September 29, 2010

Bangs

Like most little sisters, Ryan wants to be just like her big sister Hayley.  The most recent development involving this sibling admiration was hair.  Hayley's hair was recently chopped up to her chin and now Ryan wants a hair cut.  This is a problem.  Not for Ryan, but for me.  A pair of scissors has never had the chance to grace my baby girl's hair.  Hayley was well past three before she had her first trim.  Ryan is constantly receiving compliments on her hair.  It's long, naturally curls at the ends and is a beautiful dark blond.  It's too pretty to cut.  I can't let go.  Maybe it's hair envy.  I don't know.

It also doesn't help that Jonas encourages Ryan's hair desires.  Ryan likes to wear her hair down and she's always pushing it out of her face.  So, Jonas is always saying we should cut her hair.  Again, this is not okay with me.  I was content that the next child of mine getting their first haircut would be Jack and that's just because I want to put product in his hair.  I have dreams of my baby Jack having Patrick Dempsey hair.  

It been about a month since Hayley's hair was cut into the cute bob she is currently sporting and Ryan's been asking ever since.  I talked to Kelsie, (the best hair stylist ever) and she too, loves Ryan's locks.  I mentioned bangs and she thought they'd look cute.  I agreed, hoping it would subdue Ryan's need for a haircut.  I'm just not ready to trim those curls, because once they're cut; they'll be no more.  

So today, we ventured to Fresh Salon + Spa and saw Kelsie.  Ryan was ready, she climbed right into that chair and followed Kelsie's directions.  I snapped some pictures and soon, my baby girl was sporting her own new do.  Ryan now has bangs.  And they're super cute.  I love them.  Ryan likes her new bangs too and was very proud of her new hair cut.  Much to my dismay, she's now requesting her hair be cut up to her chin.  I blame Hayley.  

Before
Snip, snip...
And bangs!
My pretty girl with her bangs.

Wordless Wednesday


September 28, 2010

Two Front Teeth


In less than 24 hours Hayley has lost her two front teeth.  They've been loose for a while now and are finally gone.  After much convincing, wiggling, negotiating, tooth fairy reminders; Hayley finally pulled the first one out on Sunday night.  Yeah!  Monday morning she woke up to $2 and a pack of Trident gum.  She was very excited to show her teacher and friends at school her 'new' smile.  When she arrived home from school yesterday, her other front tooth was just hanging there.  She was working on freeing it, but was having problems pulling it out and got discouraged when it bled a little.  And I wasn't about to pull it out because that freaks me out  Soon, Aunt Dana arrived and told Hayley she would pull it out.  Hayley tilted her head back, Dana got a hold of it and: Poof!  It was out!  Hayley didn't even realize that Dana had gotten it out.  Soon the tooth was bagged and under her pillow waiting to be retrieved by the Tooth Fairy. 

This morning she woke up to $3 under her pillow.  She's now contemplating whether to spend her money or to save it for a much wanted DS game.  She's usually really great about saving her money, but this time it seems to be burning a whole is her pocket.  The funniest part about this whole thing is the way she is talking.  Her little toothless lisp is so freaking cute.  She exaggerates the lisp when I ask her to say certain things, but I really get a kick out of it when she's just talking about whatever is on her mind; forgetting about her temporary speech impediment.  I also wanted to share a photo, it's not the greatest because I took it with my Blackberry.  I would take a better one, but she's at school at the moment  More importantly, Hayley is so cute without her two front teeth.

September 27, 2010

My Favorite Things Winners!!!

Hello everyone!  I had 103 entries and many new followers!  Thank you so much for participating and making my first give away so much fun.  I had a lot of fun shopping for my favorite things to share with the two winners of my give away.  I can't wait to do this again, I already have a good idea for my next give away.  Well, I think it's a good one, we shall see what you all think.

Anyways, the Big Winner of My Favorite Things Give Away is: Monkey's Mama

And the Second Chance Drawing Winner is:  Rachel

The winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to claim their prize.  If I don't hear from either of them I will pick a new winner.  Thanks again everyone!  Check back again for my next give away.


September 26, 2010

Monday Minute

This is only the second time I've participated in Monday Minute, but it has a new host.  Head on over to Is There a Doctor in the House? and check it out!


(1) What’s the last restaurant you went to and what did you order?

