Thursday, November 26, 2009

For your information, I've NEVER been high young lady!

Actual conversation I had with Gracie yesterday:

Gracie: "Mommy, are you high?"

Me: "What!?"

Gracie: "Are you high? I'm too low to reach this. Can you help me get high so I can reach it?"

It was so hard not to laugh, but I managed it. Barely.


I also want to thank everybody who left a comment about the play school snack. Gracie and I are going shopping this afternoon, and tomorrow morning the kids at Airdrie Stay and Play will have their first taste of goat cheese. This is going to be fun…

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

And it only took 20 minutes to go two blocks

"Can I ride my tricycle to the park Mommy?"

"Do you think you can ride it all the way there and all the way back? Because you and the tricycle are too heavy for Mommy to carry all the way back from the park."

"Yes, I can do it Mommy!"

"Look Mommy! We're here! I rode my tricycle all the way to the park all by myself!"

Honestly, I didn't think we'd make it when we left. I figured we'd get part way and I'd have to carry the tricycle, and maybe even her, for the rest of the way. But it's only 2 blocks and I could use the exercise. And it's been my experience that when she tells me she thinks she can do something by herself, she usually can.

I'm so proud of her.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Everybody likes Goat Cheese, don't they?

So, I have a little question for you all today. But it's going to take me awhile to get there. Please hang in there.

Gracie and I go to a small parent-volunteer run play school every Friday morning. Parents can bring kids from newborn to five years old, and there is free play time, a teacher-led music session, a new craft to make each week, and most important to my question today: the teacher reads a story while the kids sit and eat a snack.

Each week, parents take turns bringing the snack. Two parents bring half of the snack: one parent brings cheese and crackers for the kids and a snack for the parents, and one parent brings fruit and a treat for the kids. Next week, it's my turn to bring the cheese and crackers. (Some of you know where I'm going with this, I bet.)

Now, on the official snack list, it just says you have to bring cheese and crackers. Nowhere does it dictate WHAT KIND of cheese and crackers you have to bring. But for some reason, every single week, the parent whose turn it is to bring cheese and crackers brings cheddar cheese and Goldfish Crackers. Which, I totally get. Every kid likes cheddar cheese and Goldfish Crackers, so nobody is going to complain and not eat it. Plus, they're cheap and plentiful. I totally get it.

But Gracie and I are allergic to BOTH of those things. We don't do cow's milk, or anything made with cow's milk. So, every week, I just pick those things out and let Gracie eat the fruit, then I pull out the snack that I packed for her. I certainly don't expect the parents to bring a dairy-free snack for everybody when mine is the only kid who doesn't do dairy.

But…since it's my turn to bring the snack next week, do you think it's okay for me to bring a snack that my child can actually eat? Say, her favorite goat milk mozzarella, and some whole-grain crackers? Or should I bring the cheddar cheese and Goldfish crackers like everybody else, and pack another snack for Gracie, like I do every week?