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It’s over

Kindergarten is over.

I will admit I am still in shock.

I don’t know where this year went.

I look back at the work MB did this year and the pictures of her throughout the year and I can see how much she has grown. How her pretty princess pictures have gotten more detailed. How much clearer her writing is. How much taller she is. The last of the baby face is melting away. The vocabulary amazes me on a daily basis- as an only child she talks just like TB and I. Nothing funnier than hearing her say- that is inappropriate, we have been delayed, the decision is too stressful, we must compromise, and a million other that I just can’t seem to think of right now.

She has graduated Kindergarten. Now she is a 1st grader.

I am ready, but I am not ready.

I want her to grow up, but I want her to stay small.

But we can’t stop time. She is growing up.

She had a wonderful last day. I sent her off with her Kindergarten Graduate shirt and shortly got a text from a friend asking on MB’s behalf if she could have her friends sign it.

Sign away, baby, sign away.

So she came home with 12 little signatures across her shirt and one even from her teacher.

I was happy, I was a little sad.

Then we headed off to the dentist.

I signed her in.

We sat down to play a video game.

The hygienist came out and called her name. Then sat down and told me what they were going to be doing today. Then she took MB back into the office.

Wait. What????

I am going to sit in the waiting room. When did this start?

I was too stunned to speak and afterwards I found out MB was too surprised too so she just went along and then it was too late to ask for her mom.

So I waited in the waiting room for 20min till they called me in to give me the report (all good!) and directed me to the check-out lady.

MB was getting her prizes and showing me the loot. Completely fine that she had just had her first doctor’s appointment without mommy. Other than the initial shock it didn’t faze her.

I wasn’t so lucky….it hit me hard. It’s over.

While she will always be my baby she isn’t my baby anymore.

Welcome to First Grade.

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From my kitchen

My mother’s day gift from school came home a little late. I was happy to see that I wasn’t the only one that sometimes struggled to get things all done in time.

MB was so excited to show me the Kindergarten Cookbook.

An incredibly cute idea.

Each student had their picture taken in a chef hat with cooking utensils.

Then each student was interviewed on what they would make for their mom’s, how they would make it, how many servings (who was in their family) it would make, and what they would do special for Mother’s day.

Each page brought on a new giggle. It was word for word what they said so in some of the recipes they asked if they could go to the bathroom, complained about a sibling, and other random musings.

Here is what MB made.

 

Centerstage

Ok so I am playing some major catch-up. We had so many fun memories over the past few weeks that I want to share…so sorry that I am talking about Mother’s day a week or 2 after it happened. I just haven’t found any time in front of the computer over the past few weeks. Let’s just say my inbox is out of control too. So these next few days of posts will be my recap.

So how far back to go…Friday before Mother’s Day.  When the fun craziness began.

MB had a mother’s day performance. I assumed all the Kinders were doing the same thing. I was wrong and I have to say Mr. Kinder was the best.

We went into the classroom- tablecloths and flowers on the tables.  All the little Kinders sitting at the front of the room ready to perform.

MB was front and center and stole the show.

The songs were so cute, some made you laugh some made you tear up. Then they did a classic piece where each of the kids took a turn being a conductor with their wooden sticks. Following by a Beatles piece that was just as cute. It ended with one more classical song and the kids doing a laser light show to the music. I was just amazed at what he had put together and the exposure to music the children had gotten.

But now back to MB.

She was just her usual self, but for all those other mom’s that don’t live with her they enjoyed her extra “spice”. In fact as I left the room one mom said how much they wish their daughter was like MB…she is so outgoing and not shy and quiet. I smiled and said “if only she had an off switch”

Here are some of her highlights.

Her little friend was not paying attention as it was his time to be the conductor. MB says pretty loudly “Wake up, KYLE”.

While taking pictures at the start MB tells me through sign language “one more”. I put the camera down knowing she is done with the photos, but I guess I misread the “one more”. She thing excitedly gives me signs to pick up the camera and she strikes her pose. This was when one mom said you really should get her into drama. Right…more drama that is what we need J

Throughout the performance she was constantly checking those around to make sure they were following the movements, giving her friends coaching on jumping – a little extra they had added in, and when the songs referenced mom she made sure I knew she was pointing at me.

