The First Day of Kindergarten!

September 6th, 2012

Today, I hope you had fun. Today, I hope you made a friend that is as funny as you and that you crack each other up all year long. Today, I hope you learn that you love school. Today, I missed you.

Drop off went smoothly. This year, since your brother has already gone to that school for three years, we were greeted by a lot of friendly faces which made the first day less scary. We had quite a bit of time for you to play before the bell rang and right before you went in Daddy found you a “good luck” praying mantis. We were able to come into class and say goodbye to you there. You did great. You seemed a bit quiet taking it all in, but there were no tears from you. I teared up, but you being so brave made me brave, too.

Liam, you are funny, sweet, sensitive, loving, quiet, loud, inquisitive, peaceful, affectionate, and kind. I have loved having you all to myself these last 5 1/2 years, but I know you are about to get the tools you will need to continue down life’s path. We are beyond proud and lucky to have you to call our son!



Day 1

September 6th, 2012

So here we are. That was a fast 30 days. We did not do much today, in fact you and your brothers played in your jammies until 2 in the afternoon.  For dinner you and your brother got to choose the location, The Rainforest Cafe. Off we went with your Gramma and brothers for a wild dinner (Daddy was out of town until late this evening).   You and Jack had the best time, you guys love to wander and look at all the fish and animals.  Baby brother was pretty freaked out and I spent most of my dinner reassuring him that a giant mechanical Gorilla would not eat him.  Gramma polished  off the evening by buying you guys some cookies that were quickly devoured.

When we arrived home I had a gift for all three of you boys.  A book each that was fitting to the stage you each are in….You got two though.

The first one was Curious George Goes To School.  If I could personally thank H. A. and Margret Rey I would.  Their books and the cartoon based on their books are what helped us get you through your second and most challenging year of life.  You were sick a lot and super sensitive. At times that you were almost inconsolable,  we learned that if we turned that show on or read you one of the books you were instantly calmed.  Your second Birthday was even themed to Curious George.   We still love to watch it together.

The second book was to comfort you.  Lately, you have been worried sometimes asking me if I would ever leave you and go live somewhere else.  I know in your heart you don’t really think I would, and I know you just want to hear the words “I would never leave” to comfort you little mind.  I am sure these worries have something to do with school starting as well.  So I thought this book was perfect.  Nancy Tillman’s Wherever You Are -My Love Will Find You.

I put you and your brother to bed tonight and I read your new books.  When I got to this part I could barely read it out loud

“And if someday you’re lonely, or someday you’re sad, or you strike out at baseball, or think you’ve been bad…
just lift up your face, feel the wind in your hair. That’s me, my sweet baby, my love is right there.”

When we were done with the books we talked some and then some more, and then some…sleep was not coming easy.  I finally had to give the final “OK..no more talking!”  to which you said “Um Mommy, just one more thing, I love you more then anything.” then you went to sleep.  That totally sounds made up, but it is totally not.

To our next chapter my sweet L, off we go….

 

Day 2

September 4th, 2012

Your Dad will be out of town tomorrow so tonight we wanted to have one last Summer fun night at Disneyland.  The park was pretty empty so we knew we would have a great time, but something else I wasn’t expecting happened that made both of our nights that much better.  You went on three new rides I previously NEVER could get you on.  Not only did you go on them and conquer your fear, you loved them.  This may not seem like a big deal to some people, but  to your Dad and I it was. We have been patiently waiting for the day that we could take you guys on just about anything.  Lately, it seems like you and your brother are getting braver and braver, faster and faster.

You also gained some more independence when your Dad and I let you and Jack wander off to explore in the wilderness explorer area at California Adventure.  We were never far from you guys, but you both felt pretty grown up being on your own.

Sometimes I am sad that you are growing up. I am.  But, I am also looking forward to a lot of things that I hope are in store for us  in the future.  To name a few:  going to see movies that are not cartoons in the theater, going to fancy restaurants and just talking instead of thinking of a million ways to keep you occupied until the food comes, cracking up at inside jokes, car trips, watching TV marathons of our favorite shows, mercilessly pranking your Dad, and of course a lot more trips to amusement parks where you are brave enough to go on everything.  I hope you know what a gift you are to us.

