Another Chance at a First Day

Another first day.

Thank you, Jesus, for letting my boy have another first day of school!  

There have been times in Derrick's life where I have been afraid to think this far ahead.  Shamefully, I'll admit as I watched him go through his 3K year there were days I was afraid there wouldn't be a 4K year.  Looming heart surgery can do that to you.  If course I didn't think like that all the time, but I won't lie and say those thoughts weren't there.

 I am beyond thankful that Derrick was able to go back to school!  On the last day of school before Christmas D and I went to meet his teachers.  (Who are AWESOME!)

He had a cookie and explored the classroom while I talked to his teachers.

He played in the manger,

fed baby Jesus,

and played in the reading loft.

We left school and went for a fun treat.  Mommy's favorite, therefore a kiddie favorite too.  Derrick enjoyed his "cold hot chocolate" and really enjoyed not having to share it!

After exploring his classroom and meeting his teachers, Derrick was so excited to go to school!  He counted down the days over Christmas break.  When the morning finally came he was a little hesitant, but still excited.  Jenny Kate and I walked him in and Ms R came running out to greet him.  He felt so special!  I could tell he was a little nervous, but he hung his bag and coat on his hook and walked right in.  I got a little smile, wave, and "Bye mommy!" That was it!

While he was getting unpacked I looked over and Jen had taken off her coat and was in the process of finding her own hook to hang it on.  She told me she was going to school with Bubba.  It took some coaxing (and maybe a little bribery) to get her out of there without a throw down.  I kept running into people telling me they were so glad he was back and it took all I had to keep my composure.  Jk's mini meltdown was a good distraction.  :)

While we waited for school to end we went to our favorite hangout, Target.  It's wildly different shopping with only one child!   Jen got her "smoovie" and was a happy camper.  She only asked about Bubba and demanded we got get him 5 or 6 times, which was better than expected. 

We went to pick him up and he was having circle time with his class.  He looked as happy as could be.  We were worried about how it would be for him coming in in the middle of the year, but all of his new friends were so welcoming.  One boy told Ms R that he was "proud of Derrick" for doing so well on his first day.  Ha!  Jenny Kate and I were introduced to his new friends and she enjoyed prancing around saying hello to all of them.  She was acting like a little movie star!  Our hands are full with this one! :). 

When we got home D excitedly showed me my mail and the two of them got busy picking out which books they wanted to order (which I totally forgot to do!). 

He had a wonderful first day and has every day since. He gets excited when its a school day and sometimes angry when it's not!  I love hearing about what he's learning and seeing his excitement as he hops out of the car in the mornings.  

What a blessing Derrick's school has been, and what an enormous blessing we have been given to watch him grow and learn another year.  We are SO thankful.


Our Newest Addition

Jenny Kate has been asking for a cat for some time now.  My mom has two cats that D and Jk both love (and love to harass) so we promised her she could get a kitten after surgery.

I'll admit, I was hesitant.  Something else to take care of didn't sound super appealing to me.  When I was growing up I brought home animals all the time.  I even snuck one home once...now I get it mom! Another mouth to feed, a litter box, more vet bills, scratching up furniture, HAIR....not exciting to me at all.

Finally, to keep myself off the "mean" list, I gave in.  How could I not when it was 3-1?  

So we set out to find our newest family member.  Justin scoured the animal shelter websites for potential kitties trying to find the perfect fit for us.  My request of a non-shedding cat wasn't taken seriously, but our mission to save a kitty was.  We headed to a local animal shelter that euthanized.  If we were adding to our herd (we have 5 dogs) we were saving one from the unthinkable!

The kids were stoked.  Justin was stoked.  I was hesitant.  

We walked into the animal shelter and saw the babies.  They had four kitties who were about 15 weeks old.  We went in the "cat room" to play with them and make our decision.  It was easy.  Out of the four, this girl on top, came right to us asking for a home.



Bless her heart.  For the first week I don't think she ever walked anywhere at all.  She didn't have a chance.  The kids carried her everywhere!  They took her to her bowl, to the litter box, to her bed.  You name it, she was carried.  She didn't seem to mind a bit.  We've had to go over some proper carrying techniques, but other than that, the kids have been pretty good with her.  We say, "leave the cat alone!" a minimum of 32 times a day, but we do have a 4 year old and a 2 year old so I'm guessing that's normal.

She has been a hit, I tell you!!

She watches TV,

Takes after-work naps late at night,

tolerates being treated like a human baby,

and loves sleeping in her basket.

She is somewhat insane.  I got out of the shower one morning and sat on a stool in the bathroom.  Penny decided my head was much cozier than my lap.

She relishes the quiet once the kids have gone to bed and enjoys choosing her own place to snuggle.  We both do. :)

We love her to pieces!  She is the perfect cat for our family.  She's snugly, calm, hasn't scratched or hissed at a child or dog, and she hasn't even been shedding much at all...well, yet at least.  I'm sure when summer comes that will be a whole different story, but she's in now.  We all love her!

Today she went for her surgery.  When I told Derrick that she wouldn't be home tonight he got a little upset.  He did NOT want her to have surgery!  I walked into my bedroom where he was holding her and I heard him saying, "It's ok, Penn.  You're going to have surgery but you only have to stay one night.  It won't be that bad, you don't have to stay a long time like I did when I had surgery.  It will be ok."  

It made me sad that he could relate so much...that he even knows what the heck surgery means, but also, I'm glad he understands.  He's a wise little boy with a big ol heart.  I know he'll be a good little nurse for her when she gets home tomorrow.  And he'll force Jenny Kate to be one too.  

As they were leaving to take her this morning JK kept talking about Penny going for her heart surgery.  Sweet girl.  She knows too much too!  They said the sweetest prayer for her before she left.  Gosh, I love those babies!  And I love seeing them love and care for others.  Makes my mama heart happy!



Dance Class

Tonight was my girl's first tap/ballet class.  She was excited, but I was more excited!  I couldn't wait to see her little self in her "uniform" as Derrick called it. 

There are 5 girls in her class.  It was the cutest thing ever to see all of them in their little tights and leotards.  Unfortunately the teacher kicked us all out politely asked us to all wait outside in the hallway during class.  Bummer!  I can't wait to see what they're doing in there!  Surely they're not going to make us wait until May to find out!! 

When we got in the car I asked JK if she liked dance. "Yeah, I like it.  I like Miss Meredith.  She didn't cry.  I tried not to cry and I didn't.  And I jumped really high.  I like my dance class." 

I guess it's a winner so far! :)