Reading into my Escapism

So…I finished the Twilight Series Monday. And now I’m going through withdrawals. I find that after reading such compelling stories (Harry Potter included), TV really leaves a lot to be desired. Sigh. I’ve been searching around, asking experts for some suggestions on some good page turners. So now I’ve got a few ideas, but I thought I’d ask all of you for your ideas as well. I’m thinking about putting a list together, since I’m planning on reading a lot more. If I’m going to participate in escapism…then it had better be good! (Not disappointing, boring TV…it’s a bummer the Olympics are over too…also compelling…)

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Just a Rambling Update

Well…Drew was only in school for three days, and here we are; sick already. Joy! Oh well, I guess it’s better to get it over with sooner than later. I wouldn’t be so grumpy about it except I keep getting this stabbing pain in one of my ears that feels like someone is poking my eardrum with a large needle repeatedly.

Other than that, we seem to be adjusting to the school thing fairly well, although it is a little early to tell. I think my least favorite part is having to drive back to pick Drew up just 3 hours later. (Then my MIL pointed out that I’ll have to be driving back and forth 3 times a day when Beau starts! Uh…maybe I’ll be brave enough to let Drew ride the bus at that point.) Yes…I’m one of those mom’s who doesn’t trust my kid or his teachers to get him on the right bus and to the right place. I just don’t like that I wouldn’t have any way of knowing whether or not he got to his class alright. So…that will be my last gripe about driving back and forth, it’s worth the security to me!

Drew seems to like it pretty well so far, and is excited to go in the morning. Like almost any boy, his favorite part is recess. He’s not too thrilled about Wednesdays; when they have early release, he doesn’t get to go to recess…ha ha! (I have to go back to pick him up after 2 hours. *insert eye roll here*) I have to admit I’m surprised at how tired he is when he comes home. I can’t imagine what in 3 hours time would require so much energy. Maybe it’s the sitting still and following directions, regimented part? He’s made one little friend, a girl… Which I’m not sure what to think about yet. I have to admit, my biggest concern with him, is his ability to make friends. It’s not that he’s not capable of doing it, he’s just pretty sensitive and seems to get his feeling hurt easily. I hope he learns to develop a tough skin and be friendly regardless! (Honestly…he’s a lot like his mommy! I remember having to learn to “be a duck” and let the teasing/insults/whatever “roll off my back”)

Beau and Selah seem to settling nice into our little morning schedule. They are playing together more, and Beau is not quite as aggressive towards her as he used to be. I took them both shopping last week, and Selah slept most of the time, which gave me a chance to focus mostly on Beau. Boy, he was a different kid! He’s such a lovey-dovey, touchy-feely person, he really needs that time and focus from me on him. He’s starting to behave much better, and also doing very well with the potty training again. (We were having a bit of lapse there in the middle of the summer…I had lots of wet pants to attend to…)

In other news, Selah is finally sleeping in her own crib to start the night off. She still ends up in bed with us half way through the night, but I can live with that. I’m enjoying the few hours of having no cling-ers-on to do whatever I please. Yay me! Soon enough, I’m sure she’ll be sleeping through the night. Until then, I’m perfectly content to snuggle with her.

(Late) Menu

Monday: Chicken Fajitas with beans
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Corn on the Cob
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Veggie Spaghetti with Salad and garlic bread
Friday: Pizza!
Saturday: Burritos
Sunday: Leftovers

Lunches and Snacks: smoothies, salads, tuna and turkey sandwiches, fresh veggies

Drew’s First Day Of School

Complete with pictures!
First Day Excitement
Drew started his very first day of kindergarten today, and it was a momentous event for all of us. Drew went at it like he’d been prepared for this day since he was born, not even showing a hint of fear at missing his mama. Mama, on the other hand, was trying her best to hold it together.

Putting On Brave Face
It helps to have a little one to hug to your side, but not so much when one little boy turns and waves as he’s going into the classroom yelling, “I love you MOM!” Very heart-wrenching, indeed. Thank you to the anonymous parent behind us who provided some comic relief saying, “I love you too, whoever you are!” He he.

Beau was convinced he was going to school this morning too, arguing with Drew vehemently about it. He was a little torn up when he realized he had to come home with mommy, but recovered quickly when he was recruited to help bake bread. He was overjoyed though, when mommy announced that we were going to pick up his big brother.

Running to Hug

Hug

Mommy peaked in on Drew when we went to pick him up, unable to contain her curiosity. He looked like he was enjoying himself, and much to mommy’s delight, he was looking for her and waved happily.

Intent on Mom

All in all, it seemed to be a very successful first day, and tears were averted on all sides. 🙂

First Day Success

Selah…on the other hand…is breezily care free…

Bean Face Nose Picker

She’s just happy as long as she gets her beans!

I Love Beans!

Menu

Monday: Grilled chicken with Tuscan seasoning (I decided against Jerk…) cauliflower, and spinach
Tuesday: Vegetable spaghetti with a salad and dilly bread
Wednesday: burrito night
Thursday: Homemade pizza
Friday: Zoe’s Birthday Party!
Saturday: Date night!
Sunday: Leftovers

Lunches and snacks: smoothies, salads, tuna, etc…

Random on a Wednesday

Sorry for the lack of posting lately. Once again I’ve been absorbed into a book (or two…) Yes, I’ve fallen prey to the Twilight(warning…link has spoilers!) series, and read the first two books in about ten days. My poor hubby will no doubt be grateful when I finish the series and return back to the real world. I tend to have trouble pulling my mind out of the books I’m reading to focus on reality. At least my escapism takes the form of reading at the moment. 😉

We took a trip over the mountains last week and enjoyed a few city amenities, but the real reason we went was to visit with my sis, who was flying in to attend a friends wedding. It was great to see her, but far too short for sure. I miss my sis. I’m looking forward to Christmas and a longer visit with her. (Yay!)

Monday, my oldest baby boy starts kindergarten! Aah! I’m really excited, but also a bit apprehensive. I’m not sure how any of us will respond. All I can say at the moment is that I hope I can hold in any embarrassing emotional outpour until no on is around!

That’s all for now folks!