journal entry - aug 3,2009... boys will be boys and I should know, i've got three sons... sidenote: jessica cries "why oh why am i cursed with brothers?!" i keep reminding her how being the only girl is a blessing. trust. (that's what your dad continues to say under his breath.) i digress once again. While John was cleaning out the garage, he came across some of his old protective-biking-gear (knee & arm pads, goggles etc. ) One thought led to another and he dresses Dominic from head to toe because every kid wants to be a warrior when he grows up, no? (except for jessica of course.) Sean peeks into the garage to see what everybody's up to and then one thing leads to another and soon there are two warriors ready to battle it out in our front yard. Pretty soon the fight becomes bigger than life and the two boys find their way to the park next door for the big "clash of the brothers" epic. Needless to say smiles of joy fade quickly to tears and anguish when the little warrior gets his butt kicked by his out-of-control zealous older brother. a mother's joy is never-ending.
jessica models her back-to-school outfits. no more uniforms!
Aug 31 - monday morning, drove sean to school - his first day of 7th grade! he was a little freaked out. just a little because he's not used to having a homeroom teacher and 7 periods with 7 different teachers. Big sis jessica starts IPoly tomorrow and came along for the ride to lend moral support. hmmm. jessica being nice to her brother? touching. Once we arrived she walked him to the assigned classroom postings. Sean was immediately distracted by his friend Matthew and they exchanged bro-hellos. Suddenly he became at ease and told his sis to get lost. nice... on the ride back home Jessica shows signs of un-ease. Now she's freaking out because tomorrow she begins highschool and is nervous about the unknown and the inevitable hard work that comes with college-prep schools. sigh. Her dad and I give her separate pep talks: every single 9th grader is feeling the same way. just like anything in life, all you can do is put one foot in front of the other... the bright side? today is not that day. and the other bright side? no more school uniform!! yay.
Perhaps it's because Jaws freaked me out in the '70's or I had a near-drowing experience as a kid. Not exactly sure what my deal is, but here's hard evidence that there is nothing you can do to change my mind....
my sister Patty, my mom and me in the middle going completely nutso
June 21,2009 - jounral entry, 1st day of summer. ran up and down a hill in Palos Verdes with my 6-year-old. he keeps me young... and i try to wear and tear all the energy out of him, yet always seem to fail as he has endless stores of it. and i'm the worn out one in the end. love these memories of my sweet little kid.
... we arrived at Bolsa Chica some time after 6:30 i guess... and we are sheer out of luck as all of the bonfire pits were taken! of course they were! What were we thinking?? No worries. We sat in the parking lot and enjoyed the ocean breeze for half an hour. I snapped some pics of other people enjoying their bonfires in the meantime. The sun set pretty quickly. It was there just a minute ago, seriously...