Monday, August 13, 2012

First Day of Full Day Kindergarten

She did it!  She made it through her first day of all day kindergarten and she did so well.  We are so proud of her.  She was very excited this morning as she got ready.  She picked out what she wanted to wear and was served her favorite breakfast, pancakes!
First Day of All Day Kindergarten
It was a rainy morning but she was full of smiles.  Getting to use her umbrella makes her even happier. Pumpkin had to take her backpack and umbrella also to drop-off Peanut.
First Day of All Day Kindergarten
We did fine too.  Pumpkin proclaimed halfway through the day that she missed "Sissy" as she calls her.  I shed a few tears as I hugged her and walked out of her classroom.  Daddy and I thought about her all day and said prayers for her too. (Here she is with her new teacher.  She seems like a really sweet person.  I have heard some really wonderful things about her too.)
First Day of All Day Kindergarten
First Day of All Day Kindergarten
When we picked her up she was tired but still excited!  She has made it through the evening without resting too much which did surprise me.  I thought she would be really tired tonight.  She even talked Daddy into taking her and Pumpkin to the park this evening.
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Pumpkin and I kept busy by meeting friends to play with, getting the oil in our van changed, getting groceries, and making cookies for Peanut for when she got home from school.
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Peanut's favorite thing about today was getting her own lunch in the cafeteria. Her least favorite thing was the little girl who wouldn't let go of her hand at recess.

She is ready for a great year!

A Camping Trip Before School Begins

Daddy and I had been talking about squeezing in one more camping trip before school begins for Peanut and we did just that.  When Peanut and I got home from visiting her new school and meeting her new teacher, we proclaimed, "Let's do it!"  I had the van packed in maybe 30 minutes and we were off after a quick stop at the grocery store.  Due to some "technical difficulties" we didn't get to our campsite until a bit after 8 p.m.  Daddy got our new tent up and a fire started before the sunset.  We ate supper by lantern light.
Camping Before School Starts
The weather was PERFECT for camping.  There was a slight chill in the air that made us put on sweatshirts and enjoy the night sounds by the campfire.  It was National S'mores Day (I am not kidding), so we ended our night with s'mores.
Camping Before School Starts
The next day we enjoyed taking in the nature center at the state park and walking a short trail with the girls.
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We also had to take in a playground. It was a gorgeous day! Camping Before School Starts
Peanut posed for me outside of the primitive bathrooms. She is not a fan but then again I don't know anyone who really is a fan of them. It is an experience, that is for sure.
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The girls discovered these little footprints before lunch. They had colored pictures along the curb that surrounds the camp site with sidewalk chalk. We obviously had a nighttime visitor who had walked in the pictures and left his mark. The girls thought this was hilarious. They were sure he had been playing with the chalk. Camping Before School Starts
We had a great time even if it was a short little trip. So thankful for these two little girls who have turned into quite the little campers. Camping Before School Starts

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Fly Baby, Fly!

Visiting the New School
Six years ago I held a new baby in my arms feeling a little overwhelmed but surging with love for this little being.  Everyone told me it would go so fast and she would grow quicker than I could imagine.  Well, everyone was right.  She is a big kid who is filled with anticipation and excitement for Monday to get here as fast as it can.  She does not know that I am praying that this weekend would go as slow as it can.
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I know she is going to be fine.  I know she will do great.  I know she will not walk alone when I am not with her.  I have entrusted her to Jesus and I know He will watch over her when I can not.
Making Ice Cream
I know all of that and more in my head but there's this problem with my heart.  It is aching to know that my little Peanut is going off to big kid school, all day school.  She will be in the care of another woman longer than she will be in my care (at least more of her awake time).  I have prayed for this woman.  I have prayed that she will be a great role model for Peanut and she will love her, encourage her, challenge her, and teach her.  I have prayed for the little friends that will be in her class.   I have prayed that she would find some really great friends who are good influences to her and she to them.
Goop
I have got to be honest though, it's HARD!  It's hard letting go.  Last year was different.  She was in half day kindergarten at a private school.  She got the best of both worlds and so did I.  She got time to be in school all morning then I got her all afternoon and evening for our adventures and just time together.  This year she will come home right about when I am ready to start getting supper together.  YIKES!
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As you have probably already formulated in your mind, I do not handle change well and I know that this is partly the reason why this is so hard.  It's a big change, a whole new routine but there is so much more that is making it hard.  She is my firstborn the one who gave me the most incredible title I have ever held...Mother.  I love being with her.  I love watching her.  I just plain flat out LOVE her.
Visiting the New School
She will thrive and excel.  We'll adjust to a new routine and someday I will look back and think, "How silly I was to be so apprehensive!"  For now though, I just want to hold her close and slow down the day and a half!  They are all about us, a family preparing to send their first born off....to fly.
Visiting the New School
The above pictures are from a fun filled week.  We went swimming at the community pool where Peanut got to use the diving board for the first time outside of swim lessons.  She dove in 9 times!  We finished our library's summer reading program and got the last of the prizes.  We played with friends.  We made ice cream with Peanut's new ice cream maker that she got from a friend for her birthday.  We played together alot.  We made GOOP which was awarded "Best Day EVER" by Peanut.  We had lazy mornings.  We had pancakes for supper (one of her favorites).  We pretended to be Olympians while watching the Olympics.  We visited her new school to meet her new teacher (who is SO sweet), see her classroom, and have ice cream.  We even squeezed in camping last night and most of today!  We've had a ball with our big kid (and our little one too).

