I left the kids).

My hubby was in meetings the entire time, so I enjoyed the scenery, read, and relaxed. I have never been to Europe, but the resort had a very Spanish/European feel to it. This was the environment I enjoyed for two days...

I had two favorite reading spots. In the first, I could sit with a view of the water behind me and a beautiful courtyard in front of me.

In my other reading spot, I sat under a tile overhang next to a lovely croquet field. I didn't know people really played croquet! I could never participate in this sport because you have to wear all white. I can't even imagine having all white outfits and children in the same house. :)

I spent most of my time reading, but I also took a short walk on the beach and slept a little more than usual. Thanks so much to Grandma and Grammy for making the trip possible. Now, I am ready to return to the real world!


  posted at 9:58 AM  

Friday, March 14, 2008
A Kid at Heart
On Friday, I had the opportunity to accompany my Favorite Boy on a field trip. We loaded the buses and headed into the city for a production of Go, Dog. Go! at the Nashville Children's Theatre. As I sat on the bus, surrounded by eager kindergartners, I couldn't help but smile. This is what I heard all around me.

"Look! A bridge! WOW! Look! A big truck! Do you see that? That building is HUGE! Look at that building with a blue roof! COOL!"

It was so fun to see the world through their eyes. The bridges they were so excited about were really interstate overpasses, but as far as they were concerned, the structures were as awe inspiring as the Golden Gate. I am certain it has been quite a while since I saw a concrete overpass and thought, "Wow!" But with the children, everything was the COOLEST. THING. EVER!

The show was fun, and both the kids and adults enjoyed every minute. The standing ovation, however, came as we drove away from the theater. As we left the downtown area, we drove past LP field (home of the Titans). The kids were all standing and yelling, their excitement at seeing the large stadium couldn't be contained. Over all the screams of "WOW!" and "COOL!", they could barely hear the adults saying "Please sit down on your bottom while the bus is moving."

And, although I didn't share their wonder when it came to the overpasses or stand and cheer when I saw the stadium, I still enjoyed attending the play, even though it was directed primarily toward the children. I guess I still have a little bit of kid in me!

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