Sunday, April 12, 2015

Team Arsenal

Today Georgia had her first game with Team Arsenal, or as the kids cheered, "red team!"  She had a blast, both playing and cheering on her teammates.  When her friend Frances scored the teams only goal, Georgia ran onto the field, put her hands on Frances' shoulders and said something to the effect of "wow, great job!" then gave her a huge hug.
The other team was quite good, well really one girl in particular, I lost count of how many goals they scored.  In the end all of the kids had huge smiles and happily completed their first game.  Georgia said it was fun... and tiring!

 Ready to play!

 This little spectator was woken up from his nap to watch the game.
 Georgia getting ready to throw the ball in

Georgia & Hazel

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Yesterday Brian and I attended our first ever parent/teacher conference, we met with the parent ed teacher, Judy and Georgia's teacher, Kylene.

The 20 minute conference ended up being 40 minutes, all discussing the most amazing Miss Georgia.  Judy started off by going over the evaluations she'd done a few weeks prior.  The kindergarten readiness evaluation consisted of things like stacking blocks a certain way, remembering which order cards were placed in, using a pencil to draw certain shapes and balancing exercises like hopping on one foot.  Judy went over how the test is scored, it's broken up by specific age and each section is scored, if the child scores 18 or above they have passed, 14-17 is retested and so on, there is a max score of 28.  Georgia scored a 26.

When I saw her score, I smiled, remembering the words of her doctors over the years... "she might have developmental delays..." "do you think she'll do okay being away from you?" "transplant can impact how well children do in school."  All I could think was, she sure showed them, didn't she.

Next, Kylene showed us her evaluation of how she has observed Georgia in class and how she did in an exercise that she had done during school.  Out of 30 skills, Georgia scored Meets Expectations in five, the rest were marked Exceeds Expectations.   Her teachers notes included the following:

Georgia is a skilled and capable child.  She is an enthusiastic and passionate student when playing in dramatic play or involved in and area that interests her.  Georgia puts her whole self into the activity.
Georgia plays well in the classroom both independently as well as with others, she can lead the play as well as follow.  She has the communication skills to make her needs known to adults, as well as her peers.  She is willing to problem solve and negotiate with those around her.
Georgia will continue to be successful as she enters into kindergarten next year.  She is truly a Teacher's Delight.

Naturally, Brian and I are proud of her, but it's more than a score or a comment that makes Georgia amazing.  It's the reminder that she is doing well, in life and all that it has to offer.  She is the epitome of resilience and a well adjusted five year old.

Two things were continually mentioned during the conference, Georgia is always smiling, and she is a very happy little girl.  No parent could ask for more.

Keep being you Georgia, you are truly remarkable.

Sunday, March 15, 2015


Oh Leo, my sweet, full of energy, happy and a bit shy, truck loving boy, how can you already be TWO?   Two years ago I had no idea what it meant to be the mom of a boy,  I cannot tell you how much fun it is being your mom.
You are a "typical" boy in many ways, you love trucks, any and all trucks bring a smile and a squeal of excitement.  When Georgia and I started asking you what kind of birthday you wanted you were certain, "truck birthday".  We asked, dinosaur? airplane? rocketship? you just looked at us and said, "truck birthday".  You and daddy saw a firetruck recently and the fireman offered to let you take a look inside, you immediately became shy and didn't want to.  You are eagar to see new things but often become shy when meeting new people.
You love to snuggle, give hugs and kisses and at night as I rock you, I say, I love you Leo, you say, "thank you".  Last night as I rocked you, you were holding a small bulldozer in one hand and your soft snugly blanket in another, a perfect balance of you.
I think your favorite activity is playing with Georgia, you idolize her and all that she does.  That's not to say you don't stand up for yourself, you certainly know how to make your opinion known.  
You love to play with household equipment just as much if not more than your toys.  You literally cry when we put the vacuum away and would be perfectly content to play with it for hours.  
Happy birthday Leo, I have loved watching you grow and learn about who you are over the past two years, I can't wait to see what adventures you'll have next.

 Truck Birthday
 We were ready for the kids to do some work!

Patiently waiting for his cake.

 I like this...
He quickly got to work with his new blower, ride on car, vacuum and more.
Inspecting his new toy with daddy and Bawdy

To fully appreciate how sweet and fun Leo is you have to see him in action.  Here are a few videos from the last few months..

Warming up for the Seahawks

Sending a message to daddy & Georgia when they were out of town

His favorite past time, vacuuming

First time riding the zip-swing by himself

Leo going over some of his favorites

Big boy on his scooter

You idolize your big sister and love to do what she does.  Georgia had decided to put on a performance for us, just after she started you came running out with an outfit for yourself...

