Madi started preschool! She is going to the same preschool that me and my siblings went to. Pretty cool. She goes 2 days a week on Tuesday and Thursday for 2 1/2 hours. I put her in for several reasons. She didn't get really any interaction with other children. There are not a whole lot of kids her age out here. The closest ones are 6 months apart and even then they are at least 30 minutes away. She is also the only grandchild on my side of the family. So I wanted to give her an opportunity to be around other kids, to learn how to interact with them, and to share, etc. She also seemed to get so bored around the house. Preschool gives her something to do and somewhere to go where she can play with friends, do fun art projects, sing, have snacks, read books, and learn.
The first two weeks were a bit of an adjustment for her (she has not had a lot of time away from me). But she did better than I expected. She really seems to be loving it. It is fun to see her eyes light up when I pull out a picture from her bag that she colored or painted at school. And I love it when she learns something new at school that I haven't taught her yet. Like the sound an owl makes. Adorable.
Here are some pictures from her preschool family night at the skating rink.
|They didn't have any sizes available that would fit her so we let her try on mine.|
Madi also started a Mommy & Me gymnastics class. She goes once a week for 45 minutes. It is a good chance for her to get some exercise and spend some quality time with mommy. I'm still undecided whether or not I want this to be a long term sport for her, but I believe there is no better foundation to build her strength. I do know that I want her to try lots of things and find out what she really loves the most. If that's gymnastics then that's fine with me, but I'm definitely not going to push her to do it.
|Showing off her muscles in her cute little leotard.|
Madi has also started doing chores. Most of the time she likes being mommy's little helper (key word, most). Some of her chores include: picking up her toys/cleaning up her messes, putting her dirty clothes away, helping me get the mail, and helping me cook dinner. She loves to help me cook. She always says, "help me" when she wants to help me cook. And sometimes I sing the clean up song when we are picking up her toys and now she likes to do it too. She says,"een up, een up". It's fun to see her learning new words.
Madi is definitely growing up way too fast. She really loves to color, read books, and play outside. She also loves to sing and dance. She's got a great booty shake; I'll have to get that one on video. She has recently learned how to lip-sync. She started doing in when we were in Old Navy. (Don't know where she learned this one....hehe).
For the most part Madi is such a good girl. She is starting to push her boundaries as I'm sure every child does. But we love her so much and she brings a smile to my face every day!
(p.s. if anyone who has some good advice on how they discipline their children slash a good book to read on the subject please let me know! We are on the search for the best method for our family)
As for me, Madi is pretty much my life. Most of my time is spent on her, but I'm also busy being the class mom for her preschool and being a semi-permanent substitute in primary.
Bruce is busy working on Zachary Douglass as well as doing some work for my dads business. He finally launched the new software for ZD and an article just came out about it in the Funeral Business Advisor magazine. So traffic is starting to increase on his website. Yay! He is currently in Canada for a couple of days meeting with a company who may possibly want to workout some kind of business deal. So we are pretty excited about that too. It has been a long hard road. It's not over yet, but at least we are starting to see some light.
The Lord blesses us so much and we just love life.