Tuesday, August 19, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Kindergarten

'Twas the night before kindergarten and all through the town, not a creature was stirring except this momma in her gown.  (Okay, who am i kidding- not a creature was stirring but a mom in her husband's shirt and scrubs)
Amelia's backpack with GLITTER is hung with care,
and all I can do is sit here and stare.

My little blonde bundle is nestled all snug in her bed
while visions of crayons and recess dance in her head.
Ross thinks I’m crazy and asks if I should sleep,
but I just prefer to sit here and weep.
When in the back of my mind there arose such a clatter-
I tried to stop it, but it just didn’t matter.
Away to the delivery room my mind flew in a flash;
first word, first steps, first birthday- the memories all dash.

I ran to her room, the moon shining just right
and a lump caught my throat at the beautiful sight.
What to my wondering eye should appear?
A beautiful five year old anticipating an amazing school year.
She slept with almost a smile on her face.
Not tossing and turning- no halls did she pace.
I knew in that moment that I must follow her lead,
so I mustered my courage and called out things I don’t need.

Now doubt! Now tears!
Now fear! Now distrust!
On sadness! On regret!
Get out now, you must.

To the top of the porch!
to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away!
Dash away all!

I pulled up her covers, right to her chin,
and lightly kissed her forehead, pausing with a grin.
She’s always teaching me things, this precious one.
“Mom, it’s fine; I’ll tell you all about my day when it’s done.”

And then in a twinkling, I hear my phone
and I feel so relieved to not be alone.
Mama friends are saying they feel the same way and
my mom and sister have been sending encouragement all day.

Friends are calling and texting at rapid fire
and I think to myself this is not all that dire.
I’m surrounded by love and my girl is too.
She’s ready and for her- this I have to do.

Her eyes how they twinkle!  Her outfit laid out just so!
She can’t wait to get dressed up and have somewhere to go!
“New friends, Mom.  And recess and even music time!
A chart for losing teeth- I can’t wait to lose mine!
A big rug for stories and I get a colored square!
It will be so fun coming every day and sitting there.
And do you remember those bulletin boards?
I know I can read a few of those words!”
She was giddy as she could be
and it was plain for me to see.
Peaceful feelings in my heart and head
soon gave me to know that I had nothing to dread.
Then my husband came in the room and was done with his work.
He handed me some ice cream, which I grabbed with a jerk.
Since I was done crying and had straightened up,
he even threw in a dr pepper in my favorite cup

All of my nerves are not gone, and some will still rare their head,
but I’ll keep praying for my Buzzy as I lay down in bed.
And as I watch that sweet baby as she walks out of sight,
I'll yell "Happy Kindergarten my dear, I love you with all of my might."

Friday, August 8, 2014

Camping Time

The girls have camped once in G and Pa's camper and they have talked about it since that weekend in November.  And we finally went again and they were THRILLED.  I am not a big camper, but they do have a really nice space to camp and it is fun to all be together.  We stayed in a different campground this time- in Branson- and there were great walking and scooter trails. 

After breakfast, Amelia and I took a scooter ride.  She is getting so good on her scooter and it is fun to do longer rides with her.  They had a blast playing on the playground and then changed into our swimsuits for a swim before lunch.

After naps we went to White Water for a fun time riding rides.  The girls love White Water so much.  We have been four times this summer and to SDC none.  They always pick WW- probably due to the heat. 

After we returned to the campsite, Barbara cooked us a yummy supper and we had cake for Jessalyn's birthday and some yummy smores.  The girls had a wonderful time.

Before we loaded up the next morning, Paul Ray let us take a ride on his golf cart and that was practically the highlight of the girls trip, haha.  We played mini golf and headed home.  A fun trip with family. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Branson. Our fave.

Honestly can't go wrong in Branson.  The National Starpower Dance competition was in Branson and Amelia really wanted to watch the dancers from our studio compete.  Her ultimate of ultimate goals is to get on that competition team.  It was a fun experience to see them dance for the judges and yell and cheer.  We had a blast all three mornings.  Elise had less of a blast, but Amelia and I could have stayed for hours and hours. After the first morning of competition, we went to White Water for Aunt Jen's birthday and in the HOT month of July, we had a very COLD day at White Water.  It was 74 and cloudy, but we made the most of it and had a fun day together.

Mom and Dad spent the night with the girls and I in our hotel (Ross was working the entire weekend) and that was so much fun!  The next day we watched some dance and went to the Landing and walked around and shopped a little.  After naps we headed for the Fun Spot for games.  I don't know what it is about winning tickets that is exciting, but even for me, it is SO fun.  We had a magical night and then after a delicious dinner at Panera, Mom and Dad headed home.  So grateful for our time with them.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ingrid Cate's Camping Party!!!

 Ingrid turned four and had the MOST FUN backyard camping themed party.  Steph is seriously SO talented at planning parties.  It was perfect weather and the cousins had a blast running around; exactly what a party should be. Derek and Steph made perfect little tents to play in and Steph made a felt campfire set that was adorable and so fun.  There was sliding and swinging and hoola hooping.  When I look at this pictures I just get the warmest feeling.  So much love in that backyard.  Ingrid is the neatest little girl.  Thoughtful and contemplative and intelligent and sweet as pie. 

So thankful for parties in the backyard.  Summer sun.  Family time.  Cold drinks.  Rosy cheeks.  Excited squeals. So thankful.  Happy Fourth Ingy.