Sunday, August 31, 2008
Grant and Gage were the most memorable...Grant was dancing and singing to every hip hop song we could play on the iPod. It is just amazing how young they start this stuff. We kept telling Nichole and Eric that the Catholic school teachers might need to be a little worried. : )
Gage was having a hay day in the sandy beach digging and flinging dirt everywhere. Pretty soon there was a hole deep enough to bury him in, so the girls obliged. They started to cover Gage up. Next they were filling the hole with water and they were encouraging gage to jump in the puddle. It was sooo funny the way he jumped in it with absolutely no fear...straight up in the air and straight down...
Danny and I also rode the jet skis with Benji and Laurie. I took over control from Danny and drove the jet ski at one point. I had a blast. I was laughing and jumping waves like a crazy person. Danny kept asking if I was trying to throw him off. : )
Such a fun day. It is just amazing how fast the summer goes.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Saturday, August 30 we headed to Chuck E Cheese for a belated birthday party for Eliza. A lot of fun was had by all. Adults included!!! We had never hosted a party there before, but they make it really easy. All I brought was the cake. I booked the place on-line, and they did the pizza, drinks, games, goodie bags, and ice cream there. This kids ran around and around the place winning tickets like crazy... Here are some photos.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
We then headed back towards home with Delaney along to try our hand at some fishing. Skylar had a melt down Saturday about not having enough family time, so Danny promised a fishing day. Knowing my irritation with heat and bugs this is usually not a long-lived event for me, so I brought our swimming gear along hoping to get to the pool at some point too. We had a very fun time, and I felt like the paparazzi. I had either a camera or video camera going at all times to capture the muddy girls. They were all splashing in the mud at the creek and giggling up a storm. I am so thankful for the video...don't kill me , Jenn, for Delaney's soaked shoes and jeans. There were several worms sacrificed, many fish caught and released, and even a couple fish kissed. We brought three nets along as well, and the girls had fun hunting frogs, butterflies, and grasshoppers also. Thanks for the fun, Dad!!!
We did get to the pool after a couple of hours at the creek. Delaney had fallen in to her thighs and was getting a little annoyed with the wet clothes. The cure...swimsuits. We played in the pool for about 3 hours while Danny mowed the pasture. We had a nice visit with Aunt Kathy and Grandma Mary while we were there too. It was a very nice Summer Sunday...
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Skylar and Eliza are both still liking school. Can't wait to hear Eliza reading and hear all of the new skills Skylar will be picking up on this year.
Danny and I are headed to a party in Ankeny tonight via an invite from my friend Tina. It will be nice to talk to Tina and her brother and sister. Danny and I don't get out much either, so it is always fun to hang out with him too. : ) The girls are spending the night with Grandma Jo and Papa Neil.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
We were running around frantically this morning, and we had many plans we weren't able to carry out. I was going to introduce Eliza's teacher to Skylar to make after school go easier. I was going to get a picture of Eliza with her teacher and help them put all of her supplies away. I was supposed to bring birthday treats, so Eliza could be the first birthday girl in class.
Well, we were running into the school as the bell was ringing. PERFECT, not! Turned out I dropped off Eliza, walked Skylar to her classroom, then went back to Eliza's classroom and quietly organized her supplies while her teacher began class. Mrs Cole did a great job organizing the new classmates and trying to not look annoyed by the crazy mother who is always tardy. I even took a couple of photos while in the classroom. I am sure rude sometimes, but I wanted to remember this day despite the chaos. We also forgot the birthday treats, but I went home to retrieve them then dropped them off in the office. No big deal, right!?!
One great thing about all of this chaos...no time to mourn for the loss of my babies. My girls have grown up, and another era has passed. The kids are all in school. I was actually thankful for the distraction and never really took a chance throughout the day even to reflect. Life is just marching on...like it or not. With every new stage there are pros and cons. Here are a few I have since come up with.
cheaper day care
my baby is learning and growing
my baby will need us less and less
more expensive school lunch and milk bills
my baby is further influenced by others
my baby will need us less and less
Turns out everything went great this first day (except for a fall on the playground). She made it through class, enjoys her classmates, thinks here teacher is really nice, and made it to the bus and daycare perfectly. She was even a birthday princess complete with crown and drawings from each of her classmates as gifts. Why did I have any doubts?
Love you , girl! Take this world by storm one classroom at a time. : )
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Skylar has also said she has a "new style" this year. She pondered over the purchase of these new pink Converse shoes from Grandma and Grandpa Peterson. She has decided they are just her style, and she wants more of them. She came to me wearing a hug ring, and a hat on sideways to go with her look; however, we agreed that wasn't going to work for school. Maybe for a weekend look though.
Good luck this year, honey!
Since it was a work day, we still had to get ready for work and daycare, but at least breakfast was special. Skylar let her wear her princess crown, and she ate hostess cupcakes, after blowing out a candle in them, of course.
