Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Last days of preschool

Where did the time go??!! Jason grew up right before our eyes!!

Leo's preschool graduation! I can't believe our big boy is heading to kindergarten in six weeks!!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Olivia is seven!!

Our beautiful first born child is seven!! She has grown up so much in the past year. Her reading has taken off, and she reads Fairy Magic chapter books so much that even though there are 228 of them and Wake County has an extensive collection, we are delving into the inter library loan method. (In December her teacher let me know that she was testing on a third grade reading level, which is great for her to be able to read books she is interested in.) 

Olivia's talent on the violin is amazing to me, probably in part because I am ignorant of music, and the other part because there is so much to learning a new song--reading the sheet music, figuring out which string to play and finger position, and understanding where the bow should go and how it should move. I am so impressed!

Olivia loves playing with her friends from our block after she finishes a snack and her homework after school. And sometimes she loves just playing with her brothers and specifically sticks with them even when her friends are playing. This warms my heart! 

Olivia is such a good eater, setting a good example for her brothers to eat their fruits and vegetables. She shies away from too much sweets, too!

Poor Olivia got strep throat on the weekend of her birthday party, so we had to cancel. Then on the weekend of her birthday when she was camping with her Y Guides tribe with Nicholas, she got a bad stomach bug and had to come home early. Even on her birthday, she felt terrible. I ended up taking her to the ER because she was groaning with stomach pain, had a fever, and fell asleep on the couch when I was talking to her. It wasn't an appendicitis, thankfully. When we were at the hospital, I told her we would do something special to make up for her being sick on her birthday. She said, "It wasn't so bad, Mama. I got three popsicles!" I love the optimism of youth! It reminds me how magical childhood is even when we adults aren't trying to make it so.

Some recent pictures:

Waiting on Leo at piano lessons reading a Rainbow Magic book

Trying on her Moana costume and accessories. Thanks, Aunt Heidi!

The birthday cake she wanted, but couldn't eat after the ER:

In the ER
Birthday morning:

At camp with Dad! They found out she is a great shot with a BB gun!
And they ziplined down into the water in 60 degree weather with 20 Mike an hour winds! Olivia is tough!

 And now the birthday quiz!!

1. How old are you? 7
2. What makes you happy? Playing with my friends 
3. What is your favorite animal? Pig 
4. What is your favorite thing to eat? Ramen noodles
5. What is your least favorite thing to eat? Carrots
6. What is your favorite thing to do? Play outside 
7. What is your favorite TV show? None
8. What are you really good at? Violin
9. What is your favorite movie? Moana
10. What is your favorite color? Pink
11. What is your favorite song? You're welcome from Moana
12. Who is your best friend? I don't have one
13. What do you and your Mom do together? Girl time
14. What do you and your Dad do together? Play cards
15. What is your favorite sport? Swimming
16. Where is your favorite place to go? Craig and Abby's house 
17. What is your favorite book? Rainbow Magic books
18. What do you want to be when you grow up? A mom

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Snapshots of life (April and May 2017)

We're busy but not too busy... I relish the Fridays I have with Leo off school since he only goes to preschool Monday through Thursday. Kindergarten starts July 10, so I can feel the time becoming more precious!!

A few weeks ago we went to the spring festival/fundraiser at Olivia's school called Walleypalooza. The kids had fun and ate lots of junk. Olivia got her face painted and had fairy hair put in, which is really just tinsel tied on to a couple of strands of hair. I remember the neat feeling of being in your school not during school hours, and I could see that feeling in Olivia. So sweet!

Leo's preschool class put on a Mothers Day program on Thursday. The songs made me cry and seeing Leo teach me to make flowers from tissue warmed my heart that he is ready for Kindergarten! 

These are the brother moments and fleeting Leo moments I am going to miss when Leo heads to Kindergarten! Parks and play time are ingrained in our week!

We caught a sight of a beautiful rainbow on Saturday morning at 6:15! It totally made it worth getting up so early!

I got to chaperone Olivia's field trip to the zoo!! It was fun to see her interact with her classmates. And we lucked out with beautiful weather!

We went to Olivia's reading celebration on Friday. Her class read over 53,000 minutes outside of school since December. Olivia personally read 5,180 minutes! Her reading has really taken off this year!

And our garden is growing!

We baked bread from scratch using Grandma's recipe one cool Saturday a few weeks ago. It was awesome and so great to share the making of it with the kids! Olivia requested we bake bread since her teacher taught them how to do it in a bread machine that week as an introduction to "how to" writing. Olivia really lucked out with an awesome teacher this year!!