Friday, August 27, 2010

Peace Out...

It is a rare opportunity my nephew Kylar lets me take his photo anymore. Olivia on the other hand, is almost always full of smiles for me to photograph. I watched my sisters two kids last night and was able to get the above photo. I couldn't have been more pleased that Kylar was so willing to let me take this picture and he even smiled in it. Granted he always has to throw up a peace sign or something but I will take what I can get. Olivia wants to be like her brother so she was trying to figure out how to make the peace sign with her fingers. It was so funny watching her look at Kylar's fingers and then back at her fingers trying to make the peace sign. With a little help from her big brother she was able to "make" a peace sign too. She was so excited as you can tell from her smile in the photo. :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Open House

Ava had "Open House" at her school last night. I wasn't sure we were going to actually make it because she was in such a grouchy mood. Anything and everything made her cry. I was excited to go to her open house at school and then when she gets home from school she was just in the worst mood ever. Finally she pulled herself out of her funk and off to school we went.

Ava sitting at one of the tables in her class room. I was surprised she actually sat for me to get a picture of her. She loved showing off her class room to me though. I got to see where she puts her backpack. And the different crafts and activities she has done so far. I signed up for her classroom holiday parties and may be joining the PTO. The first meeting is in a few weeks so we will see how that goes.

Next up we went to the music room where I was able to meet Ava's music teacher. Ava had fun signing the big banner in the music room and drawing a picture of her as well. I also met the art teacher as well. Next we went to the cafeteria where some bank was trying to get sell me on their services, but I like where I bank and not looking to change banks any time soon. I did see the Girl Scouts of America and they were like bombarded with people so I will just look online to see what that is all about. I think that might be something Ava would like. They have different levels and I think there is one called like the Daisies or something like that. Our last stop was in the library where they were having a book fair. So Ava happily picked out two new books to add to her always expanding Library collection. Kylar even picked out a book...I think it is from the Diary of A Wimpy Kid Series. Kylar went to the same school as Ava from K-3 grade and he was able to see his Kindergarten teacher which he loved and she was happy to see him too. All in all our night ended quite well. :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

First Day of Kindergarten...

I have to say I have no idea how it is time to already send my baby to Kindergarten. This day came much too fast. And much quicker than I am even ready for. She seems too little to be taking on such a huge responsibility. I barely slept at all last night and was so weepy over my little girl starting this chapter in her life. I know she went to Pre-K last year and that was difficult to adjust to, but this is more than difficult, it is heart breaking and yet I know I have to let go and give her room to grow and become the person she is meant to be. For the last 5 years I have devoted my entire life to this amazing little girl.

Off to catch the bus. She was so excited to walk down to the bus stop. She didn't have an ounce of fear in her about today. Is this really my kid?!?!?!

Waiting at the bus stop. She was excited to see several of her friends at the bus stop. She was all smiles this morning. My heart was breaking but I put on a happy face for her. And took several pictures too. Though I am sure this moment will be imprinted on my heart and in my mind forever.

Ava and her two best friends walking across the street to the bus. Ava never even looked back she was so excited to go. She has been waiting for this day for months now. This is the moment when my heart truly broke. She was so sure and confident walking to the bus and yet I wanted to grab her up and run home and say forget all this stuff about school. We can wait another year.

But I didn't do that. I let her get on the bus and stood on the sidewalk waiting for my baby to wave to me out her school bus window. Ava waved bye excitedly from her seat on the bus. She was able to sit next to her best friend so maybe that made today easier for her. I can't wait to hear how her first day of school went. I hope she has an incredible year of Kindergarten and it is all we both hope for it to be. I love you Ava Grace.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Baby Girl...

Happy Birthday Ava Grace!

Yes these cupcakes were the cupcakes at Ava's birthday and they seriously are sinful little cupcakes of yumminess. I mean really it should be illegal to indulge is something so delicious. My sister has a friend who makes these cupcakes. Inside the cupcake are real strawberries. Holy Moley Batman they are amazing. And everyone at the party thought so as well. Granted the little boys at the party were not thrilled at the "pink princess-y-ness" of the cupcakes, but it didn't stop them from devouring them either. Anyone could get past the frilly girliness of these cupcakes after just one nibble. And that is all I am going to say about that! :) Oh and also how I wish Ava's birthday and my birthday were at least a month a part so I would have another reason to get some of these cupcakes!

Ava on her birthday morning. I couldn't bare the thought of making her wait all day until her party in the evening to open some presents. That is just cruel to hype them up for weeks about their birthday and then to be like oh you have to wait until your party. Nope that isn't how we do things in this house. She was able to open some of her presents from Mommy when she got up. :)

She wasn't overly thrilled with all the clothes but she did love the toys she got for her birthday.

