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10 Aug

this evening ben had an eye exam.  it is required to enter into kindergarten.

i didn’t think anything of it.  i figured we’d be in, get the exam and be out.


we were the for freakin’ ever.  if you follow me on twitter, then you saw my complaining.  the doctor was overbooked & understaffed.  we waited and waited and waited.  the kids were bored, hungry & wanting to place with all the gadgets that are in an optometrists office.

but, i suppose, that is really neither here nor there…

during the exam, the doctor asked ben & myself a few questions – blurry vision, headaches, squinting…we both answered no to all.

the doctor seemed {kind of} surprised.

turns out my benjamin has an astigmastism in both eyes.

he needs corrective lens AND has to wear them all the time.

this did not settle well with ben.  the poor assistant to the doctor who listened to ben wail on & on about not wanting glasses.  finally, after a few minutes, there was calm & he really got into trying all the different kid-sized glasses.

after i sold my soul to the doctor, we got a pair of glasses that look like the ones above.  we will have them in 7-10 days and then comes the challenge of getting him to remember to put them on everyday as well as to not forget them, sit on them, let anyone else try them on, etc.

so between the going to school apprehension & now wearing glasses, it’s safe to say dan and i have our work cut out for us over the next few weeks.

AND he looks damn good in glasses

splish splash {pad}

10 Aug

the weather is nothing short of glorious right now.  

we spent our morning on an adventure.  we did some park hopping.  one of the parks we stopped at had a splash pad.  emilia (& ben) thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

i’m linking up with lisa for black & white wednesday!  you should too!

14 days

10 Aug

in two weeks school starts.  14 days.  fourteen going to fly by days. kindergarten.

i feel like it came so quickly.

wasn’t ben just born?  wasn’t he just a toddler learning his abc’s, 123’s and teetering around the house on unstable, yet stable for a little guy feet?  wasn’t he just a little guy who loved to sit & play trains with curious george on in the background?  didn’t i just enroll him in preschool?

in two weeks a whole new world starts for ben.  for all of us, really.  ben will be gone all day at school.  all. day.  can he handle it?  yes.  ben loves school.  enjoying every single second, ben sailed through preschool.  he loved his teachers & his classmates.  i expect the same & then some with kindergarten.

we received the name of benjamin’s teacher & classroom over the weekend.  i was excited, ben was not.  he walked away from me when i told him.  i was blatantly told, “i’m not going to kindergarten.  i’m. not. going.”  ben then proceeded to go sleepover at my mom’s.  he’s going at avoiding things he doesn’t want to talk about.  just like his mom.  damn.

sunday evening, durning dinner, i let ben know that i knew of other kids who would be in class.  they were boys on his tee ball team.  this seemed to take a little bit of the edge off.  only a little. monday night brought a breakdown, crying without tears and a few yells of preschool, not kindergarten, only going to kindergarten if his preschool teacher would be his kindergarten teacher.

if it isn’t obvious, ben doesn’t like change much.  he likes familiar & schedules & certainty.  we need to ease into change.  and we are.  ben is having a say in all things school related (i.e. lunch ideas, school supplies, etc).  during the day, we are working in one of our activity books and i am referencing that these are the types of things that will be done during the school day.

we are getting back on a school schedule, especially with bedtime because let’s be honest, the second preschool graduation happened our schedule went waaaaaaaay out the window.

we have two weeks to get into a groove.  if anything we are preparing our minds & bodies for the change because i know, oh i know, no matter how much i plan & prepare, parts will blow out the window because all the was planned & prepared will be different.  there is little doubt.  however, if i can help him anticipate just a little bit then i’ve done something right.

how about you?  any one else have a kid/kids that are reluctant to change?  what do you do?


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