Thursday, November 20, 2014

Soccer Season, Take One

 My sweet little Leesey decided she wanted to play soccer.  I told her that she would have to give up gymnastics or dance and she gave up gymnastics without a second look back.  Which totally surprised me because I thought she was LOVING her gymnastics class.  Kids just always keep ya guessing.  Part of their charm, haha.  SO, we signed her up for soccer at church and long story short, I ended up being the coach.  With Ross's "help." 

It was such a great season (once I got over the fact that they were three and couldn't quite follow along with all the drills I asked them to do) for Elise and her friends.  She ended up knowing several kids on her team and several on the other.  In fact, she never ever wanted to kick the ball away from the people she knew on the other team.  Super cute and frustrating, ha.  She has such a sweet little spirit.  Family even came over and supported her for several games!

Elise is incredibly fast and scored several goals throughout the season.  It is exhilarating watching your kid out there trying hard and running for the ball.  My competitive/ proud mom/ sports fanatic self was out in full force.  I am immensely proud of my girl for trying something new!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fair Time (x2)

Somehow we have started this tradition of going to the fair in our town and THEN going to the fair in Harrison with Mom and Dad.  I'm not sure why I've kept this spoiling up, other than it is so fun to go twice, hehe. We started out the fair festivities on a Thursday evening and the weather was perfectly overcast.  The girls were beyond pumped to get started.
 They rode a few rides together but then Amelia the daredevil couldn't wait to break off and spend a few of her tickets on some "big kid" rides with her Daddy.

 Elise was content to watch Amelia on the bigger rides, but did try this one with us.  She was NOT happy, lol.  I think she will be a low thrill seeker like me. 

The next weekend the fair was in Boone County, and we dusted off our boots for round two.  Of course, this fair is a little cooler to the girls because Gam and Gamp were there.  They make everything cooler.
 Thankfully Mom and I were exempt from the spinny rides!

 Elise looked so adorable in this little getup.  She always tucks her arms right in her armpits when she poses for a picture.
 This should be the poster for spoiling your grandkids at the fair.  The girls were elated to play like three games each and win all these prizes.  Haha, I wouldn't change a bit of it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Big Girls

Poor long-legged Amelia was at the very end of her toddler bed.  So, I finally bit the bullet and got some twin beds for the girls.  It took a ton of research to find a way to fit these in the world's smallest bedroom, but they fit and the girls LOVE them.  They both have been sleeping in them so well. 

When G came to help us out the first week of school, they couldn't wait to show her.

Elise started a more serious ballet class and is loving it.  (We switched studios, but that is another post for another time).

Sunday, October 5, 2014

First Week in the Books

 Amelia and Elise had wonderful first weeks and to celebrate everyone making it through with smiles in tact, we went to celebrate with go-karts, arcade games, and ice cream.  A simple night that had me grinning from ear to ear.  LOVE nights like this.

Amelia's First Day of Kindergarten

This day was nothing like I expected.  We all got up and were happy as larks.  Even thought it was WAY earlier than we had woken up all summer, we did it.  Amelia was THRILLED and surprisingly, I was too.  All of my previous sadness seemed to have dissipated and I was in full on crazy about school mode.

A huge part of me being so calm was that I got to walk Amelia into the school and watch her go into the gym.  My heart broke for all the parents that were having to just drop their kids off in the car line and trust me, my heart was leaping for joy ALL day at that privilege.  I volunteered making copies the whole morning until lunch and was so excited waiting for the lunch bell. 
It was so fun getting to see the kids come into the lunchroom for the first time and get their trays.  Obviously, I was the most excited to check in on one super sweet girl.
All of my sweet family and friends were calling and texting throughout the day and it made the entire event that much more special.   The final bell rang and I could have just squeezed Mil Bug into pieces.  I was so tickled to get my arms around her and get her home.  Successful first day of K!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Open House for Kindergarten

 Amelia was SO ready for her Open House.  I am the co-Building Coordinator for the school (I help head up the parent volunteers) and so I had to sit at our sign in table the rest of the night.  Mom and Dad came up to take the girls home afterwards and so they got to go on the tour of the school with us!  Poor Rossco missed out.
 Amelia was not nearly as shy as normal.  She answered her teacher when she asked her a question and really seemed happy and excited.  This made my heart feel so much joy.  It has taken me a while to accept that Amelia is not me.  I know that is silly, but it is true.  She acts so much like me at times that I forget she has a totally different personality.  Amelia is timid in groups and quite shy at first when she meets people.  That is hard for me to fathom and I used to be bad about calling attention to it or making her feel silly for being HER.  I'm no where near perfect, but working on this. 

 She was so pumped to find her class table in the lunchroom.  Isn't she just the cutest?

This was a fabulous night to get me prepared for K the next week.  When I saw how ready she was and how the excitement was building, I couldn't help but get so excited too.  Yahooo for school!