Friday, March 23, 2012

Thank goodness for the Berenstain Bears

For some really odd reason, the girls become quite upset and irrational when Rich and I have meetings at their school. Especially meetings with their teachers. It's not like they're troublemakers or class clowns so go figure. Well, we wanted to attend a parents only kindergarten orientation one night this past week and when the girls found out, Emily had a break down. Seriously, Em? Over K orientation?

I decided to change my strategy and waited until the day of before announcing that Rich and I had to attend a town meeting, just like in the Berenstain Bears book. I even offered the babysitting services of Mrs. Grizzle but the girls decided that they wanted Grammy to stay with them.

I quite honestly (and naively so) thought that you registered your kids for kindergarten (they are already in the public school system), mailed in the required health forms from the pediatrician, brought your kids in for one orientation and that was it. Oh, no no. There's health interviews and proof of residency and birth certificates and placement testing and me obsessing over how pick up/drop off is going to work because Anna is not going to be able to walk that far.

It's kind of weird to think that my kids will be in school every day next year. A piece of me wants to hold onto them and not let them go. Change can be good but change can also be difficult.

Speaking of irrational. Due to the wacky warm temperatures this week, I pulled out spring/summer pajamas for the girls to wear. Unfortunately, our house lot lacks shade trees and the bedrooms can become quite stuffy. Here's Emily when she found the pajamas I had placed on the end of her bed for her.

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Seriously, Em? Over pajamas?

13 comments:

Samantha said...

Ahhhh....they are going to wish their biggest problem was pajamas when they get older. So hard for us to understand their minor problems sometimes. One of mine cried today because I ran out of green cups. Silly kids!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Uh oh...I take it that's a cry face?

Our girls were SO EXCITED to see their short-sleeve pj's last night. Sorry they weren't met with as warm of a reception at your house! ;)

Of course that doesn't mean we didn't have our share of tears over seemingly-random things!

Tracey's Life said...

I would assume that Anna has an IEP do to her health issues? If she does, address the amount of time that she will have to walk whatever distance is required. They can add that to her IEP and then the school will need to work with you to make the necessary accommodation.

Also be prepared to show proof of residency and Birth Certificates when they move to the Middle School and High Schools. That is how our district tries to catch those who are trying to cheat the system and have their children educated out of their home districts. I have to fill out in duplicate each and every year health and contact information - ugh!

Tara said...

ooh her face is so cute! Is it hard to stop from giggling when they do this? :)

Angela Bailey said...

I can't speak for Sarah, Tara, but I can imagine it's only funny on some days...though I will say seeing this picture (and not having to hear the noise that went along with it) made me giggle!

You have some cute kids!! (Even if they get upset over silly things, like most kids do!)

xo,
A

Cindy said...

Yes, Sarah, over pajamas. I love's Emily's crying face. I have pictures of my girls like this too because they'll never believe what they used to cry over when they get older.

One of my girls loves her "Monkey Pajamas" - winter sleeper with feetsies. We have lots of them (for a reason) and if they aren't available to her every night, well the shrieking that ensues makes my ears bleed. Last night was so warm that I pulled out their summer nightgowns. She was thrilled to wear it - until bedtime, that is. "Monkey Pajamas...Monkeeeeeee Pajaaaaamaaaaas!" Cue her running around the house like a chicken without a head screaming at the top of her lungs. She slept in her underwear (in her Dora sleeping bag zipped up and pulled over her head as she does every night) and when she got up this morning, she was wondering why she was all sweaty. Kids.

Jennifer said...

Our district has to show proof of residency EVERY YEAR!!! But we are a highly mobile area...

Sarah said...

When they cry over something absurd, I do laugh. With Em, it usually makes her stop. I'm finding that she stops when I take pictures of her too.

Tracey - Yes, she is on an IEP. Good point. We have many meetings coming up with the school and it will be mentioned. We also have a handicap parking placard for her, which we would be valid in using in this situation.

Stef said...

That picture of Em made me laugh! And made me feel good to know that the "crazy crying" doesn't just happen to me! Gemma is 2 1/2 and threw the 2012's largest tantrum yet the other week because she wanted my bra. All I could say was, Really?

Wendy said...

Yep, 4 going on 14.. with their periods :P I always say M&L are like 14yos who also happen to be on their periods. Oh, the hysterics over nothing!

Laura said...

Why is it that kids seem to love finding something to throw a tantrum about? It's so crazy yet so funny we always end up laughing at them! That picture of Emily is hilarious. You took it just when it looks like she could be laughing when she's probably yelling her head off (maybe not quite THAT much). And a break down over a Kindergarten Orientation meeting? LOL. I guess it's a typical however-old-they-are thing (are they 4 or 5?)
And awesome how you used the Berenstain Bears as a cover-up! LOL

KimB said...

My youngest guy is the same age as your girls (April birthday) and we're dealing with the same thing. It's completely draining.

Nicole said...

How fun to have found your blog! I hopped over from Kelly's Korner & look forward to reading more about your sweet girls & following your story!