Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Week In...Ready for the Weekend!

 Well, we made it a week! 
You had an awesome first, three day week and have continued to adjust to our new life this week.
Mom and dad have been adjusting as well and always look forward to the part of the day when the pick up line starts moving.
 And your little face is spotted.
 You were very excited and in a great mood after your first day.  You even took a nap and was happy about it.  Since then, I don't think the eyes have been closing-though you tell me they have-but according to a little bird, they are usually wide open, which explains a few of these after-school naps.  You've always been my sleep fighter, sneaking in naps only when you can't keep those big blues open any longer...
 We've been getting to bed earlier but in the mornings, it always seems like a little earlier would be even better. 
Mom and dad are so proud of you, Lily.
  Thanks for indulging us every day and telling us about how it went, though I know sometimes you might not really feel like it.  Way to go on getting a good note from you teacher and two stars in PE already!  You're doing great!
We have one more morning of walking around the track this week, and then HELLO WEEKEND!
You've got this!

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!