Thursday, August 21, 2014

1st Day of School...Yesterday!

A new school year has officially started for us.  Yesterday was Ava's first day of 4th Grade.  

Customary 1st Day of School Photo

My sister and niece Olivia came by to see her on her 1st day.  Olivia started 1st Grade on Monday and Ava is now a 4th grader! 

And a view of her overstuffed new backpack!

And off she goes! I cannot get over how tall she looks here!  So grown up.  Off for a new adventure in 4th grade!  Where did my little girl go!?!?!

Honestly, I have to admit it makes me sad to see the summer end and a new school year begin.  It is all going by so fast watching her grow up.  I remember being in 4th grade myself.  To think I now have a 4th grader of my own.  Parents should be equipped with  a pause or rewind button when it comes to moments in our child's life.  The first and last day of school always seem like the longest days ever though.  Yesterday dragged on for me to get to 3 o'clock when I could pick her up from school.  Then once the bell rang for the end of the school day, and she was in the car, the evening flew by until it was time for her to go to bed.  I definitely missed her yesterday.  However, I am glad to say she had a wonderful first day of school.  She said her teacher is funny, nice, and she loves her!  And she really emphasized the loves her teacher party!  :)  So here is to looking forward to a great year of 4th grade!  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ten Thoughts....

I don't normally do these, but maybe it will help me get back into blogging again.  I've been missing it.  I just need to learn how to slow down and take some "me" time to do this.  So anyway here goes some random thoughts:

1. I am not ready for summer vacation to be over.

2. I do not like waking up to an alarm 5 days a week.

3. I am happy that football season has started.  Now there is something I actually want to watch on TV.

4. Enjoying my last day with Ava home, before school starts back tomorrow.

5. I have a lot of work I need to get caught up on.  So, I guess it is a good thing Ava goes back to school this week.

6. I need to go to the grocery store this week and I don't wanna!  lol

7. Time to get back in the routine of making lunches for Ava.

8. We had a great summer with lots of time with my extended family.

9.  Between yesterday and today all my nieces and nephews are back to school.

10.  My oldest nephew passed his drivers test over the weekend and on the first try.  I am so proud of him.  He also got his first job a few weeks ago.  Bittersweet watching him grow up.  It goes by so fast.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Football-Cheerleading Season Has Begun

A new JFL season has started for us and that means Ava is cheering again this year!  She is excited.  :)  

Sunday was our first game and we played against a very tough team.  The first division lightweights won. Our middle and heavyweights unfortunately lost but they gave it their all and that's all we can ask of our boys.  

This is our heavyweight JFL team warming up.

This was the other teams heavyweights JFL team warming up.  They took up almost half our field just warming up. I don't know that I've ever seen so many kids on one team!  

I have to say our heavyweight team was definitely outnumbered and outmatched.  This was just their heavyweights warming up before the game.  I counted over 60+ players on that team alone. Even the NFL has a max number of 53 players on the roster!  lol

Anyway happy football season!  Hoping for a safe and fun season ahead!  Let's go Cardinals!  

Friday, August 15, 2014

If Only In My Dreams

I don't often talk about my Mom on my blog but sometimes something happens in life where you feel moved to share it.  Today is one of those days.

This week Ava and I both celebrated our birthdays.  Ava's was on Tuesday and mine was Wednesday.  Well last night Ava has cheer practice.  While she was gone, I decided I'd take a short nap after having been up since 3:30 a.m. It is a nap that actually turned into quite a gift for me and a nap I am glad I took.  

When it comes to certain dreams, I fully believe when a loved one passes or a loved one can no longer communicate with us, such as my Mom in her final stages of Alzheimer's, they are able to come to us in our dreams. Today during my nap, I had a dream I was at work and my sister came to see me.  She had flowers for me for my birthday and she said to me I have a surprise for you for your birthday.  Next thing I know my Mom is walking through the door with the biggest smile on her face and walked right up to me telling me happy birthday and she loved me.  Then gave me the tightest hug.  I didn't want to let go of her.  I couldn't believe that she was there and that not only she remembered my birthday but that she was completely ok in my dream.  Tears were streaming down my face.  I then woke up with actual tears on my face and my pillow.  That is seriously the best birthday gift I could have ever received this year, even if it came to me in my dreams.