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The Sunday Somethings, 14jul13

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Something that makes me happy: Maddie and I have been working on putting together the Lego R2-D2. It’s quite a project!

Something I’m thinking: It’s hard to believe that Maddie is actually in kindergarten now full time! I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around that concept.

Something I’m hoping: I hope that Maddie has a great first full week of kindergarten.

Something happening around the house: We’ll be preparing for guests this coming weekend! Gabe’s parents are coming for a quick visit.

Something I’m reading: I finally finished the 3rd Molly Fyde, and I think I’ll be taking a break from Molly. I like it well enough to continue the series, but I didn’t enjoy the 3rd one that much. I’ll still read the 4th, but I need to read some other things first. I’m reading Requiem (book 3 of the Delirium series).

Something Gabe is reading: He’s still reading Blood Song.

Something I’m watching: I’m watching Gabe play Super Mario Brothers for the Wii U.

Something I’m playing: I played a little Super Mario Brothers as well and a little Letterpress.

Something I’m creating: As I mentioned, I’ve been working on R2-D2. I also finished my 2011 photobook, finally! I need to run through everything and proof it. I’m so happy to have that finished! Next, I’ll have to do 2012…or maybe one of the two Disney trips…decisions, decisions. I’ll probably do the 2012 book first since the trips are easier than the general year albums.

Something tasty: The Maui Wowie pizza from Mellow Mushroom that we had delivered to our house this week.

Something Maddie is doing (5 years old): Maddie had big week with her last day of preschool, first day of kindergarten, and a special day of fun (since no kindergarteners attended on Friday). Her final day of preschool was Wednesday, and it was her last sprinkler day as well. It was also Cullen’s sprinkler day, so I thought that was cool that they were able to spend parts of Maddie’s last day together. On her last day, they had a special ceremony in the classroom (without parents) where all the kids and teachers said goodbye to her and gave her hugs. The teachers presented her with a special album of photos and messages reflecting on her 2.5 years at Children’s House. Maddie requested a dinner of cereal and strawberries as her night before school dinner, so that’s what she had! Gabe, Cullen, and I dropped her off for the first day. We arrived before the building opened so that she’d have plenty of time to get settled before the official start. The first week of kindergarten has a staggered entry, and each kindergartener is assigned a day (Monday through Thursday). Since our track (track 2) has two teachers, we didn’t know our teacher until after the first day. Maddie was apprehensive when we first walked into the classroom, but after she sat at her table a few minutes, she barely said goodbye to us when we left. We thought Cullen was going to have a meltdown, because he wanted to stay in the classroom with Maddie! We were surprised at how well the drop off went! We both went to pick her up at the end of the day, and we had our first experiences with the horrendous pick up line. It was even worse than usual because it was pouring down rain the whole time. It took a while to get her, and the first thing she said when she got into the car is that she wanted ice cream. I had promised that we would try a new frozen yogurt place when I picked her up, and I will say she never forgets promises like that! She talked a little bit about her day, but she didn’t say too much until later. Maddie and I went to Orange Leaf, a new to us froyo place. So far, it’s probably my favorite of the 3 that we’ve tried! By dinner, she was talking more about her day. She told us about all the tests the teachers did (she figured out she was being tested!) and that she got “lots of check marks, but not all of the check marks.” She did some reading, and she gave us an example of what she read in a very bored-this-is-so-easy voice, “The man gave the boy a balloon. Here it is.” Most of our fears were alleviated in the first day! Only one other girl was there for her staggered entry day, so she was disappointed about that. She still worries about making friends. She told me at bedtime, “I’m not scared of kindergarten anymore, even if I don’t have any friends.” We were glad to finally find out who our teacher is! Of course, we don’t know either teacher very well yet, but we were glad to find out who we had and to finally get a supply list! On Friday, Maddie and I had a special day of fun. We picked up Melissa who joined us for most of the day and went to drop Cullen off at school. The kids were excited to show Melissa their classrooms! Maddie was a rockstar with her friends! They swarmed her and gave her hugs. She’d only been gone for a day, but everything had changed in the meantime. It’s a big deal when the kids go off to kindergarten! From there, we headed to Pullen Park where the weather magically cooperated. It’s been raining almost every day for weeks. We rode the carousel, had Loco Pops, played on the play structures, did some swinging, rode the train, and Maddie rode the kiddie boats. The three of us went to meet Daddy at The Shiny Diner, Maddie’s request for lunch. After lunch, Maddie, Melissa, and I headed to Target where we went school supply shopping. Maddie was so excited to get all of these new things for school. I had my first taste of how complicated school supply shopping can be! After school supply shopping, we went to the mall where we went to Claire’s for hair accessories and a new necklace (she insists she wants to wear her hair in pigtails and such for kindergarten) and to the Lego store for the R2-D2 set. Maddie and I have been putting it together all weekend! She’s putting together about 95% of the pieces herself. It’s a complicated set! After dropping Melissa off at her house, we met Kristin and Chad at our house and all went to dinner together. All in all, Maddie had a fantastic special day and saw some of her favorite people. At night, we have been reading The Penderwicks. It’s the first book that we’ve been reading together that has no pictures, and she seems to be enjoying it. I’m excited because this will open up a new world of books that we can read at night!

Something Cullen is doing (3 years old): So, as you can see, we’ve been rather focused on Maddie lately. Maddie’s transition to kindergarten has had a bigger impact on Cullen than I anticipated. He has been having more meltdowns than usual, clearly looking for some extra attention. He seems to do well when we take a few minutes and give him some extra attention here and there. He already misses having Maddie at school with him, and I think that he’s sad about it. He’s pretty adaptable, so I’m sure he will be fine. It’s just going to be an adjustment for him. He was so excited about his first sprinkler day, especially since he got to bring a book bag with his towel and change of clothes. He wore his bookbag all morning until it was time to go to school. At school this week, one of his teachers offered him several food choices at lunch. After the third option, Cullen says, “that’s some good waitressing, Candice!” That cracked up all of the teachers (and us!). You never know what Cullen is going to say. He’s ramped up with his love of Star Wars, and he’s always running around throwing lasers and swishing light sabers. He’s been getting more into Legos, mostly building random things with random pieces, but he can do some of the sets, too. He’s been successfully pull-up free at night for several weeks with no accidents! I think it’s safe to say that he was ready this time. Lately, he wants to sleep in his underwear with no pajamas.

Something I am struggling with: Allergies! They have been awful lately. I’ve finally determined that I need to get back on a daily allergy medication. I haven’t needed that since before Maddie was born, so I guess my body is returning to it’s normal crabby self.

Something I’m doing towards my goals: I’m working on my photobooks, woohoo!

Something I learned: We finally learned who Maddie’s teacher is! And I learned what a pain school supply shopping can be…

Something I’m looking forward to: This week is Maddie’s first full week of kindergarten. Otherwise, we have a few appointments, an evening with a girlfriend, and a visit from Gabe’s parents. I’m also hosting the kiddo book club (and not nearly ready for it…).

Something random: After having the same manager for around 13 years, I apparently now have a new manager.

Something captured: I took a bunch of photos of Maddie’s first day, of course. Here’s one of those.