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Sunglasses on a Cloudy Day

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This is Riley running his first ever kids’ race after I completed a local 5K this spring. The announcer was hilarious, calling the play-by-play and giving each kid a nickname. “Here comes Sunglasses on a Cloudy Day! Oh! He stops to get his picture taken!” We all laughed because yes, that pretty much sums this kid up.

Riley has worn these exact same blue, shark sunglasses since he was 2 and a half and we bought them for him at a candy shop in the northwoods of Wisconsin while we were on vacation.

The day he got his "sunjagges."

The day he got his “sunjagges.”


Here’s the day he got them. He called them “sunjagges” for probably a year. Sometimes we still refer to them as that.

But you know I’m not writing this post as a happy ode to the shark sunglasses.

Two days ago, Riley lost them. Scratch that. I think someone at school took them. They are gone.

He has worn them every single day for the last three years and yes, I know this is so completely a First World Problem, but I’m still sad. I knew the day would come that they’d break or get lost or become too small to fit his face. But I’m still sad that that day is here.

 

Frolicking in the Wisconsin River in 2012

Frolicking in the Wisconsin River in 2012

Drumming on dad's drums w/sunglasses.

Drumming on dad’s drums w/sunglasses.

 

First boat ride of 2013.

First boat ride of 2013.

Even posing for professional pictures requires his sunglasses.

Even posing for professional pictures requires his sunglasses.

First day of K4 (with sunglasses)

First day of K4 (with sunglasses)

First day of K5 (with sunglasses)

First day of K5 (with sunglasses)

Ok, ok, you get the point. The kid is never without them. He’s known as the kid with the sunglasses by just about everyone. His teachers know he doesn’t like to go out for recess without them. So today I took him to school early so we could check Lost and Found. His teacher, Riley and I rifled through a giant bin of grody elementary school kid clothes to no avail. I really think they’re gone. Every day he left them in the hallway underneath his backpack and I’m sure some kid just swiped them and kept on walking.

Last night Riley asked me about God. He does this sometimes. He told me that sometimes he prays to God. No, we are not necessarily a church-going religious family, but he attended a Christian K3 school and learned a LOT about the big man upstairs there.

“What do you pray for, buddy?” I asked.

“Just stuff that I need,” he replied.

“Like toys?” I asked with a smile, totally knowing where this was headed.

“No, I asked God to find my sunglasses.”

Oh. *sniffle

Today I ordered him a new pair. We will celebrate the fact that a 2, 3, 4, and 5 year old managed to last THREE YEARS without losing or breaking something. And then we will replace them with the exact same pair and go on with our lives.

UPDATE: The sunglasses have been found! In a bizarre turn of events, the sunglasses were found in the backpack of a classmate the exact day that the replacement pair were delivered. Because of course they were. It looks like it was a case of mistaken backpack identity and all is right with the world.

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Summer of Sickness

Summer is supposed to be all fun, carefree and warm weather, right? Well, it has yet to reach 90 degrees here in Wisconsin this summer, and for the last six weeks my family has been sick off and on. No bueno.

It all started when Riley started his summer program at the 3K preschool he attended two years ago. He went for summer program last year and loved it. It was three mornings a week of playing on the playground, painting, building with Legos and swimming in the kiddie pool. This year it included all the same things but it also included his first ever case of strep throat and two of the worst colds of his entire life. And that was just within the first month. Seriously. Look.

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So in the course of 6 weeks, here’s what happened:

  • Between the 2 kids we had 5 visits to the doctor
  • Riley had 3 strep throat tests and Charlotte had 1
  • I used 1 day of PTO because I was sooooo sick I literally couldn’t function.
  • Riley went through 2 boxes of Kleenex in 1 day
  • Charlotte had a fever for 4 straight days and was given antibiotics
  • Riley had 2 separate bouts of vomiting
  • I missed 2 weeks of my half marathon training because this cold just wouldn’t let me go. I’m still optimistic that I’ll reach my goal of breaking 2 hours in a half marathon, but who knows.

Since he was perfectly healthy in June before starting summer program, we couldn’t help but make the connection between the bad bugs and summer program. So we made the mutual decision to cancel his month of August in summer program. It’s August 15 and he’s only been there once this month, so really, what’s the point. I’m sad that he had to leave early, but school starts in 2 weeks and he needs to be healthy. I’m hopeful that the 5K school he will attend (different from this summer program) won’t have the same germs and we’ll be relatively healthy this fall.

Fingers crossed!

 

 

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First Day of School

Last week Tuesday was Riley’s first day of K4.

He looks about 8 years old. Honestly.

He looks about 8 years old. Honestly.

Monster backpack, for the win!

Monster backpack, for the win!

 

Since he’s been in a K3 program for a year, the whole newness of school, and a lot of the nerves, had worn off. His, not mine. He’s in a new school this year. He went to a private school for K3, but now he’s in the public school up the street from our house. So far, so good, but what makes me nervous is that in this school, they combine K4 and K5. It may not seem like much, but I feel like the year between 4 and 5 is a big one. And Riley has always been the type to want to play with the big kids. And then he gets his feelings hurt because “big kids” don’t usually want to play with “little kids.”

But now, day in and day out, he’s intermingled with the “big kids.” For a whopping 2 and a half hours a day. Really, K4? 8:30-11:10?? Come on. So he’s in school for a shorter amount of time this year than he was last year. I think it’s just going to make it so much harder next year when he has to stay allllll day long like a big Kindergartener.

It seems like he really likes it, so far. He doesn’t know any of the names of the kids and every day it’s the exact same: I ask what he did in school today, he replies robotically, “I don’t know.”

It’s like we have a teenager already.

For comparison, here he is last year on his first day of K3.

First day of preschool, 2012

First day of preschool, 2012

Oy, I think I need a drink. My little boy is growing toooooooo fast. Stop the ride. I want to get off.

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