We were waiting at the bus stop

First day of kindergarten, of his everyday life for the next 13+ years and he was most excited about finally getting to ride the bus to school.

We took him to school that morning and promised to be at the bus stop when he got there that afternoon.  At his school orientation they had us fill out all the paperwork on which bus he was to ride and even a special paper regarding just the 1st day of school on whether or not he would that day or if it would be different for the 1st day.

That afternoon when the time came we walked down the street to wait at the bus stop.  We were the first ones there and were excited to see him get off the bus and come tell us all about his first day at “big kid” school.  Other parents started showing up to wait for their kids shortly after us.  Then my phone rang.  I just so happened to take my phone with me in case I wanted to snap some pictures of him getting off the bus.  Since we just moved here and not many people from here call me I wasn’t sure who it was since it was a local number.  It was his school… they said that the older students that help getting the kindergartners to the right pickup place had somehow taken Jax to the car pick up line, therefore he missed his bus because it had already left.  They asked if I could come get him or if they needed to send him to after-school care.  I told them I was on my way.  We walked back home, and I’m sure everyone else at the bus stop was wondering why we were leaving, and I headed to the school.

When I got there I found out that they had realized the bus hadn’t left yet so they put Jax on it and then had the driver wait while they called me to let me know.  However, either they dialed the wrong number or I didn’t have a signal on my way because I never got the call.  If I had I would’ve told them to keep him on it cause I knew how bad he wanted to ride it.  Since they weren’t able to get a hold of me again they pulled Jax back off the bus and had him wait in the office until I got there.  Here he was, his first day in a new school and now he was being pulled in every direction and didn’t have a clue what was going on.  He looked scared and upset when I got there.  And he was mad too since he didn’t get to ride the bus.  He said I was on there but then they made me get back off again.  He even had a big piece of paper tapped to his chest that said his name, bus # and address so they would know that he was to ride the bus.  I know mistakes happen and no they didn’t lose him but still how could this happen.

Our ride home was very quiet from the back seat.  I tried asking him questions about his day, all the questions I had hoped he would run off the bus to tell me about that afternoon but he wasn’t in the mood for it.  After getting his name wrong the other day and now this I was starting to wonder how the school year was going to go considering this was just the first day.

Luckily the next morning his happy mood was back and he was still excited about going back to school.  He was up before me and half dressed already.  He watched for his friends to start heading to the bus stop and was telling me to hurry up it was time to go.  I introduced him to the bus driver that morning and let the driver know that he would be riding it home too.  And it’s funny because his bus driver is actually my dads childhood friend and was his bestman at my parents wedding almost 40 years ago.  I told him who I was and he said oh yeah me and your dad go way way way way back.  He seems like a nice guy, I’m glad it’s him cause mean bus drivers are never fun.  I told my dad about him being the driver and oh the stories I have been told about their childhood days.  It’s funny how it really is such a small world.

Needless to say, Jax got to ride the bus that morning and he was on it that afternoon as well and walked off with his big cute smile.  He finally got to do what he wanted to do for so long.  Since then everything has been smooth sailing so hopefully we got the bumps in the road all smoothed out now.

Here’s to wishing him a fun and memorable year in Kindergarten.

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Checking off my list one thing at a time

Some weeks you feel like the week is over before it even starts.  You wonder where all the days went considering there is seven of them, but yet you seem to have accomplished nothing during those seven days.  Other weeks are the opposite and if you’re like me you enjoy the feeling those weeks bring you.

Although I feel there is still so much to do everyday I am glad that this week feels like the weeks where I get a lot accomplished.

Even though it may just be small things, they are small things that needed to be done.

I was finally able to enroll my son in Kindergarten in the new town we just moved to, but don’t get me started on that topic yet.  School starts in 2 weeks and his birthday is the day before. Yay for him right?!  So he’s enrolled and we have gotten all his school supplies, except the one thing that I guess all of the teachers want since every store is out of them.  And even got all his birthday invitations mailed out and his party booked.  For his birthday he decided that he wanted bunk beds for his room, and they were delivered today so he got them a little early and now has his room fixed up.  I let him pick out new sheets and curtains for his new room and got them washed and put on his bed and the curtains hung.  He’s a happy little boy tonight!  Also got his haircut and signed him up for soccer this season.

Bunk beds

As for me, I’ve managed to get a lot of paperwork done this week and I even signed up for a gym membership.  Haven’t actually gone yet but hey signing up is a start and I will go, I’m ready to.  My older sister joined and we are going to do this together.  I need to do this and want to do this for me.

Maybe it isn’t much but things are getting done this week.  Now if only the rest of the boxes from our move would unpack themselves that would be great because I’m pretty sure I’m not getting that done this week.

How is your week going?  Do you have weeks where you look back and wonder where they went too?

Obsessing Over School

This week was a long rough one and I couldn’t be happier that its over. When it comes to school, I overdo it. I haven’t always been this way, until senior year of High School I basically just got by. Going out with my friends was more important and I don’t think I ever thought about the future, like it wasn’t coming. I switched schools so many times I was never on track with the new school I started. I had either already learned the material, so I would become lazy or I was so behind that I didn’t bother to ask questions.

But now is a different story, I obsess over a perfect grade. I study for hours, and when you aren’t interested in a class it makes it even more difficult to remember the material. That’s what makes exam week so sucky, I am constantly studying because I can’t seem to remember the material to save my life and help me if I receive lower than an A.

I’m not even sure all the stress is worth it, I don’t know why I feel the urge to maintain a 4.0 or to makes Dean’s List. I think I’m making up for lost time. All the times I would be fine with a C or D in high school, I guess I just need to prove to myself that I am capable.



Brownie Hearts

Today is my son’s snack day at school so last night we made Brownie Hearts.  He had seen a picture on the side of a cake box the other week and decided that is what he wanted to make since it was just Valentines Day.  They are easy to make and he had fun decorating them.  If you want to make them yourself, here is the how to…

What you need:
*    1-2 Boxes of brownie mix.  (depends on how many you want to make, and can be any brand of mix)
*    Heart shaped cookie cutter
*    Foil
*    Cooking spray
*    13×9 Cake pan (2 if doing 2 boxes or you can do 1 at a time)
*    Icing and/or decorations of your choice

  1. Line cake pan(s) with foil and spray with cooking spray. (this way after baking you can lift the brownies out of the pan for easier cutting.)
  2. Bake brownies as directed on the box.  (I mixed both boxes at same time and put 1/2 of batter in each pan.)
  3. Let brownies cool for a few hours. (or they will be to soft and crumble)
  4. Lift brownies out of pan by lifting up the foil on both ends and lay flat on counter.
  5. Use your heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out the hearts by pushing into the brownies easily. (the closer together you get them the more final pieces you will have)
  6. Trim around the hearts with a knife. (some cookie cutters may not be long enough to cut all the way through, this will fix that)
  7. Remove the excess pieces around the hearts and then place your hearts either on the platter you plan to store them of or on a piece of wax paper etc. for decorating.
  8. Decorate your brownie hearts any way your heart desires. 😉  (My son decorated his with blue icing as you can see in the picture.)
  9. Enjoy! (you can also eat the “extra trimmings”, or add them to a bowl of ice cream. Mmmm)
    Brownie Hearts
    Brownie Hearts

    ***You can use any shape you like.  At Christmas time we did this but just cut out triangles and then stuck part of a small candy cane in the middle of the straight bottom side as the tree stump and decorated them as Christmas trees.

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