Thursday, May 22, 2014
Good Luck my little friend. I loved having you in the morning before the bus came. You were the highlight of Qman's day and he (and I) will miss seeing you every day. You are a great friend to Kadyn and a nicest girl I know. You have a big heart, a helping heart! You are going to rock T-North next year. You smile will make the room glow. Always come over when you can- we will miss you!
I have known you before you were even thought off. I have loved seeing you from birth to 5 years. You are a sassy, spunky, loving girl and I hope that never changes. I know you are going to turn Kindergarten upside down (in a great way). You will make a great friend to others and share your spunk with them. I love our time we have had- you have grown into a beautiful young girl and I can't wait to see what next year has in store for you!
Your laugh cracks me up and I love how you are always making others laugh as well. You are such a caring kid. You make sure everyone is OK when we are doing our activities and playing outside. I love the stories you tell while playing. Your imagination is huge. I know you are going to do well in school next year- even though you may play shy and not say what you really know! :) I am glad I will see you before school next fall- it doesn't make saying good-bye as hard!
I have loved getting to know you more this year through daycare and Church. You are such a gentlemen. You always keep me on my toes and love routine. I am very sad you will not be here next year but know your class of 5 year olds will be just what you need. You will continue to be a leader and role model for others! Always keep smiling and have a great year next year!!!
New school and Kindergarten will have nothing on you! When you started you were this shy little guy! And now you are always making everyone smile, laugh, and play silly games. You are a friend to everyone. You are no longer shy but outgoing. You are a sweetheart and have added a lot to our daycare the last two years. Good luck to you lil buddy as you will soar at T-North and in Kindergarten!!
Thank you for being a part of our daycare part time. I have loved seeing you play and learn here. You are a good friend to Kendal and I know she will miss you next year when you are in school. You are such a leader. I know you will love school and do so well as you have had here!!! Come and visit and we'll plan a spend over soon!!! Good Luck in kindergarten!!!
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
This Thursday will be a tough day. I am saying good bye to 4 kids (one I will keep during the summer and one will drop in). This year two of my families will go to a new school. When our district re-drew school boundaries to help with over populated schools, there was no plan that kept our neighborhood and theirs going to our current school. These families will be missed. a lot. With a heavy heart, I wish Isaac, Easton, Kate and Emily the best of luck next year! They are outstanding kids will be awesome no matter the school. Love you guys and visit us often. Qman and I say so!
Nolan and Ashlyn are going to Kindergarten. Nolan (and his sister M) have been coming over a year. They joined us from another provider. Nolan will be going to SHES with Ashlyn. Ashlyn and her family have been coming to Peanut Gallery for 7 years. Good byes are not my thing but I know these two kids will add some spunk and sass to the school next year. And I can't wait to see how they make Kindergarten rock.
Landon's last day is Thursday too. I met his family through church and Cubbies. I was blessed to see him during our week through daycare and at church through Cubbies. He is moving on to a 5 year old class at another center! He is going to have a great time with older kids. He will do well in his new class as well. I can't wait to see how he owns it.
Daycare is personal. It is an extended part of our family! This time is so bittersweet. We are loosing some great kids. But as we loose some, we are adding some. I can't wait to introduce you to some fun kids in the next couple of weeks. So stay tune!
To my parents... Thank you for this past year and many more. Dustin and I have had a great time watching over, teaching, and watching your child grow into the person they are today! It is an awesome feeling to see how far they have come from when they have started. Our door is always open and please keep in touch! We love you guys and your kids!!!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Kendal did a great job on Thursday night. I could really hear her singing. She loved going to school 2x a week and it was a good balance for her first year. Next year she will be attending SHES as a peer model for their preschool program. Kadyn and Mia both went through this program and I am excited Kendal will experience it as well. It will be 4x a week in the afternoons. I love the PM spot so I can grateful it worked out.
