Thursday, May 29, 2014

Last Day of 1st Grade


Yesterday was it, the last day of 1st Grade.  Peanut wanted me to do her hair and after I realized I had forgotten about late start day, we were gifted with another hour where we got to do her nails.  She was so excited and wanted to be all dressed up.

 We walked to school with her to drop off some of our medical supply boxes to her teacher who is moving up to third grade.  I also wanted to be there when Peanut gave her the gift we made for her.  
Peanut made her a beautiful card and came up with what to write all on her own.  "You are the pollen of my flower.  You are the love of my years."  I can't hardly take it!  How sweet is that???
 Today was bittersweet because of this woman!  We adore her.  This is what I posted on Facebook about her yesterday.  

"The last day of school for Cora is going to be bittersweet because of this woman. This is her teacher and I can't even begin to put into words what she has meant to not just Cora but to our whole family this year. She has walked alongside Cora during some very difficult things and just loved her and challenged her to keep learning. Cora went into the year not reading much at all. Today she is an avid reader who loves chapter books. I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mrs. Kehr was put into our lives, especially Cora's for a specific reason. She empowered Cora to be a great student and tackle a very difficult year, coming out very strong. I am so thankful for the role model she is to Cora and for the love that she has shown Cora as well as our whole family. Some people are just destined to be incredible teachers and she is one of them. Tomorrow will be sad as we have to say good bye to her as Cora's teacher but we have added a new friend to our lives which is very cool."
 It was also awards day at the school.  
Peanut received "Outstanding Physical Education Student" award.  
After the big awards ceremony, we were invited back to Peanut's classroom for more personalized awards from her teacher.  Her teacher took the time to not only pass out reading awards for accelerated readers and sight words but a specific award for EACH student that described them and what she would remember about them.  It was a really special time for the kids, parents, and teacher.  Peanut received an award for having the "biggest heart".  Her teacher said some of the nicest things about our girl and how she displayed kindness to others during a really trying year.
A special teacher needs a special gift.  Peanut helped me make a pencil holder out of crayons.  It was a Pinterest inspiration.  We added some fun things like:
 "Thank you for 'polishing' Cora for 2nd grade!" attached to nail polish.
"You make your students BRIGHT!" attached to highlighters.
"You're a cut above the rest!" attached to scissors.
Then we added some gift cards to some of her teachers favorite places.  
 Then of course, there were the "Summer is HERE!" surprises for the girls when Peanut got home from school.  They were so excited to find this waiting when we got home from Peanut's last day of school.  
These are just fun things that will give us ideas of things to do this summer.  We by no means will stick to this list or do all of them, or maybe we will.  The girls LOVE this list and I LOVE making it so it has become a summer tradition for us.  We'll see how much of it we finish in just 8 weeks time.  

We celebrated our first day off together by hanging out with some really awesome friends for a playdate and lunch.  We're off to a great start for a great summer!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

We spent the afternoon of Memorial Day at our local splash pad and playground.  The girls had so much fun running around, getting wet, and playing.  Peanut kept spotting buddies from school to play with. 
They both said the water was FREEZING!
 We brought supper along and grilled out.  Daddy was in charge of this part of the afternoon.
He did a very good job roasting the dogs.
 I had to really stretch my arms out to get this hilarious picture!
 We ended our time by making s'mores which are always a hit!

We all are so thankful for these relaxing times as a family after so many crazy things have been going on.  I know I have said it before but I'm going to say it again….I LOVE MY FAMILY!

Happy Memorial Day!
Thank you to everyone who has fought and is fighting for the freedom we have today!

Preschool Luaua

 Pumpkin had a Hawaiian Luau at preschool the class day before her last.  It was great fun!
The kids all were able to make beaded necklaces, play beach volleyball, get their faces painted, make fruit kebabs for a snack, and many other fun things.  The teachers including myself were pooped at the end of the day but it was such a great way to celebrate a really awesome year!




Talent Show

Peanut was in her school's talent show this year.  A mom of one of her classmates taught her class a dance to the very popular song "Happy."  It was so cute!  Most of her class was able to do it too which made it even better.  
 This is Peanut and her "choreographer" who also just happened to be one of her soccer coaches from the fall.  This lady is AWESOME!  

Peanut had a ball going to practices and then doing the actual show.  She was hot stuff!

The talent show was super fun and highlighted many different types of talent within the school.  We just love our school so much!


I am not having any luck getting the video to upload.  I'll keep working on that.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Last Day of Preschool

How she has changed!!!  I can't believe it.  She has grown in so many areas.  We can't believe in just a few short weeks…9 to be exact, she'll be off to kindergarten.  She has Camp Preo to look forward to and two weeks of swim lessons coming up in June.  