“The kindergarten children are confident in spirit, infinite in resources, and eager to learn. Everything is still possible.”

Robert Fulghum


Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The Fair

Last week the county fair took place.  The girls and I went twice with friends.  The girls got to check out some of the farm animals.  Their favorite was a mama cow and her new baby calf.  They also loved the baby chicks! County Fair
The next trip to the fair a special treat waited for us. We got to meet Mr. McFeely from Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. He was JUST like his character on the show, very chipper. I got a bit sentimental meeting him. I did grow up watching him on Mr. Roger's. Peanut knew who he was since she has seen some episodes so she thought it was really cool!
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They also got to see how a green screen works. County Fair County Fair
It was another hot week so we spent our time there in the morning which meant that we missed the carvnival rides but we still had lots of fun just being with our buddies! County Fair

Friday, August 03, 2012

Slippin' and Slidin'

This past Tuesday we met some buddies at a local park to play for a few hours one morning.  After we got in the van to leave, we quickly decided to check out the stream.  You have to drive across the stream to get to the parking area.  The water flows over the drive and down a cement hill.  This creates a very slick surface which the girls found out by falling down a couple of times.  They were content playing in the stream and putting things in the water to flow down the hill.  Then two little boys came in their swim trunks and started sliding down the hill into the stream.  The next thing was "Mom, can we do that too?"
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To say that they had fun, well that would be quite an understatement. They wanted to know when we could go back and do it again. Their little khaki shorts will never be the same again. They bear the stain of a really fun afternoon. DSC09387

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Partying with Friends

Since this was the big kid 6 birthday, we let Cora pick a few friends to invite to a small birthday party on Sunday.  When I asked her who she wanted to invite the list was VERY long.  She is our social butterfly.  We had to narrow the list down quite a bit.  She also LOVES camping so I had put an idea in her head about using camping as the theme for her party and she was so excited.

As I am preparing for birthdays, I always bite off more than I can chew and I can get a bit stressed out especially when I put off getting things done.  Things turned out so well though and the kids had so much fun together.  In all honesty they don't care about the extras, they just love being together.  I love that!  I also love adding the extra touches and I had most of the stuff on hand to make it all come together.
Peanut's Camping Birthday Party
For her birthday party camping food we had hot dogs wrapped in crescent roll strips, macaroni cheese baked bites (adapted from THIS recipe), watermelon, and "bug juice" to drink.  The "bug juice" was just green Hawaiian Punch and pink lemonade mixed together to make a mysterious "buggy" color.
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The hit from the food table were marshmallows dipped in chocolate with sprinkles. We had these in place of s'mores.
Peanut's Camping Birthday Party
Peanut's Camping Birthday Party
Daddy set up our new 8 man tent for the kids to play in. This was a hit! Peanut's Camping Birthday Party
The next adventure was to send the kiddos off on a nature scavenger hunt. They had fun working together to fill their bags with their goods. Peanut's Camping Birthday Party Peanut's Camping Birthday Party
Peanut was very excited to open her presents from her friends. She was so blessed with so many fun things and she passed out lots of hugs to everyone along with squeals of delight.
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The next party event...well, CAKE of course! This cake was so easy to make and turned out so cute for Peanut's camping birthday party.
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The kids ate cake and drank more "bug juice" then headed off to the playground to play for the last bit of the party.
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That sweet little boy on the right made an extra special card for Peanut for her birthday. You can read about that HERE.

To go home each child got to take two special treats. One was a hobo pack on a stick with prizes inside and some s'mores for later.
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It was a wonderful day! We had a great time with these special little friends. What a great first "big kid" birthday party for Peanut!
 Peanut's Camping Birthday Party