Schools out for summer

Jun 6, 2016
Miles did it! He made it through kindergarten and did pretty awesome too!  

He of course had his moments.  You know where I had to drag him into his classroom kicking and screaming.  But, then the kids would cheer and chant his name, Mrs. Lee would put her arm around him and tempt him with smelly stickers and getting to try a hard book, and I would turn and run out the door while he was distracted.  

I do not know what we would of done without Mrs. Lee.  She pushed him, motivated him, left him alone when he needed to be, saw his potential and most importantly, loved this kid deeply.  

first day of kindergarten vs last day

She told me he is one of her all time favorites and will never forget him.  I might of shed a tear.  This kid has just been blessed with amazing teachers and we all pray it will continue into 1st grade.  :)

Macey was also blessed with an awesome teacher, who told me she wished she had 20 Macey's in her class.  

first day of 3rd grade vs last day

Macey had a pretty rough class this year and would get frustrated by their lack of listening and respect they showed her teacher.  One night she asked me, "Why don't they want to learn? Don't they know how lucky they are to get to go to school?"  :)  

Despite her constant frustration with the loudness of her class, she had a great year and it was good for her to learn how to work and deal with kids that were hard for her.  

And like always, she still cried on the last day of school, because she is just going to miss all her friends so much. :)

We did our normal end of school stuff.

And met our friends at the park, like we always do.  

And I brought cookies and drinks from Sodalicious to celebrate!

We have a lot of kids!

It's crazy to think we've been through 4 school years together!! 

We met dropping our kids off for the first day of kindergarten and they both tried to make me feel better about crying.  :)  

Can't believe we are done with another school year and how much these 2 have grown.  

Glad I get the summer to hang out with them!  

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Back to School

Sep 8, 2015
These 2 have been back in school for a few weeks now and I am finally starting to adjust.  

We did our annual back to school brown lunch bag dinner.  Miles loved being one of the special kids. :)

Macey was all excitement for the start of 3rd grade.  

She DID NOT want me to drive her to school, she wanted to ride the bus.  But I won, and got to drive her.  Although I was instructed no pictures.  :)

I was proud of myself for not crying after drop off, but that doesn't mean I wasn't devastated to loose my mini BFF.  

This girl is growing up and is rocking 3rd grade already.  

love her.  

Now onto Miles.  

He had his kindergarten assessment during Macey's first week of school.  It was anything but smooth.  There was crying, hiding, screaming, throwing of objects and a refusal to follow directions.  Pretty much it was horrible.  

The good thing is, after that circus act, they at least gave me the teacher I wanted him to have. :)  And things have been mostly on the up from there.    

Miles had lots of nervousness and excitement about the first day.  

I was preparing myself for an all out wrestling match to get him to stay.  But he did awesome and surprised me with how brave he was.     

Not only did he get the best teacher, he also got some good friends in his class, which has made it so much easier on both of us.  

I didn't shed any tears until the drive back home, which was a vast improvement from Macey's first day of kindergarten!

While he's had a few episodes in class, he has a great teacher who is willing to work with him and knows how capable he actually is.  

Macey picks him up everyday after school and Mrs. Lee said she's never seen a brother love his sister like Miles loves Macey. :)

I am thankful for wonderful teachers who love, teach, and take care of my kids when I can't be with them.  

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How did they get so big? Miles smile for his school picture is so him, love it. Macey loving all holidays except your favorite Halloween. =) Macey looks so grown up. Mrs. Lee is right Miles love his sister. Love these kids!!
This is so sweet, Kelsey. You are such a good record keeper. I wish I would have asked my kids those questions every year!! I love how much Miles loves Macey. Too sweet! Macey looks so tall too :)
You just exude good mothering to me. The way you talk about, love and worry about your kids, the pride you show in them... it's inspiring, Kelsey.

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The Days are long, but the years are short

May 30, 2013
There are days where I swear time stands still, but then in a blink Macey is done with Kindergarten!  How do these things happen?!

As a result Summer has officially begun for us!  I am excited and sad at the same time.  Excited because I get Macey all to myself now and sad because it means kindergarten is over and she will be a first grader soon! 

