Lily looks at Magic the horse
This week was a gradual return to normal life! Mike’s mom and grandma went home Tuesday evening, and Mike left on a business trip at the same time. So it was just me and the kids suddenly back at home. Lily was much more tolerant of school drop-off and pick-up, although she still doesn’t seem to get it. We’ll drop Johnny off, and then she’ll say minutes later, "Where’s Johnny?", and the same with Emma. Lily and I visited both Johnny AND Emma’s classes this week – Johnny’s because I forgot to bring his backpack to school, and Emma’s because she was Star of the Week and I got to come in and read a book to her class. I think that helped Lily understand what school was, although she asks me WHY they are at school and that is a question I find difficult to answer! Johnny needs the therapeutic services he gets through preschool. Emma wants to go to kindergarten and is learning a lot, but I struggle a bit with how tired she is when she gets home, and even how stressed out she seems much of the time. Hopefully the stress especially is due to everything being so new to her – she never went to preschool, so this is her first school experience.
Outside of school, we got back into a more normal schedule of having friends over to play and doing crafts at home. Saturday was a REAL treat, because Mike was home (got back Friday night), and we drove with him up to New Hampshire so the kids could ride a HORSE! His coworker J owns a horse named Magic, and she has let the kids come up and ride him two times before. This time Johnny and Emma both rode Magic, which they adored. Then they got to go up the ladder to the loft of the barn, get some hay, and feed the horses! It was definitely one of the most thrilling moments of their lives! I took a bunch of pictures, and it’s an outing that will get its own post in the near future!
I’m linking this post up to the afterschooling linky, hosted this week by Amanda at The Educators’ Spin on It.