Tuesday, August 21, 2012

1st day of Kindergarten

I officially have a kindergartner.  The day I had been dreading all summer arrived.  Isabel had her phase-in day yesterday.  After acting terrified of school early on this summer and refusing to talk about it, in the past few weeks Isabel had actually gotten really excited about kindergarten.  The night before school started we picked out her outfit, packed her backpack, made her lunch, read 'Twas the Night Before Kindergarten, put magic confetti under her pillow and we were ready! No fear at all for Isabel (me on the other hand...I spent most of the night crying like a crazy person).

Isabel was so excited as we drove to school.  I was able to walk her into the gym where all of the students meet until time to walk to their classes.  She was a little overwhelmed walking in the gym with tons of kids everywhere.  Luckily as soon as we sat in the kindergarten line, a girl from church came in and sat with us.  Then it was time to walk to her class and I could tell she was getting scared.  As we reached the kindergarten hallway the teachers asked us to say goodbye there before the students went in their classroom.  Isabel immediately started crying and it took everything in me not to break down too.  Fortunately a teacher saw us right then and came to help.  She guided Isabel into her room and helped her find her friend from church.  I stayed long enough to peek in the room to see that Isabel was no longer crying.  Then I ran to the van so I could finally let the tears loose.  Ugh! This growing up stuff stinks!!

Josh and I gave Isabel a new cross necklace as a starting school present.  My girl is all about her accessories so she loved it.  She told us that it would help her be brave because it would help her remember that God is always with her.  I needed that reminder too.

loving her new lunchbox!
She told me that she liked eating in the cafeteria and got to sit by her sweet friend, M, from church

I am so proud of who she is becoming.  She is beautiful on the inside and out.

Will definitely missed his sister.  When we got in the car, he just looked at her empty seat sadly and said, "she isn't in her seat next to me now."  At times he just seemed lost without her but he also enjoyed being an only child for the day too!

My first experience with carpool. I know I'm going to spend a lot of my week sitting in that line. 
Will and I got so excited when we could see her.  I could not get her in the car fast enough!

I was so relieved that she jumped in the car with a huge smile.  She loved EVERYTHING about her day and told us every detail for the next few hours!  The first thing they did was read a gingerbread book and then go on a hunt all over the school for him.  I have heard my mom talk about doing a gingerbread hunt with her kids for years and it is crazy to think that my baby girl is old enough to be a part of one.  We asked her if she found the gingerbread man and she said, "No, but he did leave us a cookie."  After a pause she added, "I don't think he is real anyway.  I'm pretty sure our teachers just hung up those notes."  ha ha! I love this girl.
Other than the gingerbread hunt, the thing she talked about the most was all of the rules.  If you know my type-A, perfectionist, stereotypical-oldest-child daughter, it will not be a surprise that she loves the rules and structure of school.  She told us how to walk in the hallway, how to raise your hand to answer questions, a special clap they do to get quiet, what you can and cannot do on the playground, etc.  It just made Josh and I laugh how serious she was about all of them and how horrified she was that some kids still did not follow them!

After a quick stop to see daddy and tell him about her day, we headed to Sweet CiCi's to celebrate with some yummy toppings and a little yogurt underneath! :)

My baby girl is definitely growing up.  After one day of kindergarten she already seems years older.  I'm not sure I'm ready for all this but I guess I don't have a choice.  I'm just so thankful that she is at a wonderful school with great teachers.  I know she will make so many sweet friends and learn so much this year.  I am so excited for her.....but still just a little sad for me!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Back to the zoo

I am so happy that it is not so hot here anymore.  The highs are only in the 80s instead of the upper 90s so we have actually been able to play outside a lot and even decided to go the zoo on Saturday.  The weather was great and we had a fun day.

This girl is all about the map when we are at the zoo!!

I love watching the elephants!

The meerkats have always been Isabel's favorite

We even got to watch feeding time which was pretty funny to watch.

Isabel loves her daddy

gotta love the flamingos

After being annoyed all day when I tried to take a picture, they decide they want to do a little photo shoot when it is was time to leave!

just makes me laugh.....

love this crazy kid

First day of school...Round 1

Will finally got to start school last Thursday!  This year his teacher is Ms. Julie, who Isabel had 2 years ago.  We love her so much and I know he will learn so much from her.  He also has a friend from church in his class and some friends from his school class last year so he is happy. 

my crazy boy

why does he look so old??

true Will instead of forcing the posed pictures!

I think it was a little weird for Isabel to drop him off where she has gone to school for 3.5 years and not stay.  She was excited for him, though and we had a fun day together.

