On the Monday before school started, I took the girls out to Krazy Air, we got lunch, and we got treats! We made sure to have one big, final hoorah before school!
We went to her Meet the Teacher event and met Mrs. Danielson and Mrs. Smith! They are two sweet women. Mrs. Smith is the aide, and Mrs. Danielson runs the show!
Gwen has told us all about her teachers. She loves Mrs. Holste the most--her music teacher. Mr. Hoover is her PE teacher. Jake and I really thought we'd be opposite, but we are loving packing her lunch for school. We try to hide surprises for her and it's so fun!
She rides the brown bus, and it picks her up near the house! On the first day, she got on the bus, and then Emily and I hustled into the car and followed her to school to make sure she got there well. We saw some other kids that got on the bus with her, but didn't see Gwen. I went to go look, and there Gwennie was, shyly, but proudly, walking towards the class! Emily and I were so proud! After school, she was tired! School is hard! She had homework and she did it and then took a big break before picking her clothes for the next day!
We did the same thing the next day, but tried to hide a bit more to make sure Gwen could get the hang of things. She was much quicker to the playground and knew her way around! She was much more confident that day. She knew some friends prior to school starting, and they aren't in her class, but they play together and recess! It's been great!
Emily was sad about school. When Gwen got on the bus the first day and we got home, she started crying, "Where's Gwen? We need to get her! I miss my best friend!" I scooped that girl up and tickled her and she stopped crying and hasn't since then (solely concerning Gwen at school, obviously. She's the crier in the family, lol!)
Emily is participating in joy school! Esther, Allisa, and I all take turns hosting one Monday per month, and then the 4th Monday we do an excursion! We are only two weeks in, but Emily is very proud to have school to go to. She is smart as a whip. She recognizes letters and can count to 25, which I think it crazy! HA!
I took Emily on a day date and the parameters were clear...I told her we would do whatever she wanted to do. I've never had one on one time with her because she wasn't the first child, and so this has been fun to get some alone time. She told me, "I want to see my friends and the gym, pet a kitty, and go to Target." Done, done, and done! We went to the gym, then off to Petco. We pet the cats there, looked at the lizards, snakes, and fishes, and then ended the morning with popcorn at Target. It was so fun to listen to her stories. She is a great storyteller because of her training from Gwen, the master storyteller.
We all went to the lake to celebrate Morgan's birthday! He called me and told me he wanted to do the lake for his birthday, and he also wanted to smoke some meat. It ended up practically being my birthday because he did ALL of the planning and we just were there for a good time! It was my first time kayaking, and Gwen also was a solo kayaker! She is something else! We ended up going out to this 9-10 foot rock, and Gwen jumped from the top of it into the water! SHE IS SO COOL! Emily got half way up and jumped! WHY ARE OUR KIDS SO AMAZING!? They are fearless adventurers! That experience made me hungry for more! I want to go to the lake every weekend now!
Got a new alarm clock! Both so proud!
Gwen and Ruby!
Emily’s first day of joy school!
Love this sweet and salty girl!
My new hobby! Jake and I did these for FHE!
GWEN! She is so cool! Also, I have to give photocredit to Uncle Mergin for that amazing picture!