Pete does not need to wear his official band shirt very often. For football games and for parades mostly. For all the other events... Holiday concerts, competitions etc, they wear dress shirts. So when Pete had his band shirt on the other day for a school event, it was the first we'd seen it in a long time.
Pepper noticed a stain across his shoulder about 6 inches long and asked what it was.
Pete: "Oh, Tom (name changed to protect the trombone player) emptied his spit valve on me."
Pepper: "When? You haven't even worn that shirt in months!"
Pete: "Ummm... the last football game."
Pepper: "That was months ago!! Haven't you washed the shirt since then?!!"
Pete: "No, but I sprayed it with cologne... it smells fine." :)
In school the other day, Dill’s class was talking about the
average weight of an American 4th grader. It turns out that he
weighs more than anyone else in his class. He is by no means heavy looking.
Since he swims and plays football he is quite thin and muscular. He is also
tall for his age and does not like sweets. He is very proportional. Apparently
the average 4th grader weighs between 61 and 70 pounds. Dill weighs
just over 80. He was stressed out about it when his brother and sister told him
that muscle weighs more than fat… so he felt a little better.
He was distraught however when he went to the doctor’s
office later that same day and he stepped on the scale. Their scale read 40.
Dill’s eyes about bulged out when he thought he had lost 40 pounds on his bus
ride home! We made him feel a little better when we explained that the doctor’s
scale was in kilograms! The doctor made him feel lots better when she said his
weight was perfect. :)
Pepper and I took a day off work a while back to head to Dill’s school.
He was doing his big 4th grade presentation and we did not want to
miss it. He worked for weeks on his report about Walt Disney. He dressed up in
a Mickey Mouse costume and looked adorable. He almost had his entire speech
memorized (he gets that skill from Pepper!) but kept his notes near by just in
case! I am always amazed at the parent and family support at my children’s
school because we just do not get that amount of parent participation at the school
that I work in.
At the end of the presentations the teacher told the
students to go over and thank their families for coming. A little boy I didn’t
know came right over to me and hugged me and said, “Thanks for coming!” then he
whispered, “My Mom couldn’t come.” I immediately told him what a great job he
did and how proud I was of him. He beamed.
This is my chair…. It is not my cat. It is Pepper’s cat. For
some reason it does not like Pepper’s chair. Kahlua (the cat) and I often argue
about the ownership of this chair. I am usually pretty good about sharing but
sometimes he will start putting a paw…. OR TWO on the top of my head while I am
sitting here (I think it is trying to make me move!) he also bats me in the
face with his tail. Pepper finds these things very funny. It just reminds me
that I am a dog person!
Ok, a follow up to the post 2 days ago about the little girl
who remembered that I told her she was acting mature…..
I was doing kindergarten registration and noticed a woman
that looked familiar with a young boy. Since I’ve been in the same district
close to 20 years it is not surprising that I see familiar faces. But this
woman sort of smiled at me and kept watching me as I was doing things in the
room so I said to her, “You sure look familiar to me. Do you have an older
child that came to this school?”
actually you were MY teacher.”
Still unsurprised I said, “Did I work with you in the middle
school or high school?” (I have run into kids I’ve worked with before at these
“No, you worked with me when I was in kindergarten.”
I suddenly felt very, VERY mature. My kindergarteners are
now coming back with kindergarteners!! Oy!
Anyone who knows me would find this picture very funny. My hair took hours to do.... there are flowers woven all through it. Plus there is a huge bow on the left side of my head. My nails are done too... with acrylic! I am wearing as much make up as Tammy Faye Baker and enough hair spray to kill low flying birds! That is also a dress I am wearing. See the shoulder pads! Those are the definition of puffy sleeves! It is an actual dress too.... and I survived in it the whole day! (OK, the heels I kept taking off!)
I am pretty sure this is the last dress I've worn. This picture was for my sister's wedding.
That is my Mom's real hair too! No air brushing.... just lots of hair spray! What this picture tells me is Mom has been gone a long time. She is still missed.
first grader I do not really know stopped me in the hall today. With her little
hands on her hips she said, “I know you! When I was in preschool you told me I
was acting like a first grader cuz I was being so good. Now I AM a first
grader- what do you think now?!”
told her she had grown up beautifully and was very smart because she remembered
who I was. As I walked away I thought it was amazing how sometimes we never
really know the impact we can have on others. :)
Pepper and I have been walking quite a bit in the evenings. Since I am a sucker for a beautiful sunset or pretty scene I take pictures while we are out. Here are a few.... they were taken with my iPhone. I think that fact alone is amazing! (Remember when phones were attached to walls and were only used for talking to people?!!) :)