First Day of School 2016-17

All three kids have been enjoying getting into the school routine. I am very fortunate that all three really enjoy school!

Parker, our extrovert has really loved getting to see his buddies again. He loves his teacher, and he has been able to reconnect with his friends from last year on the playground, and he has a few kids he knows from his Kindergarten class. We are also lucky to have quite a few great kids in our neighborhood that he enjoys playing with.

Parker was a great big brother to Mason at school, showing him the ropes and walking Mason to class.  Parker enjoys math, science, and has started reading the Magic Tree House series to us at home. He’s also very active and has enjoyed soccer, running, and playing in the woods when he gets home from school. Homework has been MUCH better this year. He enjoys most of it, and quite a bit of it he does on his iPad. Times have changed!

Mason loves school, but had a bit of a hard time transitioning into Kindergarten. I get it, it’s a big leap from preschool! He’s also more sensitive to change and unfamiliar environments. He’s a bit of an extrovert as well, but definitely has to warm up to you first or it has to be on his terms. He loved that he already knew his teacher- which was the same teacher that Parker had last year. He sits with Parker on the bus, which has helped ease his fears quite a bit. Mason does very well in school. He’s a great listener and he follows directions very well. He’s really been enjoying all things creative lately. At home, he’s been doing quite a bit of painting, crafting with paper and popsicle sticks,  you name it! Of course he still loves legos, but it’s been fun to see him use his creativity in other ways, too.

Sienna’s preschool started a few weeks after Parker and Mason’s school. She is just going 2 days, but man… she sure wishes it was more. Almost daily she asks if its a school day. So, all that to say, she pretty much loves school. Every bit of it! She’s our super social extrovert that really gets her energy by interacting with other people. She is still learning her letters and numbers. She knows her colors and shapes. Quite honestly, she could care less about all of the “school” things she should learn. She’s there to see how many people she can interact with and play with. That has been her main focus right now.  I’m okay with that. The learning of her letters and numbers will come later, I’m sure of it. I’m just thankful for her positive and encouraging attitude towards life and I’ve loved having time with her the days she’s not in school.

Amanda Graduates High School

It seems like it wasn’t so long ago that I was graduating High School, and now I’m congratulating my little sister who has earned the same title of Graduate. She has overcome many odds, and I am so incredibly proud of her determination and her perseverance she’s continued to show throughout her years at Providence Christian Academy. I’m sure she’ll do the same as she continues her education at Augusta University, where she’ll study medicine.

She is not only extremely smart and beautiful, but she is her own person who doesn’t follow the norms of her peers. She listens to the beat of her own drum, and I love that about her. She has grown into such an amazing person, and I can’t wait to see what God will continue to do in her life. Congrats, Sis!

 

Parker’s Field Day and Last Days of school

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Parker had a fantastic last week of school. He had an absolute blast at field day, and he had a super cute performance with his classmates that included singing songs about each month of the school year, and a bit of what they learned that month. It was simply adorable! Parker’s part was the in the month of May, and he and his friend was dressed as “surfer dudes”. So incredibly cute! It was a wonderful way to end a successful first school year Daves Creek!


Pre-K Graduation, and Fun in the Sun Field Day

What a fun busy school year it has been! This was the first time that we’ve had all three kids in school at the same time and it has had its challenges for sure.  Just keeping all of their schedules and events in order has taken some organzational trial and error, but fortunately I haven’t dropped the ball on anything major this year, which is good!

