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Ally Lang
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Reading makes me a better writer. Reading reinforces proper grammar, increases my vocabulary and makes me a much more interesting dinner party guest. Reading challenges me and makes my bag very heavy. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
My vision of the last day of school was much like my vision of the first: excited children, crying and unstable mother, happy teacher and a wonderful sense of accomplishment. Things are not always as I envision, Kate having spent the past two days on the sofa full of fever and ilk. Her last day of kindergarten was Monday, thankfully the day they "stepped up" to first grade. What she will remember is the incredible year where she learned to go to school, and not the dismal ending, which must be the silver lining to a truly dreary and unceremonious finale. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
No real answers as to why, just that for reasons unknown, and unexplained, this method of fund raising was halted. As to full day versus half, I actually searched for half for my girls, unavailable last year. And now, one year wiser, I see that it matters, especially in an urban school where not everyone comes to the day with the same advantages. Something else to write about, tomorrow.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2010 on Parking for Kindergarten at Chicago Moms Blog
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"Oh come on, look at this, this is not right". Looking up I was horrified to see what had happened, Jack and his remote control finger flick habit had stumbled onto the Bachelorette. You look away for just one moment and worlds collide. "Fiction. Not possible, where did they find all these guys so eager to be married?". Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
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CPS budgets for next year allot for only half day kindergarten, two and a half hours, as compared to the almost six hours that my girls now enjoy. And so parents, when threatened with a mini class day, have come together to raise the missing $125,000 needed to provide the necessary classroom time for their incoming kindergartners. There is a direct appeal to parents for a per child contribution, there are in home fund raising events, there will be a rummage sale and there was parking. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
There can be no greater way to illustrate just how far you have fallen into middle aged family'dom than to take your graying at the temples husband to Florida during spring break. A man who once thought of spring break as an all night drive to South Padre with 17 of his best friends (not one of which I have ever met or heard of apart from this story), a spur of the moment trip where the packing consisted of one large cooler, a pair of swim trunks and "dude, we'll buy whatever else we need there". Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
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Having learned nothing in my previous 43 years with regard to children and their wild delight in shouting out body parts referred to by my grandmother as the unmentionables, I bought a pad of Mad Libs for the thirty hour car trip to Florida. "Noun, who remembers what a noun is?". "BOOGER! A booger is a noun!". Technically yes, that is correct, a booger is a noun. "Adjective, an adjective is a word that describes a noun". Screaming, hysterical screaming, ear drum piercing shrieks, "SLIMY!! A slimy booger!". Wanting to be the parent but completely unable to behave in any sort of parent way, much to the complete disgust of my generally parent'like husband, I roared right along, and then, once composed, waited for calm before asking that we try to use other words, suggesting perhaps that they look outside their windows for inspiration. We tried that but really, tall tree is in no way as funny as slimy booger, it's simply snot. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
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Minutes before I had been sound asleep, snuggled next to my grandmother while Bopaw snored loudly in the next bed. The piercing sound woke us all, startled us into sitting positions, and my grandfather, his few remaining hairs disheveled, looked around, mumbled something to my grandmother and went right back to sleep. Calmly she reached over, picked up the phone and dialed the front desk. That she understood him was a clear benefit of almost fifty years of marriage, not a full set of teeth between them, garbled noise was the chosen form of communication when awakened by a screeching horn in the middle of the night. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at Chicago Moms Blog
How old is Michael? We have a Katherine who is Kate but is commonly called Katie, until she corrects them. I wrote this last summer, http://northsidefour.blogspot.com/2009/08/whats-in-name.html, when she was four. Her need to be Kate has only grown, she spent the better part of her initial kindergarten days telling the school that she was Kate. I love her will.
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I belong in the jealous, and sometimes bitter, category. The grandparents live in another state and they chose not to travel, or to be terribly active in the children's lives. My mother doesn't travel well and my inlaws just don't like to, so my girls miss out on that extraordinary relationship, and I find it sad. So we fill our girls lives with people who love them and are willing to visit and be interested, but oh yes, we'd love the immediate on call family babysitter. And there it is, the bitterness.
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The discussion amongst the after school on the playground moms yesterday was summer camp: was everyone enrolled? Where were they going? And I just listened, because part of what drove my decision to not go back to work right away was summer, and my memories of lazy summer days with very little structure and plenty of playing. We keep busy, enough, and I get to cherish this time with them, this time that is flying by faster than everyone warned me it would. Enjoy!
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2010 on Programming Our Kids at Chicago Moms Blog
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