Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm So In Love with This Bridge

The mister took P.'s first day of summer vacation off and we decided to trek into Boston by train. First, because both kids love taking the train and second, because I wanted to see how our new stroller would do out and about (and on public transportation).

The MOS was surprisingly un-crowded, which was a big win since it was one of those days where having two kids meant the family was heading in two directions at all times. Add in a morning business call and a mid-day business call and I'll just say it wasn't my favorite ever museum trip.

But one fabulous bright spot was being about to walk the route that the mister travels by bike every day. We found a pretty cool playground complete with a little splash park and this amazing musical art installation by the dam and locks system. 

Right on the bridge there is a series of beautiful interactive bells - the Charlestown Bells - designed by local artist Paul Matisse (a grandson of that Matisse) that the mister can apparently play while riding his foldie into work provided he hits the bridge just so.

How cool is that? We were on our way to the MOS so poor Bo didn't get a chance to get out and play with them, which I feel pretty guilty about now. Next time - and there definitely will be a next time soon since I'm super excited to do more day trips by train into Boston this summer!

P.S. - Our new stroller is the GoodBaby QBit - look for a QBit stroller review coming soon at the Hello Mamas blog!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Thinking About the Last Day of the First Year of School

Today was a BIG day!

And of course like every parent ever I have tons of mixed feelings about it.

I vividly remember P.'s first day of school. As in her first ever day of school, since we opted out of preschool. Up until that day, the closest she'd been to the classroom experience was dance class at a small studio - which is very different. I was worried. And P. was worried, too. But we made it through that first day of school happy. We lucked out with a teacher and classroom environment that was fun and supportive and kind.

That was especially important in the beginning. P. can still be a pretty shy little chick but 10 months ago she was particularly shy and I had my doubts about whether she'd make herself heard or stick up for herself if the need arose. I'm glad to say I think P. came into her own in a big way in kindergarten. She's definitely more friendly with people. I see how she's grown every time she starts running around with unfamiliar kids on the playground (something she never did before). Or when she gets excited to tell familiar grownups something about her day.

And surprisingly, I think I grew, too. Most of the other parents I have socialized with during my life as a mom have been more like me than not. My mom friends are a wonderful bunch of ladies and I'm lucky to have them, but it was very interesting to spend time getting to know moms and dads with different parenting styles and ideas about everything from discipline to what movies are and aren't appropriate for 6-year-olds to watch. It's nice sometimes as a parent to be exposed to different perspectives and new ideas about how to parent.

I know the end of kindergarten is bittersweet in many ways, but I personally think there is nothing quite like watching your little one grow into a person who isn't quite so little anymore. I'm so excited for summer but even more excited to watch P.'s future unfold. First grade, here we come!

P.S. - Check out my latest at Scary Mommy!

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