Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Humpty Dance Is Your Chance

So, I found a full level of our fountain full of sand today... a full level... the second one... crazy. It's like they're out to get me. Maybe give me a cold because there's not nearly as much sand during the warm days. Smart kids we're bringing up. As a matter of fact, I had a Raspberry ask me today what I was doing in his school. The nerve. Then he said, "This is my preschool, not yours." After showing him our business plan and explaining the dynamics of the investor's relationship to our ownership, he still wasn't convinced. He chased me from his room. I'll let him have it... for now.

If you haven't noticed, there are new photos in the hallways. We printed about 100, so your kid may not be in the first run. Rest assured they'll make it before the year is out. Some reeeeeally cute kids this year, too. Have a gander.

The small fountain is located near the outdoor art center now. I would have just set it all up myself, but flat squatting 300 pounds at an awkward Humpty Dance lean using my feet to push just about sent me to back rehab. So worth it to just walk away and let Crys handle it... and she gets a husband who can still stand upright.

Quick note: If you haven't listened (and/or created) the Otis Redding Pandora station, uh, please do so. It's amazing.

Not really liking these short days of sunlight... but I never have. I guess maybe I might when the kids come along. I would imagine the first few weeks they're just tricked into sleeping early. I can see how that might be nice, but in my kidlessness, the days are precious. With that said, there will be some outdoor lights installed soon. Not that you need to be playing at Cassidy in the middle of the night, but just in case you're leaving late some day... or you really need that midnight snack picnic in a sandbox one night.

If anyone wants those tree stumps in the parking lot, let me know. Free for the taking. As a matter of fact, if you have a third world country who would like an outdoor kitchen that has seen the wrath of Cassidy kids, rain, fountain water, and sand... also free for the taking. It lasted about a week... and again... only really suitable for children with no governmental health regulations in place.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Pretty Sweet Saturday Night

Headed out for some grilled cheese and beer... courtesy of the Cassidy Party Book. Thanks Cassidy Party Book.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Chickens, Lizard Boa, Grilled Cheese, and Diapers

If you didn't know, I was a chicken this year for Halloween. Pretty funny to watch kids stop in their tracks seeing a big yellow person standing inside the school. Yeah, there was a chicken hat and everything (see below). One of the moms even got a pic of me hard at work, on the phone, and nestled in my computer business. I think her caption on that email was "Cassidy Preschool: We don't cluck around." Nice. Reeeeal nice. Go ahead, make fun of the chicken.

All in all, a very fun day. A friend surprised us... um, dressed like a cat even... and handed out silly bracelets for the kids. Only the big kids... before you get fussy. We did a little costume parade, too. As one-half of the Grand Marshalling, I got carried away dancing and strutting my chicken stuff only to look back and see we had left everyone behind. You'd think these little ones would have some respect for the chicken and walk a little faster down those steps. You'd also think they were just learning steps, but I've got their number.

Yesterday was the Lizard Party... and by lizards, I mean snakes... and by snakes, I mean one huuuuuge Boa. I was invited by the host, and while a truly appreciate the gesture, there will no way in double hockey sticks I go hold a snake. As a matter of fact, my mind is so bent on them that I would swear they're crawling around my feet right now. Yeah, it's that bad. I wouldn't call it a hatred so much as a very passionate physical disturbance. It's just not in my make-up to be friends with anything that can run faster than me with no legs. Both my mom and Crys had one in college... go figure on that one. One of the parents was nice enough to email me this photo with a word of "encouragement" as the subject line. Absolutely not.

Grilled Cheese and Beer Party this weekend. I was informed that for a select few of us, it will be a Grilled Cheese and Beer and Cigar Party. Now that's my kind of party. Although tater-tots would absolutely round it off... comfort food. And I would have to say, if at this moment you're snubbing your nose up to tater-tots, you might be in the wrong school. No, really, pack your bags... no, not really... no, really.

The Food Drive started today. Please start bringing non-perishable items to donate to the food bank. Bins are set up in the hallways right now. We're all pretty lucky, so it's nice to help others in need. The more food we can collect, the better for some family over Thanksgiving. Anything helps. If you're reading this and you don't attend Cassidy, you now know of a place to donate. Just run across the street and pick up a few cans of veggies. I really think we can fill up all 5 bins (although one is just for diapers and stuff)... but the other 4 with food for sure.

If you kept up with my life over the past few months, you might have heard about the car show I did for the Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley. Today we did our check presentation for the kids. We raised $3500 for their club. Pretty cool for our first year trying. Just thought I'd share... proud moment.

Happy November.