Yesterday this little boy turned one. I dislike it when people say, "where has the time gone?". But I am at a loss of words to describe where my year went? I look back at his pictures and I see that time was spent laughing, loving, holding, napping, feeding, folding, cleaning, and mom"ing". I know where the year went. I have his memories and pictures that remind me where it went. It still went by too fast. I remember holding him while he slept and his little hand grabbing my shirt while we cuddle. I want to enjoy every day as I know he is our last (unless Dman's procedure didn't take), and while this year was spent being a mom to this incredible little person, it still went by way too fast!
My Mother's Day picture for 2014 was taken around 8pm, not in our pretty church clothing but on the trampoline as we ended the day! Qman was in his PJ's, I had no bra on (now you're looking to see if you can tell), Gaby smelled, and Kadyn's hair was crazy and well... that sums it up.
Mother's Day is not my favorite holiday. I think if we are doing our jobs as wives, moms, daughters we shouldn't need one day to say, "I love you mom". So, Dustin and I really do not make a big deal of this day. But... here is it Mother's Day 2014, my first Mother's Day as a mom to 5 awesome, rock star type kids!
Our family celebration for Qman. A friend made a cake for Quentin so we would have cake on his actual birthday. After Gaby had drum lessons and Mia had dance we had a fun time singing and giving Q his gift from us. He was getting mad... he wanted his CAKE!
Tonight Mia and I started to read her "Read to Me Bible". I wanted to know how much she could do on her own. The creation story was eight pages long and she rocked it. Stumbling on a couple of words only. This makes my heart so happy that she is on target and loves to read.
So... our reward??!! Cheap dinner at Sam's where everyone had greasy pizza and hotdogs!
As we approach summer, I am trying to get summer school lessons ready for Kadyn. I feel like she has made some good progress and I don't want to see her go backwards. This will be a challenge for me as I feel like summers we become lazy on our routine.
As we wrap up the year, it is bitter sweet. Gaby goes to middle school, Kadyn's teacher of 2 years is on maternity leave, and I loose some amazing kids to school and new schools. I am looking forward to our summer but sad to say good bye's. I love my daycare families and their kids as my own. Kadyn has LOVED having 2 of her classmates get on the bus with her- she had grown closer to them this year because of the before school care. This kids are just great kids. And my time with them is coming to an end.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
I don't have any words of wisdom to share with you. All I can do is share my thoughts on being your mom this past year. When we first found out we were going to have you, I cried. Like a lot. Not because I didn't want you because I was scared. I was worried how having a 5th child would fit unto our already crazy life.
God worked on my heart. Like a lot. He has carried us through what has been one of the best years of my life. Watching you grow, smile, and be so content has taught me a lot. God knew how you would change me and our family forever.
Qman 1mo. old
Qman 6 mo. old
Being your mom has been a little different then being a mom to Gaby, Kadyn, Mia and Kendal. Like a lot. Girls vs. Boys? I don't know. I am not sure if I can explain this. No, I don't have favorites. Having a son is just... different. During the past year I have learned to slow down, smile more, laugh louder, and love unconditionally. I want to be a good mom so you will be a good husband and father to your future wife.
You are so content, you have the biggest blue eyes (thanks to your daddy), you love to give hugs and kisses, you are very laid back, biggest smile that brightens a room, and you love your family.
Qman 1 year old
My hope for you: is that you always stay as happy as you are- it truly is contagious. Your little heart has already made such an impact on this family. Make other smile as much as you have made me smile. Make others laugh as much as you have made us laugh. Use your dad as a role model on how to treat people especially the girls that might come and go in your life. And most importantly, as you grow up and let God always be #1 in your life. For dad and I will not be perfect parents, we will make you mad and we will make mistakes. However, you do have one perfect parent and He is the one that made you fit perfectly into our life.
To my son. I love you. Like a lot. You have made me a better mom. And for that I thank you. I have had a blast watching you grow and develop this rock star personality you have this past year. God willing, we will have many more celebrations. Happy Birthday Quentin Neal. We love you big much!