12 August 2014

Oh Just Another Miscellaneous One

I guess this two girls in school thing is kicking my butt.  I think it's more of the waking up before 7am and getting three girls out the door every morning that's doing it.  But, come 9pm, I am ready for bed!

We've been busy the last couple of weeks, but haven't really done anything too exciting.  David was out of town for 8 days {and my parents were on vacation that entire time}, so I was in single mommy mode.  Another reason for my extreme fatigue.

But, let's get down to business, shall we?  Want to see what pictures I've taken on my iPhone?  Well here's what we've been up to as of late.

➸➸ Trying out new methods of getting to and from school...

➹ Hitching a ride with an eagle was the most impressive! ➹

➸➸ Packing lunches:

Olivia is hooked on cheese and crackers.  I got some veggie cutters that are perfect for cutting animal shapes out of cheese slices.  David ordered a couple more sets for me.  I'm so excited to get them in the mail!  I'm so glad she likes having me pack her lunch!  I like knowing that she's getting healthy foods and I like seeing what she's eaten and what she hasn't when she comes home each day!

➸➸  Meeting up with friends {or should I say Eating up with friends}:

➹ Frozen Yogurt! ➹

➹ Pizza! ➹

➹ Ice Cream! ➹

➹ Lunch at school! ➹

➸➸ Lookin' cute:

➹ Red day at preschool. ➹ 

03 August 2014

Schoolin' Sydney

Sydney has completed a whole week of preschool -- ahhh, the life of only having school two mornings a week.

She had some ups and downs, but I know this is a new experience for her and she's going to learn how to make each day a success.  On Tuesdays, I've signed her up to do the dance program right after class.  She LOVED doing the dances with Olivia over the summer, and after watching her in the trial class, I know she is going to absolutely love being in a class.

She brought home a little "All About Me" packet on Thursday, and it was just the cutest thing.  I sort of crack up a little when I think of what is going on in her mind while she is drawing and coloring these pictures.  

 We are doing a little "home-schoolin" at our house too.

➹ We are even taking field trips! ➹

Sydney's First Day of Preschool

I really feel so very lucky to sort of fallen into our preschool.  We really lucked out getting a spot for Olivia the first year, and feel so fortunate to be able to continue with our family of teachers and friends there for Sydney.

Because Sydney has a birthday later in the year, she is younger than Olivia was when she started preschool.  My plan for her now is to go to preschool for 3 years, instead of just two like Olivia did.  My goal for her this year is to learn what it is like to be in school -- to listen to the teacher, to follow rules, and to socialize appropriately with other boys and girls.

She started school the week before last {she's only going two days a week} and did great on her first day!  We have to line up in the hall and drop them off one at a time.  She kissed me and told me to leave when we were the 3rd people in line!  She's been excited about going to school like Olivia for quite some time.

➹ Waiting to go in to the class. ➹

When the morning was over, and I came into the class to pick her up, she ran to me with a huge smile on her face!  I know she is in good hands at school, and I am excited for her to have this experience.

➹ After school, with her teacher!➹

My dad texted me that afternoon and asked me how it felt to have both kiddos in school...the first word that came to mind was exhausting!  For someone who is not a morning person, it has been an adjustment getting both girls up and ready and out the door by 8:10, but so far we are doing it in style!

22 July 2014

Second Day of Kindergarten

Two days down!  Which means....178 early mornings to go!

This early morning business is for the birds, y'all!  This two kids going to two different schools is no joke.  And, really, I only had Meet the Teacher this morning with Sydney, so that doesn't even count.  Maybe it's the heat.  I'll blame it on the 111 degree weather {which peaked right when we were walking to and from school this afternoon}.  It's definitely the heat.  And the early mornings.  

Anyway, we are surviving.  Some of us better than others {I'm talking about you, Olivia}.  She's really doing great at school.  I would expect her to be exhausted come bedtime, but last night it was after 9 before she fell asleep, and it's 8:30 now and she's still wide awake.  We are night owls.