She wanted to eat lunch at school before the year was over so she'd know what to expect when first grade started.  I was glad she brought it up, because I'd been meaning to take her all year, but had never gotten around to it!  So, on the 2nd to last day of school she ate her first official school lunch in the cafeteria. She said it wasn't as exciting as she thought it would be. ;)  

Although she is quite excited about having 2 recesses once she goes all day.  

Macey loved everything about kindergarten. 

I had her narrow her list down to the highlights though:

It's been so fun to see her learn new things and make new friends without any help from me.  And thank goodness for half day kindergarten to help me get used to this whole school thing.  

I kept seeing all these last day of school parties on Pinterest and kept ignoring them, not wanting to add anymore to my plate.  But, when the day before the last day hit I could no longer resist.  I made a quick banner during quiet time and ran to the dollar store, so glad I did.  

This will be a tradition I hopefully won't mind keeping up with.

Although after the chaos of the neighbor's dog refusing to leave us alone and Miles dumping all his bubbles, I was having second thoughts.  Luckily they quickly passed.  

So while I am dreading the start of 1st grade and the all day schedule that accompanies it, we are going to try to enjoy these summer days.  Because while I know some days will feel like they are lasting forever, I also know it will be over before we know it.  

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I wanna be Kelsey when I grow up. you're so fun!
It's so true that the days can be long but the years are short. Once kids start school it starts to fly by. I still feel like I should be the mom of 3 preschoolers. Glad that Macey had such a great year.
Where did you get Macey's animal print jacket? Hazel would be my perfectly obedient SLAVE for a month to earn an item like that!
Nana and opa
So proud of Macey! Can't wait to see y'all in just 3 weeks!
You are so lucky to have 1/2 day kindergarten!! I am jealous and not at all ready to send Adelle in the fall. Macey is quite the social butterfly it sounds like ;) I love the welcome to summer. So cute! Enjoy your summer!!

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Sep 21, 2012
My favorite thing about Macey starting school is the funny stories she tells me when she gets home.

Here's a gem from yesterday:

I'm thinking we might ban princess movies for awhile.

Then this morning while doing her hair she says to me:

"Mom, I love you most of all and sometimes all i want to do is give you a kiss! But, don't worry I won't tell anyone else how I love you more cause I don't want to make them feel sad."

Then when we finished her hair:

"Mom, you should take my picture because you might want to remember what I looked like when I was 5. Because you're going to get old and forget."

And as we were loading the car she hands over her Sleeping Beauty ring and says very seriously;

"If Miles is being good he can wear my special ring, but if he's being crazy you have to take it away from him. He likes it so he'll probably be good for you while I'm gone."

As you can tell she takes her role as big sister very seriously. Yesterday, when we were cleaning up the toy room, she said to Miles;

"Miles, this is a toy room, not a dump room. So, you need to stop dumping all the toys out."
Maybe he'll listen to Macey since he apparently doesn't listen to me.

And then if you've had the prividelge of seeing this girl dance, there really isn't anything quite like it. I'm just hoping she learns some new dance moves before she's a teenager. Because while it's funny for a 5 year old, not so funny for a 16 year old.

I just wish I could remember all the funny things she says and does, but she's right, I'm going to get old and forget.
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Those are awesome.
You cut off the video before she could finish....I wanna know...was he cute?!...hahaa!! what a cute kid!
Very cute. I think 5 is my favorite age. I gathered all the boys around to watch the video, they loved it and wanted to watch it over and over again. hahaa
I have always loved all of the fun things Macey says and does. My favorite on this post is that you are going to get old and forget. Good luck with that.
How cute. I always feel bad when I'm trying to retell something funny Hazel said - even just that day! - and can't remember it word for word. I need to carry around a little notebook in my pocket or something. My favorite is Macey handing over her ring for Miles to use and hopefully be good for you while she's gone. How adorable!
YES he's cute! Haha! She's so cute! I asked Dallin if he chases girls at recess. He said he sometimes does...where do they get these things?! Oh, and my kids love to dance crazy. We should have a dance party!
Nana and Opa
One morning Macey and I were alone in the living room playing Go Fish and she said, It's so quiet when Miles is not around."

