Maria and Eli are social little butterflies. They make and keep friends easily.
Maria had a fantastic first day! I'm not sure about her teacher, only time will tell. But I am encouraged by the fact Maria will be writing me weekly notes and I respond for homework. Also that Maria seems to really like her. She placed Maria by a special needs boy because she knew Maria will help out wherever she can. And I do love that, that she trusts Maria with such a special soul.
The teacher wants the children to write in cursive which I also feel is a good sign.
Have I ever done my prison inmates not knowing cursive rant?
She does have a couple girls in her class who are dramatic, so hopefully there won't be anything weird. I told her to just stick close to those who uplift her and make her truly happy.
That is what I'm able to do knowing that at this critical learning point, my son is with Traci.
Case in point: As the bell for school rings, the students are let out. My Eli is smiling the biggest smile. Just spilling with all the wonderful and fun things he did for the day!!!
Pete the cat art! He got bubbles for good behavior!! He got cool Pete the cat sunglasses. He is sitting by his new best friend!!
Truly just excited to have been at school.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand a friend of Maria's little brother is in his class and they are now best friends. Which make me THRILLED!!!!!!!!! because they are the NICEST family!!!
He was so pleasant after school. I thought he might be super tired, but if anything he was just plain jazzed. He did some art, helped me outside with the lawn, rode his bike for 10 minutes (still working on turning).
So glad for SUPERB teachers!!! Makes life heaven for mothers who are teachers.
Ella was a hot commodity this season. She had brought up how she wanted to go to school so when I checked around I found a preschool at Spanish Springs. She was interviewed and out of 12 applicants, 2 positions available, she got one.
She also was called by Katherine Dunn, but since Miss Kathy retired I felt the closer school would be a better fit.
She loves her playground.
She did great when we left, although as we drove by she looked really terrified like she didn't quite realize preschool involved us leaving.
It was pretty priceless. We waved. She death stared.
But afterwards, the teacher told me that she is a quote, "phenomenal child". She was line leader, she was polite, she was kind.
She is the only girl and the class size is about 6 or 7.
She was super happy afterwards and told me that she had lots of fun.
I saw that it was a free day at a brand new rock climbing/gym facility and decided we couldn't pass up the opportunity. Usually it's $20 a person, so we had quite the deal for all of us!! And it didn't disappoint!!!
We started at the wrong end. The free climb walls are a little more difficult and we didn't know what levels were what.
But then we went to the kids area and they did pretty good! They got a little nervous, but were great about trying and just getting up as far as they could!
That's me!! I made it to the top where the rope got stuck!!! It was a 5.7 level (beginner.... seriously, there were kids doing this). I was really surprised at how much it worked out my forearms. But it was exhilarating being so high up and knowing that I climbed it!
A level 5.9, I only made it 3/4 the way up. I just couldn't find the grips!! But still, so excited!! The belayers were so helpful and kind!! They taught me instead of just doing the knots for me. I really enjoyed it.
And great tip, never use the metal rings!! I had no clue, but I guess if you slip it can take your finger right off.
The other 5.7 I made it up to the top. Such a magnificent feeling!
They had free kombucha. It just was a great morning and such a cool vibe.
Do I see myself doing this off the sides of mountains?
Not at all.
But why limit myself and say no. Who knows what the future brings!! What I do know is that indoor rock climbing is a blast!!!