Wednesday, August 27, 2014

harper's first day of school.

Harper went back to school today - entering the Younger 3s Classroom. She goes to First School from 8am until noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Just enough time to give her some quality playtime with her friends and learning time with her teachers while also enabling me to get some MUCH needed alone time.

She was really excited about starting back to school. When I picked her up, she said that she had a great day. She said that she likes both her teachers a lot and that her favorite thing about today was playing with her friends Allie, Reagan, and Henry. 

I was glad to hear that she played with at least one of the boys (and my guess is that in reality she played with all 9 of the other kids in her class today - not just the 3 she mentioned). She had been adamantly telling me that she wasn't going to play with any of the boys, but only the girls because she is a girl and she only likes to play with girls. After having a talk with her about how in reality she does enjoy playing with boys - specifically her brother, Hayden, and her cousin, Kennedy - she was apparently convinced that boys can make decent playmates. 

Suffice it to say, Miss Harper Grace had a fantastic first day of school.

Prior to heading off to school this morning, we had a brief photo session to capture the day. Here are the results: 




















For reference, here are two pictures from Harper's first day of school last year and one picture from her very first day of school - back in 2012 when she was just 1-year-old.

Last year - when she was entering the "2-year-old" Class:


2012 - When she was entering the "Baby/Toddler" Class:

Monday, August 25, 2014

thoughts about hayden's first week of school and second grade.

Last week when Hayden began his first week of school, he started off that Monday morning by walking into his new classroom with his hands above his head and elatedly exclaiming, "H-Dog is in the house!" (One of his often-used nicknames is H-Dog which is short for Hay-Dog.)

His confidence was obvious and I know that his exuberance was appreciated by his classmates - as well as a few parents.

Aside from his pencil box breaking on Wednesday (which resulted in a few tears and the declaration that the day had been terrible and awful), he had a great first week of school.

I asked him about what his thoughts were about this year and about Second Grade and he said that he was really happy that one of the lunch choices last week had been nachos - he really likes the school's nachos (and I have to agree that those nachos are delicious!). He also noted that he enjoyed having extra recess last week. His teacher is another thing he is excited about, as well as the new music teacher.

The last thing he mentioned was Math Group. This year Hayden is part of a Math Enrichment Program at school. It's for 6 kids in 2nd and 3rd Grade who are especially good in math. It meets before school (at 7:25am - school starts at 8am) 3 mornings a week. Despite the early mornings and the fact that it is "work," Hayden really seems to enjoy it. He genuinely likes math and the instructor seems to be teaching the information in a fun interactive way - which works well for Hayden.

Suffice it to say, it looks like Hayden is off to a stellar year as a Second Grader - something that makes me very happy!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

a flight comparison - me and harper.

As we were flying to Cabo a couple weeks ago, Randy and I both remembered that there is a picture of me flying in an airplane in which I seem to be around the same age as Harper is now (give or take a year).

We thought it would be neat to try and capture a similar picture of Harper. We didn't really try very hard though - we simply took pictures of her flying in the plane.

Below are the results:


I definitely see some similarities. Here are some additional pictures of Harper flying - just for good measure.



Monday, August 18, 2014

second grade.

Today is Hayden's first day of Second Grade. He woke up happy and eager for the new year to begin. He is really excited about the teacher he has this year - Mr. L - and also about his classmates (he is especially happy that his favorite female friend, Olivia S., is going to be in his class). 

He is definitely one lucky boy!

I can't wait to hear all about his day when I pick him up this afternoon. I really think he is going to have a great year and I couldn't be happier for him.

Here are some pictures I took this morning before he scooted off to school with Randy.







This is probably my favorite picture. 






For reference, here are some of Hayden's pictures from his first day of First Grade and his first day of Kindergarten:

First Grade:

Kindergarten:


He sure has grown! He looks so little and innocent when he started Kindergarten. It's amazing what a difference 2 years makes!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

family trip 2014 - cabo.

This past week, my family went on our annual family vacation. My brother-in-law Clark picked this year's trip. The Beldens - my mom and dad, The Carrolls - my sister, her husband, and their little boy Kennedy, and the Werners - myself, Randy, Hayden, and Harper, boarded planes and flew to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. We stayed at our family's timeshare in Diamante - a luxurious master-planned resort community a few miles from downtown Cabo.

For the most part, we just relaxed and enjoyed each others company during our time spent away from our "real" lives - which was truly time well spent!

There were a few bumps along the way - Hayden had a fever on the way there (which we didn't realize until we arrived in Cabo) and Harper had a slight fever on the way back. We also had to wait 2 hours to get through Customs in Cabo and upon arriving home after our grand adventure we unfortunately arrived without our luggage (it will be delivered later this afternoon). 

That being said, the positive, pleasant moments far outweighed any negative moments. 

Below are the highlights of my trip:
  • Spending time with my family.
  • Moments of relaxation - I didn't get to relax a whole lot, but there were definitely moments in which I could "turn off." I was able to sit around our pool in complete silence and read. It was nice!
  • A VERY good massage. I love myself a good massage.
  • A coastal cruise (see other post).
  • Zipling (see other post).
  • Swimming in our villa's pool and the pool at the lagoon.

And here are my favorite pictures from our trip:



Hayden "passed out" during our second flight. We thought it was because of the Dramamine we gave him because he was experiencing motion sickness - but come to find out it was because he had a fever of 104. Oops!
While waiting to go through Customs in Cabo, Hayden slept in the corner (again passed out from a fever - unbeknownst to us). Harper took pictures of him.
Harper decided to sit on him. It was hilarious!
Such a cozy seat.
Kennedy in Cabo.