Friday, September 16, 2011

When I Grow Up....

This was the conversation E and I had in the car one morning this week while I was driving her to school.

E: Mommy, when I grow up I want to be a doctor, a fireman and a cowgirl. Do you want to be a cowgirl?
Me: I would love to be a cowgirl.
E: OK, we need to get hats and ponies.

This conversation actually made me a little sad. My baby girl is growing up. This is the first time she has ever used the phrase, "When I grow up..." It caught me a little off guard. This conversation also made me smile just a bit because she wanted me to be a cowgirl with her. I guess Daniel and I need to start saving for a horse!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Meet the Teacher / First Day of School

I am quite delinquent in posting on this blog. There are a number of things that happened over the summer that will never make it on here but I need to live in the now so this will be my last "past" post.

E started pre-school last week. She is a Green Cheetah this year and will frequently say she is a "mean, green cheetah!" Funny thing is there is not a mean bone in this little girl. Although E can be a little overly aggressive she is very compassionate and quick to apologize when she has hurt someone.

The week before school started we attended Meet the Teacher night. We were happy to find that one of E's teacher's from My Morning Out had moved up and is an assistant teacher in her new Pre-K classroom. Several of E's friends from last year are in her new class as well. We have been blessed with a wonderful school and caring and compassionate teachers.
Ms. Toni
Ms. Carolyn, E's teacher from last year
First Day of Pre-K 3

I was looking back at last year's first day of school pictures and our girl has grown so much. I cannot wait to take a picture on our last day of Pre-K 3 and see how much she has changed. Before we know it our precious little one will be headed to Kindergarten. Somebody please slow down the time!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

School At Home

I have no desire to homeschool Eleanor. I do not think she needs to know how to read before entering Kindergarten and I am not worried about whether or not she can correctly identify a parallelogram before her fourth birthday. Eleanor on the other hand is very interested in learning and frequently asks me to be her teacher. So....we have recently started having "school" a few mornings a week. We work on a letter of the alphabet and then play a game or work on a craft. Eleanor received a "Big Box of Fun" from some dear friends for her birthday. It is literally a big bin full of all sorts of fun school/craft/learning activities. This box has made "school" so much more exciting. A couple of weeks ago we were reviewing the letter B and here are a few of the activities we did.
B is for beads, bugs and butterflies

sorting beads by color
bug patterns
Handprint butterfly

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Just a Few Pictures

Good morning, birthday girl!
Nana and Eleanor
Eleanor with GiGi and Pops
My precious family

Thursday, September 01, 2011

One Spectacular Summer

Summer is quickly coming to an end as evidenced by the cooler temps and E's first day of school rapidly approaching. I am sad to see summer go but am anticipating great things this fall.
Our summer was chock full of playdates, trips to the library, trips to the zoo, swimming, splashing, bike riding, outdoor play, family outings and ice cream cones.

Little E is now 3. My sweet baby is becoming a beautiful, independent, strong-willed little girl who never ceases to amaze me. Just this morning after being up in the middle of the night with a high fever and some tummy troubles, she awoke with a smile on her face and said,"Mommy the sun is awake. Time to wake up. I feel so much better!" Her vocabulary is like that of a 5 year old and her reasoning/negotiating skills are not far behind. She will make a great lawyer one day! HA! I know that God will use this little girl in mighty ways and she will go far in life because of her spit-fire spirit and never-failing persistence. E has grown leaps and bounds this summer not just physically but emotionally as well and I cannot wait to see how she continues to grow and develop in the coming months.
E insisted on holding the sign this way. She kept saying it was upside down when it was the correct way. I finally figured out she thought the "3" was an "E"