Elise started taking piano lessons in January, after asking to do so for a while. Tonight was her very first recital and she played "It's a Small World". She was a little nervous, but did a wonderful job.
We are happy that she enjoys her piano lessons so much.
This morning all three got on the bus, excited as could be.
It was so weird. I totally thought I was fine. And then, I walked back into the empty house and completely lost it.
It feels a little strange.
They have been my full-time job for 8 years.
Now they will be out of my hands for 8 hours a day. My babies. They aren't babies anymore.
I definitely wouldn't trade that time for anything in the world, but when it suddenly (I guess not really "suddenly" although it does feel that way) comes to an end it is an interesting feeling.
I got a text from Stacy, who went through this when Reese started K three years ago. She was checking on me, and when I said I was crying she responded "#identitycrisis?"- and that kind of summed it up.
As they start this new chapter I will take this year to figure out my new role in our family. Going to try some new things, spend even more time volunteering at school, commit to a serious Bible study, be in their classroom once a week like I was for Elise, and try to figure out how I can best contribute to the family. From 4pm until bedtime they need me more than ever. That is one thing I know for sure.
In order to ease the kids into their new school half of the K kids go today, the other half Monday, and then they all start together on Tuesday. This year the split the boys and the girls, and so Bennett is taking on K without his partner in crime. Most classes at our school have about 20-22 kids, so this enables the teachers to get to know the kids for a full day in smaller groups before the school year starts.
Lila was a little sad that she had to sit out, as they had been counting down the days all week...But, when it was time for him to go she gave him a big (unprompted by me) hug! Made my morning!
And as the bus turned around in our cul-de-sac, Elise reached over and grabbed her little brother's hand. :)
After we watched them get on to the bus, I brought Lila to my parents so that I could head up to school and greet him when they arrived.
Here is our big boy arriving at school.
He immediately found some of his best buds from St. Timothy's on the playground.
Stevie, Landon, Bennett
Landon, Bennett, Stevie, Jackson
Ms. Farris showing her boys where they will line up each morning on the K playground.
One more pic of our sweet boy.
Half way through the day I received a text from his teacher- "Bennett is awesome!"
So glad she thinks so, because we do too.
As I treat I took Lila to get her toes done. She was thrilled, and got over the fact that she wasn't at school pretty quickly.
Then we met up with some of the other boys' Moms for a fun lunch! Love these ladies!!
Holly, me, TJ, Witney, and Juliet
All of our kids were in PreK5 together at St. Timothy's and we grew closer over the last year. They are a great group of Moms!
Bennett got off of the bus with a huge smile on his face - that is all you can hope for!
We found out the kids' teachers last night and we are super excited about the upcoming year!!!
Per our request, the twins will have the same FABULOUS Kindergarten teacher that Elise had, Ms. Farris.
We are so grateful!!
In addition they have many classmates that they know in their class (Myrt, Reece, Stevie, Delaney)- so they are super excited and can't wait for school to begin.
Elise, per Ms. Farris' recommendation, was screened and qualified for an academic gifted program and will spend most of her time this year with a teacher specializing in teaching gifted children, Mrs. Rios. She will also have a much loved teacher, Mrs. Madden, for the rest of the day.
(Not a huge fan of that term because we believe all children are gifted, but anyway... the program has been a great thing for her.)
Lila and sweet Reece, who will be taking on Kindergarten together
And the fabulous Ms. Farris!!
Elise starts tomorrow, and the twins are going to have a hard time waiting out the delayed kindergarten start! But, we get to go back up to school tomorrow for their screenings and then I plan to get them together with some fellow kindergardeners next week to make the best of the last few days of summer.
We were very sad to miss the end of the summer swim team banquet, but the kids were thrilled to find awards delivered by Coach Kevin when we got home from the beach.
We are so proud of our little sharks for trying their best this summer. In addition to their participation trophies, and race ribbons each of the kids got special awards voted on by the coaches.
Elise received Most Dedicated Swimmer. She was thrilled, as were David and I, that the coaches recognized her efforts. She truly is dedicated- many times practicing her strokes while we are at the pool for fun, and never wanting to miss a practice.
Lila and Bennett each were awarded the spirit award!! They do have some serious shark spirit and love to cheer their team mates.
Some mornings, I must be honest, it would be nice to sleep a little later in the summer since we would be able to if it were not for swim team. But the fun with the neighborhood kids, the relationships they have built with the coaches, and the improvement I have seen in their swimming (a MUST when you live in South Louisiana around a LOT of water) are so worth it and I am thrilled that they had another great summer of swimming for the sharks.
I am the proud wife of David and Mom to three wonderful blessings- Elise, Lila, and Bennett. I am thankful every single day that I have the opportunity and gift of spending the majority of my time with my children- who I love to pieces, and who challenge, inspire, frustrate, and teach me things every single day.
This is my online journal, which I am hoping the kids will see as a perfect substitute for a scrapbook or baby book--because I don't see those happening any time soon!!
Elise Laurent was born at 5:00 p.m. on July 19, 2005. We did not find out her sex during my pregnancy and we were thrilled to tears (and slightly shocked) to meet our beautiful baby girl. She was a big baby at 8lbs, 8oz, and David and I couldn't take our eyes off of her. Elise is an old French name that David and I have always loved. Laurent is both my paternal Grandfather's name and my Dad's middle name. We always dreamed of having a daughter and were so thankful and overwhelmed to be given such a blessing.
Elise is a true first born. She likes structure, likes to fully understand everything, likes her questions answered to her satisfaction. She loves to be challenged and to challenge. She is also highly sensitive and independent.
She is a wonderful big sister to Lila and Bennett....
Lila and Bennett
It would be an understatement to say that we were shocked to learn on November 11, 2006 that we were not expecting baby #2, but baby #2 and #3!! In just shy of two years we would have created quite a family!
But, on June 1st, 2007, at 36 weeks exactly, we were thrilled and completely overcome with joy and gratitude as we welcomed two big, healthy babies into our family. First, Lila Sue, named after my Mom at 7lbs 0.6oz, and secondly, Bennett Raymond, named after David, David's Dad, and my maternal Grandfather, at 7lbs 10.4oz.
Lila has been the vocal one from the start and to this day is still pretty much running the show. She is the life of the party, the entertainer. But she is also the most compassionate, most giving of our children.
Bennett is a true boy. He is active and rough and loves to tackle and throw. He also adores his sisters and his Dad and gives the best hugs around. His big baby blues get me every time.
Boss is the newest member of our family. He was born on June 15, 2010, and he came home to us on September 9th. His full name is Boss Brees Parnell. He is half maltese and half poodle, and 100% love. We are so thrilled to have him!