My best friend from Colorado was in town and we wanted to take her to one of our favorite places in Seattle.  We went down to the waterfront and ate at Ivar's.  Emily and I split a salmon BLT; we also had Trophy Cupcakes for breakfast.  And of course, I had to have some chowder, yum...  It was wonderful. 

(2) What's your greatest phobia?

I don't know if I really have a phobia.  I used to be really freaked out about blood, but not so much anymore.  I'm afraid of bears.  I've had way to many run-ins with bears when I was younger.  Once there was one on my roof when I was home alone as a child.  Another time we were camping out in the front yard and there was one sniffing around.  And another time camping...  I could go on and on.  I really don't like to camp anymore because of it and can't relax.  Thinking about it makes me anxious.  So, yeah, I guess it's a phobia. 

(3) On a scale of 1 to 10, how hot are you?

I don't like this question, especially since I'm still working on losing baby weight.  I have a hard time liking myself sometimes.  Uh... I am going to say a 7.  I'm a pretty girl.  I just need to be more confident.  I'm working on it.  :)

(4) You just found out you (or your partner) are having a baby. What's your reaction?

I would be completely shocked since that's no longer possible.  I had my tubes tied after I had Jack.  It's also a little difficult for me to conceive, so yeah, shocked is a good answer.  My OB would be getting a call.  I saw an episode of I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant where that happened, freaked me out a bit.  Even though it would be completely shocking, it was also be a blessing and I'd be totally thrilled.

(5) You just won a free vacation to anywhere in the world. Where would you go?

Hmmm... I really want to go to Europe and travel around there.  I would love to see England, Ireland, France and Italy.  One day...

September 23, 2010

Five Question Friday

1. If you could speak with a different accent, what would it be (i.e Australian, Scottish)?
  
Irish, I love that accent.  It's hot.  I could listen to Gerard Butler or Johnathan Rhys Meyers all day long.  Plus, they're not bad to look at either. 

2. Can you fall asleep anywhere? (i.e floor, couch, deck)

No, not really.  I sleep better in my bed.  The couch is really the only other place I can sleep or nap.  I don't like to sleep on planes and it's always so uncomfortable to sleep in a car when traveling.  I wish I had that ability that my kids have to just nod off in a car seat (or anywhere else) with my head hanging down and my neck at horrible angles.  You always wonder how your toddler can sleep in their car seat that way.  It makes my neck hurt just picturing it. 

3. Do you use public restrooms? If so, do you sit on the toilet?

Yes and yes.  I always use those covers though.  I don't like to hover above the toilet seat, that's just weird to me.  If the bathroom is gross, I will just hold it and find a clean one.  I have kids, so when they need to go, we have to find the closest clean one available.  I can't tell my 3 year old to hold it until we get home, so it's kind of a given.

4. If you were stuck in an elevator for 24 hours, what celebrity would you most want to be stuck with?

Hmmm, this one is tough.  If I have to pick just one, I would go with Ewan McGregor.  And he would need to sing me all the songs from Moulin Rouge.

5. Where did you and your significant other go on your 1st date?

We met at a dance in high school.  I called him up a few days later and asked him to have coffee with me at the shop I worked at during that time.  I don't even remember what we talked about, but we went a saw a movie the next weekend.  Hard to believe that was over 11 years ago. 

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September 20, 2010

Mondays are Mean

I had a busy weekend, very busy.  It was non-stop.  Two birthday parties, a hair appointment, Ryan became sick, needed a babysitter last minute, baby boy to nurse, my sister and her boyfriend visiting, the mall, etc...  It was fun, but a bit much.  I still can't believe we crammed all of that into two days.  I was actually looking forward to Monday.  Mondays always get such a bad wrap, but I said: "bring it on!"  Hayley would be away at school and I could get some things done around the house.     

Ha!  Maybe it's not a good idea to look forward to a Monday.  Monday is mean.  I started to feel a little off Sunday night.  I figured that maybe it was from being so busy the last few days.  Sure enough, I woke up sick this morning.  I must have caught Ryan's virus.  I stayed in bed as long as a possibly could and then got myself out of bed and got the kids ready for the day.  After I took Hayley to school I had to run Jack over to the hospital for a blood draw to check his anemia.  It was pouring rain, not a big surprise here, I know.  

