Schools out for summer
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!
Back to School
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.
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.
The Days are long, but the years are short
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:
- playing soccer and swinging at recess
- the blow ups at field day
- every single field trip
- dancing in the talent show
- having my birthday at school
- doing math because I am really good at it
- playing with all my friends
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.
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.
She's a Kindergartner!
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.