Friday, August 28, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
...We have a KINDERGARTNER living in our house! Oh I cannot believe this day is really here. Since Ryan was born I knew this day would officially come but seeing it on the doorstep was shocking to this momma. Mark and I were praying over Ryan last night as he slept, and I was flooded with emotion. I was watching him sleep and I kept trying to imagine how the day would go for him. Would he be shy, intimidated, and scared? Would he make a new friend and eat his lunch and remember not to burp? Would he wake up excited and ready to go? My mind wouldn't let me sleep last night as I imagined each scenario. I finally came to realize that God is in control of this day just like every other day and that worrying does no good. As a type A, control freak it takes me awhile to relearn this lesson.
Ryan got a new Star Wars alarm clock that he has been really excited about using, so we set it for 7:20 and waited to see how the morning would play out. At 7:22 Ryan was up and playing with his LEGO and deciding what he wanted for breakfast. After much debate he chose cinnamon rolls and then he was dressed and we were all ready for pictures (as ready as Ryan ever is for pictures. He did not become a compliant, smiling kid overnight. Oh well. Maybe 1st grade).
Here's our little man with Dad.
And walking in school. I studied this picture and compared it to my previous post and a couple of things really stand out. #1 He's HUGE!! #2 The Star Wars backpack that was way too expensive was a big hit-he loves it #3 He seems a little unsure. He's letting Dad walk in first and hanging back taking it all in.
Once we were inside he took his annual picture with Honey. His head now reaches the raccoon. WOW!
And then we left. We left our sweet baby there for 7 hours. There were no tears and he marched in his classroom and began putting his stuff away like a pro. He seemed ready, he was quiet but confident. I was trying to soak it all in but I felt chaotic, sad and stunned that it went so smoothly. Now what? That's when my sweet little comedian comes in very handy. She said, "I don't know about Kindergarten?", and I felt the exact same way. Thanks Ally for making me laugh today.
I made it all the way through breakfast with Mark before the tears were flowing. Not bad huh?! I will be praying all day for Ryan and Mrs. Sims and my mom that the first day goes great. Thanks for all your sweet encouraging words. It really helps (although 3:15 cannot get here soon enough)!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The next year Ryan was in Mrs. Mitchell's three day 4 year old preschool class. His back pack of choice this year was plain blue. Ryan loves anything blue. His teachers would all call him Little Boy Blue. Oh, where has the time gone?!
This year Ryan was in Mrs. Dunlap's 5 day preschool. Backpack was Batman. This three hour class each morning was a really good transition for all of us.
Look how much bigger he is!
As You enter Kindergarten, Dad and I want you to know how much we love you and how proud of you we are. We love watching you learn and how you are always taking it all in. We adore your sweet spirit and how you ask the most thought provoking questions. You have always challenged us and we know that God made you unique, beautiful, and intelligent, and we are so grateful that you are our child. We love that you are not afraid to go against the grain, and that quality is going to serve you well in the future. You have become so confident and grown up all the sudden that sometimes we forget that you are just 5 years old! We cannot wait to see the joys and blessings the Lord has in store for you this year, and we continue to pray that you remain respectful, kind, and focused on learning. Have a wonderful year little man. You will be awesome in Kindergarten!
Mom and Dad
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Mark stayed home with the kids (he does not share my love of musicals...perhaps because the first on I took him to was Lord of the Dance and let's just say that he has made fun of them ever since:-)). And they had a blast with Daddy. They watched a Scobby Doo marathon and then e-mailed me their scary monster faces.
Such scary monsters
Thursday, August 13, 2009
This morning it was curiously quiet in our house, so I naturally started to think something must be wrong. To my surprise this is what I found...Ryan and Ally just hanging out in Ryan's room like a couple of teenagers. I LOVE these two children so very much. It is very rare for Ryan to allow Ally in his room without me (I don't yet know how she pulled that one off:-)).
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The excitement all began on Thursday night with GAME NIGHT. At 8:00 they headed to Tilt in the mall and started the weekend off right. After bed time+using real money in the machines=Awesomeness!
They then headed to the MAC Game Room for a little more action.
Then off to bed after a little story time with Honey.
Friday was ANT Day. That's right an entire day all about ants. This was perfect for Ryan and Stacey. They had ants for breakfast, made a delicious ant snack, painted 2 ant crafts, had a science lesson on the anatomy of ants, counted, sorted and classified and also learned a scripture(Proverbs 30:25 about ants)!!!
Making edible play dough
Off to the park to gather rocks for their ant craft
Hard at work
Of course they had play time at the park too.
Painting their rocks to make a cool ant craft
Color time with Honey
Whew!!! During all that fun they were earning stickers for their behavior chart. They both filled it up in one day by talking kindly to on another, obeying, helping pick up and just being overall amazing children:-)! Since they filled their chart, it was off to Toys R Us to pick out a treat. Ryan chose a Bionacle and III chose a Goofy Pez.
Saturday was all about WATER. They had fun in the sun learning about water. They had a science experiment-sink or float, froze and thawed water, washed GP's truck and III's bike, played with water balls, water guns, enjoyed crafts, and swam.
Ryan said he loved shooting Ella (the dog) with a water gun. I thing that was a highlight of the day for him! They had lunch in the fort...
Painted with Popsicles,
Painted fish and made a sequin fish,
Cousin Camp ended with a trophy presentation (of course), and a promise that they would get to go again next year. Whoo-Hoo!!!!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Doesn't he look older?
Ally has been in need of a haircut and Honey came through big time. She just got a little trim but it was a lot of work. These pictures make it seem like she sat still-which would be a huge misrepresentation. Thank you Honey for wrangling Miss Priss:-).
I forgot to take an after shot but here she is with sweet AnnMarie the next day. These girls love to dress up!!!
I am desperately trying to soak up these lazy days of summer because I know that our schedules will be busy again very soon. I hope you have a wonderful day.