Thursday, August 25, 2011

Just for me.

Today's posting is just one of those moments that was so sweet, I never want to forget it. It was one of those "had to be there things" so for those blog readers out there, this may not be very entertaining. But for me, I'll always have this post to remind of the moment.

Usually, Hope is in the jogging stroller as we wait on the school bus in the mornings. However today we had other plans so I was just caring her as we waited. We gave Emma her hugs and kisses as the bus looped the addition. As the bus pulled around the curve towards our house, Hope began kicking her legs and waving her arms with excitement. (For anyone who has been around her, this is her common, and rapid, run-in-place-as-mom-holds-me move.) She was hollering at that bus and waving like a crazy lady!

Then.....Emma got on the bus.

The look on Hope's face was priceless. She immediately got quiet and her legs froze. Her waving hands melted....and I really mean melted. It was like they waved only one more slow motion wave as they fell to her side. Her face...oh, her face. So sad. No tears, no crying, but it sure looked like someone had just taken away the love of her life.
...oh wait, they did. Her big sister.

The bus pulled away and Hope's arms flew around my neck and I could feel her fingers digging into my skin. Silent. (Which is very uncommon for her.)
How sweet. Beautifully sweet. The bond she shares with her sister is priceless. I just love my girls.

Monday, August 22, 2011

There's always a different perspective...

Can't argue that it was a little "sniff-sniff" to see Emma so grown up and getting on that big yellow school bus. But how lucky am I that life has brought a new perspective to it...

We have dusted off the jogging stroller, and I get to look at this adorable blessing in the mornings now. We load up and pull out right behind the school bus. Guess sending Emma off to school didn't turn out to be so bad after all....that is from this view. ;)

Friday, August 19, 2011

"No Emma, you can't go on Saturday and Sunday."

Well, Kindergarten was a hit. So much that Emma thinks she can go on the weekends (I'll probably need to remind her of that sometime her Senior year, aye?)

A few "Kodak moments" from the first day...
Can not believe that a year ago she was a whole brick and a half shorter. Wow.

The dynamic duo. (Don't even remind me how small Hope was in this picture a year ago!)
Just look at that grin...proud as punch. And this crazy mom could not be more thankful she was so eager to go. Her excitement helped in calming my worries. It was all I could do to not grab her hand and ask her if she was ok. For me, the worst part of parenting is when I can see or sense my girls are scared, nervous or fearful. So praise Jesus, my little bashful lady was willing to take on the world that day. And take it on she did...
First day triumph!
Great job Emma Lillie. I will never forget your first day of Kindergarten. I will never forget your "kid-in-a-candy-store-excitement." But above all, I will never forget when you saw that bus round the corner towards our house, your beautiful blue eyes looked up at me as you said, "mom, will you walk with me?" I felt your sweet little hand grab mine.

Best. feeling. ever.

You sure can make a momma glow.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


So here I sit...the night before the first day of school. Real school. Really real school...get on the bus, go five days a week, school school.

A good friend's mother told me when Hope was small a really good bit of advice. She told me, "You know, everyone always makes a big deal about all the 'firsts', like the first word, first tooth, first steps, etc. But many of the best moments are the 'lasts'. Remember and cherish the last...because once they walk they won't go back to crawling."

So true. And that was what today was all about. Emma, her dad, her sister and I spent the afternoon laughing, playing, resting, taking it slow. Emma just thought it was a typical Sunday. Not me...I took every second in. EVERY second.

When bedtime rolled around and the school clothes were laid out, it was really beginning to set in. This was a last. A good last.
Goodnight...see you tomorrow, my Kindergartner. xo

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

For real.

Well gang, it's for real. This isn't just a preschool gig's the real deal. Yesterday evening was the official kick-off to the school year - the annual "Union Elementary Ice Cream Social!" And for this Kindergartner, it was the coolest evening ever.

Mrs. Townsend, meet Emma, Emma, meet Mrs. Townsend. Those two seconds are huge for the parent (or so I'd like to think). I mean really, this is the lady that is going to be in charge of my most precious possession every morning for the next nine months! Withing those two seconds, a first impression would be formed that might just make it or break it.
Soooooooo...... da da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaa........
We loved her! SHEW! ;) So far so good, other than that big nasty Purdue flag hanging near her desk....maybe a little cream and crimson can be introduced later.

We continued to find the desk labeled with Emma. This year she gets to be just Emma! All kinds of new stuff on the desk and in the supplies stacking up...books, calendars, charts, decorations...all the goodies a perfect classroom would have. Emma was grinning ear to ear. Proud as proud could be. (and her momma too.)

So there you have it. It's for real. The big yellow bus will be coming by Wolverine Way bright and early Monday morning. Wow. wow. WOW. Somebody pinch me.

Monday, August 8, 2011

"Summer cousins, had me a blast"

If these pictures don't make you smile, then I must say "bah-humbug to you".

What. a. blast.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sugar and Spice

That's what little girls are made of.
I've had five, sweet years adding my sugar to this sweet face...

...her cousin's added the spice in about five minutes. ugh, BOYS.