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Friday, May 25, 2012

School's Out! (and more)

Another year is behind us, in terms of school years. This year, the boys attended a Mother's Day Out program, rather than a "preschool". What's the difference? I'm not really sure. This MDO program used the same ciriculum as our last "preschool". Plus it was much more flexible for our schedule, in that it was one of the only in our area that allowed us to do 1 day per week, rather than 2 or 3. And it was quite a bit less expensive, which is always music to my ears. I really wasn't crazy about switching schools. Holden had been to the other school for 3 semesters and all had been great there. But it was a change we were forced into since we just wanted and needed a 1 day program. But oh my goodness, our experience with this new program has been nothing short of amazing. The teachers have been so nurturing, so loving and so good for my boys. Honestly, this past year with my sweet, first born has nearly done me in.  It's made me question every decision I make about parenting.  It's made me rethink my strategy and think deeply about what I'm really trying to accomplish here. It's challenged me. But more importantly, it's kept me on my knees in front of guide begging him to guide us through this parenting gig. Because we DON'T have it figured out.  It's been a humbling year in my role as mommy.  One Thursday afternoon I actually stood in the hallway and cried to one of his teachers as she encouraged me and also shared all the wonderful things about my boy that I needed to hear. It's been a comfortable place for me to have an emotional breakdown. ;)  I'm going to miss these ladies as much as Holden will. They've been more special that I can even put to words.  And they did some amazing work, because apparently he was their little star student every single week. I begged for bad behavior reports. But apparently for those sweet teachers, he was an angel. I'm thankful for that.
Here is Holden with Mrs. Mindy right before we left school yesterday. Mrs. Laura had to head out early and so I'm so sad that I don't have her included in this picture. But can you see the love here? Let me tell you, I got to see it every Thursday. I've never felt more confident leaving my kiddo with someone else.  Goodness, he loves her!
And here is Pax with his sweet teachers. One of them said "I love you Pax" as she hugged him bye.  There is something that tugs at my heart when I get a sense in the genuineness of that statement. And obviously when it's directed to my boys. These 2 ladies were not the original teachers of his classroom back in August but it didn't take long for him to win over their hearts.
After I picked up the boys, we sat in the car and I got a little teary-eyed reading the notes from their teachers.  Also, each child was sent home with a small Shutter Fly book of pictures of the child in their classroom from the year. Amazing!  Then to celebrate our official start to summer, I treated the boys (and myself) to fro-yo. Yum yum!
I briefly mentioned this in my last post, but Jeremy and I will be kicking off our summer very soon.  Actually, tomorrow our trip will begin. We are taking a week long childless vacation.  A Carribean crusie.  Our 10th anniversary will be in November, so we're calling it an early celebration for that.  I'm giddy with excitement about a week alone with Jeremy. And all of the fun in store. Staying up late, and then sleeping in , sticking our toes in the white sand and crystal blue ocean.  There is so much to look forward to. We haven't done anything close to this in 5 years. But I'm nervous, anxious and emotional about leaving the boys. I've never gotten on a plane without my kids. Now I will be flying and then hopping on a boat where there will be no land in sight. Cruises don't scare me. They are my preferred way to vacation. But I have kiddos now and that adds a different dimension to things. But here we go. We need this week for us. And I begged for this trip. So here we go. Here we go. There's no turning back. I can do this. Giving myself a pep talk here.
So I've been trying to make the most of my time with the boys this past week.
Letting them run around in their skivvies as they blow messy, purple bubbles all over the yard.
 More skivvies as they finger painted this week.
We found these cute super hero tees with attaching capes.  So they were our little heros for a day.  Pax is obssessed with super heros right now, especially Super Man.
Inspired by my friend, we've been making these homemade popsicles that are practically just fresh fruit. You add 1 Caprisun pouch among 4 popsicle molds after you've shoved in all the fresh fruit that the mold can handle. The boys think they are getting quite a treat and they are basically eating frozen fruit. Sneaky, sneaky. But I had to admit, they are pretty tasty on a hot, Texas day.
And this afternoon we pulled out the summer pool. :)  I've never known anyone who loves the water as much as Holden.  They are having a ball in the cool water. Now I'm off to enjoy my family for a few more hours.


~The Neaves Nest~ said...

I want to beach myself in that kiddie pool! Haha. So glad you're getting a fun vacay:)

The Skains Family said...

So fun! You are off on your cruise as I write this and I'm jealous jealous jealous! But have so much fun. You both deserve it. I can't wait to see pics!