August 28, 2008
August 27, 2008
Farrer was the closest school, most convenient and where most of David's friends will be attending. Wasatch has the best reputation in the area and isn't too far away (0.85 miles up 900 East). Freedom Academy is the best academics but they don't have the social and activity structure of the public schools (it is a charter school and we just found out today that he had the option to attend), and it is across town.
We decided to send David to Wasatch Elementary School. It is still relatively close, he's met the teacher, and there is a bus that drops him off after school about 2 blocks from our house. David is thrilled to be attending school and has be anxious all week but especially this morning. He has a post-it note on the clock to remind him what time we had to leave to get there on time; he's been checking the clock every 30 minutes, he had his backpack all packed last night, etc.
It was fun to watch David when we arrived at the school. He remembered right where to go and headed straight to class. Donovan and Michael tried to keep up but were so distracted by all the other school kids that they bumped into at least a half dozen students on their way to class. David hung up his backpack and began sorting his school supplies. When Michelle got there she helped David sort the rest of the supplies and paperwork. When we left David in his class Michael threw a minor tantrum because he wasn't going to be able to stay with David at school. We tried to explain that he had to be 5 years old and he is only 2 right now. Logic doesn't get you anywhere with kids!
Michelle has handled the seperation okay as she bid David farewell. I think that sending him to preschool last year has helped her transition this year. David was so cute giving both Michelle and I a hug and kiss before we left his room. It's amazing that he is growing up so fast!
August 26, 2008
August 25, 2008
While the dinner preperations were in full swing the kids were playing inside and outside as their whims directed. But Michael managed to find a small amount of "trouble" in his wanderings. He managed to discover that his head could fit through the leg slats of the dinner table but once through his head didn't come out quite as easily. Needless to say he express his distraught feelings and rallied the appropriate attention to be rescued (those expressions were relatively minor but they brought a chuckle to all the bystanders).
David managed to summon the great hunter inside and captured a wild animal in the backyard, a little field mouse. He claims to have found it in the sandbox while he was playing. It was definitely still alive and he was quite proud to show off his prize. Most of the family was just worried about the little critter getting loose in the house should it be dropped; secondly they were worried about the germs! It seems that only his dad was proud of the valiant efforts of his first born son. The mouse was returned to its "natural" habitat in the sand (where his caring uncle Leo quickly disposed of the remains).
August 23, 2008
August 22, 2008
Michelle decided that I would get to carry Michael and she would carry Aleky (David and Donovan would have to fend for themselves). So we took the child backpack for Michael. David and Donovan wanted to carry something too so we pulled out the hydration packs which were far too big for them and that was the backpacks they got to carry.
As it turns out, my 3 boys all made the entire hike to the “Y” and back again all on their own power. So I carried the child pack for nothing and Michelle ended up carrying the baby for the entire trail. We kept thinking that Michael would give up and I would carry him but he would have none of that…he wanted to hike just like David and Donovan.
By the end of the hike Donovan and Michael were completely worn out. David stayed at the head of the group and gave the big boys a run for their money. Michelle and Kelly hiked together and were able to continue cementing the bond of friendship that they share. I hiked and the tail end of the group keeping Michael on task (and occasionally helping Donovan too). It was nice in that it wasn’t too hot, we saw a beautiful sunset (with a nice alpine glow) and a cool evening breeze. Unfortuneatly the cool evening breeze was kicking up a lot of dirt and that was painful under the contact lenses but somehow we managed to hike down in the dark (with eyes full of dirt). At the end of the hike all the adults had “jell-o” legs. I suppose we’re a little out of shape.
I’m glad we went. The view was beautiful and we are able to add another family experience.