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She's a Kindergartner!

Aug 28, 2012
I cannot believe it, but Macey has entered the big leagues now, she's in Kindergarten!

We did a special back to school dinner for her. I'd seen a ton of ideas on pinterest, but they were all a little fancy for my laziness. So, this is what I came up with:

Sack Lunches! Doesn't get much easier than that.

Macey loved it! She couldn't stop thanking me, "Mom, thanks for making my name rainbow! Thanks for getting caramel!" Thanks for letting me drink Root Beer!" So glad I kept it simple.

This morning Macey would go from super excited to super nervous. After she enjoyed her Krispy Kreme Doughnut, she said she didn't feel well and didn't think she should go to school. Luckily I had pulled out The Kissing Hand and we were up at the crack of dawn, so we sat down to read it. And just like I hoped, it did the trick and she was ready to go. I on the other hand broke down and had to go shed the first of many tears in the bathroom.

When we got to school she went right into her classroom and got right to work coloring the book on her desk. She was so excited to see that it was from "The Kissing Hand", and that she already knew the story. I then had to peel myself away and go cry in my car. :)

To my surprise when we picked her up she couldn't stop talking about all the things they did. And her teacher sent her home with the cutest game to play, where she had to tell me different things they did according to the color of M&M she picked.

Her favorite thing, Recess of course. She even made 2 new friends, whose names she actually remembered.

I am not happy to be starting this scheduled life where I don't know what she's doing 24/7! But, luckily she loved her first day, otherwise I don't know if I'd be able to drop her off tomorrow.
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Aunt Kathy
It's always harder on us than it is them. Glad she enjoyed her first day. Cute idea for her suppertoo :)
georgia porras
Holly cow!!! I don't love being ALONE at home. I miss my Abby so much today. I can't believe i cried reading your post.(I share all your feelings that's why). It's hard to "let them go". Love you Kesey!
OMG the pic of her giggling with her First Day stats is killing me, I love it so much!!
Brittany Lisle
I love all the cute things you did to send her off! What great ideas! It just makes me remember how fun you are and that you haven't changed. So glad her first day went well. This will be Juliette next year...I can't believe it!
So sweet and heart wrenching! I'm glad you and Macey both survived. I'm sorry it was such a hard day for you. I'm glad it was a wonderful day for Macey. Good luck with the rest of school! And let us know when you start to enjoy having just two kids at home. ;)
This makes me cry too! I love the dinner you did perfect for what Macey would enjoy. That was a Tender Mercy on choosing the same book as the teacher was using. Love that she already made some friends. It is really hard to let them grow up and be on there own without you there all day. She will survive though and so will you. =)
You are so fun! I think I might copy your dinner idea... way easier than the ones on Pinterest and just as fun. You did a great job with her first day stats picture too, I might have to copy that also. I showed Kaylin how Macey wore her hair like Kaylin and Kaylin decided that she would wear her hair like that for her first day. I haven't been able to convince her to do her hair like that for a few weeks. It's a good thing Macey started school a week before us! I'm glad Macey loved kindergarten!
love it all! that last picture is especially adorable.
Nana and Opa
So happy to hear she had a great first day!
gosh I give you props for not bursting into tears while reading The Kissing Hand!
This was really sweet. School starts for us next week and I've already become emotional about it especially sending Evan to Kindergarten. I love love love your dinner idea. I agree...everything I see online about back to school dinners is way too fancy and too much work. I am going to copy your idea. You made me feel so much better, I was stressing about having to pull off a an elaborate dinner at such a busy time. Thank you. Macey is SUPER cute.
You are such a fun mom! They read The Kissing Hand on Maddy's first day of Kindergarten too. Just be warned, kindergarten wasn't as hard for me to let her go as first grade was this year. I was really sad!
Macey looks so cute in every picture you take!
I love your back to school dinner! It's perfect! James started kindergarten today and had a hard time (which I was really surprised about!)
charley and Maceys teacher must be friends b/c it sounds like the exact same day as charley....the mm game, and kissing hand book and work sheet! Yay Kels for being so creative! what a great mom!

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