first day of school

i truly had intent to post this well over a week ago but liiiiiiiiife. we were so busy leading up to our trip {i could name the 100 millions things we had to do and had going on but i’ll spare you} and i even brought my computer, with intent – again, to finish this post and publish while i was on vacation but that didn’t happen either {i’m a weirdo when it comes to unsecured wifi streams and won’t log into anything, so therefor, i didn’t log into my web account to finish this post! i should have known…}.

anyhoo, long intro to olive’s very short first day of school. i executed all the necessary preparations. i had pre-picked out her outfit, packed her backpack with the required essentials, filled out all her forms needed, and gathered all her school supplies the night before, amongst other things! olive was very excited for her first day of class this year! she loves going to school, she loves meeting new friends, and she loves to learn.

we got ready and we were all extra early. hc took ellie over to my parent’s house and no one was up and ready to go there! whaaaaaaa? we wanted to get to school early because one: the parking lot gets sooooo full and two: it’s her first day! we didn’t want to rush around and wanted it to be more relaxing and fun. my dad finally came out and hc ran out of the house like flash to come back and pick us up! we screeched the wheels on our way to school, of course the parking lot was fullllllll, and we were late – running our way into the building! ugh! what a start!

to top it off, i couldn’t remember what the classroom number was!! so there we were, walking back and forth, trying to figure it out. i ran upstairs to the office and they told me which room number it was and we slowly snuck into the room! we got called out and the teacher told me to come sit up front with the other parents, with olive and i obliged.

after the introductions and details of the how their day would look, the kids were given the green light to explore and of course, olive beelined for the doll house and barbies! after some time of playing, we circled back together for some final details and then everyone was dismissed!

we then took olive out to breakfast to celebrate her first official day of class. it’s the little things like this, that make me happy and i hope it makes olive happy too! i love making certain occasions and moments in life special. i really hope that actions like this will positively resonates with olive.

it was a great start to the school year and a wonderful start to our morning! we loved having hc there to make events like these whole. although, i had a #momfail moment later on in the day when i completely forgot to take them to their gymnastics class! heyyyy, you win some, you lose some. hahahaha!!

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[my girl]

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[she was being so silly…she kept dancing all over the place!]

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[mean mugging]

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[i love her]

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[always so somber and cautious]

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[going for the doll house and dollies]

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[she loves this doll!]

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[drawing at breakfast, getting ready to eat her rainbow pancakes!]

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olive’s last day of school!

ohhhhh it was olive’s last day of pre pre-school!

what. a. year.

i clearly remember her first day of school. she was nervous, i was anxious, and it was such a huge milestone for the both of us! fast forward to the last day of school and it was full of joy, laughter, and friendships.

olive had a wonderful time at school. her teacher, mrs. f, was so kind, sweet, caring, and loving. we couldn’t have asked for a better teacher to kick start olive’s education. she looked forward to every day of school. she loved mrs. f. she loved her my little pony toys that she played with every school day. she said lakshya and collette were her best friends. so many great memories created!

she learned how to put on her coat by herself, the days of the week, recognizing numbers and letters, the weather, colors, drawing, painting, cutting, shapes, the holidays, and so much more!

they hosted a costume parade for halloween {blogged}. they held a winter concert {blogged} and a mother’s day concert {blogged}. olive told me about thumbs up thursdays and special projects they worked on from day to day.

i always had a ritual. every day after school and before dinner. we would pull olive’s backpack out and we would look inside to see what she brought home and we would discuss her school day together. she would tell us about her friends. or what she learned. or whatever the focus was that day. it was my favorite part of our evening, listening to her talk about it.

i feel very fortunate to have been so involved with her teacher and all the fun activities they allowed us to be a part of. my most favorite volunteer event was when it was olive’s birthday and she was star of the day {blogged}! i was able to come in, observe their morning routine, watch olive lead the morning activities, and then i was able to read a story to the class! that was so much fun!! of course, we brought treats for all the kiddos to take home!

it seemed like the school year just flew by! before i knew it, her last day was upon us! i scrambled to put together a gift for her teachers and had to prepared my brain that this was her last day and i had volunteered to help out!

the kids got to take a field trip the ice cream shop – everyday’s a sundae! all the volunteer moms gathered outside the classroom and waited for the kids to come out. each mom was responsible for two kids each for our walk to the shop.

once we arrived at the ice cream shop, all the ice cream was pre-ordered and prepared! olive and her classmate kinley were the only two kids who ordered popsicles {their friend lakshya had pre-ordered ice cream but changed her mind last minute when she saw the other girls with popsicles!}!!! the rest of her classmates ordered ice cream! go girls! be YOUnique!

after the kids ate their ice cream, we all walked to the post office, where all the kids mailed letters to their parents. once we did that, we then all walked back to the school where we said our goodbyes and the kids continued on with their last day of school!

oh how bittersweet! it was such a wonderful school year and such a sweet ending for olive’s last day. thank you, thank you to all the teachers out there that do their best to further these kids minds and show them that you care!!! we appreciate you!

happy summer vacation!

