Friday, May 23, 2008

Last Day of Preschool

The day before the final program, Eli's class had a picnic & field day, where the parents were invited. This is Eli playing capture the flag.

I will try and edit some video to post of the cute little closing program to post tomorrow or in the next few days. But this is Eli receiving his Kindergarten diploma from the preschool director, Ms. Margaret.

Above is Eli with his teacher, Mrs. Evans (left) and Mrs. Swahn, the assistant (right). I can't even say enough what a good year it's been for Eli, and it's all because of these 2 wonderful teachers.

This was Mia's teacher this year, Ms. Jean. We just love her. After preschool Thursday, our family went to lunch at a nearby cafe. Mia saw Ms. Jean, and just ran full speed with open arms to her and hugged her. She's been fantastic, too.

These are the two rascals after the program with cookies all over their faces.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

We got some new bushes. Firepower Nandina, which will keep their leaves in the fall & winter, but they will turn bright beautiful red! The kids are always so utterly thrilled to help Chris, no matter if he's indoors or out.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A Little Daydreaming Moment

Yesterday was such a beautiful day. Eli & Mia were content to play outside for hours and hours. I liked this little moment I captured where they look like they were just happy observing the grass and plants and just hanging out. I spent my entire young childhood outside playing in our family's big yard & I remember doing this type of thing. It made me happy that they are finally doing it! Although we're city slickers, they don't need to be strictly indoor kids!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Yay! We went to a Hot Wheels birthday party!

Friday, May 16, 2008

It's taking us a bit longer to get anywhere nowadays. I have HAD IT with the fighting, tattling, hitting, pinching, screaming, arguing & everything else that can come along with sibling rivalry. The car is the worst because we DON'T own a mini-van with a DVD player and in our small sedan, they sit right within reach to one another and they are CONSTANTLY in the car. On a normal day, they spend a minimum of 45 minutes, just going to preschool & back & maybe to the grocery store. If we have to go anywhere farther than that, or on more errands, heaven help us.

So the new thing is, "Would you like to work it out on your own in a friendly way, or would you like to go to time out?" They are starting to realize that they can often use friendly voices & work things out. But we had to prove to them that we really would put them in time-out if they didn't stop. So we stopped the car a lot!! It actually really is significantly better now. Thank goodness.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Father's & Son's Outing

Chris said they had a lot of fun together. They had hot dogs & a dutch oven meal that evening & a devotional near the campfire. Eli got tired relatively early & he & Chris slept on the soft spongy ground in their tent. Unfortunately, Eli had a bit of a hard time sleeping soundly (got up & had to pee a million times.) At that point it was raining a bit. But it let up in time for them to enjoy breakfast, then head on home. That long 5 minute drive.

Mom & Mia watched Tivo'd Dancing with the Stars & actually slept great, thanks! :)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Click on the collage to see a larger version.

One of my favorite moments of Eli's time at Franconia Baptist Child Development Center has been the Mother's Day Luncheon. They do it with the Pre-K children and the Kindergarteners. This year, Eli's class worked really hard to make an elaborate luncheon. First I got a specially addressed personal invitation. When I arrived, they had this amazing place setting with a program for the luncheon and the many handmade gifts Eli had made. Drawings, paintings, hand prints and foot prints, poems, a memory box, a recipe holder with Eli's photo, and a bookmark with my favorite scripture. We had a game- match the drawing your child made of himself with the one he made of you. Then the class had practiced and practiced to put on a little play for us. They recited nursery rhymes and the kids took turns being the actors in the different rhymes. Eli starred as the spider in Miss Muffet, and The Candlestickmaker in Rub-a-dub-dub. He did a great job. The kids just had so much fun.

There was a really beautiful poem in the program. I think I should have it tatooed to my forehead or something. I tried to take a photo, there in the collage, but it's hard to read, so here it is:

A Mother's Prayer

Oh give me patience when tiny hands
Tug at me with their small demands.
And give me gentle and smiling eyes;
Keep my lips from sharp replies.
And let not fatigue, confusion or noise
Obscure my vision of life's fleeting joys.
So when, years later, my house is still --
No bitter memories of its room may fill.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Smithsonian Butterfly Garden

Mia came with Mom & Dad on their date night last Saturday. We went to the Smithsonian Butterfly Garden, a temporary exhibition, which was a room full of flowers and butterflies inside the Natural History Museum. 90 degrees and 50% humidity! But it was beautiful. The butterflies were flying all over the place & would sometimes land on people. Afterwards we went to see U2 3D (sorry, this preview doesn't do it justice!! It was so cool like there was a 20 foot human being in front of you that you could reach out and touch.) Mia was great. She sat there enjoying it with her 3D glasses on & clapped. After a while, she sat on Chris' lap and took a nap.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

My friend, Cynthia, another soccer mom took these photos yesterday at Eli's soccer game while I held her newborn baby for a few minutes. What an amazing job she did. Click on any of them to see it enlarged.

For those of you who don't know, Chris coaches the Kindergarten team. They chose to be called the "Tornados." :) The opposing coach kept saying, "What are you guys called again? The Tomatoes?"

Friday, May 2, 2008

3 People I Love

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Slow Down

Eli practicing his reading today reminded me of......

This darling photo, which I've always loved.

I have a hard time not getting so sad looking at pictures of the kids such a short time ago when they were so little!!! Sad because can you ever be 100% sure you took advantage & soaked in every moment of their beautiful childhood? It's gone WAY TOO FAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sweet little darlings.