Monday, August 10, 2009

Today Was Not The First Day of Kindergarten



This picture was taken at the very beginning of the summer and it was my daughter's first ever time on a pony. Then, at camp she road them at least once a week. Tonight, out of the blue, horses came up and she asked about being able to go to stables and ride horses (or ponies) again.

It made me think about a child's life in this day and age and being a parent who wants to expose their child to lots of things, and give them the world. But at the same time too much can also be daunting to even them.

So, I have decided to look at all the activities she would like to do and figure out a system where she can have activities and go to school and not get burned out. This is because she will be going to the Atlanta International School, for kindergarten and they do immersion language. C is on the Spanish track and will have her classes in dual language. We were specifically told for the first six months of school not to let them do to much outside of school in terms of extra curricular activities because of the intensity of the program.

So for now, it is soccer and maybe come winter we can look into the horse thing. I just hope she won't want her own horse. When she is older perhaps and can help take care of it...maybe I would consider it.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

First Day of Soccer

Today, was the first day for my daughter playing soccer on a real team. I have wanted to sign her up before now, but up until this summer she was not so independent and comfortable doing activities without me having to watch her every second and she had a tough time if I left her in an activity on her own.

At summer camp this summer, that all change in an instant. By the second week of camp, she was jumping out of the carpool lane in the morning and not even looking back to say good bye. Yep, she came out of her shell and bloomed into this confident and independent child, that walks up to other kids, asserts herself and talks freely. A kid that seems ready to take on the world. I can't begin to tell you how happy it makes me not to have her stuck to me like glue anymore.

Anyway, we've been practicing soccer for a while, since it was one of the sports that I played when I was young and throughout high school and she took to it right away. As hot and humid as it was out their today. She had a blast. Smiles all over the place and the excitement on her face that she was actually good at it. And believe me, I was beaming myself on the inside. My baby is growing up and really becoming her own little person. It is truly an awesome experience to see. I have no doubt that she will be successful in whatever she chooses to do as she grows.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sunday Scribblings #175 ~NEW "MORNING"

It's 5 am.
I stand holding
a hot mug of coffee,
steam rising into the air.

Where I stand on the back deck,
I can look out and see
the purple-orange haze of the sun
on the horizon.

A slight fog is beginning to lift,
slowly into the air.
It's thickness now evaporating.

A wet dew covers the grass,
bushes,and leaves.
It is extremely still and silent,
almost eerie.
I listen and focus intensely
for the slightest sound.
The bark of a dog
or song of a bird.
But there is nothing.

My mind wanders,
as thoughts begin to rush
into my mind and
I become engulfed in my surroundings.

As the moments pass
I notice suddenly in the distance
a loud siren roaring down the street,
the honking of car horns,
the laughter of children as they walk to the bus,
the garbage truck crushing machine compacting trash
and the sound of lawnmowers
and leaf blowers from the house
diagonally across the street.

A new day has begun.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Trip to Buy Soccer Gear

So tonight we piled in the car and went to Dick's Sporting Goods to buy soccer gear for my daughter who will begin playing soccer for the first time this weekend.

It definitely was an experience. It is nothing like it was when I was a kid and you actually had sales people in the store who were VERY knowledgeable about how to fit cleats, shin guards etc. No, now there are just bodies standing around who have basic knowledge but not so convinced they really know what the heck they are doing.For a five year old, even an xs sock runs large, there were no xxs'. My daughter is a bit on the tall side as well as a bit on the big side for her age and the shin guards look way to small. It only took three try's but I think we aced it on the shoes.

We will see on Sunday when she is out on the field how things work out. In the end all that is really important...is that she has fun.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sunday Scribblings ~ #174 Anticipation

I anticipate:

* Sitting down each week, rejoining and writing my
Sunday Scribbling
(it has been ages)
* My daughter is starting Kindergarten in a three
weeks
* Working from home at the beginning of next year
* NanoWriMo:This year I have a theme, have been
practicing and will finish
* Endings to most every book I read, especially when it’s one I cannot put down
* Getting something I ordered in the mail
* Hearing from friends I haven’t heard from in a while, but see what has
transpired in their lives through either facebook or twitter
* The progress I make as I make major changes in my life

I love anticipation. It fuels me. It makes me want to start things just to know how they will end.

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