Monday, August 25, 2014

Love notes.

Today while Tucker & I were waiting on Lana's bus to arrive,
I wrote the note on the left in chalk on the sidewalk.

I told Tucker it was a code and to see if he could figure it out.
"It says I love Tucker, Lana, and Daddy!"
he declared, with a big grin on his face.

He took the chalk from me and wrote his own note on the right.
I die.

(P.S.  Dan, he loves you, too - the bus just pulled up and you know sister takes priority over writing anyday.)

Swim lessons!

It's a miracle!

This is the boy who swore to us just a week ago:
"I will go to swim lessons but I will NOT put my face in the water!"

Ms. Alex at 9 Mile Swim School is giving him private lessons 2x a week, and we are seeing so much progress!  He's no where near being a swimmer yet, but he is slowly, with her patient encouragement, overcoming his fears.  We are so proud!

Monday, August 18, 2014

First Day of School 2014

 First Day of the 2014-2015 school year!

Here's my first day picture with my awesome 1st grade team:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Meet Mrs. Celis!

We met Lana's 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Celis!

Mrs. Celis' Smart Cookies

and this is the treat she gave Lana!  
(She also gave one for Tucker, which was so thoughtful!)

Do you ever meet someone and just smile because of their spirit.
That's how I felt when I met Mrs. Celis.
She is new to our school, and not the teacher I planned for Lana to have....
but so very clearly the one the Lord intended for her!
She has the sweetest, most genuine spirit about her;
she is warm and compassionate - 
exactly what I want for my children.

Let me show you what I mean.
After meeting Mrs. Celis & taking her a gift,
we left her portable headed to the car.  
I realized Tucker had forgotten his water cup in the classroom,
so he & I zipped back in to get it.
When we came out of the classroom, this is what I saw:
They stood there for several minutes this way, and talked.
If you know Lana and how shy she is when meeting new people,
you know this is something rare and precious.

She made my girl bubble.

I am so thankful that the Lord knows exactly what He's doing, all the time.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: fireworks

Meet Ms. Lisa & Ms. Lottie at VPK!

On Monday morning, Tucker starts VPK (Voluntary Pre Kindergarten).
He will go 5 days a week from 8:30-11:30 - I can't believe it!

Tonight we went to Orientation!

We met his teachers, who are so precious I could just squeeze them!
He also got to see some friends from his preschool - at least 4 that he already knows!  There are 20 students in their classroom, and it is indeed a classroom: looks quite like a kindergarten class to me.  I know he will have a wonderful year, but it makes me sad he's growing up!

Then, during the parent meeting, he climbed in my lap and did this;
Always mommy's baby.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tucker can read!

Tucker read his first book!!!!!

Click HERE to listen to a page or two.

Ya'll, teaching my babies to read may very well be the highlight of motherhood so far for me.  It was magical for me when Lana learned, and it is just as amazing with Tucker.

We've been working on phonemic awareness for months now, and last week when we were in my classroom, I handed him this easy reader to see what he would do.  It was just the right timing, and he started reading it.  

Man, I love being a mommy!