Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sonshine School

Last week Betsy started preschool at our church. It's called Sonshine School and it's two days a week from 9:30-2:30. It is cheaper than what I was paying at her old Mother's Day Out and that was only one day a week. I was excited to get the call she was accepted after being on the waiting list for a while. I love this because it is at our church and they incorporate Biblical lessons into their curriculum. She recognizes lots of friends from church so that was fun for her. This week was her first full week and I was slightly anxious about how she would do since she hasn't experienced a two-day a week program. She loves it and of course her teachers have wonderful things to say about her every day I pick her up. I was able to find a class that works with my school schedule that coorelates with her time at school so it works perfect. I drop her off and go hang out at my mom's house for a couple hours (she lives really close to UCO) and have those wonderful two hours to do NOTHING but sit and watch TV. nice! So after my class ends I have a little time to kill before picking Betsy back up. I have enjoyed it because now on those two days I don't have evening classes! Yippee!

If this is a precursor to Pre-K then she will do awesome. As for me? I'm not so sure. It's a really, really hard pill to swallow to watch your one and only baby grow up and move onto big milestones.

Here is Betsy on her first day at Sonshine School. She is just such a beam of light! I took this picture, got her situated in her class, kissed and hugged her a million more times then bolted to my car and sat there for about 10 minutes and cried.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My baby isn't so much a baby...

She's a big girl now at 4 years old.
We had her birthday at a bouncy house this year and it was a big hit. The birthdays past we have had her birthday party outside which I have always enjoyed because I love making her birthday a big deal. She is a big deal and her birthay was a big deal. I always want to make sure it is a very special time for her. It has just been so stinkin' hot!

This year was extra special because all of her cousins came from out of town and spent our special day with us. That meant so much to me and Betsy loved having everyone there! As she gets older it is so fun to watch her make friends and to see how she interacts with each different friend. She is very social and I thought it was neat how she made a point at her party to play with each person.

Of course we always remember Grace and Olivia at Betsy's parties, but this year we chose to remember and celebrate them in private which I enjoyed. I certainly don't want to make any one uncomfortable at the party and Betsy is old enough to ask questions and so I felt this year was best to remember my angels just between our family. It seems so crazy to think I should have three 4-year-olds.

I got a cute idea from a mom friend of mine, to make a birthday chain to count down the days until her 4th birthday! This was fun and an activity that actually held Betsy's attention so it was a WIN! situation.
All the links decorated and ready to make into a chain

The finished chain

This year I got a little crafty and made a birthday dress for Betsy. I think I did pretty good!

Notice the butterflies on the back-for her sisters

Here are a few pictures from Betsy's birthday party. I wish I could have gotten all her friends together for a group pic. I regret that. The best I have is everyone darting in different directions...they all liked the bounce house apparently. Haha! I am so blessed for the friends and family that are in our lives.

On Betsy's real birthdate we took her to Toys R Us to let her pick out her very own bike. She is part of the birthday club so she got hooked up with a birthday crown and a birthday balloon.

Betsy and her new bike from Mommy and Daddy

Happy Birthday to my tiny miracle...who isn't so tiny anymore.