Alternate title: Meg is 36 pounds lighter
Alternate title: Last First Day of Preschool
Miss Elise is at school. Last year when she started Preschool she was a sweet and shy 3-year-old who was hiding behind my legs. She would only peek out from behind my legs for a moment and even then, it was just a quick glance at the teacher. All the kids overwhelmed her. I guess that’s what happens when you have a Stay-At-Home-Mom and you are naturally a bit shy. The boys never had that problem. They saw a group of kids and beelined toward them. Elise loved meeting one new friend at a park, but a pack of kids was a bit much for her.
That was last year though. This year was a whole different story. She was up at the crack of dawn and ready to meet, “ALL OF MY NEW FRIENDS!”
She walked into that preschool room like she owned it (and since this is our 5th consecutive year of having a kid in that Preschool I feel like we have probably paid for at least a few square feet of the brightly colored, carpeted room).
Elise is my shadow. All summer long she has been at my side. It is sweet, I cherish the time where she looks up at me with udder awe and believes that I am the best thing ever. I love her so much but let me tell you what, when I walked away from that preschool this morning and could hear Elise telling her teachers and new friends everything she had done this past summer, I didn’t shed a single tear. I feel lighter, stronger faster. I feel like I lost 36 pounds and I did. I am 36 pounds of wiggly, noisy, sticky, horse loving little girl lighter. unfortunately the scale doesn’t say my body has lost 36 pounds but I feel it so that is what counts.
The best part of all of this is that Elise is just as happy as I am.
This is our family’s Last First Day of Preschool Ever.
The kids and I have been gone for two whole weeks.
Before I allow myself to dump photos I need to tackle our jungle of a lawn, a mountain of laundry and unpack.
It is great to be home but I did not miss all the responsibility that comes with being a home owner. It is always more fun to do dishes at family member’s home while chatting and catching up with loved ones than it is to tackle the dishes at home while listing all your other to-dos in your head while you scrub eggs off a frying pan.
My motivation is clear, I am getting chores done so I can play with my camera and editing software.
Ready. Set. Check email. Check Facebook. Check Instagram. Check Twitter. Check email again to see if any new important emails appeared like free lawn mowing service for tired moms. No free lawn services so… Go!
It is only the first week of summer and already we have had some serious highs and lows.
Transitioning into summer after the rigid and predictable school day schedule has been a challenge for all the kids, Michael especially.
Michael likes to know what is coming next. Michael likes to know what tomorrow will bring. Michael does best when there is a consistent and predictable schedules. Summer is not like that, or at least this first week of summer has not been like that.
After spending the week fighting against this need for schedule I have decided to go against my dreams of a laissez-faire summer and make a schedule and stick to it. I am not big on schedules but to inspire me to sit down and try to figure everything out I spent some time making an image in Gimp. Nothing like a little graphic design to kick me into an organizational frenzy. Thus, SAHM Summer School was born. I am hoping it will play well with a week of SAHM Camp later this summer.
So far SAHM Summer School consists of 20 minutes of reading time.
Then I read from the book of the week (I am thinking some books will take more than a week) and after that the kids have to draw a picture of what I read about and then the boys write a few sentences about what they drew and I write down what Elise wants me to write and then she traces over the letter I write.
I found a display of great picture books at Barnes and Noble when we visited the store for the boys’ last day of school book buying tradition. This is the first book we are reading. At $6 a book I think I will stick with this series of illustrated classics. The pictures are great and the story is written to their level of listening.
In total all of that “school” usually takes just over an hour. It isn’t much but at least, as of now, I have one predictable and scheduled part of our summer days.
The plan is to do a few crafts and find a recipe for a treat that will tie into the book to make when we finish the book. We will eat the treats while watching the movie. The kids are looking forward to the movie night and I can’t wait to staple together the little books they made and show them that with a little bit a work they can make something wonderful.
Look at that super sweet drawing. He is now drawing all his art in black marker to “outline” everything and then he goes back and colors everything in. He has come so far and I could not be prouder of him. Three cheers for fantastic Kindergarten Teachers!
More photos here.
Early bird gets the worm, right? Or in this case, peanut butter and birdseed. We made bird feeders a week ago and the kids were excited to hang their bird houses up to the now empty bird feeder. I guess will be making more bird feeders next week, Michael said so.
With the promise of making bird feeders again next week I was able to wrap up the bird house project with a few screw hooks I found in the garage and some twine.
We hung up the bird houses and then the kids worked on drawing and writing the postcards I made for the “letters home” part of SAHM CAMP.
It is good to have a selection of colors waiting and ready. You never know what shade of pink a girl will need. She totally picked the crayons herself.
Michael was into this project and was excited to color some of the activities we had done throughout the week on the postcards. Patrick wasn’t into this project because… well it was work and he isn’t really into working. Patrick did the orange scribbles in protest to me saying, “YOU will NOT leave this table until you draw something.”
We spent the rest of the day swimming in the pool one last time before Tim tore it down for the summer. We didn’t spend as much time in the pool as I thought we would but we swam whenever the weather allowed.
All of these photos were taken with my birthday camera.
I love the underwater photos, but my favorite part about the camera is being able to take photos of the kids in the water from new angles.
Diving for rings.
Look at those little toes reaching to touch the bottom. I am sure that by next summer she will be jumping off the ladder too!
Another advantage of the water proof camera is that it is a simple point-and-shoot so even Michael can take a great photo.
Michael had a lot of fun swimming under water and taking photos. Most of them we just of the bottom of the pool though.
It took me a while to figure out, but that is his goggles strap in front of his face.
more swimming pics here