Saturday, September 1, 2012

Silas Goes to School

Tuesday was a big one around these parts. Siley started pre-school.

He woke up and dressed himself (naturally). After surviving Calvin's early fashion independence, Silas became my only hope for being sent off to school in cute cargo shorts and a polo. Alas.... what we had was a quadruple-hand-me-down muscle shirt with a stain on the front.

To commemorate the day, I busted out a pair of handed-down sneaks, proclaiming them "Your new school shoes!" He totally bought it.

So, yes, he was excited. And I was amazed that my wiley Siley is school-bound. It didn't seem possible - still doesn't. But he marched in like he owned the place and seeing him with all of those other tiny people made me think that maybe he really is ready.

For all of my stewing about him and his maddening behavior and such, at the end of the day, he's still a 3 year old, one with a complicated start to life. He doesn't need to have all of life figured out. It's okay if he's a little on the wild side. His teachers seem ready for it.

{bless them}

He's growing and learning. He's throwing his weight around and doling out precious bits of information like, "I share my motorcycles" and "My fwiend cried but I say, 'Your mommy come back!'"

It slays me to watch him become more uniquely Silas Park, the boy he was always meant to be. He's cuddly and curious. Tough and resilient. He's a hilarious show-boat and I'm hopelessly addicted to smooching him. Don't even try to make me stop. He's ours - he's everything God knew we needed.

He drives us batty and exhausts us daily, but he tells us with recent regularity, "I love you, Mommy." "I like you." "You my fwiend."

It covers a whole host of ills.

 As for me, I now have five blessed hours a week for my own, bad self. I'm day-dreaming close-range adventures, coffee dates, and writing.

Or maybe I'll fritter them all away reading blogs and napping.

Anything is possible.

41 comments:

  1. Swoon-worthy pics and post. I, too, have one who is everything God knew my husband and I needed. Hard work but oh, so worth it.

    Commence frittering.

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  2. He has stolen my heart with ,"Mindi, you sit by me" and the offer to share his toddler bed :) So proud of him! Go little buddy!

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  3. He's too cute to be wild and bad! I love his name, too.
    Five hours only? You mean a day, instead of a week?
    My former wild childs are now my hunkaburnin' love bodyguards!!

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    1. Ha! That's what everyone says! He truly is the cutest ever. And no, 2.5 hours a day, twice a week. But I'll take it!

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  4. Surely I am related to this boy. My heart swells each time I see him.

    xxoo

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    1. Now that you mention it, I do see a resemblance...

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  5. I love that little guy. Such a sweetie. Enjoy your hours free and may they multiply. ;)

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  6. I love that little guy. Such a sweetie. Enjoy your hours free and may they multiply. ;)

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  7. I love that little guy. Such a sweetie. Enjoy your hours free and may they multiply. ;)

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  8. awesome! handsome little student.
    excited for your new free time. holla!

    lovelove.

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  9. My oldest just started preschool too! I am still wallowing in the glorious luxury of a few hours to myself. Unless my other child doesn't nap *crosses fingers*

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  10. I wuv the "my fwiend..." adorable.
    Enjoy your five hours. Say a prayer for those of us still without. :)

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    1. Oh, girl. I have been you for the past 7 years. I will pray! And your turn is coming...promise. :)

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  11. I have the same amount of free time now...and I ended up adopting a great Dane and planning a giant dress up party. Don't stop writing, it keeps you outta trouble

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    1. You are awesome! We have an elderly great dane and I don't know how we will go on without her. A HUGE empty spot for sure!

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  12. pre-school, whats that?? I had to wait for kindergarten.

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    1. "had to wait"??? Don't you mean you were lucky enough to GET to wait?? I was an angel, after all....

      :)

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  13. hey... maybe we can meet in Nappanee for coffee and I can give you your books? ;)

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  14. Aww..he looks so tall in the photos but then I realized "Hey! He's on his tippy toes!"

    Love that he dresses himself and in a muscle shirt with a stain? Even better.

    I chose black dresses in kindergarten. I clearly remember my mom trying to steer me to other things but I held steady with the black. She did say "I hated it when I bought it for you, but you did look pretty cute."

    I love that Silas is a little bit of a therapist at school. I'll be waiting to hear something similar to "It's okay...I'm your fwiend and this expewience is good for all of us.."

    He's adorable!

    Enjoy your precious five hours! It must feel great and weird all at the same time, no?

    xo

    Did you see my door?

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  15. he is Going Places, that silas. the fact that he's the one comforting his new-found fwiends smells like a long-awaited miracle. praying you up.

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  16. Oh, that's so sweet that he's helping his fwiends. And I'm glad that you feel a sense of peace about it all. Enjoy those precious moments you have to yourself.

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  17. Yay! Farmgirl Free Time!
    Hmmmm. Think that 2.5 hours is enough time for you to pop out West for a little visit?
    No?
    Dang.

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  18. Oh Siley! What a peach. I hope he shines this school year. I know he will!

    Your shoes! Love 'em. Enjoy those hours of bliss, you.

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  19. oh what joys await you. and your shoes are so stunning. you belong in Glamour. : )

    silas is big stuff. hunter starts wed. it scares me; i don't feel ready to be able to get more things done in life.

    praying things went well for your big boy... i think that appt was yesterday?

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  20. Several things...It'll be great for you to have some time to yourself. No JOKING HERE! Second, good for Silas, he'll grow so much this year.

    And lastly...WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE ADORABLE SHOES? I must have a twin pair!

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  21. Love the muscle shirt! One day you will laugh at everything he did as a boy. On a random note, it warms my heart to see someone else with flp flop tan lines on their feet. I thought I was the only one!

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  22. I love his expressions! My 3 son is beyond high energy and brings us to our knees daily. However, he's the most affectionate with us out of all 3 of them. I always say that is his saving grace. : )

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  23. loving that second pic! :)
    so adorable!

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  24. He is absolutely wonderful and your love for him shines through in your writing. I know what you mean about having the outfit picked out and they go with something stained, old, that doesn't match and thing they are the hottest thing in town, which they are. Letting go of those things so that they can be their own little selves and grow and be independent is what parenting is all about. Good luck to him! And for you, go get yourself a too-expensive coffee and relax. You deserve it!

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  25. Embrace this new chapter of your life! Coming from a mother of four....its ALL good Sista!

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  26. "My fwiend cried but I say, 'Your mommy come back!'" is proof that you raised a sweet, kind boy.

    MY little 2 1/2 year old is the one that is crying for his mama at his daycare, and I can only hope that a fwiend would think to comfort him.

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  27. He looks so big! I vote to fritter them away;)

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  28. Yea---what a wonderful start to a new transition. You've had so many transitions lately that I can imagine some extra restful hours each week are well needed! What a lil cutie Silas is and I can't believe how much the kids have grown up in the last year!

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  29. School for Silas already? See it goes fast even when it's not my kid! Enjoy your five hours...I have almost seven just for me for the first time in six and a half years. I spent a day looking at baby pictures crying, this week I might be ready to be excited.

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  30. with all the newness going on in your life, it might be totally awesome to rest those 5 hours away. :) he's getting so big...three whole big years old. :)

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  31. What a BIG boy you have on you hands. Hugs and kisses to all!

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  32. You have such sweet friends far girl. I am reading these comments and finding tears pricking my eyes. I pray there will be others rooting for us when we take these steps. Our darling lilac is making progress too. Baby steps for all of us.

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    1. Ooh I dislike auto complete sometimes. Far girl?? Farm girl.

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