Tomorrow our sunshine turns 6 years old-happy birthday Sydney!!!
Another year has passed just like the blink of an eye----
Wasn't it just yesterday we had your last princess party ? :)
Wasn't it just yesterday you were holding your favorite stuffed animal named Curious George?
(eight months old)
No, that wasn't yesterday BUT this was:
(last Sunday actually)
It seems like I am always documenting about how quick you all are (all three) growing and how I wish you would slow down. While that is true, today I choose to celebrate how blessed we are that you are a thriving, healthy, smart, sweet and beautiful little girl-there are many sad stories this side of heaven and many mommies who would give anything to have that.
Of course, the highlight of your 6th year has been Kindergarten. I had to "let you go" on a early August day, and as of two days ago you are finished with your first year of being at school full time!
First day of K
We are so proud of all you have accomplished and the little girl you are. You have made quite an impression on many of the teachers at your school and I hope you know we just beam with pride.
Last day of K
At six years old, here are some of your favorites: princesses (Ariel mostly), playing soccer, making crafts, helping mommy, reading, and pulling blue sticks at school-one day this year you pulled three in a day!!!! You have some sweet little friends-your best friends in your class at school are Jayni, Morgan and Laila.
One of the things I love most about you is that you love to celebrate life. I don't even really know how to explain this but I just know that you are "into whatever you are into." You love school, home, church and going other fun places too. You love playing soccer, counting new flower blooms outside, making cookies or going for a bike ride in the neighborhood. You recently told me that "this is one of the best days ever." You want to know what we did that day? We picked strawberries, played soccer, made a pie, played with Haddon and grilled out at home. Simple things and days to you are just worth celebrating-and I love that about you.
You are very very close with JJ and just the other night told him that he is "the best brother ever." You also told Daddy he is the best daddy in the world and made a sign for me that said I was the "best mommy evr in the hole wide world"-this is the sweet and caring child that you are. Luke thinks you hung the moon and you love him so much too.
I am so blessed to be your Mommy-we are so blessed to be your family ....and we are anticipating a very fun birthday weekend sweetheart! Happy Birthday girl...We love you!
Today Sydney finished her amazing year of Kindergarten with a special celebration at school. It is hard to believe that nearly 10 months have passed since I had to "let her go."
I remember I was so scared to let her go. I wondered who would answer all her little questions, who would care to listen to her triumphs? and challenges? and fears? protect her from things I wasn't ready for her to hear just yet? Who would count down the days to her baby brother's birthday with her? Who would help her when her nose bled out of the blue?
Little did I know that the answer to all of these questions was this amazing teacher.
God answered our multi year prayer and gave us a Christian teacher and much more. Today, Jeff and I got to celebrate a great year of Kindergarten with Sydney, Mrs. Smith and 22 precious five/six year olds in their classroom.
All of the children received a certificate and special award from Mrs. Smith.
Sydney received her certificate of completion for K and the Best Spelling award for her class.
I was so proud and happy to be there, but it's been bittersweet too.
...because we had to say goodbye and close this chapter in our book.
Thankful for a teacher who has become a friend.
For Sydney too...this is her mission at church each week-find (and hug) Mrs. Smith.
Granny made a special trip to see Sydney's celebration and Sydney was so excited about that.
She tells me "Mommy, I love what Granny did today."
(SG has a crown on in all of these pictures because they were celebrating her birthday today, along with 2 others who have late May birthdays.)
Mrs. Wilken was also a great aide this year!
Sydney does not like the idea of only having one teacher next year.
Another great thing about this year has been new friends. Sydney came to Plano with only one friend entering Kindergarten-and she was placed in one of the other three classes.
She has been blessed with some sweet little friends. And now we are ending the year getting ready to celebrate Sydney's birthday with six special class friends on Saturday morning...and then they will all celebrate Ella's on Saturday afternoon :)
What a great year. Here's to many more Sydney Grace!
Oh and don't ask her if she's a first grader...she told me today
that she'd rather stay in kindergarten until school starts back.
JJ's Field Day was last Tuesday-I was so excited to go and hang out with him for the whole morning at school. Because he goes to school on the days I teach, I have missed every party this year since they always have them at 11:30. It was neat to be with him and the friends he's been with for the past two years at BGCA. Thursday is his last day there.
The kids had three hours of fun at about 10 different stations....bowling, painting, singing, bouncy house, cloud dough.....he was so excited and I was thrilled. Beautiful weather was a great bonus too.
Sydney's field day is today. She left this morning ready for lots of water fun!
My kids love to make things for me. I think this is one of the things I enjoy most about the stage they are in right now. And even though I have to "sneak" some into the trash so that our home isn't overtaken, I do save many, many of them and will someday hopefully be able look back fondly at all of their masterpieces.
Mother's Day brought many new crafts and creations. I received flowers, a mommy "coupon book," drawings, cards, etc. Sydney made a handprint craft at school with a poem and JJ brought home a flower planted in a special pot. He also brought home a sheet of paper entitled "All About Mom." This was his chance to answer questions about Mommy. They both did this last year and I really enjoyed it then. I enjoyed his 2013 version too: (his answers in red)
My mom is 60 years old.
She like to go to the beach.
My mom likes to shop at the grocery store.
We like to make giraffes together. The best thing she cooks is hot dogs. Her favorite food is salad. What does your mom do while you're at school? work Her favorite thing to do to relax is sleep. She is really good at teaching.
If you could buy your mom anything, what would it be? a float What do you love most about your mom? her As you can see, my mom is special because she loves me.
I sure do buddy. Thank you for all the sweet (& some funny) answers.
As soon as Sydney's soccer game was done on Saturday, we headed to Georgetown so that we could celebrate with our Mothers/Grandmothers on Mother's Day. May 12th is always a special day since it is Nana's birthday!
We arrived at my parents around dinner time on Saturday. We enjoyed pizza, ice cream pie and spending time together. Nana also opened her birthday gift from us. Although I have been able to visit, the kids have not been to my parents home since Christmas... so they were very excited to just play and be there at a place they love so much. Of course, Buddy also took them out for an adventure on the golf cart, where they fed ducks among other things.
On Sunday morning, I tried to get my three blessings to take a picture with me before church. Sydney and JJ were trying to cooperate-Luke was not :)
I am so incredibly thankful to be the Mom of these three kiddos! They are just amazing gifts.
We spent Sunday morning and early afternoon with Jeff's Mom and family.
Our first stop was at church for worship.
Then the 12 of us went to a favorite restaurant and enjoyed a great lunch.
The kids also had time to play at Granny's house for a while too.
After we left Granny's, we went back to visit Nana again for a while.
And just like that-it was time to head back home. It was a quick, but special visit.
Jeff & I are thankful that God blessed us with such wonderful Moms!
He did manage to catch the special "1000 ticket" in his crown
A favorite memory for me-in the middle of the happy birthday song, visit/games with Chuck E., etc... JJ turned around to find me and just came over and gave me a big hug. No words-just a big hug. He immediately turned around to find Daddy and did the same thing. Then he went right back into the middle of the celebration. That was his special way of telling us "thank you" and that he was having so much fun.
We sure were thrilled to give him a special celebration!
Love this 4 year old!
After Chuck E Cheese, the celebration continued at home.
Both sets of JJ's grandparents were able to come for the day, as well as our BFF's the Linn's, who made the trip to spend the whole weekend with us.
Monster's Inc. was the continued theme.
My little guy sure did have a big day!
And he closed the day out with a slumber party in his room with three sweet little girls :)