Back to School

Oct 26, 2018
We had our annual Back to School Dinner. 



Brown bag lunches, like always.  Easiest tradition ever and one of of the kid's favorite.  The best kind.  



There were LOTS of tears the night before school started.  Especially for the 6th grader.  Change is hard.  I was worried the morning would be rough, but they luckily got it out the night before and it was mostly smiles.



First day of 6th grade!!!  


In Utah 6th grade is still in elementary school, so we moved this poor girl away from her friends that she has had since kindergarten for her last year in elementary school.

It was heart breaking.  She is always my child that cannot wait to go back to school and this was the first time ever she wasn't. It was a weird feeling for her and hard to wrap her head around. 

So, I bought her this amazing Ravenclaw backpack to help make up for it. :)


First Day of 3rd Grade



I have been shocked, and pleasantly surprised, with how well this kid handled the move to the new house and now starting at a new school.  

I requested some kids he already knew to be in his class and we had met with his new teacher a few times last school year and had a few school tours with the principal this summer.  It paid off, big time.  Not that it's been easy, it just hasn't been the all out screaming and rolling on the ground situation that I imagined it would be.  

Plus, while we were in the midst of sobbing and comforting kids the night before school started, I got a text from his beloved 2nd grade teacher. 

She texted to wish Miles a great first day of school and to tell him that she loves him and knew he'd do great at his new school. 


His little face lite right up and he settled down and went to sleep after that.  I then went in my room and cried and wondered why in the world we decided to move. :)  

First day of First Grade:



of all the kids, Crew has adjusted going to all day school from half day kindergarten the best.  He is just loving it.  And I am jealous of his teacher.  


I underestimated the amazingness that is living 1 block from the school.



Life changing and the main thing that makes me know I made the right decision not to stay at Suncrest.  




It has been hard switching schools.  Hard on the kids and really hard on me.  I miss knowing ALL the teachers, the staff, and the kids.  I miss all the teachers knowing my family and all of kids names, even Ruby.  And I really missed having my friends to talk to on first day of school drop off, plus we missed the party Suncrest would have on the first day of school, OES' welcome was pretty lame. :)   



We are learning change is good though and that we are so lucky to get to know more amazing friends and teachers.  Although, we still do like to go back to Suncrest and hug and visit some our old beloved teachers.  It makes my heart hurt sometimes, but our new school is pretty awesome too and it is growing on us.  



I didn't have time to be sad though, Ruby had big plans for our day together. 

I don't think she missed them at all. :)


We celebrated an awesome first day of school with some of our old and bestest friends from Suncrest, by going to a splash pad.  


And then Ruby started preschool the next day.  



She loves it, even though she still cries almost everyday at drop off. 


Paul thought it'd be a good idea to go out to breakfast after we dropped Ruby off. I just wanted to go home and cry in private.  


Paul's not familiar with my first day of school routine. :)  


I am grateful for amazing teachers, staff, and new friends that are helping to make this another amazing school year.  







This was the only pic I could get of Ruby. 


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nana
The kids are doing so great and so are you!! Love Ruby's photo by the garage, she can only hold still for so long. My favorite is that Macey and Crew's best summer memories were coming to Nana & Pop Pop's!!!!
angie
I love Ruby's garage run-away picture! I can't wait to meet her IRL. I am over here sympathizing with you. It's great to get a big yard and a beautiful new house, but there are definitely trade-offs. For years now, I've been looking forward to Todd's military retirement - and our supposed move to Utah afterwards. But lately I've been just loving our ward (finally!) and feeling super comfortable at my kids' school. Like you said, knowing all the teachers, and everyone on campus knowing our family, and all my kids' names. It's a great feeling, and I've realized I don't necessarily want to give that up. Also, we've got great weather out here. We just do. It's, like, 20 degrees warmer here now than it is at my mom's house in Utah right now. So I'm feeling a little nuts for daydreaming about moving away. Anyway, I'm just saying your regrets/things you're missing/whatever are totally normal and I love you. Also, I thought it was really funny how you explained about Paul not understanding your first day of school cry tradition. Ha!

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End of School

Jun 16, 2017
The kids had a blast the last few weeks of school.

I got to go with the 1st grade to the zoo.

I even got to sit by one of my best friends on the bus ride.


I got the cutest group of Miles' friends and it has been my favorite field trip I've gotten to go on by far. 



I just love these little first graders.  



This stud finished Preschool.  






I don't know if either of us are ready for him to start kindergarten, but I know he's going to rock it.  I just don't want to part with him everyday.



M&M had field day, soak your teacher, dance festival, and the 4th grade did an entire Harry Potter themed week. Good times.  



We had the best teachers ever, again!  



As you know I was terrified about first grade with Miles...terrified.  But Mrs. Allen was the absolute perfect fit for this kid.  When I would talk to her about Miles related things, she'd just look at me like I was crazy, because that was not the Miles she saw in class. :)  She was soft spoken, kind, fun, positive, and patient.  I told her I'd send his 2nd grade teacher to her for tips.  

Macey lucked out again and got Mrs. Tingey.  The year was filled with awesome science experiments and all things Harry Potter.  She really help Macey expand her love of reading and learning.  We are so sad she's moving and won't be at our school anymore. 



If next year goes half as well as this year, it will be a good year. :)  And yes, I'm a bit heartbroken over the fact that these 2 will be 2nd and 5th graders next year.  It just doesn't seem real.

We did our normal last day of school things.  Went to the park with some of our favorite friends and then had our first neighborhood movie night of the summer.  



And Macey's summer bucket list made my heart happy.  


- Go to Pearrygin
- Read and watch all the Harry Potters
- Go backpacking
- Go camping
- Go hiking

We've done something right and this is a bucket list I can get behind.  

Life doesn't get much better than summer days with these guys.  
 
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School pictures

Oct 25, 2013
Love school pictures.  There's just something about that background and the classic head shot that makes me happy.  




Macey is still loving first grade.  Her favorite subject is math and her favorite thing about school is still recess.  I'm so happy she is loving it and that she has so many sweet friends to spend the day with.  

Miles' preschool class got lucky and had the talented Holly, of hrob photography, come do their class pictures.  Miles was pretty excited for Holly to come to his preschool class and as a result we actually got pictures of him smiling and looking at the camera.



He still gets mad when he finds out it's a preschool morning, but he always excitedly runs from the car to his school when I drop him off.  When I ask what he did he still responds, "nothing.  me just look at the wall." But, he says it with a sneaky grin, so I know he's teasing me. 

He can't even make it to the car before he shows me all the stuff in his backpack and he loves hanging his school work on the fridge the moment we walk in.  There is an obvious theme that stretches across all his work too...T-Rex. 



I'm so glad he's loving preschool and that his teachers have a lot of love and patience for this boy.  

In Crew news, this kid is into everything and has discovered how useful stools can be in order to get things just out of reach.



An example...Tonight Macey made chocolate covered marshmallows for our neighborhood Halloween Carnival.  We covered them in saran wrap and pushed them to the back of the counter, thinking they were safe.  



A little later I see Crew walking around with one of our marshmallows.  Sure enough he had pulled the stool over, pulled the marshmallows to the edge, and sneakily took one and only one marshmallow.  If I hadn't caught him with the evidence I wouldn't even of noticed he'd taken one.  


These kids sure do keep me on my toes and make sure I have very little time for things like napping.  


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Nana
Fun update of all the kids. Love their school photos. Crew is one sneaky little guy.
Nana
Fun update of all the kids. Love their school photos. Crew is one sneaky little guy.

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