Thing 1: On Saturday morning we went to a Tiny Town parade where the kids collected candy to their hearts content.
There was also a great deal of that “baking in the sun WTF I thought it was fall” feeling.
Honestly though? My favorite part of the parade was the nice family next to us. You know, the one who decided that it would be a good idea to bring their HUGE PIT BULL to a parade where there are hundreds of children (who, it must be pointed out, when they are seated on the curb are at LOWER THAN EYE LEVEL with the dog, the PIT BULL dog). The same parade where there are marching bands and fire truck sirens and old cars backfiring randomly. Any number of which could spook a dog into biting my child’s face off, thankyouverymuch.
I mean, really? Did the pit bull NEED to come to the parade? Did it really get ANYTHING out of the experience, besides baking in the sun?
Of course, when I quietly warned Kate not to sit so close to the “nice puppy”, the woman turned and snapped at me “HE is THE BIGGEST BABY IN THE WORLD! HE wouldn’t hurt a thing. If anything, if he gets scared, he’ll just jump into his daddy’s lap.”
Look, call me crazy, and trust me, I’d love to believe you. HOWEVER, your dog should be at home. Or at least more than 6 inches from my child’s face.
Thing 2: A friend invited us over to pick apples. From her yard. Her pretty, spacious, out-in-the-country yard.
Here’s my kids, just hanging by an rustic wall, not being forced AT ALL by their mother to “pose” for a picture:
Also, not being forced at all into a “here’s our family, picking apples” type of picture:
They looked so thrilled to be alive! And taking pictures!
Thing 3: THIS child had her “1st day of school” today.
After a slight wardrobe malfunction this morning (wherein she accidentially got the back 50% of her dress wet with toilet water), this was Outfit #2 of the day- a little 70’s vintage number I got at a garage sale for a quarter. And of course, an old Dora backpack of the twins’, complete with broken parts!
Thing 4: These two are home from school early today. Nope, not H1N1*, just a routine “early out” day. See how close they choose to sit next to each other while watching tv? Awwwwww. They are loving school and loving being apart and loving coming together again to walk home. Seriously, their transition to 1st grade/seperate classrooms could not be any more rainbows and unicorn kisses. Happy!
Thing 5: Someone has a birthday on Friday.
*I have to say, after all the talk, all the hype, all the notes home from school, the wondering about the vaccine, the statistic that are being thrown around about who’s at risk ETC ETC ETC, I’m just ready for my kids to get the damn SWINE FLU already and get it over with. This way we’d a) have natural immunity to it and b) be done with it and c) MOVE ON ALREADY.