We have officially started the 2014-2015 school year! This year threw us a little curve ball. Since we moved a year ago, we ended up in a new school boundary. We tried to open enroll in the school where Zane had already gone (Kohl) but to make a long complicated story short, we never got a spot there. So we ended up having to move to a new school (Aspen Creek). I felt so bad for our Zane, to move him away from friends and a school he really liked. And I was bummed to have to leave my friends that we had made too! So I felt pretty worried and nervous the first day.
But Zane was unbelievable! He was such a champ at joining right in and meeting new people and just being completely fine with a new school. He has been happy everyday and is handling the change way better than I ever expected. I love how sometimes we learn so much from our kids. I just need to follow his example of jumping right in to a new situation with a super positive attitude!!
And so far, the school seems great and we will be good about staying in touch with friends from our old school. :) I'm so so so so proud of him.
Zane is a second grader!!!!!!!!!!!! That is the grade that I taught! It just seems so so weird to me that my sweet baby could be that age. His teacher's name is Mrs. Stone. She seems like she's ready to challenge the kids and teach them a lot. He also got to be clustered with other gifted and talented kids to have other kids like him to work with.
Right now, he's into sports! He is loving football and other sports. He wants to wear the right gear when he plays different sports - like he'll wear his football gloves to play catch, his shin guards to play soccer, cleats, etc. etc. He also loves Under Armour and bright colors. He's still really into reading too. He read SO MANY BOOKS this summer. We found a few new series that he loved. I always enjoy searching for the next book in a series (because he has to read them in order of course). We spent so much time keeping up with him, getting books at the library and buying some for his Kindle. One of his favorite books this summer was about a game called MineCraft. He spent to much time reading and learning the tricks and strategies of this game. And then he applied it when he played. He must have spent HOURS explaining all he learned about it to me. But I loved that. He also loves riding his bike and hiking and playing outside. Since our trip to Disneyland, he has also wanted to play Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean with the other kids.
Right now, Emmy is really into princesses. Every few days, she makes an announcement about which princess is her new favorite. She plays with her dolls non stop and puts them into the right sets. She also loves the villains. She still loves imaginary play. She is so good at pretending and acting. She's so creative, too, so she loves to color and create art. She's emotional and sensitive (aren't most 5 year old girls?) but so loving. She is fearless on rides, her bike, swimming, and other adventures. She also has been obsessed with playing games - Clue Jr., puzzles, memory, etc...
She did so well on her first day. She was READY to go. When her teacher opened the door to let the kids in, she didn't even look back. She just walked right in and hung her stuff in her cubby and was ready for the day. I'm so proud of how independent she is and what a good friends and leader she is to others...
I absolutely adore this picture of Emmy and Smith waiting for Zane to get home on the bus the first time he tried it. We were all so happy to see him after being gone all day.
Smith will start one morning a week preschool next week. We got to meet his teacher and friends and see his classroom. He's pumped, so pictures of that to come!