Mason…. my sweet Mason graduated Pre-K, and is ready for Kindergarten in the fall. Well, I don’t know that I’d say he was fully ready. On the way to school on the last day I said, “Mason, it’s your last day of PRESCHOOL, can you believe it?”  and then he responds and says “Mom, will you be able to come with me to school, because I’m a little nervous about Kindergarten”. For realz… cue tears!  I went on to tell him that I would join him for an orientation, but then he was lucky because he has a big brother that can show him around the school.  I think that made him feel a bit better, but we’ll see once August creeps around the corner.  He’s done such a great job in PreK, and the teacher has had nothing but wonderful things to say about him during his parent-teacher conference.  He also became the Star Student last month, and we were super proud of him!IMG_0619

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He had a really sweet graduation ceremony and end of year program. Of course, I was super emotional. My last sweet boy is leaving preschool!  I’m going to certainly be a mess when Sienna leaves since we’ll be leaving the school for good. Aaaah!  Graduation night Mason and Sienna both had sweet little singing performances with their class, and of course, Mason walked for his graduation. We enjoyed watching them and enjoying ice cream as a celebration after!

 

Mason and Sienna had their last day of school this week, and they were a lot of fun! They had a great time playing, loving on animals, celebrating with their classmates, and saying their goodbyes.

We closed out the 2015/16 Preschool school year with a bang! We’ve loved all the teachers and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for Seinna’s first time in preschool! Mason has really enjoyed his teachers and has thrived this  year, and that makes me so proud. Another great Preschool year at Parkway!

Preschool is in Session

Mason and Sienna started preschool a few weeks ago.  This is Mason’s last year of preschool before big kid school next year! This is Sienna’s first year, and she has really enjoyed going to school, making new friends and getting lots of attention from her sweet teachers.  It’s been nice having a few hours to myself a few times a week for the first time in many years!  So far, I have been volunteering some at Parker’s school a few days a month and running a few Thursdays with a friend, so that has been great to be kid-free for.

We have enjoyed the preschool quite a bit, but the only challenge has been that it’s (I feel) not ideal for families that have multiple children attending.  They have staggered pick-up times, and that has been an adjustment having it be a 10-15 minute process each time I pick up both kids, but hopefully as everyone gets into the groove of school, it’ll get easier.  We love the teachers so far and the kids, above all, are happy and love telling me about their day.  We are thankful for that, and looking forward to a great school year for these two {Super-cute} Preschoolers!


Schools Out!

We had a great time celebrating Parker graduating Pre-k and Mason finishing up his 3 year old class. This year has been a bit more demanding with all the activities, class requirements, request for volunteering, etc. We are so excited about diving into the summer and all it’s glory! Here’s some sweet pictures from the end-of year program that Parker and Mason were apart of at Parkway. It’s hard to believe that Parker is a preschool graduate and won’t be joining his brother next year for preschool and that Sienna will be going to school two days in two year old preschool! The days are long, but the years are short for sure! I’m doing all I can to savor these precious years before they’re off to school all day long and get embarrassed by me calling out their name and giving them big kisses!

 

Daniel Parker Christiansen- Preschool Graduate 2015

Halloween 2014

The kids had a great time this year for Halloween. It is our second year doing Halloween in our subdivision, but the first year since all the houses have been completed. It was a lot colder this year, so that was a bit of a bummer, but the kids still had a lot of fun.  We met up with some neighbors beforehand and had a big pizza party on the lawn like we did last year.  It started to get pretty chilly and very windy, so we had to grab our jackets prior to the actual trick or treating!

This was the first year that Sienna actually joined in the fun and went door to door. She only did a few houses, and then she sat in the wagon and I pulled her and Mason fetched extra pieces of candy for Sienna. Parker ran ahead with all the big kids and was out of sight in no time. Good thing there were neighbors ahead of me keeping an eye on him, because there was no way I could keep up with Mason and Sienna falling further and further behind.

It’s no surprise since Parker is obsessed with Star Wars, that he chose to be Luke Skywalker this year. We told Mason he could be anything he wanted, but he wanted to be something that went with his big brother and chose a storm trooper. I picked up a cute cheap bumblebee costume for Sienna late summer when I went to the consignment sale, so we decided to put that to good use. I did look online for a princess Leia costume to see if I could do something that would match the boys, but didn’t find any success with a small 2T size. It worked out just fine thought because the bumble bee looked really cute on her, and she just loved wearing it.

