Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
First day of school 2013:
Last day of school 2014:
You can take your pick why little miss was so grumpy - she had a list of things that morning but thankfully she was all smiles later in the day when friends captured a pic with her fabulous Teacher-of-the-Year Mrs. Mink!
Jacob and Mrs. Lane! He's going to be taller than his teachers by the time he's in 4th grade at this rate!
Friday, July 11, 2014
The end of this school year brought many mixed emotions! My baby was finishing up preschool and leaving daycare. Jacob and Sarah were moving onto second grade! It was my last year in the classroom, packing up, moving out and starting a new chapter of my professional career. All of these things were exciting and emotional at the same time.
Its crazy to think that our daycare and home for the last 7 years will no longer be a part of our daily lives. Its crazy to think that all 3 kids will be in school now. Its crazy to realize this was the last time I had to pack up an entire classroom in June but not have to unpack it and set up in August. (No more lesson plans!) Big big changes ahead for us all!!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The last six weeks of the school year were crazy for me - splitting my time between two jobs, juggling two classes, a few doctor appointments and lots of kid activities. Jacob and Sarah got to go on their first field trip and thankfully I was able to juggle my schedule around to join them! Thankfully lots of parents went along so we all just got to spend the day with our kids and I didn't have to split my time between my two in separate classrooms. The forecast for the day wasn't very good but thankfully the rain held off until we were almost done. We wandered Crossroad's Village in the morning with one of Sarah's friends then spent some time after lunch with a few of Jacob's buddies.
Crossroads Village takes you back in time - full of historic homes and businesses from our area that have been relocated over the years. Blacksmith shops, old mills, farms, homesteads, a general store, an opera house, etc. The highlight is always the old Huckleberry Railroad - one of the oldest working steam engines left in the US. We had a lot of fun and I think they may have even learned a few things!
Thursday, July 03, 2014
After 7+ years, I paid my last daycare bill in June! Most people cheer along with my checkbook on that one, and while that does come as a huge relief...it also comes with some sadness. If you've ever left your kids at daycare, day after day, then you know how big a decision it is on where to leave them. If you knew how great our daycare is...then you know how much easier they have made it the last 7 years. When I first looked at daycares 8 summers ago, I checked out 4 or 5 local daycare centers in our town and right away, knew which one I would want my babies at. No doubt at all. Since starting at PLP, they've gotten better and better, grown and evolved into an amazing place to learn and grow! So many of the teachers have babysat for us. Helped us out. Invited us into their families and we've considered them part of ours. I know that my kids not only learned and played but that they've been loved.
Adam graduated from their Developmental Kindergarten program at the end of May and had his last day of daycare a few weeks ago. He was very excited about being home all summer and moving up to Kindergarten in the fall, but many tears were shed (by me) that last week. The good news is that we can return to PLP if/when we need to for those random days over the summer or school year that I might need someone to watch the kids. It helped my heart knowing we can (1) still have a backup for childcare and (2) still be a part of their family!
Thanks again PLP for all you've done for us over the years! Thanks to all the ladies that have played a part in teaching and caring for our three children! We are so thankful and blessed!
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Every June, our local fire department hosts a huge parade that welcomes home fire departments and trucks from all over the county! The parade is awesome...well over an hour long and so many great things! So many fun things and friends to see! As the kids get older, I think they enjoy it more and more as they recognize friends in it! This year was FULL of people of knew and the kids enjoyed it. Jacob and Paul were IN the parade with Cub Scouts and we watched from our usual favorite spot - our friends' aunt's house right on the parade route.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Instagram seems to have been more my speed instead of blogging this year so far. Here are a few favorite moments captured!