The girls loved the princess-y strawberry cupcakes. I am pretty sure it was all that pink that drew them in. Ava has an obsession with pink. I have no idea where she gets it from really other than tv or something because I am not a huge fan of pink, and when Ava was little I tried to not dress her in pink all the time. Why couldn't she love red or green or yellow...but not PINK! But nope she loves pink. So she was in heaven with these cupcakes. Her eyes lit up when she saw them. All the little girls hovered around these cupcakes...the boys wouldn't even come close. lol I have more photos that I haven't edited from the party and I may put them up...but if I don't then at least you've seen the cupcakes! Happy Birthday to my Ava Grace!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Back To School Time

So I have to say I think I've been violated, well more like my checkbook has been violated by the cost of elementary education. But more to the point the ever growing and demanding school supply list. I am OK with paying $60.00 for her use of books in the school. After all when I was in college I paid $200 for only one book for a 16 week class and when going back to sell it I am pretty sure they wanted to offer me like $3.84 for that very book. Which I kept and it is now stored away in some tote in some closet in my house. So to pay $60.00 for an entire school year for books I am 110% OK with. But let's get back to this school list thing.
As I started down the many aisles Wal-Mart has designated specifically for school supplies I noticed many parents staring at the sheer ridiculousness of these supply lists. Some look confused at what was being asked on their list. Some were shaking their heads over how long their lists were. I heard the mutter and grumbles from parents as they asked whatever happened to the good old days when we were kids and all we need was.... type comments. Surely any parent of school age kids can relate. Granted I do like school supply shopping. I do. But even though I love to buy these kinds of things, there are just some things on the list that are quite absurd and in my opinion pointless.

As I am looking at Ava's list I must say, it did contain the basics such as crayons, glue, folders, pencils, and scissors. The basic things that haven't changed since I went to kindergarten oh almost 30 years ago. Wow did I just type that! Now I definitely feel old. Moving on...those supplies I just listed above though were our entire school list back in the 80's. There that doesn't sound nearly as bad or make me feel as old if I say "in the 80's. The school lists we get today are very specific about what we must provide and it seriously grows longer every year. And I know this because I have been buying me nephews school supplies since he started school and he is now going into the 7th grade this year. One item on Ava's list they were very specific about is a school box, BUT only in plastic! I don't know where these people are shopping, but can you even find the cardboard pencil boxes from when we were kids? But whatever I would rather send plastic, since cardboard tears and I know my beloved cardboard cartoon school boxes never lasted the entire school year.

So after deciding on a pink pencil box (plastic of course) I move onto the next item down the list. Up next a plastic place mat for art projects? Are they doing their art projects on some carpeted surface? As a Mom I know that glue and crayon marks can be wiped off a table. And since Mr. Clean developed the Magic Eraser that sponge can clean up just about anything on any surface. But whatever! Next on the list gallon size Ziploc bags. By now it is clear that the school I have chosen for my daughter is not environmentally friendly and they have no qualms about filling our landfill with all these items. Perhaps they should focus a bit on the "Reduce. Reuse. Recycle." Not trying to get all tree hugger on anyone but I am pretty sure we could forgo the Ziploc bags and the plastic place mat. Our environment and future generations will thank you! :)

Next up on the list glue sticks. OK! No big deal. I mean they only already requested an 8 oz. gigantic bottle of glue, but now they also want 8 glue sticks. Granted this is Kindergarten but let's say there are 20 kids in the class, what in the name of peter pan are they going to do with 160 glue sticks and 20 bottles of 8 oz. glue in an entire school year? Is it art class all day long for these kids? I am pretty sure all the cutting they are going to do to use up all this glue will dull their scissors so why don't I need to send along 4 pairs of scissors while we are at it? What I loved though was at the bottom of the list they noted "May need to send crayons and glue sticks as needed". Wow so 160 glue sticks won't cover it for an entire 9 month school session? Glad I picked up some extras just in case!

Up next on the list, a box of Clorox Bleach Free Wipes. Whatever happened to a little bit of warm soapy water and a paper towel? Or a bit of sanitized water in a spray bottle and some paper towel. It is amazing how any of us adults ever made it to adulthood without Clorox bleach free wipes and bottles of hand sanitizer. We felt all was right with the world with simply washing our hands with warm soapy water or just plain water at that. What were OUR parents thinking!

Last but certainly not least on the list of school supplies, was the request for 35mm film. Really? Do people still use this kind of camera? Thankfully I am a parent who was born in the 70's and up until 10 years ago had a 35 mm camera so I know what 35 mm film actually is. But come on, we live in the age of digital cameras. Maybe next year you should request all parents send in $5 so you can just go out and buy a digital camera since they are relatively cheap now days. Or should I just send in a couple bucks to have this roll of film developed later in the year. Though maybe seeing pictures of Sally with her finger in her nose and Tommy sticking out his tongue in 24 pictures might bring me some humor when those pictures would have easily been deleted from a digital camera.

After spending about $100 alone on just school supplies for my one and only child who is off to kindergarten this year, I have to say I am glad I am not the parent this year walking into the store with a TI-84 calculator on their list. It is quite humorous to me, as I see that parent muttering curse words under their breath and wondering why in the world their 14 year old needs a $100 calculator for math. Oh I know my time is coming one day, but at least I know that it is coming.
As for all images supplied in this blog post they came from the Internet. I don't own the rights to any of them, but am thankful to yahoo and google for providing such lovely images for use in my blog. And sorry I don't know who the hand belongs to in the spray bottle photo either. :) Enjoy what is left of your summer!