Wednesday, August 16, 2017

We Have a Kindergartener!

 Instead of getting all weepy and mushy (yes, that is how my heart is feeling), I decided to focus on a recording a few notes about your first day and those leading to it.  We had Meet-the-Teacher on Sunday.  You cried about your Hatchimals on the way to the school-about leaving them at home...only to find them right before we got to school sitting in the seat beside you.  You were shy as we walked in.  I saw a smile when you saw Granny in your classroom. Yes, we are very blessed to have her as the teacher's aide in your room this year.  We had fun sorting through your school supplies, putting them in the appropriate places.  You chose your desk, which had a pink Tootsie Roll pop on it.  It was across from the desk that was marked with the name Tenley.  (The name of one of your friends from PDO.)
 We walked around the school.  We learned a little about 4-H.  You heard a parent talking about her daughter doing a project with her hamster.  You got excited and whispered asking me if you got to bring Chloe to school.  
We checked out the cafeteria and gym.
Your teacher gave you a coupon for a snow cone so we found the truck and you chose blue raspberry.
As we were sitting in the cafeteria while you ate it, you said, "Well, that wasn't as bad as I thought it would be." 
 We visited the library (and Trish!) before we left.  You were excited about how many cousins and friends you already knew.  On the way home, you said you wanted to go to school everyday and did not want holidays or anything like that.  I replied that holidays are a good time for a break. Very unenthusiastically you said, "Fine."
 We tried to get to bed earlier the couple days before the first day of school but failed until the night before.  We were actually in bed reading books around 8:00 and you were for sure asleep by 9:15 if not before.  Mom may have fallen asleep a little bit too.  
At 5:45 you came into our room, wanting me to come back to your room.  I did.  The alarm was set for 6:00 with a plan to wake you at 6:30, so I got up shortly after and closed your door.  It wasn't but a few minutes later you came back and asked what I was doing.  I told you that mom and dad get up early and you said it was still dark!  About that time, dad came by and asked if you wanted to watch cartoons.  You did. You had cereal for breakfast. We showered and got ready.  You were nervous saying you did not want to go to school.  You wanted to stay home.  You picked out your P.E. shoes and would not let dad help you since you were supposed to be able to put them on yourself.  I had out white, no-show socks, but you insisted on wearing your bright, striped snowman socks instead.  You told me you wanted to wear them everyday but I thought we might need another pair in the rotation in order for me to wash them.

You and dad were in his boat when I came outside to snap a few pics before heading to school. Dad did a pretty good job of making you laugh.  You were quiet on the way but did not cry, whine or say, "Don't pick me up not that long." (Your famous saying from PDO days.)  We saw Lane right when we walked in and he said, "Hi, Lily," but you were being shy. I pointed out Granny working in the cafeteria line. Mrs. Magee came to show us where the kindergarten table was and you sat on my lap with your head in my lap.  Soon, Mrs. Ehlers came and put your name tag on.  You sat up in my lap as I talked about a bunch of random stuff.  Easton sat across from you and kept smiling and waving but you did not do much replying.  You asked me were Emmy was and we found her sitting at the table right across from us.  I think that was your first smile since arriving.  
Dr. Reynolds made an announcement that when the bell rang it would be time for K-6 grade parents to give big hugs and leave.  You started crying but not too bad.  As my voice was cracking, I told you how much fun you would have and how proud I was of you and that we would be back soon.  I asked if you would like to move across the table and sit by Easton and you said yes.  About that time Granny showed up too.  I gave you a big hug and took this pic as we were headed out the door.

I love you, Lily. 
I am so proud of you and can't wait to come pick you up and hear all about your first day as a kindergartner.

I wrote you a letter for Waco Moms Blog.  When you noticed your picture on the computer that day, you asked about it so I read it to you then.  After I was finished, you gave me a big hug and told me you loved me.  Here is a link to the post:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blogging for Waco Moms

I'm a contributor at Waco Moms Blog!!  

The team minus a few.
Photo: Rachel Whyte Photography

I know what you're thinking.  How in the world are you planning to contribute to another blog when you hardly ever post anything on your own blog?!?!  Well I really don't know.  BUT I am hoping it's that little extra spark I need to get back in my blogging groove!  Plus I couldn't pass up the opportunity to connect and learn from these other amazing women in our community.  

