Thursday, August 26, 2010
I am at my wits end here. I'm torn between wanting to cry with her, hug her and tell her she can stay home with me as long as she wants, and being angry with her for doing this EVERY stinkin day!
I'm pretty sure it's all about attitude. She needs to try to not be bored, to engage and to have a good attitude. I know that's a lot easier said than done, especially for a 5 year old.
Paul and I start and end each day, praying for our little girl, that she would not only not cry, but that she would really enjoy and look forward to school. We've been spoiled with Kristin. She has always loved school and was even sad when school was cancelled last year for our flood days and snow.
Would it be bad if I just pulled her out of school? Is that coddling her? She's so cute and sweet and loving. I think she's the most like me of the 3 (not the cute, sweet, loving part of her. She's definitely surpassed me in those areas). I can empathize with her homesickness, but at the same time, I want her to be tough and NOT CRY!
Anyway, that's it. That's what's been going on around here lately. A lot of crying. Not fun.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
And Elliott. She's been great. She even decided yesterday, of her own volition, to throw away her passy! So we ran right out and got a really big lolly pop as a reward. She has done amazingly well too. She has asked for her passy a few times, but after I remind her that she threw it away, she says nothing else. All my babies are growing up! "Yeah" and "Boo Hoo" at the same time! We've finally reached a level of independence with our kids that has allowed us to actually enjoy things we haven't in the past. We really don't have any babies any more. But then, we really don't have any babies anymore. (note the difference here..one happy and is a good thing, one sad that they are growing up so fast!).
It is a little sad to not have any babies anymore. Maybe.....
I could keep writing on my woman feelings on how I feel about all my kids leaving me and the good and bad things about it, but I think I'm going to try to fold a basket or 2 before I have to take Elliott to school.
*side note.... Grace didn't cry today!!! Her teacher immediately emailed me this morning to let me know she did great! Love email.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
She did completely fine for two years of pre school. Didn't cry once. I reminded her of this. She says she's just used to being with me and her blanket all day and misses us (me and the blanket). She cries every morning now and sometimes at night. It's heart breaking for me to see her so sad. I do take some comfort though, in knowing that Kristin is there and can at least walk her to class. I remind myself, that even Kristin who is my social bug, never afraid of a new situation as long as there are other kids to play with kid, had some adjustment issues in kindergarten. It took almost the whole first semester for Kristin to completely adjust. But once she did, she never looked back. This year, I only got to walk her to class once. After that, it was, "moooommm. I can go by myself!" For her, one thing I did was to print out a picture of me and one of her very favorite, stuffed cat, Chi Chi, to keep in her lunch box. If she got sad, she could look at our picture. That seemed to help her a bit. I tried that with Grace. She said she did not want a picture because if she looked at it at school, it would just make her miss us (again, me and the blankie) even more. Makes sense to me. I can identify with Grace. I very much like my comfort zones. I remember being that way as a kid.
I know she'll be fine. I just hope that it's sooner than later. I hate seeing her sad. It makes me think crazy, like I might want to home school or something!
This picture is the one we took so she could have it to take to school. You can tell she'd been crying, but she put on a brave face for about a second and a half for the picture.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
To make it all worse for me this year, my sweet Grace is leaving me to start Kindergarten. Fortunately, she is excited about it. That helps. If she were not, I don't know what I would do. I might make the rash decision to just keep her home and do some schoolin' myself. I am a little worried about her though. She has always been more of the home body/mama's girl than the others. I just hope her excitement for school lasts the next 175 days.
Kristin, I'm not worried about. She'll be in 2nd grade this year. She has always loved school. She loves learning and loves her friends. She's also become quite the evangelist. As many of you know, we are public school folk. Since starting school, our mission field has really opened up, whereas before, we didn't really know any non-Christians. Kristin is not shy about asking her friends where/if they go to church and do they love Jesus or if they read the Bible. She even tried to witness to her little Jewish friend. You go girl! (yes, I did just say that).
I'll still have Elliott for a little while longer though. She will start a 2 day a week pre-K but will still be home with me for the remaining 3 days. I hope she's ok with that. I usually rely on all 3 girls to entertain each other that I may have to take a different approach with just one kid.
We have had a great summer though. It was short, but good. We did a lot of stuff. We camped, visited the sunshine state, went to the mountains, hit the pool any day we were home that was free of rain, had a week of VBS at our church. That's a lot for such a short summer. We were busy, but in a good way. I may be sad a little while once school starts, but I feel confident I'll get over it. With the new "balanced" calender our county has adopted, they'll get a whole week off come mid-September. Family fun plans are already in the works for that week.
Hey Maybe I'll have more time to blog once schools in! I know! You must be SO excited! :)
I've included some random summer fun pictures.
Grace got her face painted at a local farmers market we like to frequent on Saturdays.
The girls on their way to our neighborhood pool, something we did a lot of this hot, hot summer.
Kristin with a blackberry we picked while in the mountains in Helen, GA
Elliott turned 3 in June. She was very excited about it being her day!