Edmonds Kind of Play: As school year begins, time of transitions

Jen Marx
Jen Marx

Isn’t it wild how slow the last few days before school are in comparison to how fast it feels the beginning of school has gone? I was all prepared to talk about nursing my Back-To-School hangover when I had the feeling that this school year was already packing a mid-year punch. I mean, by the end of this week, we will have had Curriculum Nights in both high schools and elementary schools, middle schools will have theirs on 9-24, and be on our way to our first early release day. Schools let out early on September 25th in the Edmonds School District and while we’re asking ourselves “Already?” I’ll mention that our first Non-Student Day is October 23rd.

The transitions, while naturally plentiful at this time of the year, have been particularly abundant in my life as of late. It was a huge painful leap to leave the warm comfortable arms of the Edmonds Day Camp this year, due to it’s cancellation, to try some new things. I will say that this summer was one of our best as we all had to stretch a bit out of the comfy grooves we made in our proverbial couches. With my youngest sister pregnant, it is more evident to me than ever that life is sorta moving along whether I like it or not and that the hardest, most relentless days will turn into possibly forgotten moments and I’ll be onto the new seemingly impossible things to figure out. For instance, when I was pregnant, both times I was well versed on what gear we wanted, why, and which of my friends gave what life-saving recommendation never to be forgotten. Between preschools, first ER trips, second ER trips and long distance summer camp field trips, I can hardly help my sister with her easy questions like, “What bassinet did you use?” These are decisions I agonized over and put the most weight possible on and now, I can’t even remember the brand name?!? I do still have one of the little toys meant to dangle from that bassinets mobile in my nightstand – c’,mon… sometimes when I start to lose your cool-level with my kids, it’s fun to remember when they liked me full-time.

Before sitting down to finish up this column, I came across a note “From The Publisher’s Desk” where Teresa Wippel, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of My Edmonds News, in writing about her newly married son, so perfectly describes how vital a community is to our “parenting journey.”

The College Place Middle School counselor who assured us that our son’s missing homework assignments were not the end of the world; our Lake Ballinger neighbors who always kept a watchful eye; the baseball coaches and athletic trainers who mentored, and nudged, and lectured with much greater impact that Mom and Dad; the aunts and uncles and cousins and friends who opened their homes and hearts to a young boy who has grown into a 27-year-old man, and now, a husband.

As it stands now, I don’t have a baby, toddler or preschooler in my house. We have no diapers or special spoons, the kitchen table has 4 regular chairs, worn from having the babies toddlers and preschoolers, the bathroom door is shut more often than not, and not every TV show on in the house is animated. But those Moms are on my mind a lot because, while parenting seems to gets more complicated as it gets easier physically, I see the Moms with babes in arms and toddlers struggling to get out of arms reach as really being in the trenches. They are balancing tantrums, naps, bottles, struggles, making Mom friends, picking preschools, and holding on for dear life while tiptoeing out of bedrooms. So today, I offer you some cool free stuff to go to and not surprisingly, it is all at the library!

For the month October, the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., is having a STEM Storytime on Tuesdays at 11 a.m.. I spoke with a librarian who explained that each STEM-themed story time would be just like the others with books and songs. This time, per the library’s calendar, they will feature “creative activities that prepare young minds for the adventures of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.” The site lists this is an activity for kids ages 3 to 5. For more information you can call the library at 425-771-1933.

If you are either a child of the ’90s or a parent of a small person in recent history, you have likely heard of Caspar Babypants, known to you and I as Chris Ballew from The Presidents of the United States of America. My kids LOVE him and his catchy kids tunes. As any parent of a rabid Caspar Babypants fan knows, he puts on a great show that will transform your kids into dancing, giggling, sing-a-longers. He will be putting on two shows nearby through the Sno-Isle library’s “Every Child Ready To Read and Rock” program. On Oct. 15

he will be playing at the Lynnwood library at 10:30 a.m. and the Mukilteo Library at 1:30 p.m.. This fall they have whole “Read and Rock” concert series and you find all the info HERE.

– By Jennifer Marx

Jen Marx, an Edmonds Mom of two young boys, is a traffic reporter by dawn and writer and PBJ maker by day. She is always looking for a fun place to take the kids that makes them tired enough to go to bed on time. You can find her trying to make sense of begging kids to ” just eat the mac n cheese” at jen_marx . If you have a kid-friendly event you’d like to share, email her at [email protected].

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