Wednesday, July 18, 2007

enter Alice Cooper, stage left

As Alice would say - school's OUT for summer!

You know how it goes: no more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks. Well, at least until August 30 when everything starts up again.

Phew. It's been a long, long school year. At 10:30 a.m. this morning with the handing out of year-end report cards, Boy11 and Boy14 were officially promoted to the 6th and 9th grades respectively. Not that we didn't think they would make it, but this is a tough school and there is much room for improvement. Isn't there always, though? You never stop learning, right?

Both kids came home and crashed out onto their beds for a brief nap before my English friend F and her 4-yr-old son came over for lunch. I had forgotten how exhausting such a little guy can be. I think I'm the one who needs a nap now.

On Sunday Boy11 heads off to summer camp for the first time. Two weeks of non-stop fun, sleeping in a tent with an old pal he's known since kindergarten and doing all sorts of interesting stuff. And how does Boy14 (who is too old for that particular camp and will mostly be hanging out at home this summer) feel about his kid brother being away for fourteen whole days? Turning cartwheels doesn't even begin to describe it. They are not always on the best of terms and as lovable as he is, Boy11 can be extremely annoying at times, especially if you're 14 and just want to be left alone, dammit.

For the rest of the week I'll be making lists, doing laundry and packing, packing, packing. Good thing that sewing name tags into people's underwear has always been one of my favourite pastimes. [Edited to add] NOT!!

14 Comments:

At July 18, 2007 5:27 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

Sewing name tags into underwear? Where I come from, we would just write the names in Sharpie marker. Do they have Sharpies in Germany? In any case, I don't think I'll ever live up to your level of domestic achievement! :) (But we established that long ago with all those baking photos.)

 
At July 18, 2007 6:01 p.m., Blogger Maribeth said...

I was thinking about you yesterday, Mausi, when I started to prepare for our trip to the family reunion in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Hubby is first generation American, but all his relatives are from Canada. This is the first time all have gotten together in over 15 years!

 
At July 18, 2007 6:10 p.m., Blogger Carol said...

I still have the 200 fabric name tags I ordered BEFORE Elisabeth was born! Somehow one of the things that said "Mom" like no other was the idea of sewing name tags into my kids' clothes! (Yes, in fact, I AM weird!)

Well, I think I sewed 20 of them into size 6 mo clothes -- as if my baby would ever leave those anywhere -- and the rest have sat in my sewing box for 24 years!

If they didn't have our name on them I;d send them to you!

Carol

 
At July 18, 2007 7:58 p.m., Blogger Andrea said...

I can't believe the school is just letting out! I thought my kid's school getting out June 29 was really late! I remember as a kid (in the US) we got out something like June 12th? Weird. We also didn't have nearly as many holidays.

 
At July 19, 2007 12:18 p.m., Blogger Poppy Fields said...

I gave up sewing names and just write on my girls clothes with a ball point pen.

 
At July 19, 2007 4:41 p.m., Blogger Maria said...

Thank you for reminding me that it is normal to be tired after running after a child all day. The boy is now crawling... and I have found a new level of exhaustion!

Enjoy the sewing. Fortunately (or unfortunately) my mom did not have the time or energy to sew my name in to my clothes, so she simply wrote my initials on the tags...with a black sharpie. Yeah, I was so not cool!

 
At July 19, 2007 7:15 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Why sew?? I would suggest ironing his name on underwear. You can buy those sheets that you can print directly on (for ink jet or even laser printer). All you have to do is write his name (initials) once, copy and paste in Word, print on one of the sheets and heat the iron.

Might not hold as long (2 weeks for sure), but it's much less time consuming for you.

 
At July 19, 2007 9:17 p.m., Blogger christina said...

OK guys, that was supposed to be a joke. I'm not THAT domestic! If I label anything at all, it'll definitely be with a Sharpie.

Angie - Yeah, they have Sharpies here but they're called Edding.

maribeth - Nova Scotia is lovely. I visited there in 2003 when one of my brothers moved to Halifax for a year with his family. I'm only first generation Canadian so most of our relatives are American or British!

Carol - I think we still some of those embroidered labels that Mr. M's mom used to sew into his clothes when he was a kid.

Andrea - German states are no a rotating vacations schedule and start and end school at different times so not everyone goes on holiday at once. Nordrhein-Westfahlen was the earliest this year, getting out on June 21 and kids in Bavaria have school until July 30. We get late holidays next year too and then we switch to June 25 for 2009.

poppyfields - I've used ball point before too and it does seem to hold up well.

maria - I don't have the time or energy either, so magic marker it will be. And yeah, little kids can be SO exhausting. I'm kind of happy my two are older now, although they were very cute when they were toddlers.

CanSwiss - Before I figured that one out, summer would be over. :-) I'll just use a pen or maybe I won't even bother since we know he's going to wear the same underwear and socks for the whole two weeks anyway!

 
At July 20, 2007 11:16 a.m., Blogger tinakala said...

OMG, Stonian kids must be lucky: their schoolyear is over by June 1st. And they`re not back there until September 1st.

 
At July 21, 2007 7:36 a.m., Anonymous Karen said...

Can't you just use a permanent marker and write their name on the clothing pieces?

:-D

 
At July 21, 2007 12:58 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

HA! Sharpie it is (you got me as well). The boys NEED to have time apart from each, I'm sure, to simply appreciate each other again. Of course, I came from a large family and can't imagine having only one sibling!

And now, MONDAY I'll get the serendipitous surprise of meeting up again! HURRAY!

 
At July 22, 2007 12:48 p.m., Blogger Trac said...

Hey guess what!? We met The King last night! hahaha.

I dreamt that Elvis came to us two (a bit of a chubby 'cheeseburger' Elvis, but still The King!) and you cooked dinner. Very nice it was too!

Well me and The King thought so.

Oh, and I'm with Angie. I bought those sew on labels years back, never used them and have been using a 'sharpie' or any old permanent pen ever since!

Thanks for dinner....

....may the King be with you!
x

 
At July 22, 2007 10:22 p.m., Blogger christina said...

tinakala - Wow, that's a long time. Kids here only get 6 and we used to get about 8 in British Columbia when I was in school.

karen - Yes! I did that with most of it and just left the rest to fate. :-)

Ginnie - With so many siblings I can imagine your report card always said "works well in a group setting"! :-) I think the boys will miss each other and it's nice for each of them to do his own thing.

Trac - Blogger dreams!! I love it. I've had those before. And meeting The King in your dream is such an honour! :-) I'm glad you liked the dinner - what did I make???

 
At July 22, 2007 11:49 p.m., Blogger Trac said...

Crikey... I had just met The King!!!? - I can't possibly remember what food you cooked... but I have a feeling it was a lamby type thing! :O)

I have quite a few blogger dreams too, but only you and I have ever met Elvis!

It's gotta be a good sign for us both though I reckon!?
x

 

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