Saturday, May 31, 2014

Celebrating the end of Second Grade!

What a wonderful year our Lana has had in second grade!
She's made straight A's all year long.
We've seen a significant improvement in her writing.
She's gained confidence in many areas, academic and otherwise.
She's had opportunities to self-advocate,
approaching her teacher for help to deal with difficult situations.
She's spent another year under a warm, nurturing teacher,
who she genuinely adores.
She's been exposed to things I had hoped to shield her from,
and we've processed it together.
She's blossoming into this amazing little person,
with a personality all her own,
and we could not be more thankful to be her parents.

Such a wonderful year deserves to be celebrated,
so we set aside a "Lana Day," filling it with all her favorite places and things.

First stop: the candy machines inside the mall!

They love these huge gumballs.  4 quarters = big smiles.

We didn't tell her where we were going at all; she squealed when we brought her to the second stop - her very favorite store: Claire's.  
It really is a little girl's wonderland, and lucky for her, there was a sale going on:

After earrings, we had lunch at the food court in the mall,
which is a very rare and fun treat:

After lunch, we made a stop at the only store she may love more than Claire's:

Last stop: free donuts for good grades!

She declared it the best day ever, and asked if we could please have Lana day at the end of every school year.  She is such a joy! 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Just a typical Sunday morning.

What?  Doesn't every mom have a machine gun on their counter as they do their makeup?
I love having a boy.

Friday, May 23, 2014

She's a bit like her mommy, after all!

My Lana is so much like her daddy in her personality.....which is to say, not very type A at all.  They are endearingly messy, creating little piles everyone and leaving things lying around for days.  She's notorious for hiding piles of junk under her bed or cramming it in purses and bags.

However, every once in a while, I see a glimpse of myself in my child.

We found her in the library (a spare bedroom where we keep our bookshelves) one afternoon like this:
she said she was organizing her series so that they were shelved together, and separating them by fiction, realistic fiction, and nonfiction.  

Another day I mentioned that I needed to reorganize my oils, 
and then later I found her alphabetizing them.
  Speaking my love language, child.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tucker's Preschool Graduation

This morning Team Davis celebrated Tucker's graduation from preschool!
Click here to watch them walk in to pomp & circumstance.
You can see the big deep breaths he's taking and how serious he is!
This is Mrs. Amy, the director of our Mother's Day Out program.
She is so, so precious- loves Jesus and is so good to people.

She led us in a prayer
 and then they sang Jesus Loves Me and 10 Little Speckled Frogs.

Tucker had a sweet solo -
his very favorite song, Amazing Grace.
precious baby.

They did a cute oral reading of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Then our beloved Mrs. Kathy called them each up to receive their diploma,
and let them tell what they wanted to be when they grew up.
Tucker said he would be "a Blue Angels driver."

He was second to be called up, so he had to wait a bit for his friends to have their turn:

These are blurry but they make me laugh so much.
He spotted me taking pictures and did this:
 This is how he acts when he's "dead."  Ha!

What a rascal!  He was so mad I kept taking pictures of his nonsense.

Team Davis was so proud of our littlest teammate!

This is our beloved Mrs. Kathy. 
I've taught with preschool teachers.
I've been a preschool teacher.
And I'm here to tell you that this lady is the best of the best.
She gave my Tucker the very perfect k4 year.

Afterwards there was a reception where Tucker devoured cupcakes

and Lana lost a tooth!

Mrs. Kathy gave us these enormous binders full of Tucker's work,
and special memories.  There were so many treasures in these books, but this is my favorite:

Today was a precious, wonderful day!

I am so thankful that he has one more year before starting kindergarten.
Next year he'll be in VPK (voluntary pre-kindergarten) from 8:30-11:30 each morning.  It'll be a great transition from 3 day a week Mother's Day Out to 5 full days of school.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Life with Lana today (7 years, 9 months)

Profile of a 7 year, 9 month old Lana
  • Interests: reading books, riding horses, writing stories, climbing anything, biographies
  • Enjoys: playing board games, making bracelets with Mommy, snuggling with Pepper, wearing long skirts
  • Turn Offs: being interrupted while she's reading, Tucker pestering her, having to go to bed while it's light outside
  • Vices: kind of messy, doesn't like for us to know when she's done something wrong
  • Strengths: writing and reading (I would guess comprehending around a 6th or 7th grade level); highly compassionate and really gets what other people are feeling; very hard worker - will help us in the yard or cleaning the house without ever stopping for a break

Favorites of my seven year old
  • Foods: apples, cashews, shrimp, steamed cabbage, Fruit Loops
  • Shows/Movie: Dolphin Tale, Free Willy, Frozen, musicals
  • Books: Nancy Drew in particular, but she loves all series.
  • Toys: Rainbow Loom, thread bracelets, board games, Nerf crossbow
  • Activities: piano lessons with Ms. Driver, horseback riding lessons with Mrs. Karen

How 4 year old Lana is like her... 
mommy - can tune everything out when she's reading 
daddy - always looking for adventure, will take any dare

Treasuring details of my nearly-eight year old:
  • Sunday morning, Dan asked me to get our tithe envelope.  Lana was walking by and overheard; then she ran off saying "Oh!  I want to go get my tithe!"  She ran and counted her money, and then asked us how much she was supposed to tithe on $15.
  • She recently told me that her teacher moved their desks around at school, and she really does not like where she is sitting now because it's between 2 boys and all they do is argue about who is faster and who plays football better.
  • I have been her Crew Leader at VBS for the last 2 years, and we've loved it.  This year, she said "I might like to try being in another mommy's group, if that's ok with you, Mom."  Knife to the heart.
  • When she gets home from school in the afternoons, Tucker is dying for her attention.  He literally waits all day for her to walk in the door.  However, she has been with people all day long, and is usually ready for some downtime after homework.  Sometimes she will go hide in my closet with a stack of books.
  • Lana loves essential oils as much as I do these days.  She sticks her bottle of allergy trio (lemon, lavender, and peppermint combo) in her bag no matter where we go, even to the beach.
  • Lana doesn't miss a thing that we are talking about.  As she & Tucker were playing in the yard one afternoon, we parents were discussing our upcoming Disney trip and making sure we were budgeting well for that.  I mentioned that the car repairs had set our plan back a bit....later that evening, when I opened up my laptop, I found all of her cash ($13) with this sticky note attached: