Jun 9, 2015

PreK 3s 'Graduation'

It's so hard to believe that Riley's already been finished with her first year of preschool for almost a month!  They had their 'graduation' program recently, and of course, it was adorable.  I kinda don't like calling it graduation because it makes it seem like she's finished with preschool, which she's not at all.  She definitely has one more year (possibly TWO!) and people get confused when I say something about her graduation.

Of course, we had to go out and buy a new dress for the special occasion.  She informed me that 'Miss Misty told us that our mommies and daddies would dress us up in fancy clothes!'  She had a dress in mind, but it was velour...not really appropriate for May, so we did a little shopping.


How did you grow so much in just a short 8 months?


The program is just a little overview of their year, complete with an adorable DVD slideshow her teacher made for each student.  So much work!


Just trying to get them in their right place was like herding cattle.  It was so funny to watch.


I truthfully can't remember if Gavin had a 'solo' singing part of his preschool graduation ceremony.  How awful is that?  But this girl...she let everyone know she was preparing to sing.  Her song was the Alphabet Song and she practiced that thing like crazy.  She also loved to drive me crazy by 'practicing' the 'gummy bear' version her brother learned in school and proceeded to teach her.  I was so paranoid that she would end up forgetting what she was supposed to be singing and end up using the inappropriate version about gummy bears, which ends with someone running for his life because grandma bear has a knife.  Seriously?!?!  Who makes up songs like this?



Her graduation was super cute though - a good mix of kids singing with so much pride, kids whispering their parts while keeping their fingers plugged in their ears, and then the little boy that recited the Itsy Bitsy Spider at the top of his lungs, bringing everyone to laughter.




After she got her 'biploma', we headed to grab Chickfila for lunch and met her friends at the park to play.  It was an unusually cold May day so there were a lot of goosebumps, and eventually she asked to leave because she was tired, but I think that means she definitely had a great day celebrating her first year of preschool.   


Riley is NOT exactly happy about school being over though.  The idea of being in a new class with new friends and a new teacher is really getting to her.  She makes it known that she is not happy about all these changes when they're brought up.  We did get to meet Miss Cindy, her new teacher, so I'm hoping come August she'll be singing a different tune. 

Jun 7, 2015

Interview with Riley

1. What is something mom always says to you? 
I love you.

2. What makes mom happy? 
Giggles

3. What makes mom sad? 
When Gavin and I aren't being friends

4. How does your mom make you laugh? 
Doing silly things like making funny faces

5. What was your mom like as a child? 
I have no idea

6. How old is your mom? 
4

7. How tall is your mom? 
4!!

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Make me and Gavin play together

9. What does your mom do when you're not around? 
Go to the grocery store

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Loving cookies and cakes

11. What is your mom really good at? 
Making me giggle and cuddling with me

12. What is your mom not very good at? 
Making yourself angry

13. What does your mom do for a job? 
Works so hard at cooking

14.What is your mom's favorite food? 
Pickles

15.What makes you proud of your mom? 
Your good cuddles

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? 

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Snuggle.

18. How are you and your mom the same?
We aren't. {after prompting...} We both have brown hair. 

19. How are you and your mom different? 
You're big and I'm small

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
With your cuddles

21. What does your mom like most about your dad? 
Falling in love with him

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Red Robin 

23. How old was your Mom when you were born?
79

Jun 5, 2015

Interview with Gavin

I've seen this interview idea circulating around social media lately, and was excited to try it with the kids.  First, I sat down with Gavin.

1. What is something mom always says to you? 
'Fill someone's bucket' or you call me Bug.

2. What makes mom happy? 
When me and Riley are good listeners.

3. What makes mom sad? 
When me and Riley aren't good listeners.

4. How does your mom make you laugh? 
Being a 'cuddle monster' and trying to catch me while I try to get away.

5. What was your mom like as a child? 
A good listener

6. How old is your mom? 
34

7. How tall is your mom? 
5' 3"

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Clean and watch Ellen

9. What does your mom do when you're not around? 
A bunch of boring stuff

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
For your homemade pizza 

11. What is your mom really good at? 
Cleaning

12. What is your mom not very good at? 
Skateboarding

13. What does your mom do for a job? 
Beachbody

14.What is your mom's favorite food? 
Mac n Cheese

15.What makes you proud of your mom? 
That you can take care of three kids (me and my friends on the field trip today)

16. If your mom were a character, who would she be? 
Annie from Magic Treehouse books

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Drive to school 

18. How are you and your mom the same? 
Our eye color

19. How are you and your mom different? 
Boy and girl

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
I just know it because you tell me it all the time. 

21. What does your mom like most about your dad? 
That he helps you clean the kitchen

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go? 
Crystal Bridges

23. How old was your Mom when you were born?
26

Jun 3, 2015

April iPhone Photos

The more I try to organize my photos (from THREE different laptops...insane!) the more I realize I take WAY too many pictures.  But...I do want to document them for our family blog books, so for now, enjoy this photo dump. ;)




Easter 2015!



Loves her nightgowns!



This is what happens when I try to take Gavin's picture.  Thanks, son!

And this is what I find on my phone from time to time, when Riley has confiscated my phone and taken selfies.  Thanks, daughter!







Jun 2, 2015

Uncle Dave made it to Arkansas

We had more visitors the weekend after Mimi and Beepa were here.  After five years living here, Dave finally made it to Arkansas for his first visit.  He never made it to NY, and he joked that he needed to make sure we were serious about this place before he made the effort to make it down here.  It was a really quick visit, but they were here for Easter dinner and it was a nice little visit from Ohio.

Thanks for spoiling the kiddos with your attention, Sandy and Dave.  They sure did love visiting with you.  Let's not make it another five years before you get back down.