Parking was non existent, not a spot available.  I just parked along the side, where I was not in the way.  I loaded Ryan and Jack into the stroller and tried to get into the hospital as quickly as I could.  Still got soaked, but oh well.  Jack was checked in and we headed off to the lab.  As I handed the technician the paper work, I commented that we were back for another heel prick.  Much to my horror, she told me that babies his age had their blood drawn from their arms.  Seriously...he's a baby.  Prick his foot.  Don't stick a big needle in his little tiny arm.  That's how it's done...so lame.

Soon it was our turn.  Ryan stood next to me while I sat in the lab chair.  I had Jack propped on the arm rest while he leaned against me.  He already wasn't happy because he was hungry.  One nurse held his arm still while the other searched for a vein to poke.  I couldn't even watch.  I just held him tight and held onto his free hand.  He screamed and wailed.  I quickly glanced over and saw the little tube drawing out his blood into the vial.  My eyes filled with tears as my baby boy screamed and turned increasingly brighter shades of red.  The entire time, Ryan talked to Jack telling him it was okay and sternly reminding the lab techs to be gentle.  Finally, after what seemed like far too long, they were done and Jack got a Scooby-Doo bandage.  I held him close until he calmed down.  I had to be careful too, I didn't want him to catch my cold.  

I packed up the kids again, got soaked getting out to the car and drove home.  An hour or so later the phone rang, it was the hospital.  It was too soon for the results and normally our pediatrician calls with those.  I answered, curious.  Basically, there was a problem with one of the vials, they wouldn't be able to run the test and that I needed to bring my baby back again.  I didn't fly off the handle, but I wasn't happy.  I think this cold really has clouded my perception, because I was really calm about it.  That's not always normal for me, especially when it comes to my kids. 

Sadly, I have to take Jack back to the hospital tomorrow for another round.  I was really hoping today would be the last time they would have to check his blood for anemia.  Especially since today's whole process was harder on Jack and me.  Hopefully tomorrow we will be done and the results will show that Jack is no longer anemic.  Let's hope.  Hopefully I will be feeling better tomorrow.  Hopefully Jonas will bring me home some Chinese food for dinner, I always crave Chinese when I'm sick.  Hopefully my house will not fall apart while I'm sick.  Hopefully we will get the same lab technician tomorrow that was so quick with Jack today.  Hopefully Tuesday won't be so mean.  And I was so looking forward to Monday.          

   

Monday Minute

1 - Have you ever lied on one of your Monday Minute answers?

This is my first time participating in Monday Minute, so no.  And I don't plan on it either. 


2 - What is on your bedside table?


A lamp, a box of diaper wipes, a phone, my glasses, a picture from my wedding and other baby paraphernalia. 


3 -Would you rather lose your sight or hearing?


That's hard.  I would have to say hearing.  I have some pretty cute kids.  And a hubby too.


4 -Would you rather give up all forms of sexual contact for a year or give up your DVR for three months?


DVR, hands down.  Who's needs a DVR when there's the Internet people??

5 - Name one thing that you are proud that you've accomplished in life.


Being a wife and mother.  I've always wanted a family and I wanted it young.  Sounds silly, but I wanted to be done having my kids before I turned 30.  Jonas and I were married young and Hayley came a couples years later.  Granted it hasn't always been easy, but I am most proud of my family and the life we share.


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September 19, 2010

Only 1 Week Left to Enter my First Give Away

Just a reminder, there is only one week left to enter my first give away.  Free stuff people, how could you possibly pass that up???  The prize is a surprise, but I promise it will be totally worth it.  Plus, there's also a second chance drawing for a smaller prize.  Just click below for information and ways to enter.  You know you want to, so do it.  Please.  :)

My Favorite Things Give Away

Just remember, the give away ends Sunday, September 26th at 7:00pm PST.  The drawing will be held within 24 hours (at random.org) and the winner announced on my blog and notified by email. 

Thanks!  And good luck!

September 17, 2010

Preschool for Ryan

Where did those three years go?  They seemed to have passed so quickly.  I'm in utter disbelief knowing that my Ryan is in preschool.  I'm even more dismayed that she's taken to it so well.  Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled that she has had no problem with this transition, but I really did expect her to be a little more anxious about the whole thing. 

Ryan's first day of preschool was yesterday.  She was very excited about the whole ordeal.  We picked out an outfit, had some breakfast, took pictures and got her all ready to go to school.  We all went, as a family, to see her off.  When we arrived at her school she was eager to get to her class.  Once they were allowed in, she ran to grab a puzzle.  I reminded her to get her name for the wall and showed her where to hang her bag.  After all of that, she returned to her table to play with the puzzle.  I took a few more pictures and talked to her a little bit.  Jonas kissed her goodbye since he had to get going to take Hayley to school.

