Monday, May 18, 2009

Our "Graduate"

Today, our middle baby graduated from the Child Development Center that she has attended since she got her first set of shots and was able to start coming with me at two months of age. I really do not know where the time has gone. How is it already possible that at the start of next school year, she will no longer walk in that door with me and Bransyn every Monday and Friday?!?! I will no longer get to see her pass by in the hall, take a peek at her in her class or Music class or Gross Motor class when she doesn't know that I am even watching her, I will no longer be able to go into her classroom just because I want/need to steal a kiss and hug from her. My heart breaks that those moments are forever gone and will only be sweet memories, but at the same time, I am so excited for the new school "adventures" that lie ahead for her. She will get to be at school with her big sister!! How great will that be?!?!?!

the kids performed a few songs, including a Bible verse song

getting her certificate and "Read to Me Bible" from two of her teachers, Ms. R and Ms. D
Ms. L was sick and couldn't be there :(

During the five years Payton attended CDC, she had 11 teachers that have loved on her, let her be who she is, made her laugh, played with her, comforted her, colored with her, sang with her, been just down right goofy with her and most importantly taught her about Jesus. One of my favorite "things" about this year is that ever since Easter and hearing the Easter Story at CDC (and Sunday School at church), everytime....well, almost everytime....she says her prayers, she includes, "Thank you for Jesus dying on the cross for us and that I will see Him up in heaven."
Payton, we are so proud to be your Mommy and Daddy. I wish I could keep you and your sisters from growing up so fast. I feel like we are missing out on so much because everything is moving so quickly. I can't believe that in a little more that three months we will be walking you into your Kindergarten classroom. Although, according to you, you will not be going to Kindergarten because when you got your four year shots and I was trying to console you, I made the mistake of saying, "It'll be OK, you don't have to get shots again until you go to Kindergarten." Really not my brightest and best Mommy moment. You survived the four year shots, you'll survive the Kinder shots and you'll have so much fun at "big kid school"!! We love you very much and pray for you everyday, sweet girl!!
Until next time...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Today has been a very nice Mother's Day at our house. First thing this morning, I was presented with cards, a gift and lots of hugs and kisses from my sweet girls and hubby. Jeff was left alone with the girls for a few hours yesterday and when I got home, Bransyn promptly tells me in her loud, yelling voice, "MOMMY, WE GOT YOU BIRTHDAY CARDS AND A PRESENT!!!" She obviously meant Mother's Day, but we also learned that if we want a secret kept then Bransyn can know nothing!! :) He had braved a card shopping trip and gift trip with the girls...the first time he has done that. My gift was a Starbuck's gift card because while I LOVE Starbucks, I typically won't spend the money on it, so I will definately enjoy my gift. As if that wasn't enough, we went to church where all Mommy's are honored and during the invitation, Kendal went forward to be baptised...I teared up, just a little. She wants to do it on June 7th because that is her 8th birthday. We came home and Jeff BBQ'd an awesome lunch and then I was able to leave the girls with him for a few hours (again in two days) so I could go with my friend to get a pedi, walk Target and WalMart sans kids. What a great feeling that was!

In Bransyn's class at CDC, her teacher's have the kids fill in blanks about their Mommy's. Here is how Bransyn's went...

My mom's name is Ms. Shannon.
She is 7 years old and weighs 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 pounds.
Her eyes are blue and her hair is black.
Her favorite color is purple.
She loves to lay on the couch.
While I'm at school, she goes to her class
and she just loves to eat hamburgers.

It is very intersting to see the answers to these given by a 3 year old. Since Kendal had the same teachers 4 years ago and Payton had them last year, I had to pull theirs out of their boxes to see what kind of answers they gave. Here's how Kendal's went...
My mom's name is Shannon.
She is 3 years old and weighs 10 pounds.
Her eyes are big and her hair is big and brown.
Her favorite color is red.
She loves to clean up.
While I'm at school, she changes kids
and she just loves to eat sausage.
Payton's was a little different. Hers were actual questions not fill in the blank. Here's hers...
1. What is your mommy's name? Shannon
2. How tall is you mommy? EOP her teacher said she asked the question several times and Payton kept answering with "EOP", not sure what that means.
3. How old is she? 4 and Daddy is 6
4. How much does she weigh? She weighs alot
5. What color are your mommy's eyes? Green
6. What color is her hair? Brown
7. What is her favorite food? Hamburgers
8. What is your mommy's favorite color? Purple
9. What does she do while you are at school? She gives her people some food
10. What does your mommy like to do or play? She doesn't play
Some of the answers were right on, some were way off and others made me go "HUH??", but overall I thought these were great and got a good laugh. Being a mommy is the "job" I love most even though it is without a doubt the hardest one. My girls bring me absolute joy and I just love the crazy things they do or say, but especially getting the hugs, kisses and the "I love yous" are what tops it off. I hope all you fellow mommies out there have had a fabulous "MOMMIES DAY!!"
Until next time...