Day 3

September 3rd, 2012

It’s Labor Day, so your Dad had the day off.  We had Disneyland plans, but when we drove to the parking lot we quickly realized so did everyone else.  I asked you and your brothers if you wanted to stay and you both decided no and that you would rather go to Zoomars.  Zoomars is a local little petting zoo that you and your brother adore.  If I let you, I am pretty sure you guys would stay there holding guinea pigs and rabbits the entire day.

I am so proud of how much you love animals and how gentle you are with them.  Today was borderline cuteness overload as you were so sweet with your baby brother as well.  You kept getting him his own guinea pigs and showing him all the animals.  He already looks up to you so much and I have a feeling he is going to miss you terribly while you are at school.  Pick ups are probably going to be the highlight of his day!

Day 4

September 2nd, 2012

Today was another full Summer day.  You started off on a bike ride with you Dad, Jack, Aunt Ali and Uncle Bryan and cousin Quinn.  After that we went shopping and you picked out your first day of school shirt. Then to a park where you ran and ran all over the place.  This was followed by an evening at Gramma’s for dinner and special cupcakes made by your Aunt Erin who you adore.

When I got home I was going through some pictures and came across the following picture of you at about 11 months.  This was always one of my favorite pictures of you and tonight I found myself just staring and staring at it.  I just wish someone could explain to me how we got here to Kindergarten so fast.

Day 5

September 1st, 2012

Shoes.  What a nightmare.  You and your brother love wearing Crocs.  You guys have had just about every color of them since you were a one year old.  You have had other shoes but you never like the confinement and hotness of them.

Tonight we went to the store to buy your new school shoes because, unfortunately, Crocs are not allowed at school.  It is Labor day weekend and the store was packed and the selection was pathetic.  After about an hour of trying on every shoe they had left, Jack finally picked out a black pair of Nikes that he said would make him go super fast at school.  So, of course, you had to have that same pair, too.  And, of course, in your size they only had a bright orange pair that were Nike, but a different style.  You said you loved them and I bought them.  After I waited in line and paid, I noticed you looked a little sad.  I asked you what was wrong and you told me the shoes you got kind of hurt , but you really wanted to have new shoes tonight and were hoping those ones would make you really fast at school like Jack’s.  I took the shoes off and noticed you had red lines all over your feet from where they were too tight.  I got the sales clerk and asked her if she could just look one last time to see if they had the same pair we got Jack.  To my surprise, out she came with the same shoes Jack got in almost your size, just 1/2 size bigger.  You tried them on and hallelujah they worked!  I exchanged the other pair and I am so happy that now I know you will be super fast at school too.

Day 6

August 31st, 2012

Tonight our house is quiet because you and your older brother went to cousin Quinn’s house for a much wanted sleep over.  I miss your little voice tonight asking me, “Mommy, can you get me a drink?” 50 times in one night.  Really, you might not be that big on food, but you love, love, love a good beverage.

Earlier in the day, I happened to have my camera up in the front seat with me and captured a picture of you and your brother cracking each other up in the back seat.  You just looked so grown up to me in that rear view mirror.  Sometimes when I look in the rear view mirror and spot you,  I almost expect to see that cute lil 2 year old Liam sitting back there staring at me with those dinner plate eyes.  Sometimes I feel like my breath is being taken away and think “when did you get so big?”  Sometimes I get sad that before I know it you might be driving and looking at me in that rear view mirror wondering, “When did Mom get so old?”

Then I snap back into reality and remember I decided am not going to get old.

Day 7

August 30th, 2012

Ack! One week left!!!

Today they posted the class list for your school. You and your brother both ended up in the classes that we were hoping for!  Hooray!!  For some odd reason, even though I explained it a million times, you were really worried the list was going to tell you that you had to go to a different school.  You were pretty happy when you got the confirmation that you were officially going to school with Jack.  After we saw the list and got back in the car, you asked me if I saw if any bullies names were on the list.  Oh Liam, I so wish it was that easy to pick them out….