The day care staff said that she wore her crown all day and she couldn't wait to get home and open presents. She was sure we would have 5 of them for her at home. : )
Well, there were 4 (2 from Grandma Jo and 2 from Mom, Dad and Skylar). I told her she could count her card from earlier that morning at number 5. From us she received: new clothes and some awesome PJs, 2 Hannah Montana toys, a DORA color by number, a notebook, and double ended crayons. From Grandma Jo she received: a Barbie laptop and a new dance leotard. She was giddy, and her reactions were priceless. I am so thankful for video tape to capture it!
We had an interesting cake also. Since it was only the 4 of us, it seemed silly to go with the traditional cake given that we planned to have cake this weekend. I decided to buy 4 Reese's Peanut Butter Cup candy bars and put candles in them. It was one of the best birthday cakes I have ever had. : )
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I literally jogged out of the office at 2:15, grabbed Burger King, jogged to my car, crossed my fingers that the "low fuel" light in my car was just joking and drove towards home hoping not to be too tardy for our 3:15 appt. with Eliza's new teacher, Mrs. Cole. I even had to make a couple of business calls and calls about vacation plans as I was rushing toward Perry. Why is life so chaotic?
Well, Eliza and I were 5 minutes tardy, and we didn't have time to stop home for her supplies, but Mrs Cole was very understanding. We learned all about the classroom and where Eliza's seat, coat hook, and "mail slot" would be. We learned about bathroom rules, snack and nap time rules. We also worked out that Skylar would pick Eliza up on the way to catch the bus in the afternoon, since Skylar's classroom is right outside the door of Eliza's classroom. This is such a relief to me because I am really dreading Eliza's first week or so. She is my baby, and seems so tiny and vulnerable to me yet. I know she will be fine and can handle her own, but I am having a hard time reconciling it all. I will be there Thursday AM, but not Thursday PM to see how things go.
The teacher even asked Eliza if she would like to be the first birthday girl and bring treats the first day of school on Thursday, since she is 5 on Wednesday. I thought it was very nice of her to ask us about it. Eliza also had some testing done while I talked to the teacher, nurse, and lunch ladies.
Skylar's first day is tomorrow, so we had better get to bed at a decent time tonight at least.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Happy Anniversary Kirk and Kathy!!!
Skylar ended up spending the night with Delaney that night, then Eliza and I met back up with them at the Farm for one last dip in the pool before school on Sunday. We soaked up the 90 degree weather and 88 degree pool water until the sun went down. I even got a little reading in. It turned out to be a very relaxing day. Kathy and Jenn treated us to a wonderful dinner of porcupine meatballs and corn on the cob also. Perfect summer day, really. Thanks, Jenn and Eliza for making me get out of the house...Iwas having a hard time getting motivated to vacate my pj's Sunday AM.
I wish Danny would have been there, but he did have some fun too. He spent the day riding 4-wheeler with some friends then relaxing in our cool basement at home in the peace and quiet. I am sure it was the perfect summer day from his perspective too. : )
Friday, August 15, 2008
Left a little early on Friday to check out Azalea's restaurant at 400 Locust for http://www.azaleadsm.com/ a United Way event I have been recruited to help with. This is a fairly new downtown Des Moines restaurant that recently received some press from visitors during the caucuses. Loved the ambience and the menu, and the prices were extremely reasonable too. They have some good old Iowa food like homemade noodles and free range chicken along with Angus Beef and locally raised pork along with some gourmet sides and a great wine selection. I am hopeful that we go with this venue for our event, so I may experience the cuisine first hand.
I took the girls to sign up for dance class Friday also. We signed up for hip hop and tumbling along with their regular tap, ballet , and jazz classes. When I say we, I mean we too. I even signed up for a class. Jenn, Joell, and I convinced them to offer an adult hip hop class, and we start on Saturdays in October. This should be funny. : )
After dance registration, we ate at the Christian Church and let the girls play a little at Perry's Friday fest downtown Perry. They played in several "bounce houses", but Eliza's favorite was the giant slide. She used all but one of her tickets on that one ride and kept inventing "new moves" on the ride down. She twisted while sliding and landed on her side several times. That child has no fear.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Just wanted to pass on her miracle story and illicit any prayers you could offer up for continued recovery. She and I weren't close, but we were in a bible study together at school and she was a really sweet girl in high school.
I did have a funny conversation with Skylar tonight, though. She was sorting school supplies and organizing her new school bag, so I started singing in the kitchen. (Did I mention school supplies make me happy?)
Mom: (singing) School supplies ...they are so cool! School supplies...they make me drool! (I should be a songwriter, huh?)
Mom: Yes, honey? Did you hear my cool new song.
Mom: What's wrong?
Skylar: Most mom's don't sing about school supplies.
Mom: YES! I have done my parental job for the day. I have made my child think I am strange. : )
Skylar: (rolling the eyes and giggling)
I am soooo looking forward to many more eye rolling, giggling days ahead. : )