Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mother's Day Breakfast

Boo's preschool class had a Mother's Day breakfast during the last week of school.

The breakfast area was decorated with the kids' art, and there were preschooler crafted gifts for us by our places at the table.  We enjoyed our Panera bagels and egg souffle, and then an informal picture frenzy began. Some of these kids have been with Boo for three or four years.  We've done birthday parties and play dates.  They are all such good kids and Boo has had such a great experience with them.

After breakfast and pictures, Boo's teacher read a short paragraph on each mom that had been dictated by the kids.  They were, of course, entertaining and touching.  In hers, Boo mentioned how much she loves peanut butter balls, and how Kitty picks out the chocolate chips and leaves the rest.  

It was so close to the end of school, it was also a celebration of finishing prek and moving on to kindergarten.  The kids sang us several songs, included an absolutely adorable one their teacher had written about all they had learned that year and how they were ready to move on to kindergarten.

Kindergarten, here we come!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Spring Soccer

We finally did it.

We signed Boo up for spring soccer.

It's over now, so I can say it was a good experience for all of us.

J ended up as head coach of her team last minute because they had so many kids sign up in her age group.  And he did an awesome job with the kids.  Her team was small, there were only five of them.  She was the only girl on her team, which initially was very upsetting to her.  But after the first practice, she was okay with it.  I really don't think we could have asked for a better bunch of kids or parents.  Boo got along so well with her team mates.  And one of her team mates had a sister Kitty's age, so they played together during practices.  By the end they were calling each other 'my sister'. 

The first practice was sweltering, then we had a long streak of freezing cold practices and games.  But by the end, the weather was great and Boo was really getting the hang of it.  I was sorry to see it come to an end.  I'm not sure if we'll be able to talk her into another round, but it was fun to do it at least once.


 These pictures are from her first game, she did a great job of getting in there.
 Sitting on the bench with her buddy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Princess Party

Kitty was invited to her first birthday party this month, a Princess Party at Gymboree for a preschool friend.  Boo is friends with her older brother, so Boo was invited as well.

I try really hard to keep the princess-ness to a minimum around here.  But we still have plenty of princess dresses, and Kitty chose the Rapunzel dress.  It was a good choice, it had the shortest hem, making all the gymboree activities a little easier.

Kitty was pleased as punch to dress up and 'twirl'. 

While the cake was being served, they did a pinata.  It was very clever, instead of using a stick to break it open, it had strings for the kids to pull on to bust it open.  Boo didn't quite catch the instructions.  She marched up for her turn, and finding nothing to hit with, gave the strings a good smack with her arm.  Kitty gave the strings a delicate little tug when it was her turn.  Not only did candy tumble out, but sparkly bracelets, rings, and tiny bottles of nail polish. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Easter, 2012

Easter was absolutely beautiful this year.  The spring weather has been unusually mild, so we could have our Easter egg hunt outdoors for a change.

On Saturday, the cousins came over for some Easter egg decorating.  Heather brought an egg painting kit, Kitty's dream come true.  She sat and methodically painted some beautiful eggs for a good 45 minutes.
 Boo utilized all egg decorating supplies and her eggs were works of art.  Then on Sunday morning, she turned 2 dozen decorated eggs into the most delicious deviled eggs we've ever had, with only minimal supervision.

 Easter Sunday was beautiful.  We spent most of the day with the cousins.  The kids were pretty happy about that.
 Rupps have quite an extensive backyard.  I think we had 2 full garbage bags full of Easter eggs to put out for the kids to collect.
 Kitty was only a little excited as she waited to start the Easter egg hunt.

It was darn near perfect.  The Easter egg hunt lasted a good long time, and the kids were finally tired of picking up eggs at about the time they were finding the last of them.  We managed to include only a minimal amount of candy in the eggs, with most of them filled with coins and stickers.  Happy all around!