After he left, she still sat at her table and worked away on her puzzle.  Ignoring me.  Breaking my heart.  I told her I was going to get going and kissed her good bye.  She ignored me a little more.  She was content with her puzzle.  I again told her I was leaving and that I would be back a little later for her; she gave me a content, no fear, mommy I'm fine look and returned to her puzzle.  I guess it was my cue to go.  I bit back my tears and walked out the door.  I glanced back a few times to see if anything had changed, but no.  She was fine.  I had my moment back in my car.

Even with all her shyness and occasional clinginess, I was shocked at how she just seemed to ease right into preschool.  I didn't expect it at all.  Hayley was always to eager to be at school, learn new things and be with her friends.  Ryan is usually timid, analyzes situations and is cautious before fully taking part.  She was definitely shy around the other children, but wasn't fearful of the situation.  Maybe it's because she wants to be like her sister, who knows.  Even though I was sad she didn't need me more, I was really proud of her for being such a big girl. 

When I picked her up later that morning, she told me about the song on Hayley's iPod that they got to dance and sing too.  (Laurie Berkner's; We are the Dinosaurs)  She told me that she had colored, played outside and had a snack.  Her papers were all colored with yellow, her favorite color. She wanted to know where was her homework so she could do it with Hayley in the afternoon.  When I asked if she wanted to go back tomorrow, she told me yes.   Today she was just as eager to go back.  She greeted her teacher with a hug and let me kiss her good-bye.   

I'm hoping this year will help her over come some of her shyness.  I love seeing her with kids her own age, even though all her classmates tower over her.  I now see how small she is compared to other 3 year olds.  Ryan is a little bummed she has to wait until Thursday to go back to preschool, since Hayley gets to go to school five days a week.  And again, I was a bit saddened that it went so well, but that's just me being a little selfish at letting go.  I'm also proud and looking forward to seeing all the ways she will grow over this next year.  Here's to a great first year of preschool for Ryan!

Her new outfit.

Check out my tote!

All ready to go.

Hayley wanted to take a picture with Ryan.

Her name tags!

She hung up her hoodie and tote.

Jonas wishing her a good first day and telling her bye.

Working away on a puzzle.

 Ignoring me... 

Five Question Friday

1. What is the first nightmare you remember?


I can clearly remember a recurring nightmare that I had often as a child.  I would be lost in a corn field, kidnapped by someone.  I had gotten away from them and was running through a tall corn field and had to idea where I was going.  I could also hear my Mom calling for me, that she was there to find me and take me back home.  But no matter where I would run, the man was still after me, I could still hear my Mom, but I couldn't find her.  I would always wake up crying.  I still don't really like to go near corn fields to this day.  I've only done a corn maze once in my life because of this dream.   

I also remember a recurring nightmare involving zombies, but that's for another day.

2. Even if you're not a sports fan, what's your favorite sport to play/watch?


Football.  My Dad brought me to my first game when I was a kid and I loved it.  I also like to watch Hockey sometimes.  I like soccer, but definitely something I would rather watch live.   

 3. If you could pull off one piece of trendy fashion, what would you want it to be (jeggings, hats, thigh high boots, etc.)?

I would have to say leggings,  I'm short and it doesn't really work for me.  Plus, I'm working on losing some baby weight, so no leggings for me.  Maybe one day.

4. Did you make good grades in school?


Yes I did.  Very proud of that fact.

5. What magazines do you subscribe to?

People, Kraft Food and Family, Parents



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September 15, 2010

Craftiness

Tomorrow my baby girl, Ryan, will be starting her first year of preschool.  Tear.  I will most likely be a little emotional tomorrow, to say the least.  We went to her open house last week to meet her teacher and the rest of her classmates.  She was a very shy, but did enjoy sitting at the table and drawing with markers.  She was excited about getting her name to put on the wall.  At the open house we received a tote bag for her school papers.  They don't care for back packs there and provide the kids with the totes.  They're just plain canvas totes.  When Hayley went to preschool there, we were lucky enough to visit Colorado before she began and my friends, Martha and Jennifer, made up Hayley's tote bag.  It was awesome, as you can see from the picture below. 