Day 8

August 29th, 2012

All Summer we passed the (non-licensed character) school backpack lined windows of the picture perfect store Pottery Barn Kids at the mall.  All summer I kept saying, “Look at how cute that one is Liam, don’t you love it for school?” All summer you answered, “I am just not that into those ones Mommy.” One Toys R Us trip you found the ones you wanted you were in love and I had to kiss my “picture perfect” backpack hopes goodbye.  I would have never even given the backpack and lunch bag you picked a second glance, or even a first glance for that matter.  Tonight as I was going through and sorting all your new school supplies I realized I have to let go of some things and that if it makes you happy it makes me happy, too.  Anyways, there is always hope that next year you will let me pick it out!

 

Day 9

August 28th, 2012

All Summer you have had one request: Legoland.  Today,  your wish was granted.  We went and I am pretty sure a smile never left your face.  You are kind of a timid little guy - scratch that - a really timid guy. So when you get up the nerve to try something new it is a big, big deal.  Today you went on a big raft waterslide that your were pretty nervous about with your Dad and Jack.  When you came to tell me what you had just acomplished the pride was jumping off of you.  I just love that look on you and I look forward to seeing it more and more.

Day 10

August 27th, 2012

So today was kind of amazing. Just the kind of perfect, never-to-forget, wish-you-could-have-everyday kind of day. We just randomly roamed as a family in Carlsbad with no direction and just had the best time.

In an odd twist of fate though, we decided to go by an old train station to look around.  As we were walking by we heard a train coming.  At first when we saw the engine it looked like just a freight train, but as it began to pass we quickly realized it was the Circus Train!!  For 3 years, with no luck, we have been chasing that darn thing down and miss it every year.  In fact the first day of your brother’s “30 Days to Kindergarten” was about us missing it:  http://www.jennerrose.com/30days/?p=3.

I just couldn’t believe it.  All the random things that had to happen for us to be right there at that moment.  It just made me think how sometimes the littlest things can send you the biggest messages. I have a feeling your kindergarten year is going to be smoother than I thought.

By the way, your dear ol’ Dad turned 36 today.  You love him so much!

Day 11

August 26th, 2012

It was time to get out of town for a bit and get our minds off of this whole school starting thing and also celebrate your Dad’s birthday.  We went far, far away - all the way to Carlsbad.  Ok, so it wasn’t that far, or somewhere completely new and only 40 minutes from our house.  It didn’t matter, you and your Brothers did not care where we went.  Truth is, you guys just adore being on vacation.  When I asked you tonight why you love being on vacation, you said, “because we get to spend all of our time together.”  I couldn’t have said it better.  At least that is a good thing about school starting, we know we have Summer vacations to look forward to!

 

Day 12

August 25th, 2012

Tonight you came along with me on a trip to the store Target because you said “You look like you need some company.”  I did and I am glad you came with me.

On the way there we started talking about your fear of heights and you told me you were afraid kids at school might find out and call you a “ol’ scaredy cat”.  Can I just pause for a second and say that I just love that you use words like ol’ scaredy cat?  Ok… anyways, lately you have been voicing a lot of concern mixed with excitement for what you are about to journey into at school.

Having gone through school, I do know a few things.  I know there will be a lot of fun times; Lunch with friends, holiday parties, A’s on tests (for me rarely, but when I did, it was awesome), school carnivals, learning about just everything.  I also know there will be some tough times, especially those awkward early teen years where someone might even end up calling you a scaredy cat.  A mixed bag of emotions school is, but just like my folks were there for me every inch of the way, we will be there for you. Unfortunately for me, with pictures to prove just how awkward those teens years were :(

 

Day 13

August 24th, 2012

On our walk tonight looking out at the picturesque view of Dana Point I called out to your Dad “Come get in a picture with Liam.”  You stopped him and said “But Mommy, you are never in pictures, you be in this one!”

Oh man, you kill me with your sweetness sometimes. I didn’t know you even noticed that I was never in pictures.

