Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Where the Kids Are

The day after we got back from Niagara Falls, The Boy started middle school.  Middle School.  I can't even.

How does this stuff happen?

Anyway.  Middle school… so far so good.  We're working on some organizational issues, but otherwise everything seems to be going well.  His teachers like him, he participates in class and gets his work done.  He's just not always great about turning it in.  He decided to continue playing trumpet, and I'm secretly happy about that.  He's not the next Miles Davis or anything, and it's one more thing that he has to do (and practice doesn't always happen), but I just…think it's good for him to keep playing music.  And the trumpet actually seems to suit him pretty well.  It's a nice fit.  I have visions of him playing in a jazz group in college or something.  I don't know.  I'm probably crazy.

He also just finished up cross country.  He had a blast.  The coach was laid back, his team mates seemed like a nice group of kids, and he was happy with how he finished up the season.  He finished the two mile course at 15:41- about a full minute better than when he started the season.  He's already looking forward to next year.

A week after he started middle school, The Girl started preschool.  Which she loves.

I actually just had a conference with her teacher this week.  She's doing great, gets along with everyone, loves the art table, and is working on writing her name.  So, totally awesome on that front.  She's also been doing ballet, which she loves, and doing soccer which, eh, not so much. 

Honestly, I'd had no intention of signing her up for soccer.  Her brother has done it for years through an organization that she's not eligible for until next fall.  And then right after school started, she looked at me and said, 'Why do boys get to do soccer and girls don't?'  gah.  I signed her up for soccer classes in the burbs and I've been driving her out there every week.  It seems that she was possibly expecting to go to the soccer field where her brother usually goes.  So that was different.  And then the coaches are all these young guys, and a couple of them don't seem to quite get where preschoolers are coming from, or how to even just reign them in.  Anyway, she's not enjoying soccer as much as I thought she would.  We'll try again next fall.  

Overall though, the kids are doing pretty well, settling into their new schools and trying new things.  It's been busy, but hey, it's just that time of year.  And Halloween & the holidays are just around the corner.  I'm exhausted already.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Trip to the Falls

So, it's been two months!  But I feel I would be remiss if I didn't put together a quick post about our trip to Niagara Falls at the end of August.  Man.  We all really needed a quick little vacation.

So that's what we got.  We headed north of the border and took The Kids to Canada for a long weekend.  We were full on tourists from Thursday-Sunday.  And it was awesome.  

We rode the Sky Wheel, went on a Hornblower Cruise, and went to the top of Skylon Tower.  

We ate breakfast in a Flying Saucer.  We saw fireworks above the falls and did Journey Behind the Falls.  

We watched Elvis sing at Fallsview Landing and took a bus ride up Niagara Parkway where we saw the Niagara Clock.  

We went to Clifton Hill to play putt-putt and buy souvenirs.  The Girl still talks about seeing 'Katy Perry' in Canada (she's singing outside a Clifton Hill wax museum).  The Boy ate a Beaver Tail.  

Everyone had a great time.  The Falls, of course, were just amazing.  The Boy was psyched to be in another country.  The Girl loved eating breakfast in a spaceship.  And we were all happy to get away for a bit.  I'm glad we did.  It's been a busy fall.  But that's for another post, eh?