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.

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 Tucker today (4 years, 8 months)

Profile of a 4 year, 8 month old Tucker
  • Interests: superheroes, skateboarding, golfing and fishing with daddy, squirting his sister with the hose or water gun
  • Enjoys: snuggling on the couch, being read to, playing with any kind of ball, going to the park, wearing sleeveless shirts: aka "muscle shirts"
  • Turn Offs: water in his face or eyes, bees, sandwiches, being forced to do something or try something before he is ready
  • Vices: sometimes look for ways to avoid work, wants things to go his way all the time, particularly with his sister
  • Strengths: very friendly, easy to get along with, is a protector, has a great memory

Favorites of my four year old
  • Foods: roasted broccoli and cauliflower, apples, boiled eggs, and anything sweet
  • Shows: Wild Kratts, DinoSquad, anything superhero, Phineas and Ferb (thanks, big sis)  
  • Books: he hasn't attached to a particular book, but loves to go get 12-15 library books and asks us to read them to him over and over
  • Toys: weapons of any kind, tops, "fast cars," and balls
  • Activities: t-ball, anything he can do with daddy, going on dates with us

How 4 year old Tucker is like his... 
mommy - he is a homebody and after a while out and about, even though he really enjoys it, he's ready to go back home.
daddy - he is highly friendly and social, and will do nearly anything to make you smile.  ALSO: he loves to throw his leg over mommy's to sleep - which is exactly what his father does.

Treasuring details of my four year old:
  •  His favorite number is "one hundred and fifty two."  He often tells us "I love you one hundred and fifty two!"  If something is REALLY a lot, he says "two hundred and fifty two;" as in, "I'm two hundred and fifty two strong, mommy!"
  • One Easter Sunday morning, Tucker's Sunday School teacher said he "read" the story to the class.  She took out their picture book bible, turned to the page, and he said "Oh!  I know that story!  Can I read it to my friends?" and proceeded to "read" the story aloud as he turned the pages.
  • I took the kids to see an Pensacola Opera showing of Little Red Riding Hood, held at our public library.  It was really very wonderful.  The singers were wonderfully theatric, and every child in the room was mesmerized.  When the Big Bad Wolf came out, he was singing about eating up grandma and Little Red Riding Hood.  During a huge, dramatic pause, Tucker shouts at him, "I'm gonna punch your FACE OFF!"  At first, I was so embarrassed, but when I was telling Dan about it, he reminded me: this is what we WANT our son to be - a defender!  It is a good and right instinct in him that he would want to challenge the bad guy.  So right!
  • One of Tucker's weaknesses is that he's a bit lazy, to be honest.  He just likes to hang out and enjoy life and have fun, and he's cool with it if everyone else is working.  Ha!  We can all be out in the yard pulling weeds out of the flower beds, and he'll work alongside up for a minute or two, but before you know it, he's jumping the paver stones, making up stories about fighting bad guys.  So we talk to him alot about how Davis' work hard, and we work together to get the job done, etc.  One afternoon a few weeks ago, I was trying to get out the door to take the kids to the beach. Lana and I were flying around packing things up, and he was just hanging out, flying paper airplanes.  In exasperation, I said, "TUCKER!  Why aren't you doing anything?!  Lana and I are working hard and you are just standing around!"  His equally exasperated response: "I don't know what to do!"  Well, fair enough.  He is 4.  So I told him that if he could see everyone working, and couldn't figure out how to join in the work, then his job is to ask "How can I help?"  He's been doing a great job with that, asking it as we were packing up at the beach, getting ready for tball practice Monday night, and getting ready for school Tuesday morning.