Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy Birthday to my sweet Cari Princess

To my darling little girl:

3 years ago today, you graced our lives with your presence and we are so amazed by you every day. You have brought so much joy to our lives. I love your spirit! You are very loving, but always let us know exactly what you think! ;o) You love your brother and worship the ground he walks on! Now it drives him crazy, some day he will appreciate it for what it is! I promise.

You love to walk around making up songs about everything around you, or sing a song you have heard on a show. You love Dora, and your newfound love of all things princess is very cute! I agree with daddy though, if you start changing your clothes 5 times a day, you are learning to do your own laundry! LOL

You are my dare devil, while JJ was always the 'safe' one. You don't seem to care when you get dirty, love playing with trucks and dirt and sand as much as with babies and princess dresses.

You amaze me every day with the things you say and do. Sometimes I forget how old you really are, because you are such a little peanut. ;o) You can rival your brother in the chatter box department, for sure. I love when you guys play together, or work on something together, like a floor puzzle, or play 'rescue heros' together. You don't seem to mind that it is usually JJ's game that you are playing, as long as you get to play.

You are the social are going to love school when you finally get there....because you love playing with other kids, and talking to anyone that will listen. I have no worry that when you go to school you will have to be pulled off my leg crying.....I suspect it will be more like "Bye mom" and you are off to play, never looking back.

I love you, sweet girl, and can't wait to see who you will grow into as you continue on this life journey.

Love, your mommy!

Friday, September 10, 2010

First week of Kindergarten

Well, we survived it! The first week of Kindergarten, complete with the first day of school, first day at Ycare, first day riding the bus to and from school, first school get the idea. All those things rolled into one week must be really overwhelming for a 5 year old.....or at least it seems to me like they would be. But he seems to be taking it in stride. Here are a few highlights (mostly so I have record of how the week went later, when we want to look back on it):

Day 1 - I took the day off from work, so we could take him to his classroom the first day. It was kind of chaos, but that might have been a good thing for both of us, in retrospect. Jim and Cari were there too, and because I had Cari to focus on, and Jim to drag me away, I did ok with the whole thing. JJ started to get a little teary, I reminded him it was ok to be nervous, but that we don't want to let it get in the way of having a fun time. Thank goodness for an adult helper in the room who helped him find is spot at the table, and all that stuff....because I was able to leave without too much 'fanfare'. Fast forward to 4:15 and we are out waiting for the bus, which of course is late because it is the first day, with lots of kids that don't really know what to do and where to go. He gets off the bus, and is in tears before he even gets across the street. He was crying because the bus driver had said something about kids not having bus passes couldnt' ride the bus. Even though he had his, and it was very visible, he thought she was talking to him directly, not everyone, and was worried. He told us he made sure to show her the pass on the way off the bus. He also thought she was 'crabby' because she was yelling a lot (this is not just a Kindergarten bus, so older kids are in the back, she had to yell so they would her her).

Day 2 - first time to ride the bus to school in the morning and go to Y Care. He had no problems getting on the bus and the driver was different from the afternoon one and seemed nice. Made sure he sat in the front, like they are supposed to, asked another child on the bus to help him, etc. When I got home from work that night, I heard only about how much he loved Ycare and how much fun he had that day at school. It wasn't until later, from Jim that I heard anything about how he didnt' know where to go when he got off the bus, and was crying, and someone heard him and helped him get to his room. I feel bad for not making sure he know where to go....but we showed him the room before, and how to get there. In the chaos of all the was new, I am sure he forgot. Thankfully the next day, there was someone there who asked him to 'help her find her way to the Y care room, and he did it and was so proud! What an awesome way to make sure he knew where to go, and help him out all at the same time. Phew!

Day 3 - I left before he got on the bus, made sure everything was laid out and Grandma got him on the bus. I heard all about how excited he was for the day, because he was going to do projects in Y Care, and that he was going to have music time in Kinder that day. They had an assembly at school this day, and when JJ heard they were going to 'listen to the principal' he started to cry. His teacher let him sit by her. He has been so concerned all summer about being sent to the principals office. I don't know why or where it comes from, although I suspect it might have something to do with one of his older cousins talking about it this summer. He was fine once he knew what an 'assembly' was.

Day 4 - In much the same fashion, I left before he did. He was a little teary this morning, not sure if it was just the long week or what. He did say he was worried the afternoon bus driver might be crabby again. I think that once he has the routine down and all that, it will be all good.

I am so proud of my little guy for facing all of this in a mostly positive way! He is growing up so fast, and I couldn't be prouder! ;o)