Tuesday, August 25, 2009
So, everyday we spend the first couple of hours at home playing outside or at the pool. We've enjoyed the pool so much this summer and I realized that I hadn't posted any pics of that yet. So, get ready, there's quite a few!
We have a great pool in our neighborhood! First, it has a zero grade entry so the kids can happily play without me worrying too much. The entire pool is only 3ft. at it's deepest, so there are rarely big kids since we don't have a diving board. It also helps that we live only 2 houses from the pool, so even quick trips are easy. :) And, the view is AMAZING!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
The day of kindergarden brought much excitement at our house. Madeleine was up by 6am -- without us waking her up -- running around as excited as Christmas morning! She had what's become her standard breakfast of pancakes and dashed off to get dressed. I was so thankful that she was happy and excited about her big day -- I think it made it easier for all of us!
We headed to school to get there early and find her spot in her room and have plenty of time for pictures and goodbyes. We waited outside with the other kids and parents for the teachers to come and fetch their classes. This is how mornings typically go at school, her teacher will come and bring the kids to the classroom.
I can't believe how fast this day came for me. I remember thinking about it when she was little and I would hold her in my arms, knowing that one day she's be spending the better part of her day with someone other than me. I never wanted this day to come. I don't think I ever wished away one moment of my morning time with her. One of my friends reminded me last week that this is the first step in "roots and wings" and I think she's exactly right.
But, it's still a big change for us, all of us. Thinking back I know I've been preparing her for this day for a long time. I wanted her to be filled with excitement. I wanted to her be confident. I knew without a doubt that there would be tears, but I hoped that they would only be from me and not from her. And, looking back at that day, I know that she was excited. She was confident. She was ready. And, so I've done my job (with a lot of help from matt). And that thought carried me through the day and dried my tears.
I know that we still have so much to teach her. I know there will be times where other kids will hurt her feelings and I am already praying that when those times come I'll know what to say and do for her. But for now I am thankful that her first day of school was a happy one.
I think the only one that's still unhappy about Madeleine's going to kindergarden around here is Harrison. He misses her so much! The when we picked her up the first day, I could hardly get a word in because he had to tell her all about his day first! He told her that he went to Target, when potty and took a nap in her bed. I'll never forget hearing their exchange that day, it was so sweet. She had a great first day! She came home filled with stories and such a sparkle in her eye. Perfect. Just perfect.
**Her first week went great! She got into the car Friday and told me first thing that she'd had a WONDERFUL DAY! She made a friend and got 2 treasures. Her teacher put her in the car and told me that Madeleine was a "joy" and "does everything she's supposed to do." What more can I ask for?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
*School supplies labeled and packed..........check
*Backpack and lunchbox ready.........check
*New outfit ironed and ready...........check
*Kissing Hand book for bedtime..........check
Monday, August 17, 2009
Her teacher told her that she'll be able to read enough by the time the baby gets here that she can read it a book! That made her day! :) I know she looks unhappy here, but she just didn't want her picture taken. She sat and looked at books while Matt and I talked to the teacher -- such a model student already. :)
I was also excited to learn that they generally won't have homework. The teacher said that they are EXHAUSTED by 3 and just need to go home and play! Yay! And, I somehow ended up being the room mom for the year, so I'll be up there helping out too.
Checking out all the crayons. They are sorted by color and Madeleine had to count all the boxes.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
*Madeleine told us in the car the other day that she needed four eyes: two to watch the TV and two to watch the grasshopper that was taking a ride on our windshield.
** When I can't find Harrison he's usually in the bathroom: brushing his teeth (aka eating toothpaste) or pulling toilet paper off the roll. He says he needs to be a pirate and wants the empty roll for his perioscope. :) He's also big into tearing little pieces off the roll and flushing them....obviously no one's told him about water conservation.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
The kids thought it was so fun that they got to get in the front and sit with us as we drove. Harrison got to have his turn at driving first while Madeleine and I took it all in. We saw lots of deer, cows, camels, zebras, bison, emus, and more that I've forgotten already. It was the closest I've ever been too most of those animals!!