Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Kirsa's Last Day of Preschool

Kirsa's 3-year-old preschool graduation party was today! The kids sang songs and then we had a potluck brunch together. It was fun, and Kirsa did an amazing job participating, singing, and being calm up in front of all the parents and grandparents, despite a classmate with special needs who was quite unnerved by the whole experience and pretty distracting, and the teacher's assistants' inability to get the CD player to work for several minutes partway through their show.

I believe her classmates from left to right here are: Christopher, Macie, ?, Peyton, Leon/Deon, Kirsa of course, then DJ, ?, Emory, and Alistair. I don't remember ever seeing the little boy in the red shirt before, and I definitely should remember the other boy's name, but I don't.

I had Ingrid with me and she was incredibly good and sat still on the chair next to me the entire time while I juggled the camera and videocamera.

She also brought home a nice book of her "work" and pictures of her activities throughout the year. I took pictures of several of the pages.

After her bestie Noelle dropped out of the program partway through the year, I didn't hear a lot about friends from Kirsa at the end of each preschool day, except for her friend Macie and more recently about Alistair, so those seem to be the kids she played with the most during the second half of the year.

Kirsa will attend four-year-old preschool in our new town next year, and then the preschool years will be over and she'll be off to Kindergarten! She loved preschool this year and it was fun to watch her enjoy it so much!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Goodbye Friends

Not too long after moving in, we met these friends who live just down the street from us. Heather and I found a lot in common right away, and with our kids matching up pretty nicely in ages, we have spent a lot of time together over the past few years. We will be SO SAD to leave them when we move away. Heather homeschools their three kids, and I am comforted every morning I drive by their house by their blazing dining room chandelier that tells me their family is awake and hard at work in their adorable homeschool inside. I will miss her counsel and guidance, especially on tough parenting issues.

Heather has been an amazing friend and my kiddos have loved hers - Luke, Audrey, and Colette. Ingrid in particular adores and looks up to Colette, and Kirsa admires Audrey. We hope they can come and visit us someday, or meet us in the Black Hills to see each other again!

Field Day and Friends

Last Friday, Elijah's school had Field Day - though the activities were really more of a carnival day, with face painting, water activities, a bouncy castle, and fun things outside all day long. He had a great time and came home nice and tired.

Saturday morning, he had his best friends Aaron and Ethan over for a "goodbye playdate" at our house. They had a wonderful time running around the backyard with Kirsa, Ingrid, and Ethan's little brother too. Elijah will be sad to leave his friends here and we're looking forward to making new friends when we move!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Last Day of Gymnastics

Kirsa and Ingrid participated in back-to-back sessions of gymnastics this spring. They seemed to enjoy it. It was relatively poorly run and coached, but they didn't seem to notice that, and loved to jump on the trampoline, walk across the balance beam, hang on the bars, etc. Today was the last day, so parents got to take pictures and they had a bouncy castle set up. Back in January, Ingrid had been utterly terrified of the bouncy castle, but this time she really liked it! It's amazing to see how far Ingrid has come since the last session, last winter. I'm glad we did this session - and I'm glad it's over too!

Given the teenage coaches' relative lack of structure and authority, and the fact that her class age was 4-5 year olds and Kirsa is fairly newly four years old, I was pretty impressed with Kirsa's ability to stay focused and learn the different movements!

Elijah's Art

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ingrid's Last Days of Preschool and Physical Therapy

Ingrid had her last day of preschool this week. It was a Mommy-and-me sort of program that we attended together all year long. She got a book showcasing some of her "work" from the year, treats and playtime, and a picture with her teacher, Miss Sarah. It was a fun year and we will miss this preschool program!

She will also have her last day of physical therapy early next week. We have been working with Jen at our house since last July, when Ingrid was nearly 18 months old but just beginning to crawl. Jen has been an amazing help in teaching Ingrid so many new skills, and we will miss her so much when we move!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

On the Thursday before Mother's Day this year, I had a surgery on my right wrist to remove a ganglion cyst that had wound its way around in there. The surgeon said they'd "never seen one just like it" and it was presented at their conference before he removed it. Consequently, Chris took the pictures at Elijah's last baseball game (previous post) that night, and has been doing almost all the work around here ever since, as I'm not allowed to cook, clean, wash dishes, or lift anything. Mother's Day consisted of a nice gift from him, some puking from Ingrid the day before, some crying in church from Ingrid and Kirsa, and a lot more work for Chris. And a LOT of snow, which left a lovely project for Chris in the backyard. My husband made it a wonderful M-day and I felt so appreciated by him for all the things I normally do around here!

Baseball 2015

Elijah played baseball on a city team again this year. As it turned out, his kindergarten teacher's husband was his coach, their son was on his team (his friend Ryan from Kindergarten), and his friend Javon was on his team too! They had lots of fun together. It was a bit of a rainy season but they got to play all their games!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sick Kiddo