My Kindergarten Graduate!

Hello everybody!

I hope you guys are well.

Another day, another milestone has come and gone.  My darling daughter, Olivia, graduated from Kindergarten today.  It was pretty exciting and the ceremony was kept short, sweet and simple.  Her school decided on breaking things into sessions, which is great because kids (and some adults) can get antsy when things take too long.  At my daughter’s ceremony/session, there were 3 graduating classes.  Their names were read by their teachers and each class sang an inspiring song afterwards.  When they were done, we all filed outside and my daughter was given her diploma by her teacher.  Lots of pictures were taken and off we went home.  It wasn’t drawn out and I didn’t even cry one tear, which is very surprising!  The sun was shining and my heart is contempt with knowing that my child had a wonderful start with her education, had a kind teacher, and made new friends.  I can only hope that things run as smoothly as they did for the following school year.

A special thanks to Mrs. Licata!  You will always be her first teacher and she absolutely loves you!

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1st grade, here I come!

Congratulations Olivia!

Take good care all.

Until next time…

My daughter’s 1st day of Kindergarten!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I, on the other hand, am a basket FULL of emotions.  I’m happy, sad, proud, worried and extremely scared.  Why, you may ask?  Well my beautiful daughter just went to her 1st day of Kindergarten.  It was time for me to let her go into the real world and it was a daunting task to do.  I know I have to relax and just let life happen naturally.  But I also know that we live in a world that can be very, very cruel.

Yes, I’m a realist, but I’m going to do my best to focus on the positive and see the glass as “half full”.  Yadda, yadda, yadda.

My daughter woke up excited.  I made her breakfast, one of her favorites: chocolate chip pancakes with a side of sliced apples.  We put her uniform on, took pictures, and started our walk to school.  She, understandably, became heavy footed as we got closer to school.  I told her everything was going to be ok.  We were met with chaos, of course, at the entrance of the school’s cafeteria, but we were able to enter and find her class and teacher.  Then I looked at my daughter’s face and it was covered in pure sadness.  I hugged and kissed her.  I did my very best to put on a brave face, but honestly we were both on the verge of tears.  I reassured her that things were going to be ok, that she was a brave little girl, and that I was going to be there to pick her up, always.  I left her with the teacher and the other kids, looked at her one more time and mouthed “It’s ok,” turned around and left the building.  As soon as I saw my husband, who was outside with our two-year old daughter, I started to BAWL.  He hugged me and we walked home discussing how difficult, but necessary this new journey was, for all of us.  Good luck and may you learn a lot my sweet, little but brave girl.

Until next time…

Funny Face Sandwiches

Hello everybody!  School begins next week and my oldest daughter is about to enter Kindergarten.  I didn’t enroll her in Pre-K for two main reasons:  I wanted her to spend more time with her little sister and form an indestructible bond and I simply wasn’t ready to let her go.  The bond has been formed, but alas I’m still finding it really hard to let her go and there’s nothing I can do about it.  I can home school her, but I need to give her a chance to be among other children and experience a new environment.  I have to at least try.

I am going to miss her greatly, especially during lunchtime.  I have been feeding her since the day she was born and as she grew older, her palette grew as well.  Some days she’ll ask for pasta with a chicken patty or a whole wheat pizza or her favorite, a funny face.  What’s a funny face?  Well, it’s a peanut butter and jelly sandwich along with other items that I put together constructing a funny face.

Here are some examples:

PB&J sandwiches, mixed salad, red apples, grapes, bananas, strawberry, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips

PB&J sandwiches, banana, broccoli, apples, pickles, shredded mozzarella cheese, and chocolate chips

PB&J sandwiches, apples, banana, raisins, cherry tomatoes, and chocolate chips

About a few weeks ago, I surprised her with a different sandwich, a happy face butterfly.  She loved it!

PB&J sandwich, mozzarella cheese stick, pickle, marshmallows from cereal, and chocolate chips

When she starts school, she does have a choice between eating the school lunch or I can send her off with food in a lunch box, but I don’t believe that the happy faces are going to stay intact in her lunch box.  😦  At least, I’ll have the weekends until she gets too old.  I’ll settle for that.  🙂  Until next time…