Brooke’s school decides to start charging for bus rides. $1 each. So we now drop off and pick up exclusively. This day was a roooough day so we got Taco Bell before heading to the school. We got there early and Sierra and Payson sat on the grass outside the school eating their tacos.
Brooke was so excited! She wasn’t nervous this time around to start school! We looked around a bit, paid for her lunches, met her teacher, and then she was off to class!
I’m so proud of her and how brave she is being… this is her fourth school she’s attended in 2014. I can’t wait until we move to our forever home (hopefully next year) and she feels secure and stable in her school situation!
For memory’s sake:
Everett was very sick and on antibiotics for an ear infection during that last bit of school and I didn’t want to go into the school if I didn’t absolutely have to… to avoid him being exposed to germs. So I sent the point and shoot camera with Brooke and she got all of these photos taken. She took Sierra and Payson’s and had a fellow classmate take one of her and her teacher. I’m so happy to have these pictures and proud of Brooke for responsibly taking them!
Brooklyn’s big project at the end of the year was to make a presentation about an event in Colorado’s history. They had a list to choose from and Brooke chose the rendezvous. I’d never even heard about it before though it was such a big thing in the early 1800s! She taught me a lot about it.
I was stressed out of my mind the week she was making her project from other things going on but decided to help her out a lot anyway. I spent quite a few hours and even more dollars on this presentation and diagram with her but it was worth it because she was so proud.
I wish I could have given her more attention about the finished product but sadly I wasn’t as involved or attentive as I should’ve been. It’s a busy, chaotic time in our lives and I suck at giving quality attention to the older kids when the little kids are stressing me out. I need to work on that a lot!
Honestly I’m so proud of Brooke and how seriously she took her project!! I need to bring it up again tomorrow and tell her about how proud I am and maybe even let her present it again. She had wanted me to buy candy for her to pass out to her classmates when they answered questions right at the end of the presentation and I never remembered to buy candy. Maybe I’ll give her some to pass out to her siblings when they answer the questions!
I’m making myself sound like a much worse mother than I am about this! haha. I was involved and gave her attention. It’s just as a mother of five and having your attention pulled in that many directions, it feels like far less than I would like to give!
Payson was sent home with a big paper to fill out about his school year. We were supposed to glue it to a big poster board and add some photos from the school year, too.
We had a lot of fun doing this. I glued on the pictures but Payson filled it all out on his own and decorated it all by himself! He was really into it!
Brooke had her fun run and I decided to go. I really hate going to school events for the most part. I love going to school events and experiencing them, being with my school aged kids and watching the fun. I just don’t like doing it with a baby. I’m excited that next year Everett will be older and it’ll be easier. But then again, harder for some reasons.
When they lined back up with their classes I let Ember go sit in the field with Brooke. She freaking loved it and so did Brooke! ♥ I didn’t go to the other kids’ fun runs even though I wanted to. It was just too much with Everett in tow.
I did ask about their experience and also about how many laps they did: Brooke did 7 laps.
Sierra did 10.
Payson did 5.
I took the three youngest kids to Target to pick up some little end-of-the-year teacher gifts. We went with cute little buckets with some candy and a gift card. Easy.
So before I settled on just getting candy and gift cards for the kids’ teachers I was looking for a gift to be more personal. I couldn’t find anything I liked and asked Payson what he thought we should get his teacher. What does she like? I asked. He spots some rubber bands and says, “My teacher has rubber bands, she likes these!”
I took pictures of the kids to include in the teacher gifts. I took one of them smiling and one of them holding a paper and printed both. I wanted to have them write something with permanent marker on the white space but in the end we ran out of time and I just included the picture of them smiling. Except I think I accidentally maybe used the one of them holding the white paper and just left them blank. Embarrassing and weird. Oops. haha
Payson’s teacher does a wedding between the letters Q and U every year. Seriously how freaking cute and clever and awesome is that?! See why I love her so much?!
She invites the parents (with a cute email invitation!) and has cake and everything!
I only took one picture (I meant to take more but didn’t want to interrupt the ceremony with my noisy camera!) but I did film the whole thing. Payson got to be the one to carry the U!
When we got to his class he ran over with a huge grin on his face. He really loves me (haha, duh) and gets really insecure when I leave him at school on any day so to see me at school was super exciting for him. He hugged me so tight and wanted to sit on my lap and kept a tight hold on me. I was immediately nervous realizing he was going to be sad and maybe cry (he’s a cryer!) when it was time to line up and be in the wedding!
And that’s what happened! When it was time for them to go in the hall and line up for the wedding procession he started crying! I told him, “Oh no, Payson, don’t cry or they’re not going to want me to come to school and I won’t be able to see your fun things anymore! I’m so excited to watch you in the wedding. I’ll wait here and watch you when you come in and you give me your best smiles, okay?”
That worked like a charm and he stopped crying and went and got in place.
The rest is on film so I won’t talk about it. He did seem a bit sad and fragile during the wedding and kept giving me these sad looks. It was cute, though! haha
We got some wedding cake after that. Well, Payson and Ember had some. And capri sun. Oh and Payson’s teacher makes sure that everything in the class is gluten free so Payson can have whatever the other kids are having!! Isn’t that amazing?! How freaking sweet. His kindergarten teacher in Arizona had me bring him something separate for each occasion and for daily snack AND I had to bring in snacks for the class sometimes, too!! SO stupid. I don’t mind bringing Payson his own snacks (I still do here in CO but they have each parent send only their child a snack) but for me to provide Payson with every single snack item for daily snack time AND holidays and birthdays AND then to bring in snacks for the entire class as well, when Payson NEVER got snacks the rest of the class got… was kinda crazy! haha