Monday, August 30, 2010

Friendship School 2010

Ellie started her little "preschool" today. I still feel funny calling it preschool when she's only 2! She will go 2 days a week. She did just fine this morning..whew! :)

with her teachers, Ms. T & Ms. C

Looking back at last, she's grown! Look at the difference in her hair!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

first week of school complete....Ellie updates....

The 1st week of school has been completed successfully! Well, if you don't count the fact that Gracie threw up & ran fever about an hour after we got home on Friday, but she's good now! kids & sickness....ugh!

Anyway, both girls are HAPPY, and that's important. I love hearing Gracie talk excitedly about the 5th grade programs she thinks she'll be able to participate in, and happily decorating her Science & Math journals. She gets to see her school BFF at recess and is talking about other girls in her class she hangs out with. She likes both of her teachers, so 5th grade, so far, gets a gold star!

Katie likes 1st grade as well and has been very happy getting up in the mornings. So far, she says she still likes Kinder better though. I think 1st grade probably seems like more work than Kinder, but she's happy so all is good!

After I picked them up the first day, we headed to get Katie's allergy shot (fun, fun) but then I treated them to "Ooh La La!" Now that IS fun!

Gracie talked to her daddy on the phone, telling him about her day.

I feel like Ellie has been getting ignored a bit on the blog lately. She is such a fun 2 year old! She is talking constantly and quite clearly which is so fun to listen to. She is just such a doll! She starts her little preschool program tomorrow, and I know she'll have a good time with that. I will use the time she's there to volunteer at G&K's school and also to do my one day a week in the office work at church. I'm going to try to step up my volunteering a notch this year at school...try to help the teachers more...I'm feeling the 'call' to do it!

One day last week, I took some pictures of our sweet Ellie as she played. She is really pretty good at playing independently. If her sisters are here, she's not as good b/c she wants to play with them, but if it's just the 2 of us, she does pretty well.

For awhile, I have wanted to have a "pretty" area in my bathroom with makeup, perfume, etc. When we were looking for a house, I wanted an area with the little makeup area where you could put a chair. Our bathroom ended up not having that particular type of area, but I do have some makeup, jewelry, etc. set out. A lot of times, when Ellie sees me putting on my makeup, she wants to be "pitty," too. It's so sweet! I use my makeup brush to put a little powder on her (mainly just brushing the empty brush on her!) but she wants to do it herself. I'm really out of powder right now, so I'll let her play with the brush and the empty powder container. She has fun and is so sweet!

Today, she even had fun helping Katie be "pitty," too!

I love having little girls!

Monday, August 23, 2010

First Day of School 2010-1st & 5th grades

Today is the first day of school for my 5th grader & 1st grader! It was a good morning, even though they had to get up much earlier than usual. :) They were both up & at 'em pretty easily actually, so that was GOOD! Can you tell that Katie was EXCITED?!

Gracie was a bit reserved and embarrassed that we walked her to her classroom, but that's okay! We'd do it again and certainly weren't the only parents doing it...even for 5th grade. I figure this is the last year we can get away with it! Her teacher greeted her at the door & chatted with us. I prayed for my girls to get the teacher HE wanted them to have, and I have gotten nothing but GOOD vibes from Ms. V since we met! Ms. K is much quieter, but I'm sure she's going to be great as well.

Gracie was very embarrassed, as you can tell from the look on Gracie's face, that Chris walked into her classroom, called out her name, and took her picture. LOL

Katie was a bit clingy when it came to the actual drop off, but she did fine. Her teacher gave her a hug and remembered her name when she came into the classroom which meant a lot to me. She welcomed us into the classroom and said the door was 'almost always open...except when we're loud." I think she's going to be great!

We are so thankful for our sweet girls and how well they do with school. We are thankful for a great school in a great location in a great school district. Not perfect, but great!
I'm thankful also for this sweet 2 year old who gets to stay home with Mommy just a bit longer...except for a little time in Friendship School, which she loves!

Trip down memory lane........

Gracie & Katie before 4th grade & Kindergarten

4th grade

walking to school....4th grade & Kindergarten 2009

3rd grade-2008

2nd grade-2007

walking to school-2007

1st grade-2006


walking to school-2005