Thursday, August 27, 2009

First Day of Pre-K...

The first day of Pre-K for Ava is finally here. This time last year, I thought I would be ready for this day and it wouldn't be all that hard. I mean afterall, it is only for a few hours a day, five days a week. But oh my gosh, I was a mess this morning once she boarded the bus and then that little bus pulled away. There are no parenting books or advice from other parents that can prepare you for letting go and trusting others with this little being you've poured your heart and soul into for the last four years. When we went for the Pre-screening in February, August still felt like a long time away. But those 6 months literally flew by. No one could have prepared me for this feeling so alone and lost without her. Yes, I know it is only like 3 1/2 hours a day, but she is part of almost everything I do in my life and who for the last four years has been my main definition of just WHO I am. Today, I had to let go just a little and watch my little girl venture out into a world so big and brand new to her.

This is the Ni Hao Kai Lan backpack Ava picked out. She could have had any backpack she wanted and she picked this one. We are on our way to the bus stop!

Getting on the school bus for her first day of school. She just seems way to little to be doing this!

Lined up with the majority of her Pre-School class. Not one little kid had the same backpack. I found that kind of funny.

Lined up and ready to head inside for their first day of Pre-K.

And off they go on this brand new adventure in their lives.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Ava!

Today is Ava's birthday! I can't believe she is 4 years old already! Each year I wonder how it is possible another year has passed. This year is no different. Time certainly does not stand still for anyone or anything. I enjoy Last year Ava experienced our local Children's Museum for the first time on her birthday. This year both Ava and Alyssa enjoyed the museum again. We even had a little picnic after our adventures at the Children's Museum. After that it was time to head home and get ready for her birthday party with our family.

Ava playing with the water table. I think she just likes to play in the water more than anything. But then again don't most kids!

Ava and Alyssa playing on this wall of "gears" where you can put these little pieces together and spin them around. It is pretty interesting actually.

Ava and Alyssa grocery shopping! It was so funny watching the girls pick and choose what items to put in their cart and what they didn't put in their cart. Kind of amusing really! :)

The girls playing in the doctor station. They were taking care of the little babies and then of course making sure they washed their hands before handling the babies.

Congresswoman Alyssa of Illinois. I love this picture of Alyssa. It is actually the part of the museum which talks about the life of the historic 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln.

Ava loves this Train Town table. She could play with this for hours I think.

Alyssa on this windy kind of path thing-y. LOL For lack of a better description. It is really cool whatever you call it.

Another view of Alyssa climbing up this crazy contraption.

Ava playing in the bubbles. This is one of my favorite parts of the museum. I love these huge wands that make these gigantic bubbles.

Birthday presents and cupcakes. What is so funny is my sister and I both bought the same gift bag for Ava's gifts, and then both of my brothers picked the same gift bags for Ava's gifts. All at different times. lol

Ava, Alyssa, and Jordan. I can't believe this year I didn't get a group shot of all the kids together. After this there was a water balloon fight which I missed because I was inside. All in all a great birthday party for Ava.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Greatest Love Of My Life...

How could she not be? Even on her most "spirited" day, she brings incredible joy and meaning to my life. I have never felt a love as intense and amazing as being a Mom to this amazing gift from God.

She brings a sense of purpose to my life I never had until she came into my life. Don't get me wrong, I of course had goals and ambition and dreams before she came along. But once she came into my life, my life's work has been to be the best Mom that I can be for her. I still have my dreams, my goals, and ambition, but my priorities have changed in ways I never expected. My heart beats for her. She is my first thought in the morning when I wake and she is my last thought in the evening before I close my eyes. I live and breathe for this little girl.

Yes it's true, I am very blessed indeed.