First Day!

Today was Chase’s first day of Preschool. It is a day he has been pining for all summer long. To be one of the “big kids” like his brother. To get up and have a place to be. To have his very own friends and his very own teacher!

He was a ball of adorable excitement yesterday. We played baseball in the yard for a bit, mostly for me. I just wanted to make sure I took some time to talk to him about expectations for school, etc. He and I had a fun day just being home. So this morning, he immediately got dressed and ready to go with a ton of eagerness. He couldn’t wait! In fact, he cried a bit in the car after we dropped his big brother off at school because he still had 45 minutes to kill before his school started. What a bummer!

I took these pictures before he went in to his class. They say alot about how he was feeling…

Chase Preschool first day 1

Chase Preschool first day 2

Chase Preschool first day 3

Chase Preschool first day 4

Chase Preschool first day 5Pardon the graininess of them. I stole those from Facebook because I’m being lazy about uploading them from my phone. But clearly, you can see his excitement…guns blazing, hips swaying…he was pumped.

I surprisingly got a bit emotional as I walked to my car…just me and the babe. I’m not usually the sappy Momma who tears up at such things. But today I was choking back those tears. All I could think was “now what?” . I even questioned whether we should really stop having kids at 3. Maybe we should have one more…

When I picked him up today, he was so happy and chatty. He couldn’t wait to tell me all about his day. He ate his lunch with gusto and right now is telling me he’s not tired. Don’t worry, all the yawning he’s done in the past hour has told me what a lie that is! HA! Or maybe I should say a misunderstanding…on his part. I smell early bedtime for this kiddo. Because tomorrow, we get to do it all again! YAY!!!!!

P.S. One hour after I posted this, the boy came upstairs and told me he was so tired he couldn’t take it anymore. He went to his room to take a nap. HA! I love this kid…

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Celebrations and New Beginnings

Today is not a big day for me. In fact, our family is seriously “boring” right now.  But it IS a big day for some special people in my life!  My best friend in WA is probably at the Tacoma Court House right now standing before a judge with her whole family, rejoicing as their son Jeremiah becomes a legal member of their family and a forever Metcalfe through adoption! Her family welcomed him into their hearts just one day after he was born early this summer.  She’s had to exercise all sorts of restraint in talking about him via social media (due to the legal issues), but now that they are all official I am so pumped to see all the adorable posts and pictures I know we’ll see of this little man as he grows! (I mean I get fun pictures all the time via text….but I want everyone to see how cute this little man is!)

It’s killer being away from them in this critical time in their lives. I know that we moved back to St. Louis to be close to family so that we don’t miss the big events in their lives, but it wasn’t without losing out on the things that will happen in the lives of all our WA friends. We miss you LMNOP friends!

Additionally, yesterday my sister became a very happy newly-wedded homeowner! It’s been such a long journey for her and her husband. Their house before this one was a constant victim of robberies. They did everything they could to protect their home and their belongings (not to mention their own sense of personal safety), but not even the police would help them. So they sold their house and took a huge financial loss on it as a result. They’ve spent the last few years working to pay that loss off and then save again for a new home and they are finally there! I’m so proud of her and the hard work she’s done to get here. She just graduated community college this past May too! All while working 2 jobs and paying cash for school all.by.her.self. Hm! You can’t say my sis is lazy or not motivated to achieve her goals!

Here is my sis on the night of her graduation in May! I'm so proud of you Jessie!
Here is my sis on the night of her graduation in May! I’m so proud of you Jessie!

So this weekend, our little family will be helping them move and celebrating from afar the realizations of the dreams of the people we love! Happy Friday and weekend to you and yours.