Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Dia das Criaças - Kids Day
I'm SO glad it's finally June!
The Chicken Pox has come and gone. Now that all five kids have had them, some worse than others, I can put that scary childhood virus behind us and move on!
Today in Portugal is Kid's Day. All the local businesses have some sort of offer for the kids. Maybe a free coloring book, free stickers, 1 Euro train tickets and a play day at school.
Last year I knew very little about this day, and allowed my children to stay home from school (they are still in school until the 18th of June. They don't start until mid September) to witness the miracle of birth. Our little Tigra had kittens and I thought it more educational than a day spent playing at school. But they were informed the next day at school that they had "really missed it"! They missed inflatable bouncy things and worst of all they missed ice cream! *gasp*
So now I understand the importance of allowing my kids to be...well...KIDS on Kid Day! After all, children are 'not machines' we were told after only a few months here in Portugal. (Apparently we were expecting too much out of ours!) But we as parents have higher expectations for our children. We've had to find a nice balance between responsibility and childhood pleasures.
Speaking of pleasures....look what's in season right now! We pop them and eat them like grapes...fabulous!
This was my gift to my little kiddos...for Kids Day.
Major hates the pool and all the splashing that he gets from it. He's disgusted with me for bringing it home.
Got to love a little blond headed kid with a "pool hair-do". It' so messy, it's cute.
And Tigra could care less as she is dreaming sweet dreams today and not in the pain of labor like she was last June 1st!
Summertime....here we come!