We had a fun filled week at school with festive Halloween parties for both classes, and we got boozed!  I sent out a few booze buckets of my own, and I was happy that someone thought of us and boozed us back! I just love our neighborhood. It definitely made my day.  We also went and visited a local nursing home as our service project this month.  The kids handed out candy and gave them fall pumpkin colored pictures of their creations.  The kids really loved the month of October with all the fun of dressing up and eating candy!

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Mason enjoying a Halloween party with his class

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Parker’s class during story time before his class party

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We’ve been boozed!

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Visiting The Oaks at Lanier Nursing home

First Day of School!

Last Friday was the First Day of Preschool for the boys! Mama was glad they were excited about their new Preschool, teachers and meeting new classmates! Sienna will be home with me another year and I’m excited about our one on one time together as the boys enjoy learning at school.  This will be Parker’s last year and Preschool.  With his September birthday, he’s in the Young 5’s class. He misses the cut-off for Kindergarten, but he’s going five days a week! I miss my morning time with him, but I know how much he loves school, and I enjoy the fun times we get to have in the afternoon!  Mason has always been pretty apprehensive about new situations or environments, so I was pleasantly surprised that he didn’t cry on the first day! He was so brave!  He’s growing up so fast.  He’s in the 3 year old preschool class and going three days a week.  It’s nice that he has a balance of three days at school, but still two days home with Mama.  He’s so easy going and enjoys his time at home too, so this was the perfect schedule for him.

Excited about the new school and a new year of learning and fun with these sweet kiddos!

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St. Aidan’s Summer Concert

We will be sad to leave this preschool this year.  We decided that the commute to Alpharetta was just too much for us, so we have enrolled the boys in a school that is closer to our home for next year.  It’s bitter sweet for sure.  We absolutely love the little concerts they have the kids put on for the family!  They are super sweet, and reminds me how precious our little ones are. Love, love, love them! Hoping they have little programs at Parkway where they will be going next year.

The boys love to perform.  They aren’t shy in the least bit! Parker is a bit more outgoing than Mason, but Mason is our  musical one. Any given day, you’ll hear Mason singing a tune and dancing to his own beat.  I love that about him. Parker loves singing too, but more so to be the center of attention, we rarely hear him singing on his own without being prompted to do so.  Each of the kids’ class did a few songs and they were just precious in them!

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First Day of School!

The boys had their first day of school this week! I had a fun time getting some sweet photos of them before making our way to school. Oh… and on the way to school. Yes.. Traffic! I knew this is what we signed up for when we decided to enroll them in a school in Alpharetta when we live in Cumming now, but Wow. It’s going to be an adjustment for sure. Thank God for DVD players in the car! You know what though, it’s so worth it. The school, and teachers are amazing, and they’re like family to us. We toured several schools in our new area, and we didn’t find one anywhere close to this one. So, I’m going to suck it up, and just make the trip in traffic. Even if I do have to listen to re-runs of “Word World” or “Sid the Science Kid” each trip. Their first day we were a little late. I took a back road thinking it would be quicker, and it wasn’t. Plus, I took some time snap some sweet pics of their faces before I left to make the commute, which added to the lateness I suppose! Parkersfirstdayofschool2013Masonsfirstdayofschool2013SiennaFirstDay

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Sienna gets to have some time to herself with me, although with her  morning nap, it won’t be a lot of time before we have to go pick up her brothers again.  Parker and Mason did great their first day.  They had a prayer service at the church to bless the year, and Father Rob spoke a blessing over each class, which I thought was great.  I was a little sad on the way to pick them up, wondering if they had missed me and if I was doing the right thing by putting them both in school for three days (especially Mason with him being younger) instead of having them home with me, but God gave me peace about it.  I know that their teachers are a blessing to them and they learn so much about socialized play, how to be creative, hearing God’s truths, learning manners as well as basics in phonics, science and math.  Something that is a challenge as a Mother when you have three close in age, and a household to keep up with.  The boys love it too! Mason is certainly a little more sensitive, but has still adjusted just fine.  The boys are growing up so fast!