Friday, I went to Charlotte Beach with my mom and her summer school class she works with. It was fun. The teacher brought these cut off detergant bottles and milk jugs for the kids to play with in the water and sand...which I thought was brilliant and simple...and if they get lost...it's no big deal!
The kids were all really well behaved and sweet to me. Mom called me later in the day to thank me for coming and that the teacher appreciated the extra helping hand (I had to herd at least two of the kids out of the water when it was time to go...and even though they were extremely reluctant to get out, I had no tantrums thrown at me...phew!). Mom also told me that one of her students (who I didn't think was paying that much attention to me) said that I was pretty. I guess mom said "Yes, she has very long pretty hair." and the kid says "She has a pretty face too!" Awwww. You defintely feel pretty when a random kid you've never met before says you have a pretty face...it's that child honesty thing.
Then on Saturday, I helped my friend Kim pack up things in her house (her family is moving), and CJ helped them run errands and take stuff to the farm with his truck. That night I spent the night housesitting/dogsitting for friends of my parents who have 3 large dogs.
Then Sunday, we left church a little early to go to a birthday party for the girl I was an aide for. Her mom called me a couple weeks ago to invite me, which made my day.
When I got there and said hi to her she looked at me and said "Hi Mrs. Sinclair!" (with no prompting!) and got a big smile on her face. Then she kept looking at me as if she was trying to figure out why I was at her house (because I was out of the normal context). I had her say hi to CJ too (which did require prompting since it was her first time meeting him). I got to sit next to her and helped her open her presents. She has a twin sister, so the party was obviously for both of them. I gave them two of my sock monsters. I asked my girl if she wanted pink or red...she said "Pink or Red." I said, "No. Do you want pink or red? Pick one." and then she said "I want red." So she got the red one and her sister got the pink one. Her sister giggled like crazy at her pink monster and said it was funny. And all her relatives gushed about how cute they were and asked if I sell them at craft shows. I said I was going to start selling them online (I really need to get my Etsy shop running! Soon, I promise!).
Anyway...my girl seemed really happy and to be having a good day. When we were leaving, her parents told me I could come over any time and go swimming (they have a pool and their sweetpea loves to swim). I loved that CJ finally got to meet the little girl I've spent the last 3 years working with. He said later how he thought it was sweet the way you could tell she was excited when she flapped her hands (Ah...the hand flapping...). It's only been a month since I've seen her last and she looks so big! A month ago I couldn't imagine her being six years old, but she looks six now...and can tell you! Her dad said it only took him two days to teach her...because the response she'd learned to "How old are you?" before was "I'm five!"...but now she's had to learn that the right response now is "I'm six!"
It was really great to see her again. I love that her parents want to continue to include me in her life.