Last week Walker’s class was able to celebrate Valentine’s Day. He handmade each and every card for his classmates. I was highly disappointed to find out that Peyton’s class was not allowed to celebrate this particular holiday. There was no explanation other than it is the rules in his program. He attends the same school as Walker but in the pre-k program. So as my usual self I send off a letter to the head of the program explaining that if this is suppose to be a transitional program to make the students feel more comfortable why on earth can they not celebrate the same holiday that the rest of the school celebrates. So while Walker is making his cards for his classmates Peyton was not allowed to bring in Valentines for his friends. There is no explanation for such nonsense and it appears that a more strongly worded letter needs to be sent.
For most that statement could be construed as negative but for Walker and Rich is was a great experience to be able to sleep among the fish, whales and sharks.
Last weekend Walker and Rich had the opportunity to go to the Mystic Aquarium for an overnight stay with the cub scouts. They got to have a tour of the aquarium at night and see the whales, seals and the almighty shark. I decided to stay behind with Peyton as he was too young to go. The Scouts got to dissect a squid that night. How exciting is that? So while the boys were gallivanting around the aquarium Peyton and I decided to make camp in the living room.
Although Peyton was a little disappointed he didn’t get to participate we pitched a tent in the living room big enough for Peyton. Pop came by to check on the camp site and Peyton said we needed to turn off all the lights for real camping. So the lights were off but the fire was lit.
Pop asked, “Peyton, are there bears”?
“No” said Peyton as though that was a ridiculous question.
“Are there lions”?
“No” he replied while chuckling.
“Are there Tigers”?
“YES! Their names are Bandit, Hobbs and Calvin.
Just to make it clear these are the feline friends of our household. The smores were a little messy but very good. Who says you can’t go camping in the living room? Peyton lasted about five minutes camping and then announced that camping was over and we needed to turn on all the lights. Also turning all the light assured that the tigers would stay away.
Good time was had by all!
I have talked with many of my friends since I have been laid off and their first question is, “How is it going being home”. Some people may think being home with the kids increases the stress level but I have to say my kids make it easy to be home with them.
Tuesdays are becoming the “play date” day. This past Tuesday was the first Tuesday that we had one planned. Walker asked if one of his classmates could come and play. The mom works from home and needs to finish out her day so this was beneficial to both her of us. The boys are old enough to keep themselves busy and occupied.
I went to the school to pick up my two boys and the friend for Walker. The two boys walked up to the holding area for parents waiting to pick up their kids. To see the smile on their faces was priceless. They were so excited I hated to think of what a distraction they were in class all day.
So when I talked to the mom to set this play date up she mentioned that Walker was one of the eight. Ummm… I was a little confused and needed additional information because not being sure as to what these “eight” were I wasn’t even sure I wanted to know. Apparently the boys in his class have decided to move into an apartment together. Please note there are eight of them. Eight boys living in one apartment can’t be good nonetheless sanitary. I can’t even keep the bathroom clean with two little ones and one big one in the house. So the mom told me that her son keeps asking her if he can take the television when he moves out.
The conversation went like this.
“Walker, I hear you are moving out into an apartment with a bunch of your friends.” The shocked set in and he mirrored a deer in the headlights.
“How do you know that”? He replied while keeping eye contact.
“Mom’s know everything. Haven’t you learned that by now”?
While quickly trying to cover up or recover from what he thought he did something wrong.
“I don’t plan on moving out until I am a parent”.
“Ummm… well if you are a parent do you really think all your buddies will want to live with you and your kids”?
Confusion set in quickly as he tried to think of a clever answer. Peyton came to his rescue.
“I am going to get married someday” said Peyton with a twinkle in his eye and a smirk on his face. “Because when you get married you get kissed”.