Weekend Wrap Up: Life Lately

Monday, August 17, 2015

We met all three teachers this week and are so excited for the 2015-2016 school year.  Is that even possible??!  Shouldn't it still be 1998?

The Friday we were driving home from Houston Ava's Kindergarten teacher called to introduce herself and set up and time for her to meet Ava one on one.  We met her this past Tuesday and she was just precious.  When visiting churches, Mrs. H was the teacher in her Sunday School class.  Ava has had her eyes on her for awhile.  She was so excited to find her desk, her cubby, and locker.  YES, lockers!! 

This girl of mine has come along way.  A year ago at this time I could not fathom her confidence level.  It still remains to be seen, but so far she says she's not nervous at all and "Berry Excited!"  That will make my job easier when dropping her off.  I mean we all know Imma going to cry.  While we do have another kiddo, everything with Alli will be so different.  We don't know what Kindergarten and school will look like for her.  I'm soaking up every.single.second. of these kindergarten days.  

On Friday, it was time to meet Alli's early childhood special education teacher and Anna Claire's 3rd grade teacher.  

I wasn't able to get pictures of Alli playing in her class because Ms. M and I had to get down to business.  This is going to get interesting over the next few weeks.  I am praying that it doesn't remotely resemble what it feels like.  But everything is new.  Everything.  New process coordinator, new teacher (who is precious, but hasn't dealt with as severe kiddos before), new speech path.  You could tell she was nervous and I flat out asked her, that's my nature.   

You're nervous aren't you??!  She replied that she was, but that she was so excited as well.  Her words that stuck out to me the most were, "This is a year of new beginnings for everyone."  

I replied, "I'm just going to go ahead and pray that is prophetic."    

I don't like new.  Especially when it comes to my child and her needs.  It scares me.  I feel more comfortable when people know what their plan is for her.  Half of me feels like a battle is coming.  The other half is meditating on His words.  New beginnings.    

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert"  ~Isaiah 43:18-19

And when I remember that, new beginnings aren't always so bad.  In fact, when I look back at other new beginnings chapters, something incredible has always come out of it.  


After meeting Ms. M we headed over to meet Anna Claire's teacher.  This is a year of new beginnings for her as well.  Her teacher is brand new to the district and she's in a class without all her friends.  She was a little nervous, but warmed right up to Mrs. D.  I think Mrs. D is going to need Anna Claire this year.  Everyone needs Anna Claire in their life.  She remembers everything, keeps us in check, and keeps us on our agenda.  I could not survive without her. 

3rd grade, y'all!!  Her last year of elementary school.  Ugh.  How did we get here??!!

We had to swing by the 2nd grade wing to see Mrs. S.  We adore this lady, so much!

And down the 1st grade wing to see Mrs. OK.  Words can't describe how much we love this lady.  She had AC right after we moved to Missouri and was SO good for her during that transition year.  She really pushed her too and is a big part of why Anna Claire does so well in reading and writing.

Ava wanted to go by and check on her locker.  It was still there!  ;-)

Love these sweet friends!

After Meet the Teacher, I had to stay and sell PTO shirts.  We got home after 6, just in time for the ice cream truck to make and appearance.  We had dinner, snuggled up on the couch for a bit, and headed to bed early.  It's the last weekend of summer! :o(

The weekend was close to perfect.  Anna Claire and Ava are both in competitive dance so we hopped up early Saturday morning for a dance team meeting about the upcoming year.  After the meeting, we headed home with lunch.  I was able to enlist some Back to School cleanup help, we wrote names on school supplies, broke out the Cricut to vinyl letter some folders and notebooks, packed backpacks, and baked a cake. 

Saturday night after dinner we snuggled on the couch again and watched the gymnastics championships.  I was trying to convert my dancers to gymnasts, but it didn't work.  They love to dance.  ;-)

Sunday morning we decided it was time to try to find a church.  John is now off on Sundays (hallelujah) and we can begin to tackle the situation at hand.  We've tried several places, several times and they have all been really great, but nothing feels like home yet.  It has been such an odd season and place for us to be because in Tennessee we were so involved and in church all.the.time.  John was on Leadership, a Deacon, and I was on the Praise Team and choir.  The church was our family.  We're now going on two years and we haven't found that home yet.  It's time. 

After only one service it was unanimous, "we found our church."  We're excited to dive in, get connected, and for this new season.  

I'm just now beginning to see a pattern here.

New beginnings.

Sunday afternoon, we headed to Springfield for some Back to School shopping.  I needed to pick up some shoes and a few more things for Anna Claire.  Being gone the last week of July and the first week of August really messed my BTS mojo up.  We had lunch and enjoyed the craziness. There was no time for pictures, but it was a good, good time with my little family.  Days with all 5 of us are few and far in between.

We made it home and the girls were dying to wash my car.  I didn't protest, but I did make them clean the outside first.  

Let's face it.  

3 kids in the car is tragic.  

We came in for dinner, a movie, and more couch snuggling.  I could get use to this.  Too bad it was the last weekend of summer.  

<insert sad face>

Ready or not, here we come school year!  

Here we come! 

It's going to be a good year....to new beginnings.

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