Jul 13, 2015

Goodbye, First Grade

Just like that, first grade came to an end a few weeks ago.  We were so lucky to have another fabulous year with Mrs. R.  It was just luck of the draw that we ended up with her two years in a row, and I'm so thankful it worked out that way.  Gavin had such an amazing start to his schooling career with her.


They celebrated the end of the year with a special "P"arty.  Pajamas, pillows, playing outside, eating pizza and popcorn, watching Parent Trap, taking silly pictures...the whole shebang.  He was pumped up for his fun day!

Riley and I joined him for a little while.  Unlike kindergarten, we didn't spend the whole day with him this time.  In fact, he barely paid us any attention during the outside play time.  He was much too busy goofing off with his friends. :)  But, I still enjoyed being part of the fun, seeing him laugh and play with the other boys in his class.  Watching him come out of his shell is pretty special.  The older he gets, the more outgoing I see him become.



We snapped a few class photos before lunch, and it just cracks me up because it was so dreary that day....not a hint of sun in the sky, yet Gavin couldn't keep his eyes open without his sunglasses.  We made a trip to the store and stocked up on more sunglasses for the summer after school that day.  He somehow lost every pair in his collection over the course of the school year.  



We headed in and the kids got all settled in to watch their movie and relax for the rest of the day and that's when Riley and I headed out and let him enjoy his afternoon sans Little Sister.  I think he appreciated that. ;)



Before we left, we presented Mrs. R with a gift the class all contributed towards.  It was such a pleasure to put this together for her.  Made me have flashbacks of the wonderful class gifts I once received.


Gavin, Daddy and I are so proud of your accomplishments in first grade!  Great report cards and test scores indication you're already reading at almost a 5th grade level and doing match like a pro....that's all fabulous.  But, more so than that, we just love the young man you're becoming.  You are trying more things - Cub Scouts and soccer were on the list this year.  You're finally tackling things that once gave you so much hesitation and fear - swimming and riding your bike, for example.  Thank you for making our days light up and for always giving us hugs when you know we really need one.  We love your loving heart.





Jul 8, 2015

Riley's First Dance Recital

We've said for quite a while now that some day, Riley would be on stage and entertaining the crowds.  We finished up our first dance experience with her ballet and tap recital at the beginning of June.  To say she was in her element would be an understatement.  She absolutely loved it!

Though we weren't too far back, I still didn't get the greatest photos, but I did want to share the ones I did get.  And the videos...well, let's just say I was balancing the video and my camera, so I'm sorry if it was a little shaky. 



She danced her tap song first - Rio - and then after intermission, performed her ballet dance to LOVE.  She, of course, looked beautiful on stage, and we so adore how she kept waving to us as she walked up. We lucked out and picked the right side to sit on.



We are so proud of you, sweet girl.  To be just three years old and get up on that big stage in front of SO many people takes a lot of courage, and you nailed it.  I think we're taking a break from dance for now because you want to try out gymnastics next, but I have a feeling we'll see you on stage again soon.  You are so talented.  Love you, Riles.





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