Quality Time

We love it when Yaya spontaneously drops by on a Sunday evening with Halloween treats.  We like it even better when she stays to have dinner with us!


Spring Fling

Friday was the Spring Fling at the boys’ preschool.

It was also last day for Cutie Pie’s teacher, Ms. Toni.  I embellished a wooden letter “T” for her as a going away present.  Her husband was laid off from his job and they cannot make ends meet on her preschool teacher salary.  It’s such a sad situation and a testament to the awful economic times that we are in…  Ms. Toni is so sweet and loves the children so much.  She even gave us her phone number so that we can plan a park play date some time soon.  We will miss her!!!

The Spring Fling festivities were held indoors this year due to inclement weather.  The air conditioning was not turned on in the room was quite stuffy!  The air conditioner controls were locked up and lady who had the key was absent…  So, we made it work in cramped, hot quarters.  The kids didn’t seem to mind a bit.

J took part of the morning off and was able to spend time with Cutie Pie and his classmates.  He had to get back to work before Wildman’s class came out.  Unfortunately that’s the way life works sometimes.  I’m glad that he was able to be there for some of the fun though.  I know Cutie Pie loved having him there.  So did I!

The cupcake decorating/eating station was a huge hit!

Cutie Pie asked for a white turtle on his arm at the face painting station.

Cutie Pie also liked pinning the tail on the bunny.  They didn’t make the younger kids wear the blindfold.  🙂

After half an hour, it was time to go outside to see the ice cream man!!!  The preschool arranged for an ice cream truck to bring treats to the children.  Needless to say, they were thrilled!

Cutie Pie and Cousin B both chose ice cream sandwiches for their treats.  Yum!

Once the ice cream was devoured and a sugar high was firmly underway, we headed back to the classroom for an Easter egg hunt!  Ms. Toni had the children make their own Easter baskets earlier in the week.  It was so cute watching them hunt for the eggs.

When J left to go back to work, I headed back over to the sweltering hall to meet Wildman’s class and do the fun events all over again!

I love going in Wildman’s classroom.  There is so much to look at that I’m overwhelmed at first.  Mrs. H, Wildman’s teacher, let me stay for story time.  I can’t tell you how rare it was for me to be allowed into the classroom, let alone stay for story time!  Mrs. H is extremely old school and insists on parents leaving and picking up the children at the door.

While Mrs. H played the book on tape (!) for the children, I sat there trying to absorb all of the projects, posters, art, calendars, chore charts, etc. on the walls.  It’s so awesome to see all of the creative things Mrs. H does with the kids.  They seem to stay extremely busy each day.

The Spring Fling was a great way to kick off Spring Break!  We’re officially ready to party this week!  Stay tuned to see what shenanigans we’ve got planned.

Picking Up the Slack

The little world of Satellite Beach Storytime was rocked in December when Miss Mary, beloved librarian and storytime hostess, announced she was retiring.  Miss Mary was our most favorite librarian, by far.  We faithfully attended her gatherings for three years.  Wildman attended her toddler classes and graduated to the big kid classes in August.  Cutie Pie started his first toddler storytime in August as well.  *sigh*  We were all a little bummed by the news of her retirement.

What’s more surprising is the fact that the county library system has not hired a replacement and as a result all storytimes have been suspended until mid-February.  Miss Mary threw out the teaser that storytime could be continued by a parent if someone was willing to step up to lead it.  Well, you can guess who that volunteer was, right?  Mmm, hmmm.  That’s correct.  Me.  I volunteered myself and my friend, B, to lead storytime on Thursday mornings until a replacement librarian could be found.

What I find completely amazing is the that none of the other youth librarians stepped up.  Its like they’re striking or something.  One of them lead toddler storytime this year at a different time than Miss Mary.  And she’s just not doing it now that Miss Mary is gone.  I since some political tension….  Storytime is only 45-minutes for Heaven’s sake.  Can’t someone just suck it up and go lead it.  Geez.

Whatever.  I think it will be fun to be the interim storytime hostess.  The librarians have agreed to open up the meeting room for B and me, call all the parents to let them know about the meetings on Thursday morning and set up the storytime cart of goodies for us.  I’m trying to remember the program of events that Miss Mary so skillfully lead us through each week!  I hope the little rhymes are on the cart…  Wish me luck.