Milo and Holly started school the Tuesday after Labor Day.
Milo was not really excited because he could anticipate his homework. Two of his friends from the neighborhood are in his class. Milo is in 5th grade.
Holly was really excited to start school. She woke up early and was ready to go. Holly took her lunch and was pretty tired after school. It is her first year of all day school. She is in 1st grade.
Both kids had a great day! Amaia seemed okay with them being gone, but is very happy when they come home.
Last Thursday (two days after Holly’s birthday), Holly, Amaia and I were in the front room doing homework. Both girls have been a little tired and so we were struggling with her homework. Holly wanted to not do homework and play with her new Legos. After some play time and such, I believe I was having Holly write some numbers and Amaia grabbed her paper and crumpled it. That made Holly mad. Holly spun around and ran right into the corner of a wall. She hit is so hard that I could tell it was bad. She put her hand on it and I rushed her to the bathroom. She was bleeding. I did manage to get it to stop bleeding pretty fast. I wasn’t sure what to do about it. After examining it, I realized that it was pretty deep. After a phone call with my parents and texting Scott, we felt it was best to take her in to have it looked at.
Since we are new to the area, I wasn’t sure where to take her. I decided to take her to the urgent care that was not far from our house. We got in within about 5 minutes. The nurse looked at it and said, “she’ll need stitches.” The numbing stuff took a while to do it’s magic. The problem was that Amaia was very tired and did not want to be there and was being very grumpy. They told me I’d have to take Amaia out into the waiting room while they did the stitches. Holly ended up with 4 stitches. We were on our way. I got her lunch and took her to school a little late.
After she ran into the wall, Holly told me that she should not have ran into the wall. We have talked to her about watching where she is going as well as not getting so mad at her sister.
Today, when we were at the doctor’s office for a well child check, the doctor was able to take out Holly’s stitches. She now has a scab. The doctor recommended I get some scar cream to put on it. It should go away in about 6 months or so. She is doing well otherwise.
I did find out that in the future, the pediatrician’s office will do stitches. Although, with it being on her face and the fact that she is a girl, they would have sent us to a specialist…..sigh. The urgent care doctor did talk to me about the fact that she was getting stitches on her face and said we could go to a specialist if we wanted. I declined and she stitched her up. It has been a very enlightening experience.
We had asked Holly a few weeks ago what she wanted to do for her birthday. She had some grand plans. They included having pepperoni pizza for dinner, a cake with strawberries inside and blue frosting. She also wanted a party with a couple of friends. She wanted cupcakes with pink for girls and blue for boys with Mickey Mouses on top.
We started making plans to do things we were willing to do. I found the idea to use Oreos for the Mickey Mouses on Pinterest. It was simple and easy, I was on board. Scott found a strawberry filled angel food cake to try. We were good, we thought.
The day before her birthday, she comes home from school and tells me the following. She wanted for her birthday the next day to dress up in costumes; have cupcakes; she wanted a pink power ranger or batman pinata; play lots of games; play some games outside, and have a treasure hunt.
I was prepared to do it all except for the piñata. I felt bad, but we weren’t able to put that together in the time we had.
On the morning of Holly’s birthday she insisted on inviting another girl in the neighborhood. I didn’t know where she lived or anything about her. I figured it was worth a try. We went over to her house and invited her. She was able to come to the party. It was good to meet her and her mom and learn a little bit about them. It is always good to meet your neighbors. It was super sweet.
The kids did have fun. We had a treasure hunt, the cupcakes and played a lot. Everyone dressed up in a costume. It was great!
We shared the cupcakes with some other friends in the neighborhood. We had pepperoni pizza for dinner and open gifts. Holly loved getting her pink cowboy girl hat. She has also really enjoyed her Lego friends legos. She got a horse set. Thank you everyone who gave her gifts….
Scott had to go to to scouts. When he got back home, we had cake. All in all, it was a good day! I think Holly had fun!
I really enjoy doing these. It is fun to see if and how they change. Milo didn’t change his answers much, but Holly did.
I took pictures of them and their signatures. I also took voice memos of the interviews. If you want to listen please let me know.
Holly has had her front tooth loose for quite a while. It was very wiggily. Finally, last night Holly let Scott pull on it. He pulled on it hard enough that it came out. Holly didn’t cry or complain or anything. She was happy to have it out. Later, she told Milo that it didn’t even hurt.
Scott then realized that Holly had the same tooth missing as he did. We took this twinner picture.
Holly had quite the week last week. There are two significant stories that need to be told.