Yesterday after school, she begged me to let her buy her lunch from the cafeteria.  Seriously?!  I mean, that's just wrong on so many levels.  1).  We own 12 different lunch boxes/bags and at least 25 cool containers to go in them.  2).  I've been stressing all summer about what to put in my picky eater's lunch to make sure she had filling/healthy food.  3). I write little notes to her in all of her lunches.  Pretty sure her $2.50 plate lunch isn't going to have an I love you from the ladies in the hairnets.  And, I already mentioned this, but 4). She's soooo picky!  But, today was pizza day, and so I figured, I would let her try it.  Honestly, I had more anxiety over her day at school today than I did yesterday all because of this whole lunch buying business.  When I picked her up after school, the first thing she said to me was, "I did NOT like the pizza today!  Please make my lunch every single day of Kindergarten!"  So glad that there will be $22.50 sitting in her lunch account all year. 

She made it home before me and Little Miss Lollygagger Sydney and when I walked in the house she was elbow-deep in a giant container of goldfish crackers with her my beloved iPad and headphones on.  I basically saw her teenage years right then and there.  And, seriously, she didn't stop eating until dinner was done.  Turns out she ate a cup of applesauce and drank some apple juice for lunch.  

Tonight at dinner, I asked her if she missed me while she was at school or if she keeps so busy that she doesn't have time to miss me.  She said, "How do you want me to answer that?"  Ummm, truthfully?  And she said, "Sometimes at school, I forget I even have a mom."  

So, yeah, I'll be making that lunch tomorrow.  And, her love note will just be a giant picture of me.

21 July 2014

First Day of Kindergarten

Just like I knew she would, Olivia ROCKED her first day of kindergarten!  In fact, she told me tonight that it was even better than she expected!  I'm so proud of her.

Nana, Sydney, and I all walked her to school and we ended up meeting up with Brooke and her family as we left, so they showed us the ropes.

I walked Olivia in to her classroom and showed her to her seat and quickly said goodbye.  I ducked out to the entryway and chatted briefly with another mom.  Olivia kept eyeing me and then got up from her seat and asked if I was going to stay the whole day and watched her.  I knew right then that I had to leave.  I told her that I was leaving and she asked if I could come for lunch.  I told her that, no, I would sometime, but today she needed to do this by herself so that she would know that she could do it.  I knew that if I stayed any longer, one or both of us might tear up.

Sydney and I picked up Olivia after school and I went armed with a cooler full of Otter Pops for our girls and the neighbors.  Walking home in 110 degree heat is no fun, I can assure you of that.  All of us were sweaty and red-faced by the time we got home.  So, some pool time was definitely required!

➹ I don't know why she's making that face because she was so happy about her day! ➹

20 July 2014

Twas the Night Before Kindergarten

Can you believe I'm done posting about our summer?!  Well, I am.  And, just in time too, because school starts TOMORROW!  Holy smokes - it seriously seems like we just had Pre-K graduation a few weeks ago.  This whole year-round school schedule shortens the summers quite a bit.  I'm really not complaining - we had our share of fun this summer, and come october, we will really enjoy our two week fall break!

So, getting ready for kindergarten this past week wasn't as hard core as coming in for Pre-K last year two weeks behind.  Most of our stuff was set in place from that, and I had already ordered new backpacks for the girls before we left.

Even though her kindergarten teacher provides her with all of her necessary supplies, I couldn't not take my big girl back-to-school supply shopping.  So, we found the donation wish list on the school website and headed to Target!

That evening, we went to her school to meet her teacher and some of her classmates at Meet the Teacher night.  Her teacher is the sweetest, and I feel so grateful that we got such a wonderful teacher to start off the next 13 years of her schooling!

We decided to do a little back to school breakfast this morning with cinnamon rolls {because I know better than to fix that for her on her first day of school}.  We woke her up early to help her get used to waking up early {way to go, mom, doing that one day before school starts...} and we invited her neighbor friend over for a day of fun.  We even did a practice walk to school to see how long it would take us {and we learned it takes longer with Sydney}.

Nana and Poppy came over this afternoon to go swimming and to have a little back-to-school dinner with us.  We did our best to get the girls down early, and Olivia got the royal treatment by getting stories from Nana, David, and me.  And, pretty soon, I'm going to crawl into her bed and snuggle up with her all night tonight.  Because, tomorrow, my sweet baby girl is going to kindergarten!