Her teacher probably summed it up best. The next day when I stopped into the classroom he and I chatted for a while about the year and the class…his one word for MB was “she is a RIOT”

There is one thing for sure. She is no wall flower and enjoys being center stage.

Adios Amigos, Adios my friends

I have mentioned how much I love Mr. Kinder.

Well tonight at dinner we discovered that they have a morning and afternoon ritual they have been doing since the first day of school.

MB shared it with us….it was just too cute not to share with all of you!!!

Now I would love comments on how to embed video on WordPress too so I look cooler when I blog, but for now here it is 🙂

Adios Amigos, Adios my friends

Random Musings at Subway

MB is constantly cracking me up, astounding me with her memory, or just leaving me speechless. Here is a random musing from this week.

Standing in Subway line she beckons me to her level. Looking at a little black girl sitting in the booth she says. They had to drink from different water fountains and go to different schools- why did that do that? Yes I am debating on what sandwich to get and she is talking about segregation. Seriously??

At first I had to regroup and figure out what she was talking about. I really didn’t jump to segregation right away, who would??? But once I figured it out then I asked where did she hear that…whew…Mr. Kinder said that was how it was with Martin Luther King was born. Ok, school lesson from last week. Then she asked again – “why did people do that?”

I said that back then people weren’t as educated and didn’t understand that being different was a good thing and that made us each unique. They were scared of different.  This is all while I am giving my 6 inch tuna sandwich request.

MB’s response: “oh, so then we got teachers and now we learn in school so we know that different is ok”

For a 6 year old I was pretty happy with her summary…

Conversation over…..she moves to convincing me that she wants just pepperoni and bread, skip the turkey.

From random musings at subway to driving along in the car and reminding me that I need to make sure to go to the grocery store before Christmas day…cause all the restaurants are closed on Christmas day. Yes she is reminding me in Jan for the upcoming Dec!!!!

Teachers amaze me

Today was my center helper day.

1 hour in the classroom helping 12 Kindergarteners work on their math, art, and writing. 30 min with the first group, 30 min with the 2nd group. Being in 3 places at once. Responding to 12 eager little hands for help, instruction. Keeping the noise level in check.

I love that I can come help out in the classroom like this. It is fun to be able to share in the process. It was neat to get to see the kids share some of their 100 day projects and acts of kindness. Just watching them in their daily routine.

But I will be honest. It is also exhausting. I was fresh and jolted up with a cup of coffee, but after just an hour I was exhausted. I was happy to be heading back to the headaches of the corporate world. I was happy to be going back to sit in my front of my computer, answer emails, respond to instant messages, and have conference calls.

As I walked to the car, happy to have had the time in the classroom, happy to be leaving, and thinking how much I was looking forward to getting back to my day job it reminded me how special teachers are. That is their day job. They do that each and every day. The balance all 25 little eager faces. They keep the in check. They teach them all in the different styles and different levels required. They deal with the struggling students. They keep the behavioral problems in check. They deal with the chaos everyday. They do all that and many of them love it.

Mr. Kinder’s excitement over the 100 day projects. Going gaga over all the diamonds on the little girl’s castle. Telling stories about the meanings of quilts. Stopping to admire the artwork the student who so wanted to show his teacher. He manages it all with such ease. There are more like him out there….and they all amaze me.

25 little kinders who are learning to read. 25 little kinders that can tell you the difference between an author and an illustrator. 25 little kinders who love their teacher. That is no little task. I am thankful for those like Mr. Kinder….I will stick to my conference calls and laptops!!

And I can’t wait to see how TB handles the 100 day celebration tomorrow. 100 little kinders for an hour….he is in for a big surprise!!!!

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He can do it all…Too!

Well I have come to realize that while I sometimes might take on too much and some days are better than even…I can for the most part do it all. I can work full-time, take care of the house, be a mom….and just make it all happen. Now sometimes the balance is out of whack and some days are better than others…but for the most part all those balls stay in the air and everyone is happy.

