Saturday, October 15, 2011


1st day of school for E and P...Melia started one day before them

He looks so grown up

Sister love for E's first day

first day of 4 yearl old preschool

Melia and her teacher (I was able to pick her teacher...She is the teacher I co-taught with for many years...she moved to kindergarten 2 years ago. I am thankful she is M's teacher)

Mommy and Daddy got to go with her on her first day

Sister love on her first day!

This last six weeks since the start of school has brought about many changes. Melia started Kindergarten this year. She goes all day everyday, the first major change. I miss her when she is away from me all day. She is learning so much. Yesterday, she came home counting to 20 in Mandarin Chinese. At her school, all students get 30 min of Chinese every day. It is incredible all that she is learning. She also started violin lessons last week. It is an optional program that the students can participate in. There is a small fee, but she gets two 30 min lessons on the violin with a small group of kindergartners during her school day. She has had three lessons, with the first one taking time to measure each student for their violin. She brought it home for the first time yesterday, and told me the names of all the parts, the rules involved in holding it and the name of each string. She is amazing me with everything she is learning. Eva's preschool class also gets Chinese instruction and she came home counting to 10 this week. I am thankful to work in such a great school system, and very glad we made the decision to send our kids to that district.

About three weeks into school, the preschool special education teacher in my building had to be hospitalized unexpectedly due to complications with her pregnancy. (she has since had her baby who was born very early weighing under 2 pounds, but I am pleased to say that he is doing very well at this point). That brought about a second huge change for our family. I took over her afternoon class, therefore, I am now working full time. It could be for several months, but I am up to the challenge. I am enjoying working with 3-5 year olds again. E and P are in daycare 4 days a week now and my mother in law graciously takes care of them one day a week. The biggest challenge is getting up and out of the house every day, having three young kids, fed, dressed, hair done, and in the car by 7:30-7:40am. We are falling into new routines and I am thankful for the opportunity. By the end of the week we are all pretty tired, but we are cherishing family time on the weekends. I have had to learn to prioritize at a whole new level. Some things (mostly around the house), have had to be let go or expectations drastically decreased. I would be lying if said there weren't moments in the last few weeks, that I questioned my sanity and a few tears weren't shed, but all in all it is working. We have a lot on our plate right now, but we are just taking it one day at a time and learning to let go of the small stuff.

Running after the heart of the Father. Seeking His face in All things. Walking His will out in my life. These are the desires of my heart. Along the way I am a wife and mom who wants to capture memories that will last a life time.