Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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Miss you all!
I haven't seen you in so long. Frankly, I didn't even realize you still existed. Although it seems like just yesterday that we met...it has been almost 1 1/2 YEARS!! How have you managed to survive? Where have you been hiding? You may be little and slightly sticky, but you bring memories flooding back.
I remember that day like it was yesterday. We were at the school and Katie was getting evaluated for Occupational Therapy. I had asked for the eval for sensory issues, but it turned out that she couldn't stack blocks either. Well, according to the evaluation. She couldn't throw a ball, hold a pencil correctly, use scissors or close a button. She wasn't very cooperative that day and since she didn't perform exactly as the test required - she failed. Just because she wanted to create her own building and not follow the color scheme and number of blocks dictated to her, she was listed as unable to do it. Just because she wanted to throw overhand and not underhand, another note was jotted down. She still needs help in the other areas, but she's learning slowly. Then she reached into that bucket of prizes...and chose YOU.
Who would have ever guessed that you would still be around after all of this time? Thanks to that day, Katie was admitted in the township special needs preschool program. While I really wanted her to get help with speech - having a second "need" sealed the deal for her inclusion. Here she is in her second year of pre-K...getting so close to Kindergarten. She is getting so big and has so many ridiculous things to say. Did you know that it's very dry outside today? Personally, I think it's a little humid -but Katie made her weather pronouncement as soon as she stepped out to wait for the bus today.
Well, it was nice seeing you again. I hope you don't mind that I will be throwing you back into a toybox shortly. It isn't you...it's me.
I began blogging to connect with family and friends. Then I began to branch out and read about some other beautiful families that reminded me so much of my own. Eventually, I found my most favorite: humor bloggers. I love to laugh. I love to read others' daily tribulations. Maybe it's the voyeur in me or perhaps just the daily reinforcement that no one's life or children are without flaws that keep me coming back. As any other blog reader already knows, it is therapy...(*sort of, I'll get back to that.)
Some of my bloggy friends have amazing stories about immigrating to America as children. My paternal grandfather immigrated from Russia as a boy, but unfortunately at that time his family was one of many that dove into American culture headfirst at the expense of losing their culture. My father was never taught the Russian language and he was never taught about his family's life in Russia. I eat up other bloggers' words that talks about their families' transitions as a substitute for my family's history that I will never know about. It also helps when the stories are hilarious.
However, one of the best parts of blogging is definately when you come across an amazing contest/giveaway and you win! I must admit that getting personal e-mails from these well-known bloggers before I knew it was just to tell me I won sent me into palpitations almost as much as when I learned about the fabulous prizes I had won.
My first time was this past April. I think I was only one of like 8 entries, but I was still thrilled to win tickets to see The Wizard of Oz at Madison Square Garden, courtesty of Marinka. We had an interesting journey there including missing my exit, getting pulled over by police for talking on my cell, and being an entire hour late, but amazingly we still got there right at "Follow the Yellow Brick Road." Katie was already a huge fan of the movie, but I was slightly nervous at how she would do sitting through a long live musical. If this face is any reflection, we didn't have a single problem. She was spellbound and loved clapping at all the right places.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun!
...even little girls!
Katie had the time of her life Thursday night. Our next door neighbor asked me to watch his little girl for an hour since his babysitter had fallen through. She is 8, perfectly sweet, perfectly behaved, and perfectly beautiful. Katie hasn't really played with her since a late snowstorm last March.
Not only did Katie get to play with Emily, but Em's 2 other friends also wanted to play. I was a little nervous at first since the snowday play had also brought additional kids and I felt like Katie was being made fun of a bit for her speech (not by Em, but some of the other girls playing.)
To Katie's great excitement, I agreed that she could go across the street to play hide and seek with all the girls this week after a reminder that she just turned 4 and that although she is the same size as them, they will have to help her. It couldn't have gone better! Katie was on top of the moon. They played with sidewalk chalk, played hide and seek, and played freeze tag. They even decided to use a little teamwork and carried a huge cardboard box out of my garage to play some odd made up game. I felt so happy for Katie when the other kids' moms called them in for baths and Katie wasn't the only one complaining and begging for more time to play...they all were.
Last Tuesday was the day, the day that Katie looked forward to all summer! In all of her excitement, she forgot to throw a fit over her clothes and jumped on the "wants to look pretty for her teacher" bandwagon. I even got her to wear the shoes I had picked out...for 5 minutes. At least before she changed them I snapped a few pictures. Later in the evening she had her first dance/gymnastics class of the season so many of her school day poses consist of her attempting a ballet or gymnastics position.
Since she is in the afternoon session this year, we were ready many minutes early. She picked how she wanted to wear her hair and was very enthusiastic to wear ALL of the new barrettes I had bought.
We finally moved the party outside. The bus pickup time was 12:50, but an eager Katie cajoled me outside at 12:35. Comfortably changed into her old sneaker Mary Janes (which incidentally I'm not sure HOW they can be comfy since they are size 11 and she is now wearing 12 1/2W), she wanted many pictures with her new Tinkerbell backpack.
Happy Twos-Day! Joining in the Two for Twos-day celebration hosted by Who Says 8 is Enough? and sharing THREE sets of duos.
...if one was a giant and the other a munchkin. Ahh yea - Katie just turned 4 in July and Emma is almost 3. Yesterday, we had a great time continuing the party weekend with Chris's brother's family. I don't think 10 minutes went by that we weren't worried about where these 2 were and what they were getting into. They loved their red tongues and getting soaked with water pistols and as one ran in the house or one ran out, they were usually just looking for each other.
As is customary in the last two weeks, if we're not going anywhere, Katie is either in her jammies or in underwear only. Of course if she's in underwear only then her hair bothers her and has to be tied up so it doesn't touch her back. Or, she's in full dress up attire. Funny how that doesn't scratch.
Yesterday, I ran out to the mall to pick up my new glasses. While I was out, Katie finally got herself dressed for the day. In this: Yea, no shirt. Next she's going to be asking me for this for Christmas.
Once I got home, we decided we would take a family trip to Walmart to buy some fans and Katie's shinguards for soccer. While her dress up outfit could be argued as the better choice of attire for Walmart, I talked her into wearing the brand new dress I had just picked her up from GapKids. Silky smooth lining on the inside, perfectly adorable on the outside. I had to have it...and went against my personal morals and bought it full-price.
Suprisingly Thankfully, Katie LOVED it, but she couldn't wear just the dress. She had to accesorize...