Monday, October 3, 2011


What an event! Who knew getting our child ready for Kindergarten would have caused so much heartache and tears. No one could have prepared us for this road. I thought I was doing my part by touring all the Lottery schools and researching the differences in; Public, Private, Magnet, Montessori, Homeschool and much more. I kept thinking how nice it would be to live in Iona ( where I grew up ) "where everybody knows your na-a-ame, but we don't. I had to pull myself together and come to grips with the fact Marley would attend the school we are zoned for ( my least favorite option ) and life would go on. Three days into the school year our prayers were answered. I got the call!! Marley had been picked to attend one of our top choices for school. YAAAAY!! Hallelujah!! and many tears of joy. This school is actually Spanish Immersion so she is currently learning the basics of the Spanish language. How fun is that?!? She has a magnificent teacher who is from Guatemala and has lived all across the country devoting her time in service. She is such an angel!

First Day of School ( yes, we get to wear the lovely uniforms. I get the reason for it, but I also want the freedom of style! )

Marley and her class.

Marley with her teacher

Marley with her cousin Emery, who came to visit for her school tea party.

With her BFF getting ready for her 1st field trip to the Apple Orchard.

and at the Orchard

She is having SO much fun being a Kindergartner. There hasn't been a day she's not excited to go to school! This makes driving her and picking her up everyday soooo easy for me.

Aria has started school too!! LOL. The ladies where Marley attending MDO ( mothers day out ) begged me to start bringing Aria. They had watched her grow since she was in my belly, and they have adored her since. I was a little skeptical beings that she's so young and I'd never left Marley at that age, but I'm so glad we decided to do so. She loves her Tuesdays and Thursdays playing with her friends and being taken care of by the two sweetest ladies. Every time I go to pick her up it's as if she doesn't even care I'm there. Rather than putting her arms out for me, she just keeps playing and doing what she was doing before she'd even seen me. I really am happy she enjoys her time there.

She has also improved on her walking. She hasn't fully exploded on the idea of it yet, but she takes time to practice each day. She loves walking from couch to couch and she'll squat to pick up a toy then stand all the way up and maybe take a step or two then stand awhile longer. She totally has the leg strength and I just think she's holding out until Daddy gets back. :)

I am so proud of the growth both my girls have made. I am so blessed to be their Mom.


Holly said...

Aw, I can't believe we have kindergartners Mandi! It's crazy! It makes it a lot easier since they love it though! :)

Jessie and kids said...

i love aria's carefull steps. i think she was just holding out till she had it all figured out. and mar is so beautiful. we're glad you let us be a part of her school experience. love you

Rachel Bateman said...

Yay! I'm so happy for you guys that you were able to get Marley in the school you wanted. Immersion programs are so fabulous. I'm glad she loves it so much.

Aria is so flippin' cute learning to walk.

Shannon Dooley said...

I'm so happy that she got into such a great school! Spanish?!?! That is awesome! I am so jealous of all the hair Aria has! I can't get over how light in color it is! Pretty little thing. Brooklyn still hasn't started taking off walking yet either. Silly little girls. Loves sweetheart.

VicandNanc said...

THANKS for an update! You were long overdue! I'm so glad I don't have to worry about schools for another 3 years, but I've heard how stressful it can be so congrats on getting her into where you wanted. Both your girls are so cute :)