Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ella's First Day of Preschool {3s Class}

Last Wednesday (so, over a week ago; I'm soooo behind on life!) was Ella's first day of preschool! This year she is in the 3s class at the same preschool as last year. It's located in a church right outside of our neighborhood and we just love this little school so much! 

{felt board is from Amazon...thanks to my friend Chelsea for letting me borrow hers when it became out of stock online!}

This year, Ella is going three days a week and has a lot of friends from last year's class with her again. We so all so excited for another fun year of school for Miss Elle Belle!

Like last year, I decided to ask her a few questions to document this moment in time....

*What is something Mommy says to you?
Don't be mean

*What makes you happy?
The sun and the clouds

*What makes you sad?
When Lucas mess up my blankie

*What makes you laugh?

*How old are you?
(anyone else love how most 3 year olds say their age?!)

*How old is Mommy?

*How old is Daddy?

*What is your favorite thing to do?
I love to play Lucas's baseball!

*Who is your best friend?

*Where is your favorite place to go?
The aquarium 
(I don't think we've been to an aquarium in probably over a year...)

*What are you good at?
Doing kindergarten stuff
(aka, all of the art projects I kept her busy with this summer!)

*What is your favorite food?

*What is your favorite song?

*What is your favorite color?

*What is your favorite animal?

*Where do you live?
In P____ C_______
(she actually said the whole name of our neighborhood, I just didn't want to put it out there for the world to know 😉)

*What is your favorite toy?
Paw Patrol

*What do you want to be when you grow up?
I don't want to be something when I grow up

*What is your favorite book?
George! George went to the aquarium
(I'm thinking this is why she likes the aquarium she hasn't been to in months?!)

*What do you want to learn at school this year?
I wanna learn to read

Here's to a great second year of preschool, Ella!

{For last year's post, click here}

Monday, September 11, 2017

Back to School Week!

I meant to post this last week, but I've been following hurricanes, on the phone with travel insurance people, and researching other trip destinations (our trip to St. Martin was completely ruined by Irma, so sad) I didn't have time! I'll explain more about our trip later, but if you have been in the hurricane's path, please know that I am praying for you!!

Anyways! Two weeks ago, we wrapped up our fun little summer school with back to school activities! I had so many things from teaching kindergarten (this was always my first big unit each school year, for obvious reasons), but I'll try to link as many activities as I can!

Books we read:

Educational activities:

School tools patterns

I got this worksheet out of this book that I own. You are welcome to borrow! :)

Letter sorts

Any other teacher friends familiar with Words Their Way? It is my FAVORITE. Sorts are a huge concept in all of the WTW books, and they encourage you to start with the most basic sorts which are concept sorts (i.e., fruit/not fruit). Then you move onto letter sorts. To do this, print off letters {like these} in several different fonts. Dump all of the letters onto the table, mixing them up, and the child has to put each letter into the correct library card pocket. This sort was only letters Aa through Hh, and if I were to do it again, I'd probably give her even less letters to sort. But its a great way to teach kids to discriminate between b and d, as well as introduce them to "weird" a and g.

Art projects:

Tissue paper school bus

This was an activity we did in my art center, so I don't have a link. 
But all you need to do is: get an outline of a school bus (here is a template) and cut out small squares of yellow, white and black tissue paper. You can either have your child trace the school bus onto construction paper or you can do it (I did it). Then they crumple up the tissue paper and glue it onto the bus. Well, they are supposed to crumple it. As you can see, someone got lazy ;)

We didn't use the school supplies she provided here; Ella and I looked through old magazines and I cut out any school supplies she found!


Straight outta my teaching days (and I have the pictures to prove it), the classic school bus snack.

You need:
-Graham cracker
-frosting, dyed yellow
-mini Oreos
-Chex cereal

I frosted the graham cracker and then let Ella put the "wheels" and "windows" on herself!

