Monday, September 13, 2010

More Firsts, One Last

Well, it's official. I now have two girlies in school. Here's how Peanut looked as she was ready to head out the door today to her first day of Preschool:

Yay Preschool! Peanut's First Day of Preschool
She was really just ready to go! When she got to school, she hugged daddy and sister goodbye and went right in to find her locker~Whoa! Her own locker! (Well, she shares it, but while she's there, it's ALL hers!)

My locker!
Hard to reach.
"There. That's good.
"There! That's good!"

And in we went. Dropped off the folder, picked up the name tag, chose a seat at a table. Began to color, happily. lalala. Her friend came in then, the only one she knows in the class of 16, and she sat at the same table. Yay! Then it was circle time: calendar, sing happy birthday to the friend who had hers last week. Notice that Peanut's is on the calendar for a week from Friday! Her teacher said "Someone else is having a birthday on this day..." And Peanut piped up, "IT'S ME!" :) Very sweet! She sat, smiling, as she learned the "Good morning" song and sang along. Listened well to "The Kissing Hand", and listened intently as she was directed to go to one of four places to do different activities. She rocked the colored tangrams. She built some impressive things with the blocks. She colored intently and wrote that she was "excited" to come to school this morning.

Peanut felt excited to come to school

She also copied off her friend's paper at this time however~she looked to see how her friend drew HER portrait and emulated. Hmmm...let's not have this be a habit Peanut...

She loved getting her hand painted to make a hand print and then cut out a heart to place in the palm of the hand, in theme with the book they read earlier. This was her favorite part of the day. Next came snack, and she was hungry and thirsty boy, let me tell you! Then came recess, and it was super cool because big sister just happened to be on the playground too. She ran out there, yelling "Goooosieee!!!" and big sweet sister hugs happened. It was adorable. It made me feel like she was happy and confident and she sees that sister is close and sister was watching out for her. Ah, sweet moments for sure.

My friend said to me, "She'll do just fine!" It was a relief to hear, and just bolstered my confidence that Peanut will do just fine. That she will adore preschool and make friends and have fun and learn lots. I'm so proud of how she did and I'm so looking forward to how this year unfolds.

So, another first day down, and the last time I'll send a kiddo off to Preschool. I know each year will be a major milestone, but the very first time of putting a child in school~there's something special about that. :)

The other first happened this weekend. We all went to my dad's place on Saginaw Bay. It's a lovely place and we had such a nice time! Check out the boat~

the boat
Check out the little fisherladies!
I've got this fishing thing down
Peanut fishing
Watch that bobber

They were super cute with their Barbie fishing poles that Grandpa got them, practicing their casting and reeling in to see if the minnow was still there. :) SO cute and fun! It was chilly and windy though, so we didn't head out to the lake. Such a bummer. (Of course today's weather was gorgeous, but while we were there? Ugh!)

No one caught a fish--well, I did, a little perch right before we called it a day, but we won't talk about that. Goosie was way too sad she didn't catch a "Goosiefish" and Peanut was bummed she didn't catch a "Peanutfish". We call the fish my dad gives us "Grandpa fish" and the girls love eating it! But my little perch was little and I didn't mean to catch it before the girls got to catch one! I sure wish they were biting more. How fun it would have been for them to catch one! But, good lesson learned, right? Besides, technically, the girls both DID catch a fish or the minnow bucket!!

Minnow bucket!

Haha! All in all, it was a wonderful time and all that really matters is this

Grandpa and girls Goosie and Grandpa

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Week of Firsts!

Oh where does the time go? We spent the summer being busy and having fun, not blogging about it. But I want to get back to it as it's such a nice way to keep track of it all, to keep others up to date. So, back at it.

This week, firsts. Goosie started gymnastics! She approached me, saying, "Mom, can I talk to you? I want to take gym classes because I want to do cartwheels and I know you know how, but I think it's hard for you to teach me." Um. Yeah. "Sure honey, that sounds like a ton of fun! Let's talk to daddy about it." And...class on Tuesday. :) She was super cute, though I forgot the camera and took crappy phone pix. :)
That's her, flipping over the bar. And here, attempting a butterfly hang.
She learned lots of new vocabulary and actions-table, bridge, straddle, V-sit, stick!, and she did them all very well. She did a forward roll down a soft wedge into a pit of foam! So fun! She bounced on the trampoline, arms in a basket, jump-jump-jump-stick! Awesome fun.