 

Day 14

August 23rd, 2012

Today was perfect and you and your brothers were in such a great moods today.  It started with you and Jack making a whole railroad town for your hamsters.  I am not thrilled that I no longer have  a kitchen table, but at least the hamsters have a way to get around.  Next we found ourselves going to one of your favorite museums “Pretend City”.  They have little time cards that you can fill out and earn money by doing jobs around the museum.  You love this…I have no doubt that you will enjoy working in the future.  Sometimes you actually ask me if you can Clorox the kitchen for fun…I am not kidding.  When daddy got home we ended the night with some late swimming and hot dogs.  Only 14 days left to do exactly as we please…well, at least till next Summer.

Day 15 (A post by Daddy)

August 22nd, 2012

I know you.  I do.  Not just because I’ve been with you your whole life, but because I’ve been you my whole life.

Not exactly you, of course, but some resemblance of you.  I see so much of myself in you both physically and emotionally.  Physically in your tight-lipped smile, sharp chin, expressive eyebrows and underbite.  Emotionally in your sense of humor, shyness, and your tempermental self-confidence.

Don’t worry, you’ll be alright.

Day 16

August 21st, 2012

Sometimes bad luck just has a way of finding you.  Today we went to the beach and not 5 minutes after we got there you got stung by a bee on the bottom of your foot down by the water.  You collapsed in agony and were in hysterics.  Luckily, a lifeguard came by and helped us get the stinger out.  Then, I just held you in my arms, wrapped in a towel, and rocked you until you calmed down.  At first you were begging to go home, but eventually you rallied and ended up having a great time.

I am not a religious woman, but I do believe there is something much bigger then us out there.  I am so glad that whatever or whoever is in charge knew well enough to send your little soul into my arms on that November day you were born.  I can’t stand to think what life would be like for you in a cold or mean family.  I am so happy, as hard as it may be sometimes, that we (your whole family) get to be the ones to walk you through all the tough times.

Day 17

August 20th, 2012

Today we went over to your Gramma’s house and visited with your cousin and Aunt Ali.

When you were born, your Aunt Ali spent the night with you and I in the hospital so your Dad could stay and help with your brother Jack.  I remember at one point in the evening looking over at Ali just staring at you and kind of shaking her head.  I said, “What?!” she said, “It’s just… he’s just like me.”  I said, “What do you mean?”  She answered, “He just already looks stressed.”  At the time, you did; you looked really angry that you were not in the womb anymore.  She was also right about you being like her; in a lot of ways you guys are.  That’s a good thing, by the way.  Ali is awesome so I guess you will be, too.

To this day you two kind of have a special bond. I think she really gets you and I have a feeling you will always appreciate that.

Also today, you got your very first library card and checked out your first stack of books.  The proud look on your face was priceless.  Don’t be shocked, but I didn’t have my camera to document it :(

Day 18

August 19th, 2012

It has been another 100 degree day today.  I really feel like this stupid heat has put a curve ball into all the plans I wanted to do with you boys before our Summer came to an end.  We are somehow still finding our way though.

Today, to beat the heat, we chose to go to the movies.  Your brother Jack wanted to see “The Odd Life Of Timothy Green.”  I thought maybe it might be a little old for you, but you wanted to see it, too.  You ended up really enjoying it, and even though it was not the best movie, I found myself tearing up quite a bit.  It is mostly about being different and an underdog, but there is a strong tone of the unconditional love that a parent has for their child.  Completely hit home for me and reminded me about something your Dad and I did they day we found out you were going to be a boy.

Most people believe when you try for another baby you are trying to have one of each gender.  That was not the case for your Dad and I.  I just wanted another baby and I was lucky enough to get another boy!  Immediately, we went to the mall and I bought you a cute outfit, and then your Dad and I went to see the new Superman movie.

Now, it is no secret that I am not a crier, but I am pretty sappy and when Jor-El sent Superman off and said the below quote I got chills and the tears flowed.

“The richness of our lives shall be yours. All that I have, all that I’ve learned, everything I feel… all this, and more, I… I bequeath you, my son. You will carry me inside you, all the days of your life. You will make my strength your own, and see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father, and the father the son.”