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[waiting for her treat!]

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[she requested a popsicle]

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[oh my sweet girl!]

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[the last one to enjoy her treat]

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[spotted her paparazzi mama]

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[sending a letter to us…how sweet]

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[her new thing…biting the inside of her lip]

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[my diy teacher’s gift – MANI thanks for a great year!]

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xoxo

mother’s day concert

olive’s school hosted the moms and their families to the mother’s day concert!

i was excited. i love being involved in anything school related. i love supporting olive in any school activities. i find these moments, these years too short. i try my best to be present. i try, i fail, and i succeed. i am not perfect.

olive has become more tenacious, more vocal, more opinionated, and together we have become more combative. she levels out my thinking and really makes me look into the mirror, which i am so grateful for. i realize how difficult i can be, how irrational and temperamental i am. i absolutely love her honesty towards me and it definitely puts me in my place.

being a mother is such a great gift. i feel so lucky to be on this journey. the lessons i’ve learned, the selflessness, and the reflection i must look at helps me become a better person. having children forces me to be a better human as i help them become better human beings. it’s my calling. it’s my purpose. it’s what i am meant to do. children are the greatest gift in this crazy, messed up world!

anyhoo, the concert was so stinkin’ cuuuuuute!!!!! so cute! they did such a great job singing all their songs and i was so proud of olive! she belted out some tunes! it was so cute to watch and hear her sing her songs.

after the concert, each student grabbed their gifts for their moms and walked down to us! it was so fun and sweet to see olive so excited to see us and give me her present! it was a book of handprints…from september to may, celebrating each holiday or milestone throughout the school year. i loved seeing her hand print grow with each month…oh my heart!

after the gifts, they had cookies and water for us to enjoy. it was so darling and fun! i attached a video of one of the songs they sang. you can hear olive so clearly in this one. my heart is so full!

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[getting ready to sing!]

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[waiting for the teachers to call her down to give her gift to me]

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[olive ready to give me a mother’s day present!]

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[my focus was sooooo off but i love her expression here, so i had to post it.

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[how cute is this??!]

[my focus was sooooo off but i love her expression here, so i had to post it.

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[she’s so damn sweet]

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xoxo

star of the day

at olive’s preschool, for her birthday week, she was star of the day!

when class started, she was able to sit in the chair next to the teacher, lead the count with the star wand, and set up the day/weather board!

i was invited to join in on their fun and spend the first part of the class with them and participate in on story time! i was sooooo excited! i made little birthday treats for her classmates {funfetti bags filled with stickers and candy!} and brought in the book uni the unicorn {in celebration of her unicorn party we were having}!

i think i was more excited about this than olive was! it was so fun to watch her be so involved but, yet, she was being a bit shy. when the teacher asked her who her special guests were, she barely whispered, “kiki”. i had to explain to the teacher that she calls me kiki…not mom, mommy, ma, or anything close to that. haha!

once they went through their morning activities, i was able to sit down next to olive and read the class the book we picked out! it was so darn cute! the girls were so into the book but the boys looked lost or just not into it but overall, everyone seemed to really enjoy the book! it was not too long, not too short, a cute little story, and the illustrations were so colorful and pretty!

once i was done with reading the book, olive walked me out. i was sooooo happy and i hoped olive had a great time with me being there for her! i love moments like this and totally cherish the sweet milestones that we go through!

it was definitely a special day for olive, celebrating her birthday and making it for a fun school day!

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[she wore this party hat to school and continued to wear it for days…so darn cute!]

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[the teacher telling the class who is star of the day!]

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[is it cold or is it hot?]

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[reading uni the unicorn to the class]

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[she was not happy with the hat…hahaha!]

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[she asked me to take off the hat when she walked me out…it was so big and she was bugging about it]

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