I am now officially on vacation!!!
This is a much needed, and if I do say so myself, well deserved vacation.
I could go into details about why I am so deserving of a vacation, but I won't. You'll just have to trust me and use your imagination while remembering that I am a preschool teacher by trade.
Tomorrow morning I will be headed home to Maine to visit with my family and catch up with my former classmates at our 15 year reunion. (Man, I'm getting OLD!) I have no real plans for our trip other than the reunion. I am just looking forward to spending some time with the people that I love most in the world and lounging around NOT thinking about work. I am sure that we will go on some fun outings while we are there. Ciara is finally getting old enough to truly appreciate the beauty of my home state.
I am going to do my best to keep up with my blog while I am away, but I'm not sure how easily I will be able to access the internet at my parents house. It shouldn't be a problem, but I don't want to make promises that I can't keep.
In the meantime, I will leave you with a list of some of the amusing things that Ciara has said to me today...
"There's Spageetos outside!" (that would be Mosquitoes btw) "Spageetos like rain, right Mommy? Not snow, not wind, not cold, just rain. Right?"
"I hate these coughings. They're too yucky. Right Mommy?"
"You go get your Mama and I'll go find Grampy, cuz he's my favorite boy." (this one was actually a few days ago. It was in the car and she was just randomly talking about our trip to Maine)
"Mommy, I like Daddy now."
"That's Cinderella's Castle! Right Mom?"
"Yep, that's Cinderella's Castle all right."
"I can't wait to go there, cuz she's my friend."
(While watching the beginning of Lion King 1 1/2 for the millionth time this week)
I have to give a little history for the last one.
When I was a little girl one of my favorite things to do was to listen to Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" with my Grandmom. I recently came across a version that Bono had done while shopping at Half Price books with my family and had to buy it. I have such fond memories of spending that time with my Grandmother and I thought that it would be really cool to pass it on to Ciara.
A few days later Ciara and I settled in to our favorite comfy chair and turned on the CD. One of the cool things about Bono's version is that it has a book that goes along with it. So Ciara and I sat and listened to the music and looked at the illustrations in the book. We talked about the different characters and listened carefully to the music to hear what each of the characters was up to. At the time she seemed sort of detached about it and I wasn't sure that she really liked it very much. This morning I found out how wrong I was. We had been hanging out downstairs watching tv while Kev tried to recover from his night of gaming when Ciara disappeared for a few minutes. I called to her to find out what she was doing and she told me that she was just getting clothes. When she returned she had Peter and the Wolf in hand and asked to listen to it.
Just after I put the CD in my cellphone rang. As I was talking to my friend Ciara piped up with this gem...
"That's the duck! The duck goes into the Wolf's mouth, right Mommy?"
"What? Oh, right...yes, the duck does go in the Wolf's mouth."
And I thought that she wasn't paying attention. Silly me.
I am continually amazed by the brilliance of my child.