Friday, August 31, 2012

Preston's Day One

Preston had fun hanging out and playing with Grammy while I took the girls to school that first day and then it was just me and him! We went and got his hair cut and although he wasn't doing great at holding still at first, the promise of getting to play the I-Pad can solve pretty much any problem when I am desperate. He sat like a statue the rest of the time :-)...although he made really funny faces through out. This lady did a great job of blending on the sides, but did that same nerdy straight across on the front. Is this the only option? I have not found anyone that I absolutely love for boys' cuts yet. Who knew boy hair would be higher maintenance than girls'!
We ran errands, ate lunch and talked about what the girls were doing. He has asked me a few times through out this week if it's just me and him now and is definitely missing his little play pals. He especially misses his partner in crime, Addie girl. Yesterday when we got in the car with the girls after school he said to Addie in the sweetest voice, "I missed you Ad!" she told him she missed him too and he replied, "I missed you SOOO much!" Melt my heart :-).
Not that it has been all easy with this kid on his own. He is still one tough cookie and anywhere he goes, he leaves a disaster behind. The good news is he is getting better at cleaning them up, even if I have to stay on him about it until it is done. He did get some breaks from me when we went to lunch with friends and then had Ian over one day as well.
I have really loved just having the two of us though. We have had some good little chats and laughs through out the days. He starts his preschool group next week and we are both excited for him!
waiting at the school for the girls

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fancy Back to School Dinner and DAY ONE!

During the week leading up to the baptism I was busy running errands and making other preparations when it suddenly dawned on me that we needed to have our back-to-school dinner on Sunday as well. After a moment of considering pushing it to the next week, I decided we couldn't break tradition (2011 and 2010) the year Addie was starting kindergarten, so we just kept the dinner super simple instead.
Earlier in the month I had heard the little primary song "I want to be kind to everyone for that is right you see, So I say to myself remember this, Kindness begins with me." and decided kindness was the perfect theme for our year. We have talked a lot recently about being kind to one another, the importance of being kind to those who may not have as many friends and the challenge to be kind to those who are not kind to us.
After being around all white preparing for the baptism, I decided to carry it over to our dinner. And I looked on pinterest for the first time and saw a banner made of old book pages and loved it. I must admit I was pretty proud of my little banner! When Mike got home the day I made it, I had him come see it right away :-)!
For dinner we had spaghetti, always a favorite, with green beans and garlic bread and of course sparkling juice, which is a must for any fancy meal. We had leftover desserts from the day before and set our new goals.
Ella's: make a new friend (since most of hers are in the other class) and get 100 on her spelling tests
Addie's: make new friends, don't get taken out of class, and learn to read
Preston's: be a better listener and make new friends (there are 3 little girls in his preschool group that he doesn't know very well and he currently thinks he can only be friends with boys)
I took a few pictures before everyone came in to eat but then completely forgot to get a picture of us during the meal. Oh well, I am just glad we still had our fancy little dinner even though at the time it seemed like just another thing to worry about. It gets more fun to do these special things as the kids get older and I can see that they really love it. Plus, we can actually have conversations while we eat dinner :-).
The rest of the evening was spent preparing for the next day. We took baths, Ella wanted curly hair, we did extra special nails, set out our outfits for the morning, prepared the backpacks and Mike gave them their father's blessings.
In the morning everyone was up early and ready for the day! They each chose a favorite breakfast (Ella breakfast sandwich and Addie and Preston chocolate chip waffles w/peanut butter) and I made them the chocolate milk shake they love (carnation instant breakfast, milk, spinach and ice). Grammy came over to stay with Preston so the girls and I could head over to the school. We said a prayer when we got there and off we went. I was definitely more anxious than either of them. I have been so nervous about how Addie would handle kindergarten. We had gone over appropriate ways to act and react in a variety of situations but I still was scared. I wanted so desperately for it to go well. For her to love it, for her to be able to be in the two-way immersion program, for her to really thrive and come into her own. The school was crazy but Addie seemed calm despite the chaos and we went into her room where she happily sat down and started coloring. She did bump her hip on a table when we got up to move and sit by Grace and that caused some tears, but when I left her she was in her element drawing and just excited that she was finally one of the big kids going to real school. Addie brought her teacher a picture and after talking to some friends at church on Sunday, I brought her a little note introducing Addie. It is so hard to talk to the teachers those first days when so many parents are coming in and out and I loved the idea. I ran over to Ella's room (she is in the portables this year) and gave her a quick hug because school was starting by this point and then walked back by Addie's room on my way out. I left feeling better than I had the night before, but still nervous for them.
my cute girls: Ella, 3rd grade and Addie, kindergarten
I was trying to save Ella some embarrassment by not taking her picture right in front of the school this time :-).
I must have said a thousand prayers through out the day. For Ella to have the confidence to make new friends and not to feel left out, for Addie to make new friends and listen to her teachers, for them both to feel safe and comforted and have fun.
The day ended up flying by and before we knew it, Preston and I were headed over to the school to pick them up. There has been some big changes with the buses this year so we decided to have them be walkers for the first day and then decide what we want to do for the rest of the year after that. They both had a great first day! Addie declared kindergarten WAAAAY better than preschool and Ella seemed more positive about the year, although the strictness in only speaking Spanish still gets her stressed. I think we are going to be ok though...whew! When we got home Nana and Hope were there waiting with their traditional first day of school treat. Hooray for school!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ella's Family Party