TB showed us in the past 24 hours that he too can do it all.

The poor guy had a biz trip that was extended, never fun. Leaving him about 15 hours at home before having to take off again.

So how much could he cram into those 15 hours…it turns out quite a bit.

He went straight from the airport to swim lessons where he was greeted with the biggest hug and smile from MB (and me too :)). MB swam her little heart out but after each lap looked over to the window to get a thumbs up from TB. I was just background noise this week.

We wrapped up with dinner for MB at the snack shack and then headed home all ready for bed. We said our good-nights to MB and then TB whisked me out for a nice dinner out. Some great fish, a good bottle of wine, no cellphones, catch up chatter, and an awesome chocolate souffle that we didn’t have to fight MB over. I went home with a full belly and heart.

Unpack, repack, sleep.

The alarm goes off with all of us lovebugs snuggled together.

Happy morning.

TB manages an important call as I get MB ready for school. Then they two of them are off to the book fair and doughnuts with dad…while I help Mr. Kinder prepare for the Thanksgiving celebration. TB and I swap off MB…he heads off to grab our seats and I stay and help the kinders get dressed up as the cutest little pilgrims and Indians. Fast forward 20min I find my seat next to TB in the auditorium and we watch and wave at the littlest lovebug.

With only a minute to spare TB gets picked up at the school to head back off to the airport. Leaving us happy with our fix…but both ready for him to come home on Sunday.

As I sit here tonight I realize that while fortunately he doesn’t have to deal with that craziness too often, when he does he makes time for what is important and he can do it all, TOO!

Split Decision

It is spirit week at school this week.

Which means each day another outfit them.

Today was sports team.

Well this is a tough one for MB. She is surrounded by quite a few sports teams that she “loves”.

Of course since we live in AZ- all things AZ are a favorite. Diamondbacks, Cardinals…but those are loves by location.

The real deep rooted teams are the Florida Gators and the Indianapolis Colts. So what is a girl to do.

Leave it to MB to figure out how to have both.

She decided to go with a gators shirt and a Colts hat. Now they have a no hat policy at school unless they are outside, so we agreed she would put it away when she got to school or if the teacher asked her too.

Well I guess Mr. Kinder was in full support of her split decision.

I volunteered at the book fair and MB walked right in with her hat on..when I asked her she said Mr. Kinder hadn’t told her to take it off.

Fast forward 3 more hours she gets off the bus, beaming in her hat. She wore it all day. All day long. That is real dedication. I have never seen her wear a hat for more than an hour or so…so to last all day was pretty monumental.

Not sure if it was because she was able to “break the rules’ or if she really didn’t want to be lopsided with her team support for mommy and TB. Either way we will take it.

I still get such a kick out of how Jekyll and Hyde she is can be when it comes to style. One day it is fashion glasses and boas, and only dresses or skirts. The next days she can look like such a tomboy. But she always does have a little pizazz…check out the swing of the hip :)…and now as I look closer she snuck in a bracelet…maybe not so tomboy in this photo, but there are others 🙂

Green, Green, Everywhere

So this week we are studying the colors of the rainbow. We have had some fun activities wearing different colors, bringing in different items. I am loving Mr. Kinder.

Yet today we were seeing Green everywhere. It has become a joke at home that MB knows everybody. Since everywhere we go she always runs into someone she knows from school, gymnastics, ….. it is pretty standard to be at dinner and hear “hey, I know her/him…they go to X. Can I go say hi”

Well today was no exception. Yet it wasn’t even like we were just down the block in our neighborhood where everyone lives. And it was wear Green day to school.

First we go to the movie theater and sure enough there is another girl in dressed in Green going to the same movie we were. They visited awhile, but the other girl was with other friends so they parted ways and MB and I went to go find our seats.

Second in a random stop at Barnes and Noble. And not even the Barnes and Noble near our house or the other one I sometimes go to. As we walk to the kids section MB spots another kid from her class. She basically chases her down Green on Green as they were leaving…so she could say hi and bye.

So the legend lives on. Less than a year in Scottsdale and MB knows everyone, everywhere. LOL