I was beyond excited to know I had another little man to raise brewing in my stomach…. I know your Dad felt the same way.  I will just go ahead an apologize to you now that you have parents that are dorks.

 

Day 19

August 18th, 2012

Today we spent most of the day pent up in the house tending to your sick baby brother*.  It only seemed fair that you and your brother got to go out for some alone time with me to the destination of your choice.  Drum roll for that destination is……Burger King, Burger King with the giant play place that is.

Your older brother Jack is your best friend.  You are as different as can be in personalities, but you guys just get each other.  Not saying you don’t have your fights, but for the most part you guys are constantly cracking each other up.  You brothers do everything together and it has just always been that way.  You have been under Jack’s wing for so long, that I have worried about how you will do without him.  You have voiced some concern too,  telling your brother about how not making friends was a worry.  Jack, being the protective big brother that he is, came up with a plan for you.  At recess you guys will not be on the play yard together as the Kindergartners have a private yard, but Jack says there is a loophole.  He told you that at some point during his recess he will come over to the wall with his friends and they will help you meet some new kids.  Of course this all has to be done through a fence so we shall see….

Tonight at Burger King something happened though that gave me confidence that friend making shouldn’t even be a worry for you.  Jack is approaching 9 and I guess he was feeling a little old for the play place and instead decided to hang out with me and discuss the many evolutions of Pokemons.  I thought you were going to be upset, but you weren’t.  Instead you made friend with two  little boys and had a great time.  You even brought them over and introduce them both to Jack and I by name.

You and Jack’s bond is and will forever be deep, I don’t doubt that for a second.  I am pretty certain that you will always enjoy his protection, but I think it ok to say your going to do just fine on your own.

*Oddly, you got really sick durning Jack’s 30 days to Kindergarten  http://www.jennerrose.com/30days/?p=135

Day 20

August 17th, 2012

I would love to just not be honest and pretend like all 30 of these days to Kindergarten were just perfect.  I am not going to though, and you know what?  Today was rough.  Your baby brother is sick and crazy crabby, your big brother is bored and you…you were just having a sensitive day.  At one point as you were overwhelmed trying to buckle your car-seat in the crazy heat you said to me, “Life is just so hard!”  and truly, it sometimes is.  In fact, today at many points I wanted to shout that very same quote.  You have a way of just saying everything that is on your mind.  I wish I was as open as you and I sure hope at school you feel just as comfortable being as open as you are with us.

We ended the day with a glow-in-the-dark balloons party.  You laughed a lot and smiled a lot and  at bedtime you said “Mommy, I have the best life in the world!”  and just like that life wasn’t so hard.

Day 21

August 16th, 2012

I am not sure why, but a lot of days I feel like we have to be doing something fun at all times.  If we don’t, I kind of feel like I am failing you as a Mother and before school starts we should be taking full advantage of our free time.  Well, today I think we may have over done it.  It was a full day, but still fun.

We started by going to a local regional park to ride the train and pet some horses.  It was a great idea in theory, but I kind forgot that it was 101 degrees out.  Luckily, the snack bar sold Icees.  We stayed as long as we could take it in the heat.  We then moved to Toys R Us where you picked out your new backpack and lunch bag for school.  You went with Pokemon for both (a current obsession for both you and your big brother).  After your baby brother threw a stage 4 tantrum in the toy store, it was time for home for a little bit so Adam could nap.   As soon as your Daddy got home though we left for Disneyland.  You were kind of adamant about one thing.  You wanted just you and I to sneek off to ride the teacups alone. We did and I am pretty sure I know what it meant to you.  I am a middle child too and sometimes you just want to feel like an only child….even if  just for a quick spin on the teacups.  Don’t worry though, since I am in on the middle child thing, I will always make time for “only child” moments for you.

All three of you were passed out before we even got out of the parking lot. Maybe tomorrow we will take it a bit more easy…..

 

Day 22

August 15th, 2012

The day you were born was one of the rare shocks and biggest suprises I have had in my life to this date.

