First Day of School

Today was Jack’s first day of Kindergarten.  He has been counting down the days since Pre-school finished in late May. 

J was able to go in to work late this morning and made blueberry pancakes for breakfast.  Yum!

A true testament to the level of excitement is that he had his clothes laid out and backpack ready to go yesterday at 9:00 am.  Thankfully, he also had his first soccer practice yesterday so that helped make the day go a bit faster.

While Jack was mainly excited.  He was a little nervous, too.  Last night after I rocked him before bed (at his request), he told me “I think I might be a little shy tomorrow.”

He slept well. 

I did not.  I kept waking up to check the time and dreamt that we were late. 

We were not late.  In fact, 30 minutes before it was time to go we were ready and trying to fill the time.  Thankfully, Aunt Susan called to wish Jack a great 1st day and that helped the time go a bit faster.

And so, we walked to school together. 

And when Mrs. W opened the classroom door, Jack ran to her and gave her a  hug.  We said our goodbyes and he ran in to start his day. 

On our walk home Morgan said, “I miss Jack.” 

A few minutes later as I was getting the kids a snack Connor asked, “Where’s Jack?”

When we got home I checked the “everyday folder” and found my first note from the teacher. 

So far, we’re off to a great start!

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First Day of School

Today was Jack's first day of Kindergarten.  He has been counting down the days since Pre-school finished in late May. 

J was able to go in to work late this morning and made blueberry pancakes for breakfast.  Yum!

A true testament to the level of excitement is that he had his clothes laid out and backpack ready to go yesterday at 9:00 am.  Thankfully, he also had his first soccer practice yesterday so that helped make the day go a bit faster.

While Jack was mainly excited.  He was a little nervous, too.  Last night after I rocked him before bed (at his request), he told me "I think I might be a little shy tomorrow."
He slept well. 
I did not.  I kept waking up to check the time and dreamt that we were late. 

We were not late.  In fact, 30 minutes before it was time to go we were ready and trying to fill the time.  Thankfully, Aunt Susan called to wish Jack a great 1st day and that helped the time go a bit faster.

And so, we walked to school together. 

And when Mrs. W opened the classroom door, Jack ran to her and gave her a  hug.  We said our goodbyes and he ran in to start his day. 
On our walk home Morgan said, "I miss Jack." 
A few minutes later as I was getting the kids a snack Connor asked, "Where's Jack?"

When we got home I checked the "everyday folder" and found my first note from the teacher. 
So far, we're off to a great start!

How our garden grows

There continues to be lots going on in our garden.

I’ve never seen corn with pink silks but we have it.

Tomatoes ripen daily and I’m sure we’ll soon have more than we know what to do with.

I have discovered another thing to love about Colorado.  There are TWO strawberry seasons!  I’m still hoping to get the family out to pick enough for jam.  We’ll see if that happens.  If not, we have a few of our own.

Our pumpkins are getting ready for their debut on our front porch.

Said pumpkins and their relatives; zucchini, acorn squash and summer squash are taking over our path.

In another few weeks we’ll get the fall veggies planted.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I can’t believe how much I enjoy gardening.

How our garden grows

There continues to be lots going on in our garden.

I've never seen corn with pink silks but we have it.

Tomatoes ripen daily and I'm sure we'll soon have more than we know what to do with.

I have discovered another thing to love about Colorado.  There are TWO strawberry seasons!  I'm still hoping to get the family out to pick enough for jam.  We'll see if that happens.  If not, we have a few of our own.

Our pumpkins are getting ready for their debut on our front porch.

Said pumpkins and their relatives; zucchini, acorn squash and summer squash are taking over our path.
In another few weeks we'll get the fall veggies planted.
I've said it before and I'll say it again.  I can't believe how much I enjoy gardening.

Sunflowers

Yesterday, I picked up some sunflowers to brighten the house a bit.  I put some in the living room and this one on the window sill in the kitchen in hopes of lifting my spirits while the kids and I fought a summer cold.

It worked.  At least a bit.

But something strange happened also.  I kept getting the urge to draw it.  Now, I’m not a drawer.  I don’t even like drawing things for the kids because I never thought I was very good.

But that urge persisted.  And I thought about an interview I heard on NPR with Mo Willems (you can find it here).  So, I decided to go for it.  I didn’t spend a ton of time on it but I took the time and drew.

And I ended up with this:

(Excuse the scan, I wasn’t sure of the best way to get it on here. )

But I ended up with something else that made me even happier.

You see, while I was drawing, Morgan came up stairs and asked what I was doing.  She wanted to draw the sunflower too.  So she did.  Then Jack saw what she was doing and he also wanted to join in.

I think Mo Willems was onto something.

Sunflowers


Yesterday, I picked up some sunflowers to brighten the house a bit.  I put some in the living room and this one on the window sill in the kitchen in hopes of lifting my spirits while the kids and I fought a summer cold.
It worked.  At least a bit.
But something strange happened also.  I kept getting the urge to draw it.  Now, I'm not a drawer.  I don't even like drawing things for the kids because I never thought I was very good.
But that urge persisted.  And I thought about an interview I heard on NPR with Mo Willems (you can find it here).  So, I decided to go for it.  I didn't spend a ton of time on it but I took the time and drew.
And I ended up with this:

(Excuse the scan, I wasn't sure of the best way to get it on here. )
But I ended up with something else that made me even happier.

You see, while I was drawing, Morgan came up stairs and asked what I was doing.  She wanted to draw the sunflower too.  So she did.  Then Jack saw what she was doing and he also wanted to join in.
I think Mo Willems was onto something.