It was a week of big wins (see Lesson #4) and hard losses (see Lessons #7 & #10), but there’s no doubt there were a lot of laughs through it all.
Lesson #1: Our potholders are involved in a crazy covert mission. Please take five steps back.
Lesson #2: After a long talk about Big’s teacher wanting the class to do things for themselves (i.e. packing the homework folder and library books), Big suddenly seemed more responsible and independent. That is until he immediately asked me to go get his pajamas for him.
Lesson #3: I’m pretty sure I accidentally enrolled Big in an SAT prep class, not 1st grade. (When did school get so intense?! Or is it just this intense because he—and I—are this intense?)
Lesson #4: I know I didn’t look so great with my comment about not loving to play board games, but I’ve actually changed my tune a bit. On Friday Little and I played (at least) 5 games of Chutes & Ladders, 3 games of Spot It! San Francisco (my personal favorite), and 5 games of War, and we had a great time together. I’ve discovered game playing is a great way for him to not only avoid sunburn (he refused to head out to the park), but to learn math, dramatic faces, how to lose gracefully, and some wicked swagger.
Lesson #5: With Little’s 4th birthday coming up, I’m torn on what to get him. I’m not sure if a membership to Gambler’s Anonymous or a ticket to Vegas is more appropriate.
Lesson #6: Little isn’t spitting all over the house, he’s beat boxing.
Lesson #7: There are times in life that a lyrical poet’s words speak so directly about something happening in your life, you can’t help but quote them. For instance, “Music comes on, people start to dance. But then you ate so much, you nearly split your pants.” Subtract the word “nearly”, replace “pants” with “dress” and, that, my friends, is how I bust a move (and a dress).
Lesson #8: When Little overheard me talking about my struggles as a WFHM (that’s work-from-home mom for the acronym averse, like me), he immediately came to my defense. “You totally work. You run errands!”
Lesson #9: While Pink rocks a baseball cap like no other, her love of purses, jewelry, and dolls is undeniable.
Lesson #10: It takes more than lucky shorts. (At least the boys got a kick out of a ride on BART with friends and an oh-so late night out on the winner’s town—in the loser’s jerseys.)
No doubt the week ahead will be filled with excitement too. And I’m all in. (Even if the odds may not be in my favor…)
Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary set of Spot It! San Francisco, but was not required to blog about it. We absolutely love the original Spot It! and this is a fun local version that gets us talking about SF landmarks. All opinions are my own.
Amy, I have some ideas for #5….let’s talk!
We love Spot it! My oldest started school just a few years after NCLB was implemented. I think it’s doing horrible things for education.
With my oldest being a 1st grader, I’m still learning. Thanks for sharing your perspective!
Jodie Hoffman says
Have you ever played any of the card games from Gamewright? (http://www.gamewright.com/gamewright/index.php?section=games)… we really like them! We’ve played Mermaid Beach, Rat-a-Tat-Cat, and Sleeping Queens – highly recommend taking a look! 🙂
Jodie Hoffman says
oh and CHOMP, too – that’s another favorite!
Amy, Using Our Words says
You know, my friend who’s an education blogger talks about these. I’ll definitely check them out, thanks for the great reminder!