Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Six sounds so much older than Five

My baby turned SIX over the weekend. I'm not sure why, but six sounds so much older than FIVE. Maybe it is because of comments from my hubby like, "Just ten more years until she drives." Close your mouth, honey!

We kept her party simple and stress-free. Just an evening at Chick-Fil-A with a few of her closest friends. We left without a drained pocketbook and no more gray hairs sprouting.

Most of all though, our new six year old felt honored and celebrated.

And judging from this picture, though six is definitely older, it seems like her silliness is going to be sticking around for a while.

Although I could easily write 6000 words describing my Lily at this point in her little life, I am going to challenge myself to describe her in just SIX.







Wow, that really leaves a lot out. I am going to ponder the rest on my own...as I take a shower before grabbing her from kindergarten. I don't want one of her descriptive words of me to be STINKY!

Happy 6th Birthday, Sweet Lily!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

So, does a nose "sprain" hurt worse than a nose break?

It was 5AM. Jerry and I were enjoying, well, maybe not enjoying...but, partaking in our new morning routine. Coffee was brewed. Various charts of Greek were spread on the dining table where Jerry was practicing orthography in preparation for his quiz. I was turning on monitors and printers (yes, plural...two of each!), hoping to get a couple of hours of "at-home work" in before the girls rose.

But then the kittens detected our presence and set in with their craziness. Dive bombing from the backs of high chairs. Chewing on dangling cords. Pouncing on Blackie, who is still not crazy about them...which means a fight ensued.

Wait, you didn't know we had kittens? Oh how this poor blog is neglected. More to come...soon, I hope.

Jerry could not study and I could not work. The kittens had to be locked up.

This great 1960s house once had a patio. Said patio, was long ago enclosed and currently houses our playroom. However, the humongo glass doors are still intact. We have camouflaged them with curtains until we decide if we are going to sheet rock or just install prettier doors.

Jerry locked the kittens in the playroom by sliding the glass doors shut. Problem solved.

We went about our study and work.

Almost two hours later it was time to get Lily up and ready for school. Picture day no less. I was trying to find the longer of her two black uniform ties. I figured they must have stayed in her dance bag after changing last week. The dance bag hangs in the playroom. I was going to quickly retrieve them in the morning rush.

But I was stopped. Dead in my tracks. My nose caught all of the force of my body going forward as it smashed into the glass door.

It was loud. I wasn't even sure what had just happened to me. Jerry wanted to laugh, but my instant tears informed him not to.

The door did not break. It may have been less painful if it had. Had my nose though? No blood or crookedness. I guess not. Shear pain though. Congestion and a bit of swelling...maybe just from my tears?

While I can't wait to see the bruising as the day progresses, my husband just can't wait to laugh.

As he walked out the door to work, he asked, "Can I at least laugh now?"

"No! It still hurts", I replied.

Then he prodded me to at least open the glass door again so I could see the mark my face had made on the glass when I had smacked into it.

Sure enough...I did and then I laughed. But he is still not allowed to.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The only thing that poured was rain...not tears!

It has been an interesting past two weeks. While Lily trotted off to Kindergarten, I have had some precious solo time with Jade. It was quickly apparent though, that little sis is a bit lost without big sis around. Lily directs her play, picks the roles, assigns the barbies, suggests meal choices, etc. The list goes on and on. And Jade is quite happy to leave all the decision making up to big sis.

So, when it came time last Thursday to go meet Jade's new preschool teacher, I was not surprised when it didn't go over so well. Jade has always attended the same school as Lily. Though in different classes, Lily and I would usually drop Jade off first and then Lily would go to her class. Walking into school without big sis in stride was difficult.

"Meet the Teacher" day was a rainy one. But rain wasn't the only thing coming down. The tears were just a flowing. After that experience I wasn't quite sure how the official first drop off would go this morning. It was yet another rainy day...

But even amid the chaos of parents, siblings, umbrellas, lunch bags, backpacks, cameras and napmats, Jade remained confident. Cheerful. Smiley!

She walked right in and never looked back.
So thankful the only puddles to dodge on my way out were those of rain, not tears!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Lily's First Day of Explorers

Explorers = 2 day Kindergarten Program

A little nervous excitement. How can I tell she is nervous? She can't keep her tongue in her mouth!

Shots with our carpool buddy...and possibly current love of her life. His mommy and I are secretly saving these pics for their wedding video. ;)

And another sweet pic with a MWF buddy after opening chapel.

These two are exactly one month apart, we'll look forward to hanging out with them more in first grade!

Her sweet teacher...Mrs. Barth. (Not BARF, as the video may have led you to believe! ;)

No tears shed on any account...only a little hesitation noted when this last shot was taken as we left the room.

A short, non-rotated, post school video clip...cut short by the carpool lady flipping the sign to "GO!".

Here is a look at their week:
Bible: The Garden of Eden
Cain and Abel
Memory Verse: “The Lord’s Prayer”

Language Letter Recognition: A – O
Arts: Parts of a Sentence
Oral Language - Apples

Math: Matching and Sorting

Tales: “Jack and the Bean Stalk”

Spanish: Sra. Adams

History: Biblical Times

Geography: Measuring Distance

Poetry: My Dog, Marchette Gaylord

Art: A King Charles Spaniel, Charles Manet

Music: Raindrop Prelude, Chopin

Notes: We had a great first week! Thank you all so much for your prayers and encouragement. I am falling in love with your precious children.

We are going to love this place!

The afternoon concluded with a quick park playdate...cut way short by an attack of crazy bees. Our kids must be sweeter than we thought!

The two little sisters will start PK3 together next week.

Oh, and I can't forget the celebratory spaghetti and meatballs dinner.

Note to self: white uniform shirt + spaghetti dinner = not a good idea.

I am thankful for many sweet things...schools, friends, and teachers. I am hopeful for a wonderful year.

Praying for that attitude to continue as soccer, tap, ballet, carol choir, indian princess, seminary, and bible studies begin next week. *sigh*
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