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Monday, September 26, 2011

Drop off.

For the first two weeks of school, Rory and I walked Lily in, every day. All the way to her classroom. She insisted on it. And she seemed fine with going in to the room by herself, so long as I held her hand on the way there. But, one day the principal asked Lily if she was ready to walk to her classroom by herself as we came in the front doors. She gave a very polite "no thank you!" and tightened her grip on my hand. The next day (a Friday), he offered to walk her to her classroom. She refused again, but since we had already talked about it, she told him that it was Mommy's last day. When Monday rolled around, she had a bit of a panic in the car as I pulled into the carpool drop-off lane. But lucky for all of us, our friends were in the car in front of us... Jack, who's in kindergarten too and his big sister Abby, a second grander that Lily adores. And when offered the chance to walk with Abby, Lily didn't even look back. (But for the first time since the first day of school, Mommy cried. And so did Rory, who could not understand why she didn't get to go inside.)

Anyway, we don't always get there at the same time as Jack and Abby, but Lily usually sees someone she wants to walk in with. And then, look who was waiting at drop-off this morning...
Lily had no problem getting out of the car today!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Practicing her "Arg!"

After much deliberation, Lily has decided not to be Rapunzel for Halloween, but to be a pirate instead. (Yay! Pirates are totally more fun than princesses.) And when her costume arrived, she couldn't wait to wear it. I mean literally could not wait. She wore it at breakfast. She wore it to play. And she wore it on a trip to H*me Dep*t. As she rode around in the cart (pretending it was a pirate ship, naturally), she greeted everyone with an "Arg!" or a "Shiver me timbers!" She was a big hit.
World's greatest pirate - no doubt!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Going Dutch.

For two weeks, Lily and her classmates have had an assigned color to wear each day, as they learn about colors. ("Mommy, do you know what a PRIMARY color is? It is red, or yellow, or blue. And if you mix them together, you get a DIFFERENT color!!! Did you know that?") And on brown day, she wore her jumper from Amsterdam. You know, the one Auntie gave her for Christmas. The one Lily very sweetly said thank-you for, right before saying "But I'm going to return it."

Sunday, September 18, 2011


This is a song that Auntie and Mommy loved when we were little.
The actual words are "Mud. Mud. I love mud. I'm absolutely, positively wild about mud. I can't go around it, I've got to go through it. Wonderful, fabulous, super-duper mud!" The girls love it, Rory especially, but we're having a hard time getting it on video...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

School Open House.

Before we left for our first-ever elementary school open house, Lily wrote this note for her teacher:After a PTA meeting where we listened to the amazing principal, meet the whole fabulous staff, and learned about all the fundraisers we'll be doing, Lily took us to her classroom. We saw her first couple of art projects... A self-portrait.
And a "circle bear" - the kids were given all the circles but no directions, and had to create their own bear.
Lily was very proud to show us her classroom, her chair, and her spot on the "magic carpet". We all love her teacher, her assistant teacher and everyone we've met so far at school. We're feeling very fortunate.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What I didn't want to tell her.

Lily came home from school yesterday and told me, "Today we had a moment of silence. Because one day some men came to a city and they didn't like it so they knocked over some buildings and they hurt a lot of people. So we had to have a moment of silence for the people that missed the people that got hurt."

It's a great, big, scary world out there... This is part of why it was so hard to let her go. She's exposed to so much more now. Deep breaths and fingers crossed that we can help her put it all in perspective.

Monday, September 12, 2011

The rest of their weekend with Daddy.

While Mommy was away, Daddy had to take Lily to her Saturday morning dance class. Which required a braid. Lily announced that "Daddy's can't do braids." But I think he proved her wrong.And then it was off to dance class.

Lily had lots of fun dancing!

In between skype calls with Mommy and her Chicago friends, the girls had lots of fun with Daddy. They spent lots of time playing and washing Mommy's car (which the girls think is almost as fun as actually playing - for real!) and painting a giant sign that said "Welcome Home Mommy!" Sweet girls, and sweet Daddy too.

Friday, September 9, 2011

First Full Week

Lilybug, I have to tell you, I am so proud of you. You are through your first full week of kindergarden and you are doing great. You go each morning with such confidence and come home excited, with stories to tell and new ideas. It is so cool to watch.

Mommy was away, so I got to take you to school today. The place seemed huge, but after a week, was already yours. You were my guide. You told me where to park, showed me where we needed to go and pointed things out along the way. You looked so little... my little girl, with a giant backpack, acting so much like a big kid. I'm not sure I can handle it. We got outside of your classroom and you just turned around, said goodbyes and headed in, ready to start your day. That wasn't it though, after you disappeared, Rory lost it. She didn't get a kiss from her Lily. With her in full-on Hurricane Rory, I was about halfway down the hall just trying to get her out of there, when you appeared around the corner and rescued me. You were so kind and thoughtful, told her it was okay, hugs and kisses to make it all better. Then you were off again. That was my big Lily. Thank you.