So say a little prayer for me.  That I can fulfill my obligation and provide and give something to our community of moms.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Some Things Change, Some Things Stay the Same: Part One

It's been a while.  A long while.  The longest span of time I've had between posts.  Dang life just keeps getting in the way of my novel.  So lots has changed and so much has stayed the same since my post almost a year and a half ago.  Life is wonderful.  Life is overwhelming.  But overwhelmingly wonderful.
Since my last post was Christmasy, I will say that one thing stayed the same this year and Lily loved Christmas.  Though she was still sitting in the pew with us on Christmas Eve instead of singing her heart out on stage, we still sing last year's songs on the way to and from Parent's Day Out.  Maybe next year we'll get the new CD!
Oh! And we took a family vacation to Colorado since Santa brought our family an early Christmas present.
Lily's First Airplane Ride

If you're good at clues, I just had one in the paragraph before last.  One thing that has changed is Lily started Parents' Day Out this last fall.  She finally quit crying when we dropped her off  in the morning, two weeks ago.  Yes, time may have flown since my last post, but time stood still when it came to the day arriving for a smile and a hug instead of stalling, tears, and her quote "Don't pick me up not that long."  It was tough on her dad and me (and apparently her) but on the bright side, she did love it once she was there and we made our getaway.  And she is getting so darn smart too.
Pets will be my next topic and maybe the last of this post.  This post may need two parts so I actually finish this thing.  I will never get back in my blogging groove if I try to completely catch up on the first day, right??  (Let me add Part One to my title...)  So back to pets and off my slacking.  Pets that are the same, Daisy and Cheesebone.  Daisy is still kicking it and the best dog ever.  She is slow and needs help getting in the car but still loves to go.  She got a huge new pillow for Christmas and loves it.  Cheesebone is getting a little chubby.  She is quite the hunter and you never know what surprise will be waiting by the door.  This poses a little problem since Lily likes to save and love all animals as I will prove as I wrap up this post.

What has changed in the pet department?  We have 12 pets, people!  We ended up losing all the chickens and guineas during the summer.  Dang raccoon.  But last month, we started over.  I came home one day from working at the shop (I will update you on that part of our lives next post!), and Lily ran up excited that she had a surprise for me.  I knew I should not have trusted her and her dad alone!  That was the day we added 3 chicks (Bruce, Gladys and Rosie) and three ducklings (Cinderella, Mo, and Maddie).  We have no idea if they are boys or girls.

Summer before last, we adopted a turtle.  Its name has changed several times.  I am not sure why but its been Dora, Sparkler and Kalotlie to name a few.  A few weeks ago, Jason was walking into his shop and noticed a tiny turtle, so that turtle was quickly added and also has many names.

At the end of last summer, we added a guinea pig, Chloe.  She has adjusted well and had many adventures (see photos).  She loves kale and carrots...and long road trips.

Our last addition is a bird.  Jason was shredding and noticed a bird that could not fly.  He was afraid Cheesebone would get her, so he brought her in the house and of course, Lily was in love. We lost her a few times hopping around the house but finally upgraded from a cardboard box to a fancy cage.  Her name is Brayce and is chirping and singing as I write this. She must know she is getting promoted.  

Our temporary pet list varies from day to day (Yesterday it was a mouse and a toad. Today it was a caterpillar).  Lily thinks we still need one more (just one more!) pet, a bunny.  I wanted to tell her something has to kick the bucket first, but that probably wouldn't be the best thing to say to a four year old :)

So I think that does it for this post.  Wow! That felt great.  Oh how I've missed you blog!  Blogging really just does something for me that nothing else in my brimming full of goodness life offers.  And that is a little clue of something else that has changed since my last post but you'll have to wait to hear about it!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Magical Christmas

 A magical Christmas it's been this year!
 Decorating the tree this year was a memory I'll forever cherish. Lily was such a good little helper and so careful with the ornaments...each and every time she decorated, undecorated, and redecorated our tree. She just could not get enough.

Lily really had fun with her Little People manager scene this year. It always made me giggle when I'd hear her say something like, “Come on Jesus, get in the bus” or “Mary go down the slide.” Our manager scenes looked a little different this year but were beautiful just the same.

