1st Day of School 2009

September 27, 2009

It’s way past time to post the back to school pics for this year.  I’m just really behind on what I’ve been wanting to blog about.  Not that I have a ton of people reading, but this has become a journal/family history/scrapbook of sorts and so I keep doing it!  That and I like it!

This is a more special event than usual because it is Dillan’s first year of official school, and Syd’s going off to Jr. High.  Dillan is off and running with Kindergarten.  He is so eager that I really don’t have a hard time watching him go.  Sometimes I wonder at my mommyness because I’ve really not ever gotten weepy or sad with my kids going off to school.  I didn’t with Dillan either, even though he’s the baby.  Back to him being so eager, he actually thought he would learn to read the first day of school!  We were talking about books and reading them or something when we all got home later that 1st day, and he said told me he would be able to read them tonight.  I had to explain that he wouldn’t quite be able to read after one day and that it took some time.  He wasn’t really very happy about it.  Silly kid! 

Hayley has a great teacher who substituted last year so she is really excited to have him as her teacher and is loving school this year.  She has some good friends in her class this year, although she is still sad that her best friend moved.  She misses her. 

Sydnie was nervous about Jr. High.  She wanted me to walk her in the first day, and I kept asking if she was sure she wanted me to (me, thinking, she really won’t want to be embarrased by bringing her mom to school).  But, she insisted, and so I went and sure enough.  We walked through the doors, she saw absolutely no parents, and started walking really fast in front of us and finally turned around and said “Mom, you can go ahead and go”.  She is having a good time and liking all the variety of classes and different atmosphere of Jr. High. 

They are just growing so much!  It seems like it happens in the blink of an eye anymore.  Some days you look at them, I mean really look, and think to yourself…when did he start getting taller, when did she change from cute to a pretty young lady.  Some days they drive you crazy and some days you just want to hold them and not let them go out into the world and keep them safe.  But you let them go, excited for them, scared for them, and hoping they will make good choices.  Happy new school year kiddos!

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Preschool Graduate

June 3, 2009

Graduate Dill

Graduate Dill

Dillan graduated from preschool on May 21st. He is so excited to start kindergarten in the fall and ride the bus. I think he’s mostly excited about the bus. He is such a smart little guy! If I would make more time with him I think I could have him reading before he starts kindergarten. He loves books and can even pick out some simple words. Heck, he’s almost teaching himself! He really loved his preschool teacher, Mrs. Clark, and it was an added bonus that he got to go to preschool with his cousin Keifer. It was so funny that they could spend all day together at the babysitters and then still be excited to get to go to school with each other. Those two get along so well!

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Cousin Keifer & Dillan at their graduation.

Dillan started preschool on Tuesday this week.  He goes on Tuesdays and Thursday for 2 hours each afternoon.  He was so excited!  He’s been bugging me for a week with “Is today the day”, and then getting pouty when I had to tell him – not yet.  He got to wear his preschool t-shirt with Little Cougars preschool on it.  He should actually be a little “Digger”, but I was very proud to have him be a Little Cougar.  It’s still a little strange for me to think of my kids being Diggers and not Cougars.  I will be okay with it, and will have to be if they play sports, but for myself I will always be a Cougar.  Anyway…I’m sure he’ll learn a lot and I’m glad to see him be excited and so outgoing about being at preschool.  I saw other kids being dropped off that seemed a bit klingy, but not my kids.  My kids have never really been that way by the time they get this age.  They are just ready to take off which is good.  Dillan is already developing a willingness to learn.  He loves figuring things out, and boy does he sure like books.  Not only does he love to have me read to him, but he will just sit on the couch with a whole pile of them and look and study the pictures.  Once he actually learns to read there’ll be no stopping him!