We knew you were going to be a boy and I just assumed because your father is 50% Hispanic with brown hair and your brother had brown hair that you would have brown hair too.  I secretly wanted at least one of my children to get my hair color and kind of resemble me.  You see, not once had anyone ever told me they thought Jack looked like me, not even a little bit.  When the Doctor pulled you from my stomach, I didn’t get a chance to see you that well since you were born via a cesarean.  When your  Dad came over, he was giving me a weird look and I said “WHAT?” he said “He has strawberry blonde hair!”  Really, I did not believe him.  When I finally was able to see you I just couldn’t believe it and I really couldn’t wait to show you off to the rest of the family.  You were just so different from your brother.  It was just a moment in my life I willl never ever forget.

To this day when people ask me what is your heritage, I still always get a kick out of telling them ” Oh, he is Mexican.”  Their shocked expressions always crack me up.

I am sure at some point in school someone will make you feel bad about being different, pretty much everybody has that happen to them at one point in a school career (everyboday is different in some ways).  What I hope you never forget is that sometimes different can be one of the best things to ever happen to someone.

Day 23

August 14th, 2012

Food. You never eat.  When you do want to eat it is almost impossible to figure out what you will eat.  To say you are picky would be an understatement.

In all faireness though your daddy and I were both (according to our parents) the pickest eaters too.  Heck, I still am pretty picky.

Anyways, today around 4:00 we were at your Gramma’s house and you saw a pancake commercial on T.V. and decided you wanted that with some bacon for dinner and right then.  I hestitated, but Gramma talked me into it and even helped.  She made the pancakes and I cooked the bacon.  You must have really wanted it, because you ate 6 pancakes and about 5 pieces of bacon.  I have actually never seen you eat that much.

I wish I could send pancakes in your lunch to school.  Coming up with things 5 days a week for you to eat is going to be quite a challenge!

Day 24

August 13th, 2012

Today we spent the day playing in the water. The perfect Summer day.  Your smile is contagious.

 

Day 25

August 12th, 2012

Tonight at dinner in the freezing air conditioned restaurant your were only wearing shorts and a “tanker top” as you call it.  You came up to me and the following conversation took place.

“Mommy, I am freezing!” You said.

“Here take my sweater, I forgot yours.”  I said as I started to take off my sweater.

“But I don’t want you to be cold Mommy, I can’t.” sadly, proclaimed by the sweetest face…yours.

I gave you my sweater anyways.  I always will.

It’s little things like that show me how wonderful your character already is at just 5 years old.

Day 26

August 11th, 2012

Today was a long day.  For you, long days sometimes mean a lot of ups and downs.  Luckily for us, we know a lot of tricks to get you back up after a down.

We started the day with a garage sale and you sold doughnuts and made some money,  that was an up ( you love money).  Then your big brother pretended to slobber on your shoulder and that was a big down.   Your Daddy quickly wrestled you and brought you back from crying about the almost slobber incident.   At dinner you and your little brother both got balloon animals, You got a wiener dog and Adam got a baby tiger.  That was an up, until, almost immediately yours came untied and morphed into some weird weiner dog snake.  It was almost a big down, but then baby brother bit into his baby tiger, popped it with his teeth and started laughing.  This sent you into near hysterics and made you forget about your creepy snake dog.  We ended the night with you falling asleep with your Dad while desperately trying to see a meteor from tonight’s meteor shower out the window. You did not see one, so I already know I am going to hear about it in the morning.  Luckily, I think pancakes and bacon might fix it.

I worry a lot about you in school and I hate not knowing who, or if someone will bring you up from your downs there at class.  I wish I could send you to school with an earpiece to whisper funny stuff to you when you get sad, but instead, I promise to be ready with fresh material to make you smile and laugh at pick up.

Day 27

August 10th, 2012

A little about you today, Liam, as you are on 8/10/12.

We are fish-sitting for our neighbors.  You sat today staring at their fish for a good 20 minutes.  I asked you what you were thinking and you told me, “Oh, I was just thinking how great it must be to be a fish in the sea and be able to go anywhere you want.  I was also thinking about what a fish brain thinks about.”  “What do you think they think about,” I asked.  “Probably not a whole lot,” you answered and then left me alone with the fish.