We attempted the book a day present that we did not have much luck with the year prior. She opened the first on December first and read it only to beg for another. So I gave in and let her open one more. All morning I listened to her whine about opening more. I stood my ground and did not give in. After her nap that day (which are getting quite rare), she woke to whine more about opening more. I gave in again and let her open one more. This one was a book Aunt Weenie and Uncle Johnnie recorded for her. She loved it and it kept her busy for a while but soon it was back to whining. It was time to cook dinner and I decided I could not take the whining for the remainder of December so told her if she opened them, she would not have any more to open every day like we talked about. By the time dinner was ready, wrapping paper covered the floor and the books titles were revealed.  
A family outing.  We stayed in a hotel-Lily loved that part, went to a Christmas Lights parade, the Gaylord, and of course, Bass Pro Shops!

Always the clown!

I want to eat it!

She was in awe over Santa this year. Our first spotting of him was shopping on black Friday. He was in his big ole chair at the mall. I saw the line and feared the prices and doubted Lily would be happy with what she signed up for when we finally made it to the front so we stood on the edge of the fence as I pointed to show her who was here. Her eyes got huge and about that time, Santa looked over and waved for a magical Christmas moment.

Lots of working at the shop this Christmas season.

 We weren't having much luck on seeing Santa up close and personal this year. One Friday night close to Christmas we went on our Christmas date with Heather and Johnnie. Lily came along, whined the whole way in the car to Aunt Weenie's dismay, sat in her booster and ate half her hamburger and chose milk over soda (the things that make me happy these days!) and was very well behaved. After dinner we picked up some coffees (one of which was kicked from my hand into my purse-fun mess to clean!) and treats and headed out in search of Christmas lights. At first Lily wanted to watch Peppa Pig on Da Da's phone but soon she joined in on the fun. We ended up at a house that has made the news for its lights display.  As we drove up, I thought I saw a real Santa...or was it just a very life like dummy?! It was Santa! Lily was so excited. I was having my doubts about her excitement. So we made our way up the sidewalk hand in hand to where Santa was sitting. Aunt Heather snapped a pic of us as she thought this will most likely be THE picture. Lily let go of my hand and walked right up to Santa. She stood in front of him at first and Santa told her how pretty her dress was. I am pretty sure she said, “I know.” (She has heard this from several people at the restaurant so I guess she did know by this point-ha-but we'll need to work on that.) Then she told him that she wanted a movie-Peppa Pig. She sat on his lap for a photo and gave him a hug. I was so shocked and proud of my timid, little girl. I gave her a big hug and told her how brave she was. She told me how when she was a baby, she was scared of Santa but now she is a big girl. We took a stroll through the wonderland as Lily wanted to touch all the decorations. We had one more chat with Santa as we loaded back in the car to look at more lights. While driving around Lily could not stop thinking about Santa. She commented that she wanted Santa to come to her Birthday party. Later she blurted out, “I want Santa to go to my house, and put a present in my mailbox, and when I get home I can open it and she what's in it!” She was definitely excited about Santa this year.
We were able to keep the other presents under the tree this year. They have been moved and rearranged several times (some have rips) as Lily brings each to me to ask, “Who is this from?” at first and later, “Who is this to?” the question she really wanted to know the answer. One night she did this and over the Christmas season, we'd talk about Christmas being Jesus' birthday. So after she had brought the last gift to see who it was to-oh, and no matter the recipient-she let me know she would be the one to open it-she had this look of concern on her face. She asked me, where are the presents for Jesus? One of those questions kids ask that don't have an easy answer. Some how I came up with this explanation. I told Lily that Jesus wanted her to sing her Sunday School songs really pretty on Christmas Eve for the church. I explained that the songs are about Jesus and it makes him happy when she sings them and that is what he wants for his Birthday. 

 We had rehearsal last night, which did not go so well.  Lily clung to me like a baby monkey.  Though I (and others) would love to hear and see her sing for Jesus up on the riser, I know it probably won't happen this year.  This year we'll cherish the Christmas concerts we've had upstairs while crafting and those in the car with the music up loud (don't try to turn it down, Da Da.)  I look forward to whatever this Christmas Eve brings, my baby clinging to me in the pew singing her songs incognito or surprising us with a show on the riser.  Together with family celebrating Jesus' Birthday is what I yearn for most.

May God Bless Your Christmas!
Merry Christmas!