Monday, October 27, 2014

when I was your age..

A lot has changed since I was in elementary school- approximately 500 years ago.

My child's school is like Fort Knox at dismissal time. Kids being released one by one. Having to show ID over and over and over until every teacher within a 10 mile radius is 110% sure who you are. Kids getting on their busses in secure lines one bus at a time with at least two adults guarding over each group.. walking in single file straight to the bus. Etc etc.

When I was in high school, middle school, and even elementary school.. the bell rang and school was done. You walked out of the building. Then you walked (or rode your bike) home or you found your bus yourself and got on it.

There was no such thing as peanut allergies and peanut free tables. Now my child tells me there are two peanut free tables in her cafeteria. Kids traded lunches and shared food.. not anymore. There were parties and parents brought in food. There were bake sales. Not anymore. No outside food. Not even the factory sealed kind. Too many allergies. Too many potential on -purpose or accidental germs.

No talking during lunch. No talking in line. No talking in the halls. No talking during most of the activities that I ask about. How do they make friends?

How about picture day? You know what was missing from the order form this year? The option for ordering a class picture. Probably because who is in what class is private information. No, I'm not kidding. I went to the (mandatory) workshop for volunteering at the school. There was an hour long presentation about what you can and cannot do. (Nothing to do with your behavior.. just a whole hour about things you can't say. To anyone.) And you cannot tell anyone who is else is in your child's class. (Who, seriously, when asked is going to say 'sorry I cannot confirm or deny whether or not Jeff is in George's class'?)

And it's not just the mandatory workshop. There is also a background check- which you must have notarized. If you want to chaperone on field trips you also have to be fingerprinted (which is apparently $35). I understand it. I totally do. But at the same time.. wow. It is a terrifying time to be a parent.

Don't even get me started on how fast schools get closed at the potential sign of a snowflake these days..

Sunday, October 26, 2014

umbrellas for the win

I finally broke down and bought my children umbrellas. I've never really been an umbrella person.. never. I was always of the 'blah blah it's just rain' school. Wear a jacket, try not to just stand out in the rain. Etc.

But, I do have a couple of umbrellas. Two, actually. Someone bought me one 10-15 years ago. The other one I got on clearance 8 or 9 years ago. Most of the time I never even knew where they were.

And then I had children. That I had to take places. On rainy days. And any decent lady who dares to let herself be called mommy wouldn't let her a drop of water fall out of the sky onto her pwecious munchkins, so.. Umbrellas it is!

But regular umbrellas aren't going to cut it for us. For several reasons. There is the look on my child's face when she sees all the other tiny little beings at her school with the coolest, most desirable umbrellas that could possibly be made (while she must use a boring, adult umbrella), but..

The real issue is that there are 2 umbrellas, and 3 of us walking into and out of school every day. So, either I'm going to continue to get drenched or an umbrella purchase needed to be made.

I thought about just getting a new one for myself, but why do that when I can buy fun things for the pwecious munchkins instead?

So I did. Hopefully they will be here soon because I don't even have a proper raincoat. Baby steps..

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It shouldn't be this complicated

I had a doctor's appointment a few weeks ago. And didn't get my flu shot. I had planned to, but after I had to wait about 30 minutes past my appointment time just to get called in I didn't have time to wait even longer for them to do whatever they needed to do in order for me to get my vaccine. Even without spending the additional time there, I was late for my next stop. Which was no big deal, just picking up my child from school..

I thought I'd just go back another day. Or maybe go to their walk-in clinic. I wasn't really worried about it.

A week later I stopped by their walk-in clinic. And by stopped by I mean parked in the last available spot at the very end of the parking lot and carried my 200lb, sleeping toddler into the clinic.. only to be told that they don't even offer walk-in flu shots. Which also led me to believe they didn't make appointments for them either. They confirmed that when they told me to call my own doctor.

So I did. My appointment was today.. at 9:15am. After dropping one child off at school, I arrived at about 9:10 with my other child (who is 2). And we waited. And waited and waited and waited and waited, while the tv next to us reiterated the world's worst news with no commercial breaks. Til about 9:47 (yes 32 minutes) when my name was finally called. We walked into the little room and the nurse closed the door behind us. I sat down, got my shot, she typed a few things into the computer, and we were back in the car by 9:53.

I like this doctor, I really do, but I do not like waiting 40 minutes just to get a shot. I just recently switched to her when my former doctor went on vacation for 2 weeks when I had pneumonia. Which was convenient. So, I'm not exactly looking for a new doctor yet, but I guess I'll just have to be better prepared for future visits. Or just stay healthy.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Basically, I assumed..

I really thought that once my oldest child started kindergarten, I would have time.. and lots of it. I'm not sure why I thought that.. I just did. I assumed.

I assumed I'd drop her off in the morning, have an entire day to get things done, maybe have a little time for myself (toddler naptime!), and then pick my child up at the end of her school day. Unfortunately it hasn't been anything like that. I really feel like more things are being left undone than when we were just dabbling in preschool.

Some days we get to school with plenty of time to spare. Other days, we're running. Then the real timer starts.

What can I get done before we need to go back? Dishes, laundry, grocery shopping, going to the post office, returning internet purchases, exchanging things, doctor's appointments. Is my toddler going to take a nap? Shove some lunch into our faces and then off again to the school. Early. Half an hour early if we can manage it. Otherwise we'll be walking.. a lot further than we like to.

And believe me, now that I've done it over and over this week.. having to walk up a busy street that doesn't have a sidewalk, with two little kids, in the rain.. with or without an umbrella.. is NOT awesome.

My youngest child has also decided that whatever time it is to get his sister.. is now his nap time. Full-on nap time. He falls asleep on the way and refuses to be roused once we arrive. And walk. And stand. And wait. And walk back. (Oh no, there's no such thing as a stroller in his life anymore.. he put an end to that the second he could put one foot in front of the other.) It does not add any awesomeness to an already not awesome situation.

I don't know where the time goes. It's been weeks now.. and nothing in our house is any cleaner.. or more organized.. or better looking. It is just barely hanging on to an acceptable level of livable.. with me exhaustedly clinging on to the edge of it. wondering how I can just get ahead. Just one tiny step ahead.

Will I have to wait until both my children are off to school? I feel like then it will probably be even worse. Because I'll be lost. There will be too much time. I won't know what to do with it. I won't know where to start. I'll spend too much time thinking about the possibilities. And then rewriting this post, even more confused about where the time went.
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