Tuesday, December 8, 2015

First Day of School

 4th, 1st Grade and pre-school.
I've never been the over emotional Mom on the first day of school. Sentimental maybe, but I feel quite happy and confident dropping them off. This year was different. I was so emotional to let them go, to hand them to someone else. Knowing that another adult, and person I really don't know, will spend way more hours in the day with them than I get too.  Also to say goodbye to summer. I was choking up dropping them off, my hands shaking trying to drive away. I may have even drove back and just parked in the parking lot. Some of it had to do with a teacher switch that I knew needed to be made, but now looking back, it had to be pregnancy hormones. I should have known.

But Cache and Naomi, were so ready to go.  They are very much like their Dad, unafraid of the world.  Excited to be part of it. Hungry to be with friends, to learn and experience. They really are amazing, normal, healthy, wonderfully balanced kids.

 Mug shots.
                              Naomi 1st.                                                                 Cache 4th.

 Gage would start his pre-school a week later.

 Gage's first year of pre-school! (Still loves the color red!)
Up to this point he has had no desire to get older, learn or grow up. Very content to be at home with his blankie and cars and "mama" that he talks to all day. But that day he flipped a switch. He was even so confident we got to pick up his little friend who was too afraid to go by himself and Gage guided him in the front door. They both went in with a smile. He hasn't looked back, and is learning so many new things and wanting to learn more. It's really quite fun for me to watch him change.

 My favorite memory of all was Gage coming home from pre-school that first day and teaching me this cool new thing he had learned called, "Cross cross applesauce."  He then took nearly 5 entire minutes getting his body into that position. He thought it was just the neatest thing. I can't believe he's this old and I never taught him that. So cute.

A little update

Summer 2015.
We spent the summer doing private and public swim lessons, training our new puppy,  moving to our new house, preparing the old house for Grandma and Grandpa to return home from their mission, saying goodbye to our Thueson's cousins who moved to China, Devin and I  being a Ma and Pa on Trek and making lots of trips to the Spratling farm in Oregon to hang out with cousins.

Our new little house in our same neighborhood.  Now we live down the road from Grandma and Grandpa Orton. What a neat thing that is! Our kids however, have started trying to pull things off like, " HMM I don't like what's for dinner, I'm going to go see what Grandma made." Um.. not a chance.  Mostly Cache does this of course. A few days after moving into our new home, amid boxes and boxes of things,  we discovered I was 10 weeks pregnant with our 4th. What a crazy most unexpected thing.

So now we are in the midst of pregnancy, 2 kids in school, one in pre-school, and an 8 month old puppy. Devin working at his office downtown and treating dogs and horses on days off. Our big things on our mind right now are preparing for the baby, and purchasing our first home about the same time as the baby comes. Focusing on enjoying all the little growths and achievements and joys in life as we prepare for those two big things arriving, and as always the business of Devin being his own business owner.

We are very happy.