Hayley's tote
Well, since there was no visit to Colorado, it was a little more difficult to have Martha make me another tote.  So, I thought to myself; I can do this.  My sister had a sewing machine, we can figure this out!  Ryan told me she wanted yellow (her favorite color) and flowers.  I took Ryan to Walmart to pick out some fabric, ribbon and buttons (her request.)  No ruffles for Ryan's bag, that was a bit much for me to figure out.  Plus, Ryan really dug that polka-dot ribbon.  And thank goodness for the sewing ladies at Walmart that pointed me in the right direction with the white Cotton fabric and that double sided sticky stuff.  They were very helpful! 

My sister, Dana, came over with her sewing machine and the craftiness began!  Dana and I examined Hayley's bag and got to work.  An hour or so later, we finished all the cutting, ironing, sewing, more cutting, more sewing and more ironing.  Finally, we had a bag, just no name on it because Walmart was seriously lacking on the fabric pen selection.  And I hate puffy paint.  Don't know why, just not my thing. 

I ran to craft store today for some fabric pens and glue for the buttons.  I finished it up and Ryan was very happy with her new tote.  Although she did request more buttons.  Instead, we used them for her first project.  (Picture below.)  Ryan's preschool tote bag was a success!  Check it out!
 
Before...
Pinning the sides...
Aunt Dana sewing away...
Almost finished...
Fabric Pens bled a little more than I would have liked, but I'm happy.  And buttons...
All finished, ready for preschool!
And the rest of the buttons!
I still can't believe tomorrow is Ryan's first day of preschool.  I'm still not sure how she's going to handle it just yet.  She's tells me that she is excited, but I'm not sure if she's going to realize that I'm leaving her there for a little while.  I just keep telling myself I have to be strong and not be sad about it.  She'll have lots of fun there and make new friends.  It's a great school and she's in good hands.  Check back tomorrow for pictures and my over loaded emotional-wreck-of-a-self tomorrow.  And wish my baby girl luck!



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September 10, 2010

Five Question Friday

1. Do you feel guilty spending money on yourself?


Yes, all the time.  Even when it's something I need, new jeans, new pair of shoes, etc...  I can't help it.  If it's something that everyone in the house can use, not so much.  If it is something for the kids or Jonas; I'm good, no guilt.  I love picking up little things for the kids or surprising my husband with a new game.  However, as soon as I swipe my debit card for something for me; my favorite hair products or a new shirt, bring on the guilt.  Sometimes getting my hair done is a big dilemma for me.  I love to get my hair done, but it's expensive and that money could always go somewhere else.   Uh, it's so unfair sometimes. 

2. How well do you know your neighbors?


That's hard.  We know our neighbors, but we don't really know all of them.  We live on a culdesac.  Two houses are rentals, so we don't really get to know those people.  We have a really great retired couple next door that are always helpful.  I always love it when they share whatever the Mrs.  has been baking.  I try to do the same.  I won't talk about the people on the other side, I'm really not sure about them lately.   We also have another family on our culdesac with a daughter the same age as Hayley, so Hayley is usually over there or the neighbor girl is over here.  They're pretty cool.  We probably have the most in common with them.  And there's another couple we're friendly with, they have an awesome lawn.  And then there's the annoying lady of the corner that has way too many garage sales.  Seriously, she just leaves her crap out on the driveway until the next weekend.  That's how frequent she has her sales.  But again, we're friendly with them all, but I wouldn't say we "know" them. 


3. What age are you looking forward to being?


I really enjoy where I am at my life right now.  I love having young children.  But I am also looking forward to the time where all my kids are in school.  So, fast forward another 6 years and I will be, gasp, 34.  I want to stay involved in their schooling and possibly in the community where I live.  I would love to be able to serve the city one day, in some capacity.  Not sure yet.  Maybe I will have a career then, I don't know. 


4. Do you get excited when the mail comes? Why?


Yep, I love me some snail mail.  I love certain catalogs.  (Currently drooling over the new Godiva one.)  I love getting my People magazine every Friday.  When it's holiday time, I love sorting through the mail looking for cards and such.  Tuesday are always exciting for me too, the weekly grocery store ads come in the mail.  And getting coupons in the mail is always exciting for me too.   

5. What is your earliest childhood memory?
 
I remember going outside to swing on my swing set everyday when I was younger.  My mom would be outside with me.  I did it before watching a TV show, I'm not sure I remember which one it was.  I do clearly remember one day going outside to swing and falling out of the swing onto my back.  I was fairly high and can still remember feeling the air getting knocked out of my lungs.  I cried, my mom was there and she took me inside to my favorite show.  I'm not sure why that sticks with me so much, probably because I remember my mom being there so quickly to comfort me and feeling better being in her arms.  
 



