May 9, 2019 at 9:47 am #5958
I think California has laws too. I just never thought to look because it’s just not something I’d consider, even if the kids were comfortable with it. My parents left us at home alone at a fairly young age, mostly because money was short. My mom worked 3 jobs and my dad was in the military. I remember my dad always told us to stay away from the windows so no one would know we were home alone or else the “police will take you away”.
Sheesh – a razor, stealing and just general chaos. SMH Scary huh?? What goes on at home will manifest in the classroom. How sad for that young boy.May 13, 2019 at 6:38 pm #5995
I know, right? I just wouldn’t even think about leaving Rhett alone until he is older for sure. Same here, we were classic latch-key kids of the 1980s, plus having separated/divorced parents. My parents did it back then, but I would never do that now.July 15, 2019 at 2:46 pm #6216
My little man turned 6! Wow time flies really fast.
A couple of his takeaways from his birthday weekend.
1. He’s super excited that he’s old enough to be in the same summer camps as his sister
2. He’s sad that he’s no longer a little boy. 🙂
Before falling asleep last night, he said to me “I’m a little sad. I know you want me to be your little boy for a long time but now I’m older”
Oh he is too sweet for words.July 17, 2019 at 7:11 pm #6226
So exciting to turn 6! Did you all do a party at your house? (I couldn’t tell from the pics). And I had no idea what Roblox was, and Rhett didn’t know either. So I asked Rhett’s friend, who’s apparently way cooler than me, and she told me what Roblox is 🙂 🙂July 18, 2019 at 10:09 am #6227
We had the party at a Jump place. It has a Ninja Warrior course and play structure. Kids love it there and no house to clean after. I still don’t really know what Roblox – some kind of video game. Max likes watching people play it. He doesn’t actually play it himself. lol But its what he wanted for his birthday. hahaJuly 18, 2019 at 6:25 pm #6231
Awesome! That sounds so fun!! I can’t believe he’s 6. LOL about Roblox. It’s like the Fortnite thing. That completely passed us by & went over our heads (and I’m not tore up about that!). Rhett’s friend has a single mum who works, and she definitely does a lot more screen time than most kids I know. Hence, she plays Roblox. She told me all about it. Not sure I really “get it.” I’m probably too old to really understand why these kiddos think it’s cool haha! It’s so hard for working parents nowadays, because screen time is such a complex issue. I know her mom is looking forward to school starting again so that screen time will go down. But, Roblox was her drug of choice this summer.July 29, 2019 at 2:56 pm #6247
A lot of changes seem to be hitting me lately. Small changes but things I’m mindful about.
Both kids take showers on their own. Gone are the days of brother & sister taking baths together. Now they’re both conscious of the other when getting dressed or showered. Malia LOVES taking showers. She’s going to be one of those kids that use up all the hot water.
Malia riding her first rollercoaster. She can still ride the kids rides but she’s not interested. She wants the rollercoaster.
She also doesn’t fit so well on my lap anymore.
She loves styling her hair.
She’s no longer too shy to pay or ask for something at the store.
Max is still my little man & I’m reminded to cherish the moments as long as possible.July 31, 2019 at 6:34 am #6251
Awww, yes, cherish them as long as you can. I feel like those moments go by so fast. We love to look at old photos and reminisce about all of the old toys and little kid things Rhett used to do. Rhett enjoys hearing me tell stories about all his little baby & toddler days.
For me, I think about all of that, but also how things have changed in awesome ways. Like the convos I can now have with Rhett on a more mature level. It’s so fun. And all of the little kid & toddler stuff that I DON’T miss.
OMG, yes! Taking showers is the best thing ever. We were motivated to make the change early because #1-we got tired of bending down to do the bath and #2-the baseball dirt got to be so nasty that I wouldn’t want Rhett sitting in it. He switched to a shower right at 5 years old. We actually practice spelling while he’s in there. We give him his words to spell & he makes use of the time by practicing 🙂
Rollercoasters! Yes!! It is so fun to ride the big rides with Rhett, and I must say, I’m not too sad to leave the little rides behind. He certainly fits the height requirement for most big things now. At Disney, he still likes many of the little rides, because they are just so well done. So there, he’s still good with the little stuff. But, at places like Six Flags, etc., he wants to only do “big kid” rides.
Yay for hair styling!! I got really into hair starting in about 1st grade. I loved to do hair, and I still do to this day! So fun that Malia is doing it and experimenting with it. That is the part about not having a girl that I miss. I go to all my friends with daughters “can I borrow her head?” haha!July 31, 2019 at 6:42 am #6253
And, I officially have a 9-year old on my hands 🙂 I can’t believe Rhett is 9 already! It’s so crazy. He had a great birthday day, and frankly we’ve been celebrating all darn month. So, it’s been a birthday July! He got to meet his 3rd grade teacher & see his classroom on his birthday. We are pleased with everything so far, so he’s excited about that. I’ll probably end up being Room Parent again, so more of the same there. I’m most nervous about the amount of homework (and projects, which I loathe) that he’ll get. Hopefully not too much. And there is a lot of standardized testing in 3rd grade, so we’ve worked on practicing all summer for some of that junk. Blah!July 31, 2019 at 9:23 am #6254
I love the kid rides at Disneyland. I didn’t discover them until I had kids. Short lines, nostalgia and total Disney magic. I’ll be sad when all they’ll want to ride are the big kid rides with insane lines. lol But it’s definitely nice to have more options.
And yes, these milestones are such great bittersweet moments. They come with a slew of amazing new things to admire and cherish. It’s just soooooo fast! We were literally at the County fair, not even 3 months ago, and she had no interest in roller coasters. Now she’s all about them. WTH. haha
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