We had such a fun summer doing all sorts of fun activities!!! I may or may not already be planning for next summer ;) We miiiiight do a few fall-themed things in the upcoming weeks, but with Ella in preschool 3 times a week (and Lucas no longer taking a morning nap), it's a little challenging! But this has been a lot of fun for not only Ella, but me as well! 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Labor Day Weekend

We sent summer out with a bang this doing lots of fun fall things!

First on the agenda was the UNC game Saturday!

Ella was most excited about the food truck! No idea why, but she has had an obsession with food trucks is hilarious!

The kids got a little restless, oh 3 seconds in to the second quarter, so I took them out to walk around the stadium. They had a ton of fun playing on this ram...although I think it might be a bull?! Which doesn't make any sense to me. Help me out, Carolina people...what the heck animal is this?! 

We promised Ella she could get popcorn after halftime. She was sure to remind us just about every minute of the first half, so we wouldn't forget!

She enjoyed her popcorn why Lucas wondering what the heck UNC was doing on the field. Not their best game, for sure! 

UNC unfortunately lost, but we still had a super fun time at good ol' Kenan Stadium! 

The next day we decided to log more miles in the car and headed to Sky Top to pick apples! 

We usually go Labor Day weekend, and in past year it has been SO hot! But this year, the weather was absolutely perfect!!!! It was such a great day for apple picking!

Lucas spent the majority of the day taking apples out of the bucket, trying to take a bite, and then putting them back in the bucket. So we have a bunch of apples with random teeth marks now. 😉

We also had to stop to see the animals...

...and take a bajillion pictures by our favorite signs!

The best part of any trip to the apple donuts!!!!

I may or may not have had 5. 

Thanks for another fun time, Sky Top!!
{If you're feeling nostalgic, check out our past trips to Sky Top: 2014 | 2015 | 2016}

Friday, September 1, 2017

Five on Friday!

 Happy Friday friends!!
It has been a looooong week, and a difficult one at that for so many people (especially those in Texas!). So I'm keeping things light and upbeat around here today!

1. Happy September!!!! Fall is just around the corner and I cannot wait!

Bahaha, that last one cracks me up every time. I am so basic.

2. Speaking of all things fall, football season starts this weekend! And of course we are going to Chapel Hill tomorrow to watch UNC play (don't ask me who they are playing....I'm a really dedicated fan, I know).

Here's a look back on some football seasons past!!

{technically Ella's first football my belly! September 2013}

{Ella's first football game out of the womb, August 2014}

{Ella meets Rameses for the first time!}

{One of Lucas's first football games in utero! November 2015}

{Lucas's first UNC game! September 2016}

{Lucas and Ella meet the REAL Rameses! November 2016}

Can't wait to make more fun football memories this year!

3. One thing that's not very fall-ish, but still super exciting.... The LILLY SALE
(and yes, it did take me far too long to make that all pink and green for ya!) 

As I'm sure many of you know, the twice yearly BIG Lilly Pulitzer sale was this week! I got on at 8 AM sharp Monday morning...the wait on my computer was over an hour, but I got into the sale using my Lilly app within 10 minutes, so I quickly scooped up these goodies:

It was really hard to find stuff on the app though, so I figured I'd just wait till I got in on my computer. Almost THREE hours later, I was finally in! No idea why it was so slow this year, but so many things had already sold out at that point! But, I was just so excited to be in that I went a little cray cray and got all of this:

Hahah, so WHOOPS. I have a shopping problem. But I did get a few of those shirts for my mom!
And the rest? Well, I had to stock up on some new things because....

4. We are going to St. Martin!!!

Yep, Trav and I finally booked our 5 year anniversary trip (that was, oh 3 months ago...) and we are so excited to be in tropical paradise in just a few weeks! We even upgraded to a swim-out suite...Ahhh! I cannot wait! (Fingers crossed for good weather and NO hurricanes! We got trip insurance just in case though!)

5. I wanted to share this recipe with you because it is SO good.

It was quick, super easy and really really delicious!! I will definitely be making this again soon!

Have a great weekend!!! Go get you a PSL (are they even serving them yet?! That's the real question) and pretend to watch some football!!! Yay!