Friday, May 16, 2014

Awards and Authors

The end of the year is always full of fun events at school.  So far Isabel has already had awards day and an Author's tea and field day is coming up soon.  I am so thankful that I get to go to so many of her events.

I was so proud of Isabel at Awards Day.  She received an award for academic excellence which basically means she got all A's all year!

Isabel and her class waiting for the awards to be given out

standing at the front after receiving her award

Two beautiful girls inside and out
I'm so thankful Lillie was in her class this year

Isabel and her teacher, Ms. Hammons

sweet girls (and a crazy little photo-bomber!) :)

The day after awards day, Isabel's class had an Author's Tea.  They had spent weeks coming up with a story, writing it, editing it and then writing the final draft in a real hard back book.  They also illustrated each page.  Then parents were invited to hear each student read their book.  They did a great job!

Mother's Day 2014

I really enjoyed Mother's Day weekend this year. I got up Saturday morning and started making breakfast for Will when I got a text saying soccer games were cancelled because of the weather. That meant I got to enjoy my breakfast and then go back to sleep while Josh and the kids played downstairs. Sleep is definitely my love language! Later we went to a food truck event and then played outside while Josh grilled hamburgers for dinner.

Sunday was a fun day at church and then a relaxing day. Both kids gave me sweet cards and hand-made art projects. What else could I want?

I spent Mother's Day simply thinking about how hard Mother's Day can be for so many people and how much I have to be thankful for. I'm thankful for my sweet mom who has encouraged me and loved me unconditionally all of my life. I'm thankful for my mother-in-law who has always loved me like a daughter. I'm thankful for so many mommy friends who support me, give me advice and make me laugh when my kids make me want to scream. :)

Most of all, I'm thankful that I get to be Isabel and Will's mommy. Some of my favorite things about being their mommy right now:

* I love putting them to sleep...most of the time. I'll be honest, some nights I'm too exhausted to enjoy it but most nights I like laying in the bed and reading with Isabel and then rubbing her back like my mom did with me. I like reading with Will and then doing "our thing" that he always whines about asks for which could be rhyming, playing eye spy or just talking about our day

* I love checking on the kids before I go to sleep.  99% of the time Isabel is in the same position that I left her in; on her belly with her arm tightly around a stuffed animal, covers still in place.  99% of the time Will is in some crazy position with his head on anything but his pillow.  However he will still have his two favorite loveys, court and monkey close by!

* I love getting to spend time in Isabel's classroom and eating lunch with her at school

* I love that Will is still willing to reach up and hold my hand when we are walking together. I know he won't want to forever. 

* I love watching Isabel in her new tumbling classes. Some things she is great at but some skills are hard! I'm always amazed when she simply tries over and over and her smile never disappears. I know it is not easy for my little perfectionist.

*I love watching Will laugh hysterically at his new favorite show, America's Funniest Videos Kids' favorites.

* I love watching my kids around babies and toddlers. They LOVE little ones and are always so good with them.

* I love watching Isabel and Will together.  They are SO DIFFERENT in so many ways and that leads to a lot of fighting sometimes.  However, sometimes (and more often recently) they decide to play happily together (school, gymnastics class, or put on a show) and it makes me happy.  I also love watching them act as a team.  If one is scared to do something, they get the other to go with them.  Together most of their fear disappears.

* I love praying with my kids and listening to them talk about God. They ask some tough questions but I love those moments when something clicks with them

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Will's a Pre K graduate

After 5 wonderful years, both of my kids have officially graduated from the WEE program at our church.  I'll be honest, there are tears in my eyes even as I type that.  Last Thursday we celebrated Will's graduation from his Pre K program.  I may have been fighting back tears during most of the program but I will admit that it was perfect and so entertaining!  My little man has been talking about graduating for a month and he loved this night!  We are so proud of him.

Oh my goodness I love this little man so much
I am so proud of all that Will has learned this year.  He started the year knowing his letters and being able to write some and is ending it as a reader!  Most of all I love that he loves to learn.  Since Isabel had homework most nights this year, Will had to have homework too.  I bought him a kindergarten workbook and he has worked his way through.  He has learned beginning and ending sounds, rhymes, addition, subtraction, patterns and so much more.  My little man is definitely ready for kindergarten (even if his mommy isn't!)

Can you tell how excited he is?

I love that face

saying the preschool prayer

What is it about seeing him in that hat? My mind fast forwards 13 years and suddenly he is graduating from high school and I'm sobbing.....

He LOVES Mrs. Kara

Always thankful when we can get a decent family picture

Both of my kids were incredibly lucky to have Mrs. Kara as their Pre K teacher.  She is an amazing teacher and loved on my kids so perfectly!  We will miss her.

Look at that face.  Could he be any cuter?

 Will was well liked by all of the kids in his class.  Any time he missed school, his teacher was quick to tell me how much the other kids missed him.  As much as Will loved all of the kids, Sayde was definitely his best friend.  These two were pretty much inseparable all year.  Every day as Will told me about his day, the first comment always had to do with Sayde!  She also kept him out of trouble.  One day Will was telling me how almost everyone in his class got in trouble for doing something they were not supposed to do.  I told him how proud I was of him for following the rules.  He looked at me with a sheepish grin and admitted that he was about to do it but Sayde made him stop.  Unfortunately Sayde will go to a different kindergarten than Will next year (although her mom joked about moving just to keep them together) but I pray that he will always have a friend like Sayde to have fun with and to keep him in line! 

a cute picture Ms. Kara sent me one day...

Will and some of his buddies on pj day at school

We have LOVED this Mother's Day Out program and I'm not ready for the reality that both of my children will officially be elementary school kids in a few short months!! 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

zoo with friends

Tuesday was election day here and there was no school since they use the schools as polling centers.  We decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and a day off and head to the zoo with friends.  After about 5 hours I think we saw every inch of that zoo.  We were all exhausted but had such a good time!

Isabel and Lillie loved the baby giraffe

cute boys wishing the kangaroos would come close so they could pet them

Our zoo had a dinosaur event again that we had to see.  A few years ago Josh and I took Isabel and Will to this exhibit and both were pretty scared.  They both loved it this year!

how did their legs get so crazy long??

just hanging out with the dinosaurs

digging for fossils

Of course Will had to pet the goats

just because she is always willing to stop and smile for the camera

We very rarely ride the carousel but I gave in and let them ride this time.   

After the zoo we headed to sonic where Josh was hanging out with a bunch of the students from our church.  We were beyond exhausted by the time we got home.  Both kids were asleep way earlier than usual and both slept about 12 hours!!  We definitely enjoyed our day off!