Later in the day, Rory was so excited to pick flowers out for you.

You seemed to like them.

And the Friday Peppermint Patties too!

Lily, starting kindergarden is a really big deal. It's been tough for Mommy and I to handle how little baby-Lily is left in you, but the big kid that is taking over is so amazing. You are clever and thoughtful, and so helpful to us and your teachers. We are sad to see baby-Lily go, but so excited for you.

I love you Lily.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Words that sound the same.

Mommy, talking to Daddy about an upcoming trip for a wedding: "Oh, bummer. The hotel that everyone else is staying at doesn't have any suites."

Lily: "I don't mind!"

(Mommy thinks to herself: "Sure, YOU don't mind. But none of us will sleep much if there's no door in between us.")

Lily: "I mean, I don't need any candy or cookies or anything."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Report from her Teacher.

Tuesdays are when we get Lily's folder from her teacher, with a weekly report on how she's doing, a note from the teacher about what's going on in class, and any work that's being sent home. So here's her first ever "report card".
And her artwork.

Working on numbers...
My favorite! A new family portrait... I especially love Daddy's big teeth and all of our piggy noses.

Monday, September 5, 2011

School chatter.

Lily, when Daddy tried to get her to sound out a word (which she can do) and then pointed out that she'd be learning to read at school... "I KNOW! I don't WANT to learn to read now. I only like to do it AT. SCHOOL." (Good thing I'm not homeschooling!)

On the ride home, while Mommy was asking lots of questions about her day... "See, this is the problem with school. I have to TELL you all about it!" (It's exhausting, I know.)

She's also explained to us in great detail what a smartboard is, what "specials" are, and that some of her friends have to walk laps at recess instead of playing on the playground.

So far, she's still smiling every afternoon when I pick her up, and she's excited to go every morning.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Swimming laps.

She was kind of exhausted, and didn't really feel like performing this trick again on camera, but you get the general idea.
Our girl can swim! I call her stroke the Lily - some strange, invented hybrid of the breast stroke and a doggy paddle.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

First dance class.

No fear. Just pure, contagious excitement!

She couldn't wait to get there. Couldn't wait to put on her tap shoes. One hour later, after tap and ballet and jazz, the teacher opened the curtain on the window so we could watch 16 5-year-olds jump and spin and wiggle in unison. Awesome!

Friday, September 2, 2011

First impressions.

When we picked her up at the end of the first "real day" Lily said, "I had a really fun day!" When I asked what she did she told me "I don't remember. But after lots more questions, she did tell me that she has a new best friend (Natalie, her cubby-buddy), that she had played on the playground, that they had circle time on the "magic carpet" and that she took her rest in the book nook. Oh, and on the way home Rory told Lily, "Lily I missed you when you was at kin-guh-gaaah-den. My big sister was gone-ed!"

When Daddy asked her how school was after her second day, she told him, "Great! It was awesome. Even better than yesterday."

We're off to a good start.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mommy's soundtrack.

Making it through the whole day without my big-girl-sidekick was tough. Really tough. Especially when Rory took her nap. The house felt too still, too quiet, too big. 4:00 couldn't come fast enough. And I probably shouldn't have listened to these songs...

Michelle Branch - Crazy Ride
Goodnight big moon, sweet dreams baby.
If I could have one wish tonight, it would be that you'll always keep, keep the starlight in your eyes.

One day you'll grow up, one day you'll walk out in this big world on your own.
And they'll be days that your heart will break and you'll swear that all your strength is gone.
But then you'll find a way to carry on.

Heaven knows that its a crazy ride.
It's never perfect all the time.
It will pull you down and send you flyin'.
So baby hold on tight, on this crazy ride.

Taylor Swift - Never Grow Up
To you, everything's funny.
You got nothing to regret.
I'd give all I have, honey, if you could stay like that.

Oh, darling, don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up, just stay this little.
Oh, darling, don't you ever grow up, don't you ever grow up, it could stay this simple.

I won't let nobody hurt you, won't let no one break your heart.
No, no one will desert you - just try to never grow up, never grow up.

Trace Adkins - You're Gonna Miss This
You're gonna miss this. You're gonna want this back
You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast.

There are some good times, so take a good look around.
You may not know it now but your gonna miss this.

3:45 couldn't get here fast enough.