But not for Peanut, who was not impressed that she wasn't going to have class too. Derek and I didn't want to enroll her just because big sister was. We wanted her to want to do it. However, after some fast conversation, we quickly decided to try her in a class today. We were able to try before we buy. Would she like it? Would she listen and follow directions? Let's see...
Ready to go!

She rocked the rings.

She boogied on the bar.

She cracked me UP on the trampoline!

She loved her class, and her new leotard! So momma signed her up for more classes, and said "I need to get a job to keep these girls in new leotards and me in full tanks of gas!"

Perhaps a larger event that happened this week though also happened today. Our Goosie started Kindergarten. Already? Yes. Really? Yes. Is home school an option? No. Let me start from the beginning for this one.

We knew it was coming. We did a little school shopping: backpack and lunchbox, school supplies and some new clothes and new shoes. We did the Open House. But really? She did the countdown: 15 days, 14 days....suddenly, last night, it was down to "TOMORROW!!" So I tucked her in last night, talked to her of excitement and fun that would come with her first day. I packed her lunch and had my first little freak out.

"Is it enough food? Will she be hungry? Will this be enough milk?"

I wrote the love note first and put that in there. Did salmon and crackers, apple Fig Newtons and grapes, a string cheese (that finally! she likes). I added a heart-shaped dried kiwi on top of the crackers, just for decoration, because she doesn't like dried kiwi. I froze little milk ice cubes to add to her drink bottle to keep her milk cold. All set. Still, the whisper "Homeschool?" No, I couldn't manage. She needs instruction from others. I need to knit-er, clean. Something.

So, I woke early this morning and got all ready before anyone was awake, like a normal mom. Peanut woke though, and crawled in bed with Derek. She snuggles so well. I came down, made tea, read emails and Ravelry and sipped my tea. For an HOUR! First day of school and the girls sleep in?! Yes, Peanut fell back to sleep, and Derek left her in our bed when he came down. I ate my breakfast first. Finally, signs of life from the kiddos. Breakfast in bellies. Teeth brushed, faces washed. Goosie gets dressed in the clothes we laid out the night before. I help Peanut get dressed. Hair done. We're ready, with time to spare (unless Peanut had school-she starts 25 minutes before Goosie, but not until next week!). Beautiful girl, all ready to go! So grown up! So sweet!


So we all pile in the car, Derek holding Goosie's hand.I forgot the camera, crap. At school we see friends, but they aren't in Goosie's class, which is a bummer. We get in line and the bells ring. Time to go in! Walk Goosie in, find her hook/cubby. Backpack hung, lunchbox hung, jacket hung! To the table! Exciting!! Find her seat, sit, hug and kiss and cry. She cried. Oh no, no honey, don't cry, it's going to be fun! New stuff and new people--not helping mom. Reach for a kleenex, apologize if my arm just got in the other mom's pic of her kid at the table not crying. Yes, I think our Goosie was the only one who cried.

Wipe tears, kiss cheeks and paddies, and off I peek in the window at her. :) Derek and Peanut were out there watching the whole thing, and by the time I got out there, she was done crying, but not really playing. She will though, right? We left. Glad I forgot the camera! :(

So, how did the day go? I thought of her all day, regardless of how busy Peanut tried to keep me with all her gymnastic adorableness. Will she be starving? Tired and crabby? Did she have fun? Get to see her friends on the playground? At pick up time, we were there. The door opened-oh man. Is she happy?

YES!! Here's proof:

Goosie's happy hand
See, that's her hand. She's running toward me, yelling "I LOOOOOVE SCHOOOOLLL!!" and she bowled me over and this is the awesome happy picture I got of her. I am an awesome blogger. ;)

Sisters missed each other.

We rode bikes and walked home. I heard all about the day. It was great! She ate almost all of her lunch, said "I saw your note. My teacher read it even though I knew what it said." She ate the kiwi heart. Peanut and I told her we made her a special first day of school snack.

Mmm snack, I'm starving mom!

How adorable is this? The Apple cupcakes were delicious. Seriously. Make these. Add whole wheat flour, cut back on sugar. Substitute apple sauce for butter. Eat happily, make your kids happy, and relish the days we have, frantic and flurried as they may be. Take lots of pictures, and occasionally, blog and share the moments.

Thanks for reading. :)