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September 9, 2010

My Thoughts this Thursday

It was my third day of being minus one child for most of the day and it's a bit weird at times.  I find myself checking the clock to see if it's time to leave and go pick up Hayley from school.  I am busying myself with things around the house, goofing off on the Internet, entertaining Ryan and taking care of Jack.  Ryan has been doing fairly well and isn't too anxious while her sister is away.  I think she enjoys having her brother all to herself and getting into Hayley's stuff. 

It's also been a bit difficult shuffling around Jack's schedule to where he isn't too fussy when we have to make our two daily trips to Hayley's school  There's no bus service since she goes to the co-op.  I still can't believe that picking her up takes nearly an hour, it's definitely better to get there early, wait and avoid that massive line.  I found myself sorting through my coupons while waiting in line yesterday.  Again, most co-op kids don't ride the bus, so lots of parents driving to and from.  My poor Jack is usually ready to be out of his car seat by the time we get home.

When Hayley was in kindergarten, it always seemed like there was never enough time to get things done before it was time to go and pick her up again.  Now that she is gone most of the day, I have some free time.  I'm finding myself obsessed with laundry, cooking, cleaning and my younger two kiddos.  I leave little time for myself.  I've come to discover that the time after we get home from school is so rushed and a bit chaotic.  Homework will be coming home soon, dinner will have to cooked, bath time, bedtime, nursing Jack, etc...  I am eager for a good routine.  It's only the beginning of the school year and hopefully that routine will take shape soon.  I am feeling a little lost without it.     

September 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - 3 Months



Another Give Away from Sabrina!

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September 7, 2010

First Day of 1st Grade


Summer is coming to a close, actually it left Washington State a few weeks ago.  That's okay, I love fall.  And today marked a very important beginning to the Fall season, school started!  Just for Hayley though, Ryan doesn't start preschool until next week.  This last week or so has been busy finishing up the last of Hayley's school shopping.  Finding a pair of brown boots for my girls was no easy task.  I'm also so glad that I bought all of Hayley's school supplies over a month ago, most stores were pretty well picked over and I caught a great sale.      

The night before, we laid out her outfit for the next day and I packed her first ever lunch in her lunch bag.  I was a little shocked she fell asleep so quickly, she had been so excited for much of the day.  The next morning alarm rang at 7:00am and I heard Hayley declare; "It's my first day of school!"  Out of the top bunk she came to also tell us this in person.  After breakfast, getting dressed and some pictures; the time came to head out to her school.  Parking was a bit of a nightmare, but we finally found somewhere to park.

We all walked Hayley into her classroom to get her settled into her first day.  She had already picked out a cubby and desk at the BBQ last week.  There was work waiting for her on her desk, she was eager to get started.  Before she started, she had to go and get her magnet off the board and place it on the lunch chart, to show if she brought her lunch or would be buying that day.  She was so thrilled about her bologna sandwich waiting for her in her new lunch bag.  She was soon settled in and it was time for us to go.  I took a few more pictures, wished her a happy day and kissed her good-bye.  

It was weird having almost an entire day without Hayley at home.  Kindergarten was only half-day.  When lunch time rolled around, I missed her.  So did Ryan.  She [Ryan] was cranky for most of the day.  Still not sure what that was all about.  It finally came time to retrieve Hayley from school.  It was also my first time dealing with pick-up at school since we never had to compete with anyone but the other half-day kindergarten parents last year.  It was a little crazy, but I'm sure things will be rolling more smoothly in the days ahead.  

Hayley was a little quiet at first, but then told us about her first day.  She said it was awesome and that she got to have recess twice.  She also told us that it was a long day, something she will have to get used to now.  She told us that her favorite part of the day was lunch.  So cute.  Hayley was also a little bummed about the lack of homework, that's my girl.  She made new friends and met up with old ones from last year as well.  I am eager to see what this year will bring for Hayley, she thrives in school.  Even though my days are a little emptier without her home; I love having her in school because she really does enjoy it so much and I love a good routine.  All in all, it's shaping up to be a good year.   

First day, new outfit!

Must have lunch bag and hoodie!

Her desk.

Ready to learn!

Time for Mommy to go!

 
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