Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My Kindergarten Kid

Last week Owen started kindergarten. He was so excited to go on the first day, that he came to the side of our bed and woke us up at the crack of dawn, whispering, "First day of school! First day of school!" just like Nemo in that terrifying Disney movie that takes place entirely under water. And the first day of school went great for Owen--he walked in and out the door of his classroom with a huge smile on his face.

Unfortunately, since that first day, I can't say that kindergarten has gone particularly smooth, as Owen seems to have a penchant for getting out of his seat and bouncing around the classroom. And I have already seen the "wide freaky eyes look" Mrs. Glispey gives when a child is not meeting her expectations! Hopefully he'll get used to the order of things soon. I have to remember that he's still only four, and he's learning. I just love this little guy so much. In the past few months Owen's been going through a really sweet stage where he comes up and hugs and kisses me and tells me he loves me. All that one minute, and then the next I discover something that makes me completely livid: like his dumping out every single toy bin in his room or finding the toilet in my bathroom surrounded with a huge lake of pee. It's like a roller coaster of happiness/anger in this house!

Last weekend we left the valley for a day at the beach. We went to Morro Bay and Cayucos. Morro Bay has a huge rock that makes it such a pretty place to visit. Besides it being a little chilly (and how can I complain about that in August, anyway?), it was a very fun day.

When we first arrived at the beach, we all ran down to the water and when a wave came, it scared Henry so bad, he turned around and ran for dear life way up on the sand! He just kept running--it was like an episode of Gilligan's Island where Gilligan runs in fast forward all the way up the beach. We kept calling for him to turn around and come back but he wouldn't stop until he had made it all the way to the lifeguard platform. It was the funniest thing. Here's a short video of Henry running away from the waves.