I got home from work tonight and cooked up a super yummy whole30 qualified meal (I'll touch on that in another post). We all sat together ate and laughed. After our meal the wee one ran outside to get back to her excavation site. As you may recall from day 99 we began digging for dinosaurs. Oh the screams of joy that came from outside as the final dinosaur bones were successfully extracted from their resting place. Time to build a dinosaur!
day 92 I am so thankful for you! Tonight was full of peace in our home. There was creativity, laughing, good food and lots of hugs. My heart is full tonight and with a little help from daddy the wee one pieced together her very own Tyrannosaurus Rex.
BACK TO SCHOOL! When we first moved to Sonoma County we moved to an area that did NOT fit our yearly salaries. The wee one started attending a school where she was immediately judged. I homeschooled kindergarten and well that was greatly looked down upon. After a few weeks we were informed that she should be moved down from first grade back to kindergarten. WHAT! When I asked for solutions I was given none by her teacher. I was told she would just have to struggle. My bright, full of energy wee one's soul was being crushed slowly. She called herself a failure everyday. Those are words we never spoke to her. It was clear that this Distinguished California School was not a good fit. We were told that the children in her first grade class had been together since Pre K and have been learning together since a young age. Well excuse me if I'm not raising a career student. It is first grade! Well luckily we were able to blow that popsicle stand before the end of first grade. Thanks to our amazing neighbor in the new neighborhood we bought a house in we are in an amazing school. She helped us with securing a spot at the school she taught first grade in. The wee one is thriving there! They saw where she was struggling and taught her as an individual student. They took the time. They cared. They are helping our wee one grow into a confident young person. On day 98 I am thankful for a new school year in a school that will help make my daughter a confident and positive thinking individual. Here is to 2nd grade! We are moving forward and not backward.
As I am on my way home the wee one called asking me about a package that I received. I knew exactly what it was. I wanted it to be a surprise for her but of course she went ahead and opened the Amazon box anyway. Mommy it's my dinosaurs! During the weekend we went to the Gravenstein Apple Fair and in the kids area the Charles Schultz museum had a "dino dig" area. She dug for bones for about 45 minutes that day. So I promised her that I would find the same thing and she could dig for dinosaur bones. I need to make sure not to skip the part where a little boy was waiting at the fair to also dig for dinosaur bones and we had to ask her to step away from the table to let another wee one have a turn (no other parents did that by the way). Then come the water works. Oh the misery for about 5 minutes. Well today the dinosaurs came and all was right with the world (for about an hour away). I am thankful that I have a child who loves to explore and learn. So shall we dig for dinosaur bones...
Every good paleontologist needs a sidekick!
A good photography friend of mine Misty. Who is a phenomenal photographer is working on a project counting down the days to Thanksgiving. She has also incorporated a gratitude journal into her 100 days. When I heard she was doing this I thought why not give it a go as well!
With the way life can sometimes treat us we often look past the good and immediately focus on the bad. A few weeks back I made the decision to focus on good and see the positive in all things. My husband calls it seeing life through my Disney eyes. What is so wrong with Disney? I did spend a great deal of time working there and it is a place of love and joy for my wee one and me. So here it goes! 100 days of gratitude...
Day 100 (I'm counting down)
Today when I got home from work my wee one ran out the door to greet me wearing these glasses. She hasn't worn them in a LONG time. They are the glasses to an old Halloween costume. Can you guess which one? Waldo! I am so thankful that these glasses have survived 4 years, a toddler playing with them, dogs picking them up in their mouth and two house moves!
Just for the fun of it a photo from June of 2013
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