Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kaitlyn's Last Day of Preschool!

This past week was Kaitlyn's last day of preschool ever at the Wonder Years!  We are going to miss them so much!  Unfortunately they are closing down this year so I had to find a different preschool for her to attend next year.  I'm sure it will be great too, but I will miss the small intimacy of this school as well as the price!  The other schools in our area are about $100 more a month that The Wonder Years was.  I only paid $160/month.  I finally found another one in Lake Wylie for next year that is $215/mo which is not great, but much better than most of the others in my area which are $260+.  Below is the pictures of her first and last days of preschool.  Because of her birthday being in September she is always going to be one of the oldest in her classes.  She is still considered to be in the 3 year old class even though she was 4 pretty much the entire year.  But for Kaitlyn I think it will be a really good thing for her to be one of the oldest.  She needs that extra time at home before starting kindergarten.


Here school had a small "graduation" ceremony, no cap and gowns or anything.  But it was great.  They did a wonderful photo slide show of all the kids and there were a lot of really great pictures of Kaitlyn in there.  Afterwards they called each child up individually and said a little bit about them.  Kaitlyn was described as "Sweetness"  which I can actually totally see.  She really is a sweet kind hearted girl.  She walks away from conflict and is always concerned about others.
 Here is a picture of her best friend from school Bayla.  I'm really sad that this will probably be one of the last times she gets to see Bayla.  Since her mom and I don't really know each other it's not as likely we'll get together much for them to be together!  Brayden kept photo-bombing the pictures! haha!
 Kaitlyn and her wonderful teach Mrs. Lisa
 Kaitlyn and her wonderful teacher Mrs. Sharon.  I was told that they were "buddies"  Kaitlyn always stayed by her!  So sad that all my kids won't get to experience this wonderful school!
 Kaitlyn's second best friend from school Violet

Allie's First Birthday!

Allie turned ONE!  I can't believe she is already one!  She is growing up so fast!  Here is her last monthly photo!  I'm so glad I did this with her.  It was so fun to see her grow through the pictures.  I also did a comparison picture to Kaitlyn on her first birthday in the same party dress.  I think they look so different!  Kaitlyn has so much more hair, but even their facial features look so different to me!
 Kaitlyn on her first birthday                                                                Allie on her first Birthday

Opening up some presents.  The last thing we needed around here was more toys, so we actually just brought some old toys out that Allie had actually never played with.  They had been put up b/c they needed batteries, but it ended up working out great b/c she really liked them and never seen them before!

 My mom got her a cake from Costco.  Since we didn't have a party (only family) we really didn't need a cake that big, but the Costco cakes are cheaper than the small cakes at the grocery stores so Oh well!
 Sisters!  Kaitlyn loves her Allie!
 Exploring her cake.  She really didn't eat too much of it.  Just kept squishing it and then flinging it off of her hands everywhere! haha!

First trip to the Dentist!

A couple weeks ago I took the kids to their first ever Dentist trip!  This is the first year we have decided to pay for dental insurance b/c it was so much more expensive to add kids onto the plan.  So we decided to wait until at least Brayden and Kaitlyn could take advantage of it.  I chose a pediatric dentist in Ballantyne rather than my family dentist in hopes that they would be better with kids.  It wasn't as awesome as my pediatric dentist was growing up, but good enough I guess!  One bonus was that they were playing Frozen in the waiting room and in the chairs.  So they both enjoyed that.  Kaitlyn did great.  She listened and did everything she was supposed to.  Brayden on the other hand freaked out.  He wouldn't even let them look in his mouth so I ended up having to hold his bottom on my lap and his head was placed on the lap of the hygienist.  She maybe cleaned his mouth for like 1 minute. Hopefully he will be better when we go again in 6 months!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Easter Fun!

We had a great Easter.  Our neighborhood had the Easter Bunny visit and all the kids did really well.  No one got scared!  They also had an Easter Egg hunt but it was horrible.  There were just WAY too many kids.  You had to start behind a finish line so once they told you to go parents were literally trampling over children trying to take all the eggs for their children!  Ridiculous! Brayden only got two eggs and that is b/c I picked up one and another boy accidentally put one in Brayden's basket instead of his own! On the actual Easter Sunday the kids woke up to find that the Easter Bunny had came!  We went to church and then later that afternoon we were invited over to a friend from church's house for fun with friends and another egg hunt for the kids!  That one went much better!

Our friend Katie also did another Easter photo shoot and it went great!  Well Allie did great...Brayden and Kaitlyn aren't very cooperative with their smiles.  But she still got some great shots!

 I don't know why, but this picture just cracks me up!  I just love how both Brayden and the rabbit are both just staring so hard off in the distance!  They both just look so funny here!

 Gotta work on teaching her how to do a more natural looking smile! haha!

Allie Catch up 10-12 months

I have been so bad about blogging, so here is an Allie catch up.  I will do her first birthday post separate.  We've had a rough couple months with a lot of sickness, but everyone is finally getting healthy and we're ready for summer.  As long as she is not sick, she is a very happy baby!  She can throw a tantrum though!  It is so funny.  She throws herself down onto her stomach and arches her back with her legs straight out and arms straight back screaming.  Seriously she does it every time you put her down and she is not ready to be put down.  She has started walking.  She took her first real steps at the very end of April, but started really walking right around her birthday.  She loves her siblings.  If she hears them upstairs playing and having fun and she is downstairs, she will just stand at the bottom of the stairs just longingly looking upstairs.  Once you finally pick her up to carry her up she gets so excited and starts jumping crazily in your arms and hyperventilating and making squealing sounds!  It's so cute!  She also does it every time our door lock opens.  She knows someone is coming home and she gets so excited!

Here is a picture of her eating some of her first finger foods
Allie's 10 month shoot
Allie's 11 month shoot