Love her to the moon and back!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Gymnastics

For Pumpkin's birthday this year, Gigi gave her and Peanut gymnastics lessons.  This past Monday was their final lesson.  How did it go so fast????  They had so much fun and both did really well.  

Peanut doing a bridge.

Pumpkin walking the high beam.  She usually could do it without help but was kicking her legs this time.  She got a ribbon for her high beam work.
 A friend of mine from our hometown surprised the girls and made these super cute gymnastics leotards for the girls.  They love them and wore them every week almost.  
Thanks Gigi!!!!  I'm sure we will be signing them up again come fall.  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

An Interview with a 5 Year Old

I totally spaced doing an interview with Pumpkin at her birthday so this is late.  
Better late than never, though!
 What is your favorite song?  The Snow Glows White on the Mountain Tonight
(She calls the "Let it Go" version that Elsa sings in Frozen this.)

What is your favorite book?  Frozen

What is your favorite color?  Purple

What is your favorite season?  Fall because it looks pretty.  
Gigi has a lot of leaves off his trees when we go to his house.

What is your favorite TV show or movie?  Sheriff Callie and Barbie Mermaid

Who is your best friend?  Madeline
 What are you good at?  Being cool!

What makes you happy?  Making Mommy laugh.

What makes you sad?  When I get in trouble.

 What do you want to be when you grow up?  A baby nurse

 What is your favorite thing about Daddy?  He plays with me.

What is your favorite thing about Mommy?  She says, "I love you to the moon and back."

What is your favorite thing about Peanut?  She plays Barbies with me.
 Who is Jesus?  He is the King.  He looked cute when He got born. 



Pumpkin's Preschool Program

Pumpkin had her big preschool program last week.  She did a great job singing with her class and saying her name into the microphone in front of a full auditorium.  We are so proud of her!






She has had a great year at preschool as have I!  I love this preschool and the special people we know because of it.  Can't believe she is off to kindergarten very soon!

Mother's Day 2014

 Mother's Day this year was difficult.  We had just learned that Hubby will be losing his job due to downsizing.  This was a very difficult blow to us and completely unexpected.  I think dealing with that and everything else made me really ache for my own mom.  I think each year it should get easier but it doesn't.  Walking this road makes me just ache for her to be here.  Don't get me wrong, I am so thankful that she is away from this world that is full of heartache and sickness and she is totally healed.  It just is so hard some days when I just want to talk to her.  

Anyways….we just relaxed on Mother's Day.  Daddy and I were both feeling really down and just needed a day of nothing.  I spent the morning reading and snuggling with the girls.  For lunch we went to a local Mexican restaurant because Mexican is my favorite!  

I received some really sweet presents from the girls.  Pumpkin's preschool class made canvas art and adorable cards.  
 I think my favorite was this interview she did about me.  Cracks me up!
 Peanut made an equally super sweet book at school for me.  Inside it said with her spelling and all, "My mommy is 32 years old.  She weighs 90 pounds.  My mommy's favorite color is puple.  Her favorite food is watermelon.  My mom always says, "I'm poopt."  She calls me peenut.  My mommy's job is to tak kare of me and be a  techer.  My mommy and I like to go on dates.  I love you mommy bekuse you are my mommy and you are you and you are pritty."
Peanut took a pic of Daddy and I with Pumpkin.
I love my sweet family so much.  I'm excited to see what God has in store for us!!!

Bunk Beds

We have been wanting to get bunk beds for the girls for quite some time because they have a small bedroom.  Bunk beds would give them more floor space.  We put it off because the youngest is such a daredevil.  For some time all I could envision was her trying to "fly" off the top bunk.  This year she has settled a little bit so we once again starting contemplating bunks.  She wanted the bottom bunk and Peanut wanted the top so that worked well to for my plan.  We had a member of our church's deacon board approach Hubby a few months ago to see what he could come and help us with because he is a handy man.  I told him we would need help putting the bunk beds together once we had them.  This was all right when Daddy was recovering and feeling pretty horrible.  The thought of putting these suckers together on my own was not one I wanted to entertain.  
Well, before we knew it, we had these bunk beds gifted to us.  I mean, seriously!!!!  How amazing is that.  Our church has walked this journey with us and held us up in such an incredible way.  We have been slow to accept help because we just don't want to take advantage of this situation and there's always someone with a bigger need than our own.  I think they had it with us turning them away and surprised us with this!  

When I walk into the girls' room now, I see these bunk beds.  They are something so basic and not even a need but when I see them, they are a reminder of how God continually blesses us and cares for us.  This journey has been really hard and difficult but we're doing it by His grace and He is using those around us to love us and encourage us.  His story for our family is going to be so amazing…I mean, it is amazing!

Also….the girls LOVE the bunk beds as you can tell from the picture.