Sunday, August 17, 2014

a little first day of school recap is in order!

unbelievably we have a 2 year old and a 7 year old.
boys? how did this happen? 
well. it has. so now we must deal. but it is heartbreaking
how short the time these babies are on loan to us as 
mommies and daddies.

i love these ages.
crawford is TOUGH stuff.
giles is coming into his own.
with crawford, we are smarter. we are enjoying the chaos.
it is easy because he is so darn cute.
giles was equally as cute, but we wore iron fists with him.
it really wasn't terribly necessary we have discovered.
we are still quite firm,
but we laugh a little more.
we know it goes by in a flash.
we tell ourselves all of the time that crawford is "rurnt"
which if you are not from alabama, you may not be able to pronounce.
he's a bit coddled. a mama's boy. spoiled, if you will.
but HaPpY!
which is contagious. i love that about him.

giles has had the most awesome start to his school year.
he got in the car the other day and said that he knows he belongs where he is.
i mean- thank you GOD. give a mama a gift, why don't you?
i might have gotten teary. 
he is such a goooood boy.
he is super smart. i am glad he is in a place that can nurture him. 
he is a spirited boy. and i know it will serve him well.
his teacher and he have a good bond and she gets him.
and he really likes her. he told his mimi ann the other day that she is serious!!! 
i actually think she is just quite wise!

in true back-to-school fashion, we attended some meet & greets for the boys.

giles went first. mikey had to work so it was just me and the boys.
there is a direct correlation between that fact and how many pictures i took.
i got one with his teacher, mrs henry.
you will see why i got no more. in the background you will see
that crawford had discovered mrs henry's manipulatives....................

***sorry, iphone pic... i thought it was normally better quality???***

so the meet & greet was on monday. we took school supplies
and visited each of the rooms in his hall. every day he will have
recess and p.e. he loooooooooooooves p.e.! it is amazing what happens
when you have a real p.e. coach. his first introduction to p.e. was not 
a great one. the coach was no example of physical fitness & wasn't even
particularly nice. and he got to start each day going to see this unpleasant person.
so, there was much excitement when he met his new p.e. coaches. 
but, that is jumping ahead. every day he has a 'special' and those are
art, music and spanish, i believe.
he likes them all! 
and all three of the rooms are right by their classrooms, which is great. 
so, meet & greet was exciting, but we were still just a little dazed.
it was a brand-new-to-us school, after all!

i have a bit of a celebratory personality, you might say.
so, for sure, back to school is worth celebrating!!!
so, on tuesday we had a big day as a family just hanging out having fun...

the whole family went on a hike and had a funtastic time!

and then we made dinner. giles picked a cheese plate for his dinner.
that is actual an appetizer at the famous Rendezvous restaurant in memphis.
but, we made it dinner. and it was good.

 and then we finished with milkshakes.
giles picks good! 

 then we gave him a "schultute"
it is a german back to school tradition.
i am not even sure where i found it, but we did it last year
and it for sure is a fun tradition.
this year there was candy, a couple of tshirts, a ruler, & a small lego set in the loot.

and then there is the after...

and this mama needed one last special time before 
her baby started first grade.
so, i took him to one of his favorite places to eat... Surin.
we shared sushi, soup and chicken teriyaki...
so yummy! they have happy hour specials, so i treated my baby to happy hour for dinner :)
again... iphone. you are disappointing me with picture quality lately...
{i really don't have blue hair. gray? maybe. blue? no.}

 the following thursday was the first day of school. 

here we go! first grade it is!
 those slats in the siding make it easy to see the difference in height.
last year when we took his august kindergarten picture, 
he was a good 3 inches shorter.

 standing outside of his new elementary school
Tuscaloosa Magnet Elementary!

 this is one special lady! mrs kay harris. a dear friend to me.
and right there if giles ever needs her- she works in the middle school office!
she made walking into that big school, in a sea of people, brighter.
she was right there to greet us and give us big hugs!!!
what a blessing she was to us both!

 he looks so small to me here... 
little fella in a big school.
be still my heart.

fortunately mike was able to be home with crawford and i got to take giles.
we walked in and were directed to the gym.
it was a little intimidating, so i hung around.
 waiting on his teacher!

 just taking it all in...

 this may be the face of a maxed out picture subject...

so happy to see mrs henry come along! 

 first project/assignment was to use
play-doh to make something that represents them

 giles' class!

 he was being totally silly at this point,...
but look! my baby has a locker! ;)))

i would definitely say, giles feels welcomed. amen.

and then, sweet little tater...
or hornet. it really does depend on the moment :)

 this is crawford with mrs laura.
she is wonderful. isn't she adorable. she is just as nice.

and he's off! having so much fun!!!

and since it has been a few days since the first day of school... 
we have had some other fun notable moments!

on the second day of school, giles ran into ella on the way in.
she is his friend from his class at university place that also came to magnet.

and crawford had his first dental check up with dr wes!
dr wes sees both the boys. he has a daughter that was in giles' class at kiddie kollege.
and now crawford and his youngest, william, are in class together.
he is a fantastic dentist and giles loves going!
i was super nervous about crawford 
because he can be hot or cold with the unfamiliar.
he did great!!! not a shy moment or tear. praise!!!

he loved that suction thingy! so funny.

and we have gotten back some of giles' work.
this came home the first day.

well... that will have to do for a catch up. i am pooped.
so thankful for the teachers that giles and crawford have this year.
so very thankful.
the end.