Home: It’s been a busy and stressful week. I had to work long hours, and daughter has been missing me. On the other hand, she was Ms Cranky when I was there for her – I guess she is still adjusting to her new schedule. It feels to all of us that we don’t have as much time together – probably due to the fact that we are having dinner and starting a night routine an hour earlier than we used to. An hour is a lot for working parents!
School: Anna has aptly defined her feelings after a school day as “happy but tired”. She enjoys school and apparently developed quite a crush on one particular first grader. She enjoys afterschool less than in the first weeks, probably due to her low energy level. Her favorite parts of school days are recess and going home, but she also enjoys learning more signs in sign language.
Afterschool was limited mostly to homework and to weekend things. Anna still enjoys her science journal and made another entry in it with her new discoveries – a dried up fruit of unknown origin and an acorn. I had more things planned but Anna had absolutely no interest in them. At least she still loves her gymnastics and asks if she could go there more than once a week.
Work: brutal. One of my best people is leaving, and I am really frustrated I couldn’t talk her out of it. A lot of politics at work and overwhelmingly too much work.
Field trips – We went to the Roaring Camp Railroad last weekend. An old steam train takes people on the ride through the mixed forests of Santa Cruz mountains. We went last year too, but Anna didn’t remember the trip. She was not afraid of the whistle this time and really enjoyed the trip even when it drizzled a bit.
Favorite moments. Anna is very interested in “secret languages” at the moment. Her first attempt was just the random selection of sounds, and I explained to her that it’s not going to work, since she will not even be able to remember what they mean. Her second attempt is much better and involves dropping the first sound of every word. It’s actually fun to have our own secret language.