I never have to discipline you.  You put yourself in a time out at least five times in day.  You are a complex little man.  You have the best facial expressions.  You wear your underwear backwards because “it’s more comfortable that way.”

You will only eat chicken, a bagel and cream cheese, pancakes, toast, clementine oranges and pizza.  You are terrified of spiders, the dark, heights and being in a bathroom alone.

You are crazy affectionate, but have not let anyone (and I mean anyone) kiss you since you were 1  1/2 years old.  You are way beyond your years and feel things deeply.  Your favorite color is green.  You adore animals; especially our dog.  You love to swim and read books before bedtime.  You really love to somehow work the word poop into sentences and songs that probably shouldn’t have it in there.

Your voice is soft spoken and is just so sweet.  You love to laugh and love it even more to make others laugh.  You are always thirsty.  You are a natural video gamer and could play all day if it was up to you.

You still love to hold my hand.

Just so you know…I still love to hold yours, too.

 

Day 28

August 9th, 2012

At 7:00 this evening we decided to get out for a while and go walk around the neighborhood.  We were babysitting your cousin and tensions were running a little high after a long day.  We went to see a movie and then it was too dang hot again to really get out earlier.  As we walked by our community pool, a little bit of arguing seemed to start brewing again.  The solution? Go in the pool with your clothes on.  Shocked is the only way to describe your reaction, but as soon as you all realized we were not joking, your faces were beaming with excitement.  Fights were completely forgotten and you guys were best friends again, just like that.  The three of you are really so close.  I am so hopeful that you will find friends like that in school. You know, the good ones.  The ones that you can argue with one minute and then be totally back to normal the next.

Oh, and by the way, off topic, but sorry about your skin tone. That ghostly tan is for sure from me.

Day 29

August 8th, 2012

Just about 9 months ago we got your baby brother an agent for print work and he has been going on auditions every now and then.  About 3 months ago you came to me as said, “Mom, I think it is about time I started earning some money.  Do you think I can go on auditions too?”  I said yes, but was surprised that you had asked.  You see, your are not exactly an extrovert.  You aren’t shy, but definitely not a typical actor-type kid.  Last week you had your very  first audition.  You had to go in a room with a man and a teen girl and pretend they were your family, jump out at them and scare them.  As soon as you realized I could not got with you, your giant eyes welled up with tears of terror.  In a pinch, I tried to distract you by showing you pictures on my phone.  Luckily, one of your little brother covered in sand had you cracking up.  I gave you my phone so if you got scared you could look at it for support to make you smile.  You put the phone in your pocket.  As I peeked through the glass door you were fine at first for about a minute.  Then you looked panicked and put you hand to your face as your eyes filled with tears.  Right as I was about to bust in and “rescue you” you put one finger up to the director, pulled out my phone, found the picture, smiled, wiped away your tears then scared the family on cue.  You came out and told me it was scary, but the picture saved you.  Today you had a callback for that same part.  We printed out the picture, and you put it in your pocket and you sailed through this audition with no tears.  I don’t know if you will get the part, and I couldn’t care less, but being able to watch you cope in a way I don’t think I ever could was priceless.

Day 30

August 7th, 2012

Oh dear. I just really don’t think I am prepared to do this. I mean, it felt like we had longer until I was doing this for you.  Oh, Liam.  Today, on the first day of our 30 day countdown, we did not do much.  It is hot out.  Really hot.  We did go swimming with your brothers and cousin, but we spent most of the day holed-up in the air conditioned house and you and your big brother Jack engineered a track out of marbles.  You declared yourself “The Marble Man.”  All this while staying in your jammies for a good portion of the day.  Back off you other 29 days!  Please leave us alone so we can have these jammie days for a while longer.

 


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The original "30 Days to Kindergarten" blog for her oldest son, Jack, can be found here.



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"30 Days To Kindergarten, Too" is by Jenny Loya.


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The original "30 Days to Kindergarten" blog for her oldest son, Jack, can be found here.