Thursday, May 13, 2010

Nearly Halfway Through May

Whew! May has arrived with a whirlwind of events...

Kindergarten: Em is officially enrolled in Kindergarten classes at the school across the street from mine for next school year. Gulp.

Parents' Visit: My parents' visit was wonderful! They were able to have LOTS of grandparent time with Emma, and she continues to frequently mention things they did during their visit.

I'm not sure what happened last year, but classes at Em's school were not permitted to have any off-campus field trips requiring a bus this year. However, they have found amazing things to bring TO the school for "field trips" in the building or parking lot. (Not the same, but better than nothing.) My parents first day in Florida, they were able to chaperone Em and her classmates as they attended a petting zoo field day. Pics below were taken by my Dad...


Tired sheep

Pony ride

DH and I didn't take time off of work...which I felt badly about at first. However, it turns out my parents and Em were able to have some amazing times together. They went to the beach and the storytime and art classes at the library. On Saturday we all went to the zoo. We were able to meet up with DH's parents for dinner that night. It was nice to have time with both sets of "grands" together.

Grandpa, Emma, and Grandma at the Jacksonville Zoo

We loved having them here for a visit, and can't wait to see them again this summer!

Mother's Day: Last Friday, Emma's class hosted a wonderful Mother's Day luncheon. When I entered the hallway, Em's teacher was standing there. I saw her gesture to Emma who greeted me with a photograph and adorable book she had made. The book includes her handprints, a poem, a beautiful hand drawn picture of me, and the following survey (Em's responses are in purple):

My mother has blue eyes and blonde hair. (True.)
My mom is 45 years old. (Ack! She aged me by 10 years!)
My mom likes to go places with me. (Yup!)
My mom is prettiest when she goes to a fancy party. (I must not be at my "prettiest" that often, as I can't remember the last time I went to a fancy party. Lol.)
My mom is funniest when she tickles me. (What? My jokes aren't the funniest??)
I like when she cooks mac & cheese. (Sighs. We have it at least once a week, since it's Em's favorite.)
I don't like her to cook hashbrowns. (Noted.)
She likes me to help her clean the counter. (Sure, but how about your room?)
When I'm nice, she buys me presents. (Interesting perspective.)
When I'm naughty, she gives me a time out. (How old do you have to be before you can get grounded? Kidding...)

After reviewing the handmade book, Em escorted me to her classroom where I was seated at a lovely table complete with centerpiece and tablecloth. Em then brought me a rose, and we had time to mingle and talk with other students and their mothers.

Next, Ms. Tyson (Em's amazing teacher) led a prayer. Then the children performed a lovely song for us. They sung "The World" by Brad Paisley. However, they replaced "baby" with "mommy," so it went something like this...

To the waiter at the restaurant
You're just another tip;
To the guy at the ice cream shop
You're just another dip;
When you can't get reservations
'Cause you don't have the clout,
Or you didn't get an invitation
'Cause somebody left you out,
That's alright, that's OK.
When you don't feel important, Honey,
All I've got to say is
To the world
You may be just another girl
But to me
Mommy, you are the world!

Awww! What a lovely tribute! We then ate a nice lunch---completely served by Em and her classmates.

Em and I at the luncheon

Sandwich centerpieces

Close-up of my rose

Recital/Concert: That evening, was the end-of-year celebration for the Em's preschool. It included her first dance performance. SOOOOOO cute! (I'm not posting many pics because they have classmates faces in them....don't want to post without parental permission.)

Em is the ponytail blonde on the far left

Em's first roses...DH surprised her with them.

Ballet pose

Ice cream after the concert


Disney: This weekend we are Disney bound to use the 4th day of our Florida-4-Day passes before it expires at the end of the month.

Chip off the ole block: Em and I are home from school today because Em collided with a see-saw handle at school and chipped her tooth on Tuesday afternoon. We're headed to the dentist this afternoon to make sure she didn't suffer any major damage.

Note the chip in the middle of her upper teeth? (Chipped tooth is her left central incisor.)

Hopefully I can catch up on blog commenting this afternoon. Hope everyone else's May is off to a good start. I am in the final weeks of school...last day for students in June 11th and I am ready!


Mrs. Gamgee said...

Wow... you guys have been busy!

I'm glad that the visit with your parents went so well and that they got some great Emma-time.

Miss Em looks adorable in her ballet outfit!

Ouchies on the chipped tooth thing. It totally sounds like something I would have done at her age. I was forever falling off my bike or getting hit in the face with soccer balls.

Happy belated Mother's Day to you my friend!

Kristin said...

Emma is such a beautiful little girl.

It sounds like your parents and Em had a great time together.

And, I am truly impressed with Em's preschool.

Miss La said...

I love the pics! It sounds like things are going well... I can't believe how much Em is growing with being a ballerina now! :) Fortunately if tooth had to chip, it was a baby tooth and not adult; praying no permanent or deeper damage!

(And since you asked a while ago... Twice you should have an apostrophe in parents'-- "parents' first day" and "parents' visit". Also, first pic is of goats, not lambs. My FFA kids would be disappointed.) :)

Yay for almost being done with school-- the end is in sight!

Alana said...

Thanks, Lal for the editing advice. I fixed my errors. :)

Marie W said...

It looks like the grands preferred to have Em all to themselves :-). Have fun at Disney!

Carrie27 said...

That's great that your parents came and had some alone time with E.

I love the little costumes they wore for their dance, simple, yet precious. Some of the costumes they want them to wear are so busy and much older looking than they are.

Danifred said...

Love the Mother's Day card and Em's answers. I think those are the best gifts ever.

Em is super cute in her ballet outfit. CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!

MrsSpock said...

Oh, that recital is too, too cute!

I love it when J's day care class does Mother's day projects- they took a photo of us together this year, had him paint a picture of a flower, and then framed them.