These first two pictures are taken with my phone so sorry for the poor quality of them... Anyway, the picture below was taken the night before Kien's first day of preschool. He told me that night that he had a tummy ache and he didn't want to go to preschool the next day. I have worried about this for some time now, because he isn't as comfortable in social situations as his older siblings. He is very shy a lot of the time and is more of an introvert like me. They thrive at school and at making friends which I am so glad about, but with Kien I wasn't so sure how he would do.
The next morning he refused to go and said, "I don't want to go to preschool, Mommy!" It broke my heart a little, but I knew if I could just get him in the door he would be fine.
I was watching my niece and nephew later that morning so when they came, I devised a plan... "Let's go to the park!" I said. Kien suspected what I was up to and he said, "Not the school park! A different park!" I never confirmed which park we were going to but his cousins and little sister were so excited to go to the park that he decided to go with us. We got to the playground at the preschool and at first he was mad that I had went to that park... but then he saw all of the fun equipment and decided maybe it wouldn't be so bad... after they played for a little while, he up and said, "I want to go to school now!"
He even let me take some pictures! I almost didn't even bring my camera because of the stress of the morning and figuring he might not even go, but I am so glad that I did!
He took one picture by himself, and then the rest wanted to join in the fun! I asked them to do a silly face...
and then a smile... and this is what I got. I think I like the silly faces better! Ha!
He went inside where he was greeted by Ms. Kristen! I knew once he met her everything would be okay. She is so good with kids it amazes me. She gets them. Ethan and Kaia loved having her as their teacher!
She brought him to where some of the other kids were and showed him where the stickers were so he could put them in his journal. His name was even already on it! He thought that was pretty cool.
While he played, I took advantage of the time to take a few pictures around the classroom... she didn't mind that the other kids that were with me wanted to play for a few minutes which was awesome because it help put him at ease I think.
There was a painting station...
with a cool spinning art wheel...
A scissors station... hopefully he will not decide to turn this into his hair cutting station like he did at home... :0
There was even a scribbling table! Seriously, who wouldn't want to stay here?!
There were even rubber boots because we all know they are not afraid to get messy at preschool!
He was nice and settled in by now.. so I decided it was time to go. I gathered up the other kids and left... and when I came back...
He looked a little nervous and shy still, but was so excited to see me and told me all about his day and asked when the next day of preschool was! The second day of preschool he even made a new friend that wasn't one of his cousins! Ms. Kristen even told me she had to get on them for chatting too loudly with each other during circle time! Craziness. And so I guess the new chapter begins. I am trying to cherish every moment I have at home with him before he leaves me next year to go to school full time like the others... Love that boy... and I am so proud of him for overcoming his fears!
A few weeks ago, I found this hello sign on etsy from the Say Hello shop! I was looking for a way to dress up our entry way that seems to be a catch all place for shoes and jackets, backpacks, school papers and bills, and was not exactly how I wanted to have the first impression of the inside of our house look.
I decided to paint it yellow because it went well with our turquoise sliding doors.
A few years ago, I used a frame that my Dad had made to display pictures at the Healthy Baby Boutique but when they closed, I had no use for any big prints, but loved the size of the frame, so I painted it white and the backing board in chalkboard paint. I have displayed various canvases in the middle of the chalkboard like I saw on Ashley Ann's blog but this one fit in the space well for now so it is the one I am currently using. I am sure it will change from time to time. ;) The camera I got at The Kansas Barn Sale last year that the kids use to pretend to take pictures with. THe orange print I got on etsy as well.
I bought the wooden table made from repurposed wood off of Craigslist and was delighted to find that it fit exactly below the chalkboard and in the space that I wanted it. It was perfect. The shelf below was just tall enough to display some of the globes that I have been collecting over the years. The yellow mail holder is from the et cetera shop downtown and the lamp is from Target a few years ago. The original shade for it had been broken and was very dirty, so I got a new one.
I cut a fabric piece to fit a little larger than the lampshade itself. Then I used spray adhesive for fabric and sprayed it on the fabric and the shade and wrapped the fabric around the shade.
I trimmed the excess fabric and folded the edges under and smoothed the fabric around the lampshade.
Here it is finished and on the lamp. I may need to paint the lamp now... but that is for another day!
For now it makes me smile when I walk in the door and it makes it feel more put together.
The next project is painting the hallway and upstairs doors... I haven't decided about the french doors yet. I kind of like them the way they are for now, but they would look good painted too. Oh the projects of an older house! It's so fun to get them checked off the list though and see the progress start to show!