Thursday, May 24, 2012

LAST Day of Kindergarten!!!

Today is Julianna's Last Day of Kindergarten!  I just can't believe this school year is over!  What a year it has been.  She started off in Des Moines and ended at her amazing school in Columbia.  

So much has changed over the past year, but she has come through it better than all of us!  She is SO smart and has really taken to reading and learning every new thing that she can.  She loves school and loves all of her new friends. 

She has grown up so much over the past year.  Gone away is that shy girl that couldn't stand to have others look at her, she is really blossoming into a well-rounded, caring and great little girl and I couldn't be more proud of her!

Yesterday I walked her into school just like I have every day this year.  As we got to the front doors of the school, she stopped me with her hand up and said "That's good Mommy, I can take it from here.  I am going to be a 1st grader you know. You can hug and kiss me out here, I don't need you to walk me in anymore."  

I didn't know whether to hug her out of pride, or burst out in tears!  This morning she was by the bike racks when she said "I wish I could just walk from here since I don't need you to walk me in anymore!"  I told her one step at a time.  Sheesh!  I am afraid by the first day of school in August she will be asking me to drop her off a block away.  :) 

We are just so blessed that she is happy, that she is in a good school and that she is excelling in everything she learns.  

I can't wait to see what next year holds for her...

Let's Bake!

On Sunday we celebrated Julianna's 6th birthday with her friends from school.  I know it was a month early, but we wanted to do her party while school was still in session and before the craziness of summer started.

Julianna decided a while ago that she wanted a Baking party.  We all had lots of ideas about it, but she came up with most of the stuff we did.  And I have to say, it was SO much fun!  All of the kids loved it and even the adults!

Drew and I were completely exhausted afterwards, but it was totally worth it!  I was so busy that I didn't take pictures of everything that we did (I know!)  But here was our menu for the day:

~ Cupcakes
~ Chocolate Covered Strawberries
~ Decorate Cupcakes
~ Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookies
~ Funfetti Cookies

It was a lot, but we had fun making a mess and they loved being able to take all of their goodies home!

 Her invitation

 So excited for the party to start!!!

When she planned the party, all she could talk about was wanting a chocolate fountain.  I said "No, too messy"  But Daddy had other ideas and here it was all ready to go for the party and the kids kept the mess to a minimum, so it was all good.  :)  When she brought home her writing journal this week there was an entry dedicated to this chocolate fountain.  :) 

Funfetti Dip - Amazing!!!  Google it and you will find this simple and delicious recipe!

Lots of sparkly shoes started to arrive!

A few of the guests. 

 Her own recipe box and cards to start her own collection. :)  

 O.k. - so proud bragging Mama moment:  
A couple of months ago when we first started talking about her party, she came to me and Drew and said that she did not want any presents for her birthday this year.  Instead she wanted her friends to bring gifts for children who did not have anything.  "Why do I need more toys Mama, when there are other kids who have nothing."  Oh yes, tears commenced and pride welled up big time in my heart.  So we did a little research and found a local organization that helps children of abuse.  I contacted them to see what all they needed and included that on her invitation.  

 Julianna and Drew went shopping for her gifts to the organization and her friends brought......

....ALL of this!!!  She was SO happy and said that night - A few of her friends still brought her a gift, but that night Julianna said "I am just SO thankful that the kids we are helping got so many new things."  

I just love her pure and sweet heart.  I hope she has that always and continues to be the sweet, caring person she is today.   

Now we are looking forward to her actual birthday and our trip to Chicago!  We leave in three weeks and we are all SO ready for a vacation!!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Mother's Day Weekend - 2012

We had a GREAT weekend.  

My sister Courtney came on Saturday and we had a great time showing her around and getting in lots of lovin'. Jules misses both of her Aunts like crazy, so she enjoys every moment with them when she sees them!  

On Sunday, we celebrated Mother's Day.  I was woken up with a "Happy Mother's Day Mommy!!" from Jules.  She could barely stand it, she was SO excited to give me my gift.  

It was seriously one of the best gifts I have ever received.  She worked all week in school on writing things she loves about me and things she is thankful for on these strips of paper and then folded them all and put them in my "Mother's Jar of Joy"  I cried as I read each of them and just hugged her close.  She is such a sweet and wonderful kid and I am SO blessed to be her Mom!

Drew got me a book dealing with the Color Grey....... :)  It is interesting to say the least.  And I also received a necklace from Tiffany's!  Twice in one month - I am getting spoiled!!!  

Drew asked what I wanted to do for the day, and I told him Rocheport!!!  So I took them on a little tour of this cute town that I am falling in love with.  We took some pictures, drove around and then headed to the winery to check it out.  It was more crowded than I thought it would be, so we took some pictures of the Missouri River and headed out.  We drove around some more and then came home and grilled and took it easy for the rest of the day.  It was a perfect day.  

Cute Blacksmith's Shop in Rocheport

Views of the Missouri River.  Didn't realize we lived so close!  

I love having all of this time with Drew lately.  We just go and go and work and work and tend to forget how much we need time together.  We have had some great times this week, sitting and talking and dreaming.  I love this man so much and I am so thankful he is my husband!  Thank you for making my Mother's Day so incredibly special.