Tuesday, May 25, 2010

First Day of Preschool

My baby girl started preschool today. We enrolled Rhiannon in a 3 day half-day program at Grace Espicopal Church in Gainesville. It's a wonderful program that I just fell in love with when I visited. It just felt right. Rhiannon is in a class this summer with 5 other little girls. In fall the class will be 10 students with hopefully some boys. This summer is just a class of little princesses. Her teacher, Mrs Shauna, attends church with us and she rocks. She's already planned a princess party day.

Rhiannon has stayed with grandparents while I worked for the last 3 years. We thought it was time to give her the structure that a school environment would provide and she really wanted to be around more children. We also thought that we would give the grandparents a break. Her little brother is enough to handle without a toddler around.

So, I planned to attend with her for the day, thinking that she would need me since she's never been to daycare or school before. I was preparing for a breakdown. At least a hiding behind my leg.

What happened? I didn't even get a kiss goodbye. She ran to her room, introduced herself to some kids, and never looked for me again. I hung out in the hall for 30 minutes to make sure she was okay. And she was fine. All day long.

Boy do I feel needed.

Truly, I was proud of her. In her big girl panties, and lunch box and bookbag. She loved every minute.

And, when I got there to pick her up. I got my hug and kiss. And she said she wanted to go back to school tomorrow.

What a big girl!

I hope I handle my first day back at work tomorrow just as well. I've really enjoyed my time home with my babies.
This picture is deceiving. Henry would not take a bottle. He went from 7:30 to 1:30 without eating because he refused a bottle.

But he's just so darn cute!

Good luck tomorrow Mimi and Papa! He's spoiled rotten.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

My sweet little man

Good news! Henry will now sit in a bouncy seat and a swing! So it may only be for 3 minutes at a time but that gives my arms a rest from carrying around a 14 lb baby all the time!

Check me out in my Bumbo! And I'm holding a toy!
Not a smile but not screaming in my bouncer.

Here are some recent smiles.

A Trip to the Cabbage Patch

Russ and I both were lucky enough to have maternity/paternity leave from our employers so for the last 10 weeks we've been in baby holding, toddler chasing bliss. But with our time off quickly coming to an end (sniff, sniff), we our trying to get in some outings in with the kids. Last fall, I had planned on taking Rhiannon to Babyland General before the old facility closed. The old facility was originally White County Hospital and is the hospital where my mother was born. So, it would have been sentimental to visit. Unfortunately, being put on bedrest in September ended those plans. But last week, Russ and made the trip to Cleveland to visit the spanking new Babyland General Hospital, home of the Cabbage Patch Kid, with our sweet little girl and our cabbage patch kid, Henry.

Let me start with an explanation. I LOVE dolls. As a child, dolls were my favorite things to play with. And as I got older, my mother bought me a doll every Christmas up until Rhiannon was born. Now she gets all the dolls. That being said, I was so stinking excited to visit Babyland General. I couldn't wait to see the dolls and to see Rhiannon's reaction to the experience.

Here she is pointing out letters on the sign.

The new hospital is amazing. It's a huge mansion that sits in the middle of the White County countryside with a view of the mountains. And the hospital did not disappoint. There were dolls every where. In cribs, in a school bus, in a classroom, in big kid beds, in a tree house, and in the cabbage patch. We saw a baby delivery and they named the little girl, Rianna James (no one ever spells her name right) after Rhiannon. Such a fun day.

We told Rhiannon that she kid pick out any doll that she wanted. She found a doll that she liked. A bald headed girl baby doll with green eyes and cute butterfly sleeper. I was excited because she wasn't one of the cloth face dolls that can clost up to $300! Good girl.
Here she is picking out dolls.

But then, she found Grover. Yes, the blue monster from Sesame Street. What is he doing at Babyland General? Home of the Cabbage Patch Kid Dolls?? However, he was found. And he had magnet hands and feet. Rhiannon immediately dubbed him "Ballet Grover" (because she already has a Grover doll at home but not sure why he's a ballet dancer. . .) and carried him around along with her doll. Well, Russ and I made her choose between Grover and the doll. Surely, she would choose the doll right? Wrong!! After much turmoil, the decision was made and Grover was chosen to go home with us. Out of the the hundreds of dolls we saw that day, we ended up with another Grover doll. At least it only cost us $11.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Daddy's Soccer Game

Russ played soccer for our high school and his Dad was also the coach. Yes, my husband and I graduated from high school together. No, we were not high school sweethearts. But we have known each other since the age of six. That's another blog for another time!

Anyways, last week, North Hall held it's first annual Alumni Soccer Game to raise money for the soccer association. Russ got to reconnect with some old teammates and play soccer again on his favorite field.

I LOVE to watch him play so I was so excited about the game. And Russ didn't disappoint. He told Rhiannon he would score a goal for her and he scored the first goal of the game. And almost a second one. He was awesome. Isn't he cute??

Rhiannon and Henry really enjoyed the game. The weather was beautiful! Here are some pictures from the game.

Here is Russ with some of the Class of 96 graduates from the team. Aaron on the far left (and daughter Isabelle Ann) was the best man in our wedding. Nathan is next and next to Russ is Jason, another one of Russ' best friends. They haven't changed a bit in 14 years. Except for the sweet girl on Aaron's hip!

Here are all of the players in the game.
This is of the players that played for Russ' dad. You'll see Rusty in the middle of the picture in the striped shirt. Oh, and you'll see Rhiannon. She refused to be in the picture but she wouldn't get out of the way. . .
Daddy and his future soccer stars. Notice I dressed them in North Hall colors, green and white!