1. Last Tuesday, Scott’s sisters were visiting. I was going to be leaving a little after the kids got home from school to take them to the airport. Milo ran into the house and said “Holly is still on the bus.” I thought, great, what should I do. I went out the front door and was trying to decide what to do when I noticed the bus was back at the bus stop. Holly had gotten off the bus. I asked Milo to run back down to her. After we got inside the house, I asked Holly what was up. She told me she was mad at her friend and didn’t want to get off at the same stop. Apparently, she said “Sophie, Sophie” and Sophie didn’t turn to see what Holly wanted. Milo didn’t look to see if Holly was off the bus before he got off. I’m not sure if Holly said something to the bus driver or if he just noticed. He dropped someone else off and then brought Holly back and dropped her off.
Holly learned that even if she is mad at someone, she still has to get off the bus at her stop. Milo learned that he should always check to make sure his sister is off the bus before he gets off.
2. Two days later, Holly brought home a letter. They can write letters to people at school and she had brought one home. The note was from a boy in her class that said “I love you.” Holly then pipes up to tell me that Max had kissed her that day at school on the cheek and that they were “married.” Milo wasn’t too impressed and thought it was gross.
Later we found out that Max kissed her on the cheek during class. I have an audio version of the conversation between Holly and her dad, if you want to listen to it.
I hope you enjoyed them.
We were talking to Milo about the year. He talked about this new school and informed us last night that since the mascot is a bull the teachers, etc. use horns to have the kids quiet down. At their old school they would use a quiet sign. Milo said that it is very common for the teachers to tell the kids “HORNS UP!” when they are walking down the hall to get them to be quiet. The funniest was that the bus driver even says “HORNS UP!” Holly said her teacher tells them “HORNS UP!” as well. We thought it was pretty funny!
We got our furniture and boxes moved in last week. We managed to get enough put away that we can park both cars in the garage! Yeah! We went to church for the first time yesterday. Things went well there, except Amaia is barely old enough to start attending Nursery. We’ll see how that transition works for her. The other kids did well.
Today was the first day at the new school. Milo was nervous about riding the bus. He’s never ridden a bus to school. There weren’t buses at his school in Texas and he walked to school in Hillsboro. I did convince him to ride the bus this morning. Holly was a happy girl and willing went to school. We have to wait for the bus to schedule a stop to get her, so as soon as that happens she’ll ride the bus to school too.
I’m sure they will have a great day!
Milo and Holly had the jog-a-thon a month or so ago at school.
I wasn’t able to go over to see Milo run, but he ran 10 laps of the parking lot.
Miss Amaia and I did make it over to see Holly run. She started crying when she saw me because she missed me. She seemed to run well initially. She ran around 2 times and then stopped. I walked around with her again. Near the end of that lap she seemed to give in to peer pressure and took off running and finished that lap and ran around again. We did walk around her one more time. Holly ended up with 5 laps.
After they finished the kids got otter pops. After that I saw her off talking to a few kids from class. When it was time to go back in she took off and didn’t acknowledge me at all. It was pretty funny.
Wow. That is all I can say. Holly has been pretty excited to start school. Over the last couple of weeks, she was realizing that school was starting soon.
We found out that she would be an afternoon kindergartener. That meant that she’d go to school from 11:15 to 2:05. Since we lived so close to the school, she can walk home with Milo. I was happy to find that the kindergarten bus would pick her up on the way to school. It is a short little bus ride, but way more convenient for me.
A couple of days ago, we got ready and walked over for an orientation and evaluation. She seemed to do just fine. Yesterday when Milo went to school she was mad she didn’t get to go.
This morning, she seemed really excited and couldn’t wait for the bus to come. She kept asking me about it. It finally came time. I had her eat some lunch. We got on our shoes, took pictures and walked up to the intersection a bit earlier than needed and waited for the bus. They stopped and picked her up.
In the picture, she was just blinking. She was pointing and asking which way the bus would come. She didn’t want me to take any more pictures so that is all I got. I do have to admit that I did shed a few tears after she got on the bus. She is growing up and I’m a little sad about it. I’m happy for the adventure she will have. I hope it is a good year!
Amaia seems okay with Holly and Milo being gone. She didn’t like going in the car without them, but we’ll be fine.
When we picked Holly up from school, her teacher told me that she said her neck hurt. After that she said that it was a “terrible day.” I think she stayed up a little too late last night and was tired. After asking more questions, I found out that she really liked the bus ride. They colored and cut out pictures of feet. Her teacher read them a story about some bears who went to school and they went to music. In music, the teacher had a big drum. I think that she will have a great year, but it will be quite an adjustment.