When this little beauty started Kindergarten I just knew she wasn't going to have any trouble academically. Some people say they can't believe how fast their kids grow and start school. Not with Miriam, she has been school ready 2 years before Kindergarten. When it finally came time for her to start it was such a feeling of relief and not just by me, but by her.
What I wasn't ready for was the little boy crushes. Oh, not from her, but apparently this little girl is quite popular with the boys. She has them buying her ice cream on Fridays, and others giving her their juice boxes at snack time. Then there was this one little guy who dared to make her HIS girlfriend! She came home and told me all about it, very matter-of-factly, not in a boy crazy giddy way. Thank goodness! I informed her that she can't have a boyfriend until she turns 16. My little Miss Rule Keeper took this news in stride. If it's a rule, she will abide. She lives for rules and structure. That's just how she thinks. (For now anyway, right!?)
So the next day when I picked her up from school I asked her if she broke it off with what's-his-name. She confidently answers:
"Yep, I told him he wasn't old enough for me yet."
Oh, geez! Well, at least she got half of the concept right.
Where I grew up in Alabama I had the ultimate playground. The woods behind my house were adventure filled fun! My siblings and I, along with other neighbor kids would loose ourselves daily within the trails that wove in and out of these woods. My family would take adventure walks, and there was even a creek that on hot summer days we would go and swim.
Now being so close to home I can share this joy with my kids. There is a bit of a change, a busy road that was just paved right behind my parents house cutting off our easy access. But with the weather warming up and my swollen pregnant belly gone I couldn't resist the urge to take to the trail again. "We're following the leader, the leader, the leader. We're following the leader wherever she may go!" These kids were real troopers. We walked for about an hour and they did wonderful with keeping up and exploring. One of the cool deep gullies in the woods. Miriam, Emma and their cousin Gavin dared the slippery slope. They did a great job and made it to the bottom without any slip ups.
The trails were all the same, I knew exactly which way was where. It really was like riding a bike. Speaking of, I used to do that to around these trails!
It definitely didn't satiate my outdoorsy appetite. I would love to go again, and maybe even look for that creek. Hopefully we'll get another adventure day soon!
I am a SAHM of 5; Tobie, Miriam, Emma, Hannah and Charlotte. We live the military life through the Coast Guard. Semper Paratus! We love having the opportunity to explore this wonderful country of ours and make great new friends along the way.