I think the twins look so cute in hats and I hate that they can't wear them to school BUT the other day was hat day so they were excited. Speaking of hat day, and dumb rules like no hats, Josh was complaining to me the other day about how lame his recess is. Recess, singular. That's problem number one. He is in second grade, is in school for 7 hours, and has ONE short recess. Now in that recess they are not allowed to play with balls, sticks, in the forest, there are no swings, they took out the "high" bar, and the playground is about the most pathetic thing I've ever seen. Oh, they're also discouraged from running because, you know, it's dangerous. Parker and I were talking about how sad we are for our boys that they are growing up in such an overprotective atmosphere at school. We keep thinking it's just an east coast thing but maybe it's even gotten bad on the west coast? Also, on both their report cards they excelled academically but both need to "save their talking to recess time." So they get 20 minutes a day to be social? Schools need to focus a little more on socialization and physical fitness and a little less on the long lost Indian tribes Josh is supposed to memorize. The worst part is? I am powerless. All I can do is ensure that when they are in MY care they are free to be KIDS and yes, maybe, even...get hurt. But guess what? THAT'S HOW THEY LEARN! Sometimes I long for "the good ol days!"