Monday, January 29, 2007

Windy Day

What a wild day! I heard the rain pouring down last night, and when we got up the wind was blowing and the sky was overcast. The girls hopped on their bikes and we made it to school without getting rained on, but as John and I headed home from our run (5 miles - darn hard in the wind) the sky opened and we got completely drenched.

Emily forgot her backpack, but with all the rain, I wasn't sure if we were going to be able to make it back to the school. Everytime I would notice a break in the rain, it would be pouring again before I had my shoes on.

Finally I gave John the umbrella and decided we would just have to take our chances. The rain was just drizzling while we walked, and we stayed mostly dry, but there were branches falling off trees all around us! Those palm tree leaves are huge and dangerous. The sound that they make in the wind is very soothing. And though I didn't get wet, I did get a big sticky drop of tree goo on my arm. Blech.

The sky cleared up for a while, but the wind brought in more clouds and rain - a real tropical storm!
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I talked to the Joy School girls, they are very nice and it sounds like a fun group. This week they are just doing field trips, so we will join them, and try the class-time next week before making a final decision. I think John might really like it!

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In other John news, this morning we tried the ABC's on Starfall.com. I had forgotten about that website. It is well done and a fun resource for beginning readers - letter sounds, games, simple stories, etc. John especially liked Tt for train and Vv for volcanoe.

9 comments:

Elizabeth-W said...

"a big sticky drop of tree goo" GAG!!! It's nice to know that it's not always paradise there--as I sit here in 30 degree weather and feel vaguely jealous :)
I like starfall, too. I used it with my 6 year old, and I completely forgot about it-my three year old might dig it. Thanks for the reminder!

Mary said...

Yikes! Branches falling around as you made your way to the school? 'm glad you made it there and back in one piece. Way to go on the 5-mile jog though. Jogging with wind and pushing a stroller is like pushing a parachute! Did you trade in your double for a single jogger?

wendy said...

elizabeth - I got hit again on my way back to pick up the girls. Yuck!

Mary - I gave the wretched double back to the friend who gave it to me - hated that stroller. I still have the single jogger that I bought when Sydney was a baby. It may not be new, but it is light and well balanced. I heart my old blue jogger.

txmommy said...

Sorry about the rain. I guess that's why it's so beautiful there.

Suzanne said...

What a change from blizzards in South Dakota! Now you've really seen it all!

Starfall sounds like an interesting site. I'll have to check it out because I'm attempting to teach my 3-year old the ABC's. Thanks! :)

muse said...

sounds like you're settling in ok

But I thought that the weather was always "vacation perfect" in Hawaii.

erinmcbride said...

the joy school sounds pretty fun! that's so cute that john is reading now!

wendy said...

tx mommy - you are right! rain=green

Suzanne - don't miss negative temps. at all!

muse - We are in the middle of the island and get a bit more rain then they do on the beach. We drove down near Waikiki today and while we hand wind and rain, they had a little wind and sun!

Erin - John's not reading yet, or anything, but he does like to have a turn on the computer.

A Payne said...

Thanks for the link to that website. I had never heard of it. Mini Me and I spent some time on it this afternoon. We had so much fun! Thanks.