He had a great day except that he didn't fall asleep for his nap until 2:15 even though they laid down at 1pm.  That means that he was not ready to get up when everyone else was.  In fact, he was not happy that I made him get up at 3pm when we got there.  We have talked that he needs to go right to sleep and not play from now on.  We'll see what happens

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Time for school........or maybe not

School was supposed to start in our county on Monday August 6.  On the Tuesday before, we went to the open house/registration at Isabel's school.  She got to meet all of the teachers and see the rooms and was more excited this time around.  They do a phase-in system for kindergartners at our school.  Basically this means that the first week of school, each kindergartner was assigned a different day and would only go to school on that one day the first week.  After the phase-in week (which includes some testing) the teachers divide up the classes evenly and a teacher was supposed to call and let us know which class Isabel would be in.  Then the 2nd week would begin a normal week.

That is how everything was supposed to go!  Instead, our board of education voted to delay school the Thursday before we were supposed to start because they did not have enough money to balance the budget.  They asked the county commission for an extra $7 million.  The past 2 weeks have been filled with a ridiculous amount of politics instead of focus on what is best for the schools.  Of course the county commission did not want to give this money to the schools because they think the schools simply need to spend less money.  The Board of education is tired of making cuts (including necessary teachers) and just want more money.  Although it is not completely solved, the board did vote tonight to start school this Thursday.  I'm still not sure what that means for Isabel and her phase-in day (which was supposed to be Wed of the phase-in week) but I do know that Will is going to start school Thursday.  He has the teacher that Isabel had at his age that we LOVE and many of his friends in his class so he is pretty excited.
I have been so annoyed with the uncertainty the past few weeks but now that I know there is a definite date for my baby to start kindergarten I am starting to wish for a little longer with her.  I know she will love everything about school but why does it have to be all day 5 days a week?  That just seems so long for her to be away from me!!  We would appreciate any prayers this next week!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Back to Birmingham

Before school started, we decided to take another quick trip to Birmingham last week.  Summer is definitely not a relaxing time for Josh so we were glad he was able to take a few days off and come play with us.  We took the kids to the McWane Center one day and of course they loved every second of it.  Grams and Nana went with us and we even met a friend from college and her kids there which just made it more fun!

Both kids (and Josh) really loved making the huge bubbles

When is playing in the water not fun?

Will thought spraying the water was hilarious. I was standing on the other side of the box and he just kept spraying me.  The best part was when I took the one on my side and sprayed him.  Even though it just hit the glass box in front of him, he jumped and screamed every.single.time!! It was so funny!

Sweet girls

There was a new Dora and Diego section that they kids loved.  They got to be vets and take care of their animals.

Apparently working with Diego is a serious job
(or he is annoyed that I made him stop long enough to take this picture)

I love the chance to see good friends

After spending the day at the McWane center we went to Nana's house for dinner.  The cousins all have so much fun playing together.  I have no idea how they ended up under the desk but one got under and then 3 others followed immediately.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

July catch-up

I cannot believe I have not updated the blog in a month.  I am pretty sure that is the longest I have gone between posts in the 5.5 years since starting the blog.  Although there have not been any huge events, July was a fun and busy month.  We spent most of the time swimming, playing with friends, going to the library, swimming, watching $1 movies, bowling, and more swimming.  I have been terrible about bringing my camera places so here is a quick catch-up with pictures from my phone....

Isabel has come a long way in her swimming this summer.  She started wearing water wings, not wanting her face to get wet, and wanting to hold our hands when she jumped in.  Then she started jumping in on her own and swimming with her face under with her wings on.  Now she swims without any water wings and will swim with her face in the water, float on her back and jumps in over and over.

We went to a couple $1 movies this summer.  Isabel loves movies.  Will likes eating candy and waiting for the movie to be over so he can run around instead of sitting in his chair. 

Isabel and Will can fight like crazy but they can also play together really well when they want to.  I'm not sure how many games of "teacher" they played this summer.  I bet you can guess who was the teacher 99% of the time.

Our kids love to play the games on our phones.  It is amazing how quickly they can figure them out.  We have to really limit the time they are allowed to play or they would play on them all day!

We love library story time and crafts!!

Late afternoon and evening swimming is my favorite! No sunscreen to worry about, few people at the pool, and afterwards the kids are tired and ready for bed!

I called the kids to dinner one night and this is how they showed up......

Loving the huge stuffed gorilla at the library that they used to be so terrified of

Fun day jumping and sliding with sweet friends (the boys wouldn't slow down enough to get a picture of them)

More swimming and jumping

 The kids love playing around with the camera on my phone.  You would not believe the number of extreme close-up pictures I find of them! :)

This picture makes me laugh so hard.  I have no idea why Will was making that face.  He wasn't mad.  I guess he just thought it would be a fun face to make.  Crazy boy!

We spent a morning playing at Barnes N Noble when our AC wasn't working

Isabel's cheernastics class was small this summer.  she loved all the personal attention she got and learned a lot!

So that is pretty much our July.  I'll try to do a better job updating the blog in august.