Sunday, March 8, 2015


I'd been hearing about it for several weeks before I witnessed it for myself.  The parent educator and teacher had told parents in a meeting several months ago that girls and boys would likely be chasing each other by the end of the year.  I kind of wrote the whole thing off thinking, geez, they're only five!
I work in Georgia's class once a week and finally noticed that Georgia seemed to pay particular attention to one little boy, Logan.  I'd been hearing more and more about Logan at home and after comparing notes with his mom, Georgia's name was coming up often at his house too.
I literally had to hold back from a full on gasp as I watched my daughter chase, tease, hug and quite frankly flirt with Logan.
At one point Logan was chasing Georgia and her friend Hazel, Hazel stopped and said, "Logan, stop chasing us!"  The look on Georgia's face was priceless, she looked at Hazel, totally confused, as if saying, What??  No, I want him to chase us!!
I've heard from other parents that Georgia's gets all giddy when Logan arrives at school, they call each other silly names and seem to be fairly smitten with each other.  The page Logan wrote in Georgia's big heart book reads, I like when Georgia chases me. And in the words of Georgia's teacher, "oh, she's got it bad for him!"
I stared to ask about Logan and noticed the more I asked the less she wanted to talk.  I remembered what a friend had told me several years ago.  She said that her barely teenage son came home and told her he'd had his first kiss.  I immediately asked, "how did you do that?  How do you create a relationship with your kids so they come home and tell you about that stuff?"  She said they've never teased or poked fun at him about girls.  They always tried to be pretty nonchalant about the whole thing to make him comfortable about something that can be so awkward.  
I have been trying to adopt this philosophy in hopes of training myself not to giggle like a school girl while watching my daughter have her first crush.
Logan rode in our car on a field trip a couple of weeks ago, I silently drove while listening to them chat, Logan asked if Georgia wanted to have a staring contest, it was all very adorable.
Last week Logan came over for our first ever boy playdate, it was a scene of total cuteness as I watched them show off for each other.  When his mom dropped him off she introduced herself to Brian as Georgia's future mother in law.  For now, it's pretty sweet to watch this friendship unfold, you can tell they know there is something different than their other friends at school but in the end they're just enjoying being smitten with each other.
The whole things is very eye opening for me, I had no idea social development of 4-5 year olds involved anything like this!

They decided to be partners on the field trip, think she's happy?
 They held hands most of the day, it was adorable

 Playdate camping

 Off to school

Monday, February 23, 2015

Big Heart Day

At preschool each child has a Big Heart Day, it's a highly anticipated day where you are celebrated in many different ways.  Georgia had been asking and asking when her big heart day was, after we arrived home from Hawaii we got to work on the special things she would be bringing to school with her.
She had a giant red heart that she needed to fill with pictures of her family, she carefully chose the pictures she wanted me to order, she chose several of she and Leo and only one of someone outside of our immediate family, her cousin, Lauren.  Once we had them, she glued each one carefully on then finished it off with glitter in any open space.  She chose her favorite book and favorite toy to share with the class.

When the big day arrived we packed up her special things and headed to school.  I helped her get her big heart set up then needed to leave, parents aren't allowed to stay on their child's big heart day.
When I picked her up she was grinning from ear to ear, as her friends said goodbye they all kept saying, "happy big heart day Georgia!"  She showed me a book the class had made for her, each child wrote down a compliment then drew a picture, the teacher wrote Georgia a special letter and wrote down her favorite things.  Since Georgia's big heart day we've ready the book nearly every night.

Here are some of the highlights:

Favorite color: Blue
Favorite movie: Frozen
Favorite book: Madeline
Favorite place to go: Hawaii
Favorite food to eat: pizza
Favorite preschool song: Rocketship Run

Here are some of the compliments her classmates wrote down:
I like Georgia's hairstyle.
I like Georgia because she is kind to me.
I like your big heart and how you play with many friends.
I like Georgia because she is nice to me.
I like Georgia because she has a healthy face.
Georgia is my best friend.

My Big Heart Girl
 Georgia with Teacher Kylene

Listening to her book being read.

The last page in Georgia's book is this letter from her teacher:

The class dancing to Georgia's favorite preschool song -

Hawaii 2015

We were fortunate to be able to go to Kona in early February with Nana, Bawdy and Wade, Alexis, Holden and Landon.  The weather was absolutely beautiful and between swimming, surfing, eating, cocktails, and lots of vitamin D we all had great time.

 The view from the deck was perfect for sunsets in the evening and 
whale & dolphin watching during the day.

The pool at the house provided hours of fun!

 Georgia & Nana
Four cousins!
 Landon & Holden 

 We all had a great time at a luau where Georgia made her own lei, the kids played and everyone loved the show.  The next day I asked Leo if he had fun, he smiled and said, "Fire!" nothing beats a fire dancer when you're almost two!

 Leo taking in the double rainbow one morning.

Leo and I were feeling pretty cool in our shades

 Georgia got a surfing lesson from daddy!

 Georgia the mermaid
Brian and I decided you can't go all the way to Hawaii and not stop by the ABC Store, we outfitted ourselves nicely in tropical tourist gear.
The whole gang!