Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pre-K Graduation 2015

My sweet baby graduated from preschool this week! I am so thankful for the daycare/preschool program that both of the girls are in. They both love the school and have teachers and staff that truly love them there. Reese has learned so much while there and is really ready for kindergarten.

At the graduation Reese was presented with an award for being caring. It makes me so happy to know that she is recognized for this. I feel that I spend half my day reminding her to be kind. While she doesn't always do this well with her sister (I feel like that is normal in a sibling relationship and when it is important she is the first to stand up for her sister) I am so happy to know that she is practicing it outside of the home. The school gave them a Dr. Suess book that I had been planning to buy for her to have signed by each of her teachers now through high school. They beat me to is and saved me a few bucks. I am so unbelievably proud of this little girl and am blessed to be her mama. I cannot believe that kindergarten will be here in just a few short months.

Reese's 5th birthday

This year we went pretty big on the party and I was a bit worried about it...and it turned out to be so much fun. Her actual birthday was on a Sunday this year, the day after her party. The family got into town on a Thursday. We had a family dinner with the family that lives in town and the grandparents on Friday evening. Saturday was party day. Reese requested a hula party, about 5 months ago. I wondered if it would change over time but she stuck with it. It ended up being so much fun and was such a great idea for a 5 year old party. Neal built a hula and singing stage, we had a piƱata and we got a bouncy house obstacle course that ended up being far larger than I ever imagined, and was so much fun. Reese had a blast and came out with more presents than any little girl needs but she was very happy about that.

On Sunday the family headed out and we had dinner with just our little family. We all had a lot of fun celebrating our spunky 5 year old. Reese you are such a blessing to us and the past 5 years have given us so much joy, we love you!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Could it be true love?

We have a handful of friends that are likely lifelong friends. One of those families are the Reynolds. They lived across the street from us for 7 years in our old house and we then built two houses away from each other in our current neighborhood. We are close and know each other pretty well.

They have a son, Grayson, that is 10 months older than Reese. Grayson and Reese have always had a pretty cute bond. Last summer (going on a year now) they started talking about one day when they get married. They spend time planning the ceremony. They talk about what dogs will go with them from our families- they plan to take the Reynolds' boxer Lily with them. They talk about where they will live- they had decided they would live at our house but turns out they recently decided they will live in the house that is currently for sale on our street. They know what color flowers they will have at the wedding, they know that Reese's friend Reagan will be in the wedding, they know that they will wait until they aren't teenagers anymore to get married and they know that there will be a lot of purple at the wedding. Depending on the day Ella can come to the wedding but if she and Reese are not getting along she tells her that she cannot come.

Lately Reese has been using the getting married thing as leverage with Grayson. If he isn't being very nice, or acting as she thinks he should be, she tells him she's not marrying him. She often comes home and says "Grayson talked mean today, we aren't getting married anymore". The girl has learned manipulation young. Poor guy!

Last week they spent about a half an hour sitting on the bench on our front porch eating his gummy bears together and talking. I heard bits and pieces of the conversation and the wedding did come up at least once. I doubt they end up getting married because their relationship is so much like a brother sister one. I just love these 2 so much!!