What a day! We finished up at the church on Saturday and then headed home where we had a few hours to get everything ready for our big family dinner celebrating Ella's birthday. We had decided that since everyone would be in town for the baptism we might as well do it then, so it was like Ella had 2 birthdays this year :-).
One of Ella's most favorite things to eat is ground beef tacos, and despite my zillion other suggestions, that is what she wanted for her dinner. I made some shredded chicken as well, because that is what I love, and then there were lots of sides to go with them (menu on side bar here). It was so fun to have so much family from both sides with us that weekend (we missed you guys Mack & Cheryl and Chrissy, Zach & Mac) and Ella definitely loved being the star of the day!
Before the party really began, Ella couldn't wait any longer for the special scavenger hunt by Meema. Along the way she found 8 silver dollars (no longer silver) and at the end some bonus money. Meema's grandpa gave her the same thing on her 8th birthday and I thought it was such a cute idea. Ella loved reading the clues and searching for her treasures!
Ella was definitely spoiled by everyone! She has played with her American Girl things non-stop, wears her cute CTR bracelet everyday and just wore her new outfit to school today!
Oliver as a pilgrim :-)
Ella picked Peanut Butter Cup Trifle for dessert, which I was excited about it. Easy and delicious!
And the video of the birthday song.
In case the blog has painted an unrealistic picture of what life in our home with 3 little kids is like, here is what it is much of the time :-).
It's a little embarrassing to post, but it is, what it is...

8-25-12 Ella Bday Family Party from MARCI Freeman on Vimeo.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ella's Baptism

Saturday was a very special day for Miss Ella Bella! She got baptized a member of our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Ella was able to have nearly all her extended family and so many of her closest friends there to be a part of it all, making it that much more special. I had been a little stressed while planning (I was seriously having nightmares where I forgot to do things like ask people to speak or print a program...I'm going to be a disaster when they get married!). But thanks to my awesome helpers (especially Kayley who designed the invite and program and my mom who supplied nearly all the decorations and helped me set-up and clean-up) and all of our family who participated in the program, it turned out beautifully. Plus, I was able to sit and really enjoy the moment once it began, which was very important to me. Having the baptism the Saturday before school begins was a little crazy, but I know Ella was excited to have it done, especially receiving the Holy Ghost, before school started today. Thank you to everyone who came and made her feel loved and special as she accomplished this first big milestone in life! And Ella, we are so proud of you!
The white bowl was later filled with bacon wrapped lit'l of Ella's favorites. That morning when I asked how she was feeling about everything she said she was a little nervous. When I asked what was making her nervous she told me she was worried there wouldn't be enough lit'l smokies for her :-).
I scanned the inside and no matter what I do it cuts the top off.
Able to be a part of her confirmation were: Papa, Greatfrog, Grandad, Uncle Scott, and Josh Pratt, who is nearly a brother to Dad.
Nana made this special baptism towel.
I had never heard of these, but thought it was such a cute idea.
Uncle Scotto had to leave for work before we were able to take our family picture.
with Josh and his family
with the Freeman side
with the Miner side