Throwback Thursday – Preschool Fun

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday.  Today’s Throwback Thursday photo is of Ian at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego, California.

This photo was taken in 2010 when he was almost 3 years old.  We went with my parents to see the lighthouse and Cabrillo National Monument.

He had a great time and was fascinated with it all. We bought a few miniature lighthouses, a coloring book, a book, and postcards. And, we took lots of photos.  It was a great day!

In this photo, he was talking to my mom. Soon after he looked up in the top of the lighthouse with my dad and loved it!  He could see for miles and was quite happy.  I love his sweet smile, dimples, and blue eyes.  And, I love that he is on his tippie toes.

Even then he was fun to talk with.  He has always had his own ideas on things and we love that.  In fact, when he was very young, he called a stop sign, an octagon.  We knew then that we had an inquisitive and fun child!  And he has continued to amaze us every year since.

We had a lot of fun adventures while he was a toddler and preschooler.  We traveled to Florida, California, and North Carolina.  We shared many amazing experiences and learning opportunities.  Throughout each place, we read together and learned new things.  It was a precious time for all of us.

Now Ian loves school and is thriving in second grade.  He looks forward to going to school and learning new things.  We are beyond blessed and thankful for that!  He continues to have great ideas and grasps things beyond what we have expected.

This morning I received a call from our vice principal saying that Ian had received an award for going above and beyond.  I am so very proud of him.  He tries to do his best and is excelling.  It is great to hear that he has been awarded for that.  I will give him a big hug when I pick him up.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Memories of a toddler age boy
  • Watching the learning both in preschool and now in school
  • A boy who has always loved books
  • Listening to Ian read a favorite Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems
  • Having Ian explain his Lego creation of Heaven and wanting to know what Heaven looks like
  • Early morning chats before school
  • Ian receiving an award for working hard at school
  • Hearing “I love you Mom” followed by a kiss on the cheek
  • Waffles and sausage for dinner with my parents
  • An upcoming field trip with Ian and his classmates
  • A husband who is a great partner on this amazing journey
  • A father and son who love to spend time together
  • Our upcoming camping trip with Ian’s Cub Scout Pack
  • Ian’s school and all of the amazing teachers and staff
  • Walking home from school in the rain
  • Hand-me-downs from our loved ones
  • My brother and sister and their families
  • Cooking and baking with Ian
  • Grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins
  • Family and friends who we love and cherish
  • My parents and in-laws who are wonderful grandparents
  • Mostly good health
  • The love of learning
  • Savoring the small moments

I wonder what new and fun adventure we will have next with Ian?  I cannot wait to find out.  And, I will savor each minute.

Back to School

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday!  Today is the first day of the second week of a new year.  Cool, isn’t it? After a 2 1/2 week Christmas break, Ian went back to school.  This is the second half of his kindergarten year.  He was so excited about it as well.

Last night he was almost too excited to go to sleep but finally did. We talked about being back at school and learning again and about stories that he can create.  He enjoys making things up and reading, which I absolutely love.

Then this morning he woke up pretty easily, did his jobs before school without too much complaining, and was ready to go.  His jobs are eating his breakfast, taking his vitamins, using the bathroom and washing his hands, brushing his teeth, and getting dressed. We often have a contest to see who can get dressed first.

I made him his lunch, and made sure his backpack had all of his stuff in it.  He wanted to include a book that he’d worked on yesterday to share with his class.  He drew 7 pages of pictures and then had me transcribe his story.  It is inspired by a Lego video he’d seen online.

We bundled up in his new coat that he got at Christmas as well as his gloves.  With that he was warm.  We walked out to the car, got in it, put up the garage door, started the car with no trouble (thank goodness), backed out and were on our way.

Everything looked very cold and frosty on our way.  It was beautiful and we got to see the sun rising.  A lovely winter day.  Then I parked the car, we got out and walked into the school at the door near his classroom.  The grass and leaves crunched under our feet. Ian enjoyed the sound.

school-mathWe went inside and waited for the bell to ring. There was time to take off Ian’s coat so he was ready to go in, do his classroom jobs, and get started learning.  Brrringgg.  Bell rings and we walk to the classroom with a big smile on Ian’s face.  His teacher said, “I have missed you Ian.”  He was very happy to hear this from this teacher as I was.

Being back to school is just the thing he needed.  He loves school and loves to learn.  For that I am truly thankful!  Each Wednesday, our district lets out early and the teachers have inservice time.  That way we don’t have to miss entire days for their training.

So a short day will be just the thing for getting back into the routine.  Then we’ll have two full days before the weekend.  Should be a great rest of the week!

Not only was Ian happy about seeing his teacher and the classroom, he was also happy to see his friends.  Today is PE and he was looking forward to that as well.

Today I am thankful for:

  • A boy who loves learning
  • A school where he is encouraged to learn
  • A teacher who truly enjoys teaching and likes having Ian in her class
  • Being able to make our son a yummy lunch to eat at school
  • A garage where our car stays warm and dry
  • Chatting with my son and husband in the morning
  • A short trip to the school where we can talk about our day
  • Hot tea with creamer
  • Hot breakfast
  • My fuzzy slippers
  • The quiet of the house as I work at home and putter around
  • My son’s creativity and zest for life
  • My family and friends
  • The fun of picking up Ian after a day of school, giving him a snack, and hearing about his day

Whether your kids are back at school or not, I hope and pray that you and they have a terrific day!