Friday, August 31, 2012

ready or not, here she comes

The other day, we had our meet the teacher/back to school party deal at Caroline's school.  After we visited with her former kindergarten teacher, we went out to the playground, and she looked at me and said, "Can you believe it?  No more kindergarten for me.  I'm finally a grader for the first time in my life!"  


Her new class has 8 kids from her old class, and all of them are friends.  Her new teacher has created quite a buzz within the 6-7 year old set with her class theme... they are SECRET AGENTS!  Each locker has a faux keypad and biometric scanner with the kid's name on it -- Special Agent Caroline.  The door is covered with yellow tape and restricted access signage.  The teacher advised the kids that they can't go in until the first day of school because there is a big surprise waiting.  [Hopefully it's not a waterboarding training session.]  This has built a lot of suspense and excitement... and detracts from the horrifying fact that, this year, it's the only first grade class in the kindergarten hallway. 

My nerd child had to be pried away from the back to school party, which is essentially is the death knell of summer, as she groaned, "I don't want to go.  I wish school was starting right now!!!"


As we sat together, hugging.

"Mama, I love you.  Even when you're kind of over the line."

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

going retro

Caroline was cuddling kitty Jane.  I walked by as she was nuzzling her and sighing, "Oh Jane, you starry-eyed little darling."

Friday, August 10, 2012

hopefully she backed up

Caroline is a bit of an overthinker/overworrier.  I was sitting next to her, trying to help her release the worries to the wind or other such self-helpy stuff.

Mama:  So do you have any more worries?

Caroline: No.

Mama:  Are you sure?

Caroline:  Yep.  [closes eyes] I'm looking in my mind right now.  It has no more worries.  It is completely empty.  If you could see it, you'd see that it is all black and empty... except for a small gray bar in the very back that says "No Saved Files."

Thursday, August 9, 2012

sister, friend, teacher

Overheard in the living room...

Caroline:  Sylvie, can you say 'large intestine'?

Sylvie:  Warge intestine!

Caroline:  Now can you say 'small intestine'?

Sylvie:  Small intestine!

Caroline:  Very good, Sylvie.  I think you're ready for preschool.

Monday, August 6, 2012

my poor future grandchildren

Caroline is making up new names for the girls' little Lalaloopsy dolls. 

So far, we have been reintroduced to:

Weirdo Bob
Roots Redhead
Blah Blah Stevenson
Monique Donut
Poop Cackle