Safety Town

DSC_00014105.JPGWalker just finished the 3 and 4 ear old program at his school.  For children entering into kindergarten they have a program called Safety Town.  It meets everyday for 1 1/2 hours for an entire week.  It took the whole week but he now knows his phone number, address and was able to simulate a 911 call in case of an emergency.   The teachers ask the parents to come for the last day of class to see what their children have learned.  I now know that even though Walker knows what a stop sign is he doesn’t think it applies to big wheels in the play parking lot.   They also learn about stranger danger.  These are all things that are vital to keeping our children safe from harm.

We all hope that we can keep our children safe from all the awful things that happen out there but I am thankful that our town has such a program to teach our children safety. 

The program for Safety Town was cut from the town budget for this year.  Isn’t that just sad.  It is a program that numerous children go through and it provides an invaluable experience.   I know that we can’t watch over our children every minute of everyday.  Yes I am one of those paranoid parents but I swear I try not to hover.  But who can help it.  I dread the day that my children get their license to drive.  He didn’t do so well with the big wheel in the parking lot.  Well I have more than a few years to worry about that. 

Boston Red Sox


Well we had experience of your lives yesterday.  Rich, the boys and I were invited to go see the Boston Red Sox play against Toronto at Fenway Park.  Good friends of ours have a luxury box for a few of the games over the course of a season.  One of the games they invite friends and their children.  The room is fully stocked with everything you can imagine. 

We got there just in time before the game started.  It is about a two hour drive for us to get there from home.  Since the room is inclosed with seats for 16 people the kids are free to roam.  Making for an enjoyable time for all parents.  When we arrived they were putting name tags on all visitors to the stadium that day.  Knowing the kids would get a kick out of wearing them we proceeded to tell them our names.  I said my name was Sarah.  She asked if that was with an "H" and I said yes.  Walker, looking quite concerned said that isn’t how you spell your name.  I said well… how do you spell my name?  He said   "M – O – M – M -Y".  Needless to say being corrected by a five year old can be humbling.  I am sure this is a first of many.

Peyton did a lot of pointing to the field and getting very excited over the view.  Peyton would go grab a chip and proceed to do the "Happy Feet" dance down the alley.  He is quite talented for a 22 month old.

We started to leave just before the end of the game as to not get stuck in Boston traffic.  We almost made it out without a hitch.  We only made one wrong turn this time.  We were back home by 7:00 pm.  As always I asked Walker what his favorite part of the day was and he said, "Watching the game".   He then said that when Uncle Doug gave him cotton candy was a very close second choice. 

As always we have a wonderful time with these close friends of ours.  We thank them immensely as we were able to give our children an experience that they will never forget.  Not to mention we will never forgot ourselves.  Everyday my children amaze me.   Walker went up to our friends and said, "Thank you for having me… and the cotton candy."  I hope that these lessons that he has learned will carry him through his lifetime but I know when they get older things may change as children can get more difficult to mold.  I take what I can, when I can, and be thankful.

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My Heart Just Melts


Okay I am going to brag for a moment so just bear with me.  I am constantly amazed with my five year old son Walker and how he views the world.  About 1 1/2 years ago I had said to him that I loved him and he replied, "I love you too."  I asked him well… how much do you love me he said "lotsa much."  Speech has never been one of his strong attributes but again just bear with me.  So of course I had to ask him how much was "lotsa much".  He thought and pondered and replied, "Big and strong like superman."  Knowing that superman was one of his biggest heroes he was familiar with I knew there was nothing bigger that he could think of.  We have expanded the definition to include (just in case you aren’t familiar with Superman) … because he is really strong and has lots of muscles.

Walker has concluded his two years of P-K and will be moving onto kindergarten next year.  Every once in awhile I have been able to go to his school during class and participate.  At the end of each school day the teacher would go around the room and ask each student what was their favorite part of the day.  I have tried to incorporate this little ritual into our nightly routine.  Last night I asked Walker what his favorite part of his day was and he said, "…you mommy."