#MicroblogMondays: When pets die

Microblog_MondaysIt’s been a week now. Last Monday, Mr. Theodore Monkey left this world.

We told Simon the bunny was sick on Saturday and  that he would die soon. There were tears and some ugly cries. We talked about what it meant to die and how the bunny was very old (almost 11) and he was hurt.

Monday morning Rob took him in to the vet and bunny had a fractured back, which is why he’d stopped moving his legs. After school Simon asked if the Vet gave the bunny the shot to make him better or the one to put him to sleep. I told him it was the shot to make him sleep so that when he died it didn’t hurt. (So many things around sleep and shots, but I think we’ve talked about it enough that Simon isn’t going to be scared or sleep or shots – or not more than the usual). There was more crying and over the past week he’s talked about it less.

Through this I realized a few things. 1) We totally didn’t think through the somewhat offhand way we told Simon his pet way DYING. 2) A year of Sunday school means Simon has talked about death and heaven and has the terms we can use with him. 3) Kids talk about death a lot so while this was sad because it was HIS PET, it wasn’t the most out there concept and probably the best way to first experience this kind of grief.

Mr. Theodore Monkey 2006-2016

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Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. And this weeks HERE.

First week jitters, second week fun.

Kindergarten. It started. School starts comparatively late here so today is day 8 of Kindergarten including the first half-day. Over the past month or so my facebook and instagram feeds have been full of pictures of smiling children with a chalkboard or sign stating “first day of X grade xx-xx-2016”. In our house the first day of Kindergarten looked something like this:

img_6749Simon was NOT excited. He wasn’t scared really, but this year he is at a new school with new kids. His best friend is at a different school (we live in opposite directions from the old daycare/pre-K) and has been missing his Pre-K teacher all summer. When I asked him to look up he did then asked “was that a sad picuture of me?” “Good, I want you to send that to Miss C (pre-K teacher) so she can know I miss her.” Ok then.

img_6750The first day was a half day. Rob worked from home so we could drop off and pick up together. WE were excited for the first day. Simon was…tired. He didn’t even want celebratory ice cream, although we did get it (and he ate it). As soon as we got home Rob said “let’s lay down for a few minutes” and five minutes later a nap was happening.

img_6751We had an appointment in the afternoon and I even got a nap transfer in for another 30 minutes or so.

img_6752So sad for me was that Simon had no interest in shopping for school supplies. I loved shopping for school supplies. But really this is ok because the school lists don’t go home until the first day of school so it’s a mad house – we had to go to THREE stores to get a 24 pack of crayons because everywhere was sold out.

What we’ve learned so far is that Kindergarten is exhausting! He only wanted to lay on me and then I was afraid to move for awhile. Caleb was having and unsupervised ball – lots of crashing. Mostly he was playing with his castle and figures…and crashing cars down the stairs.

img_6790Also, Kindergarten homework is no joke. Simon is in the TAG program (talented & gifted) which is kind of a big deal in the city. They start with first grade math on day one. I’m amazed at how fast he is learning his math facts. Every night he has a math worksheet, sight word practice, and reading log (with parents 🙂 ). Then some nights there is writing (this is probably going to become daily). And then special class homework sometimes – like the art page to color Mona Lisa over the week and bring back next class. Once we get through the argument that “Yes, you do have to do this. And yes, it will be every night,” is goes pretty fast, maybe 20 minutes if no whining. Last night he did the whole math page with no help other than me telling him which problems to do. #proud

img_6800 img_6801We are in week two now and the jitters are gone. I’ve been waiting to share until we were smooth sailing. Now he runs in and stands in his class line all smiles and blowing kisses.

simon_blurAnd we are moving in to learning the more important things, like “You CAN have a chocolate milk with your lunch from home, but YOU DO have to ASK to go through the line.” Poor Simon every day has come home saying he wants school lunch because you only get chocolate milk if you go through the line – but he doesn’t want to eat school lunch. Today we got that figured out.

*Note we did actually get some cute pictures on the good camera, but when I will get those downloaded and edited is anyone’s guess. Phone pictures to the rescue.

to the Top!

img_3061Simon is a very smart kid who likes to be funny. One of his jokes is to call various buildings by the wrong name. For instance he would insist that the Empire State Building was called the Citi building. Since this is factually untrue, and I do want to make sure he knows the right names we made a deal. If he could learn the right names of all the buildings (Empire State, Chrysler, Citi, Freedom Tower) that we can see from our balcony we would visit the top of the Empire State Building. That took about 24 hours – or let’s be honest, 10 minutes – and he earned the trip. We cashed in on Labor Day.

img_3057Now if you’ve ever visited there is a looooong wait. However, 8am on a holiday weekday you can breeze right through. Rob and I had never been to the 102 floor so we paid for the upgrade, and kids 5 and under are free, so winning. Simon was a bit disappointed we couldn’t take the stairs all the way up, but then the elevator showed a movie of the building being built on the ceiling so all was well. Then the elevator to the 102 floor is an original manually operated Otis elevator, so that was also fun for both boys.

img_3055It was a perfect day for it. The sky was clear and it wasn’t to cold or windy. We took our time looking around. And saw something REALLY exciting. Can you see it?

img_3052The red circle. That’s our apartment building! I’m not super surprised since we have a straight view of the Empire State Building, it makes sense that there is a view of our building too. But still, pretty cool we were able to pick it out.



#MicroblogMondays: Trials

Microblog_MondaysI’ve been going through some things. Part of it is just a really really busy stage right now. I’ve been on a plane at least once a month since April and that will continue through the end of the year. It’s a combination of fun, work, and dissertation (which I guess is work) but it’s exhausting. Speaking of my dissertation, it is really moving and I CAN actually see the end of this process.
On top of it we’ve had some family struggles which I just don’t want to post about (to all the grandparents – you already know all about it so please don’t get melodramatic). All of this means I’ve just been…quiet.

But I had to pop in for The 100th edition of #MicroblogMondays. This is ONE HUNDRED weeks of posting small and linking up, definitely something to celebrate.

I’m not sure when I’ll pop in again, but I’ll leave you with some quintessential New York City summer. We came across an open fire hydrant…and I let my kids take off the shoes and run through it.