Thursday, September 22, 2016

Little Gymnast

Because of the Rio Olympics, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Ali Raisman and crew, I'm sure that gymnastics signups are at an all time high.  Every little girl wants to be the next super star.

So to add to the craziness, what did our family do?  We signed up Kate for gymnastics! What else? 

Truthfully, she didn't get to see too much of the gymnastics during the Olympics because it didn't come on until 10pm.  I really feel like NBC failed on this. I mean, don't we want to encourage our kids to get active and move?  But typically each night, the Olympics didn't really come on until 8pm, which is Kate's bedtime. 

Even though she kept saying she was going to karate, she was SO excited for her first gymnastics class.  

This was just a trial class but she enjoyed it so much, we went ahead and registered her for Tuesdays at 6:30 going forward. 

And while Kate LOVED the class, little sister spent the entire hour wishing she was a little bit older!

I'm sure this sweet girl will be out on that floor too before I know it! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday, Monday

Can I just say, the fact that it is not 90-something degrees and we can spend the evenings outdoors again is completely AWESOME.   And I think the kids enjoy it just as much. :) 

Here is our little Harry Potter-in-training.

And both girls love to try to climb trees. Unfortunately, we don't have very many good climbing trees in our yard. 

When it's Karsten's turn to "climb", she just walks over to the tree, looks back at you and says "Help me out!"

We even broke out the chalk. 

These two girls have my heart. I thank God for them daily, and am so beyond-words thankful that He chose me to be their Mama.  I don't deserve them, but I'm so glad to have them.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

First Day of "School" for Karsten

Karsten is officially a school kid.  Well, sort of.  We enrolled her in a parent's day out program at the church where Kate attended preschool the last two years.  It will just be one day a week, but I think (and hope) that she is going to love it!  Two weeks ago we had "meet the teacher".

(This picture is only posted because of those curls! I love them so much.)

We basically just went to see where her classroom is and meet her teacher. Since Kate only attended 3K and 4K at this church, we didn't know any of the PDO teachers.  I wondered how Karsten would do but since Kevin and I were with her, she walked right in and started playing with the other kids right away!

Last Tuesday was her first official day of "school", which goes from 9am until 2pm.  We pack her a lunch, and they take naps on a mat.  (Yeah right - I don't see that working for Karsten anytime soon since she is still in a crib.)  

It's a crazy busy time of year for me at work but there was no way I was going to miss taking her on the first day of school, so I ended up going in late to work.  I walked her in and as we got to the door of the school one of the administrators was there greeting everyone.  She said hey to us, and I told Karsten to say hey back and to tell them her name.  Well, apparently she figured out what was going on because she wrapped her arms and legs around me and held on so hard as if to say "Don't put me down! Don't leave me!"  The ladies laughed and said "Guess she figured out what's happening here!"

When we got to her room, I put her down and she walked right in!  I was shocked but she only took about 4 steps into the room and then turned around and ran right back to me. She figured out that I was leaving her but after a little prompting, she went back into the classroom on her own and I snuck away.

She is definitely our shy, reserved, clingy kid, but it only lasts for a little while. Once she warms up to you, she is most definitely not shy, quiet or reserved!  I'm praying this school year is a GREAT one for her, and that she makes lots of friends and has lots of fun.


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