Friday, August 29, 2014

Drawing her feelings

Mischief came home with much more to talk about today. One of those things was that someone smacked her. As in hit her. This is her picture if how she felt about it. 

But her teacher helped her feel better and she got to draw with markers so then she felt like this:

Waiting for school breakfast to start. 

School breakfast is great because then I don't have to get frustrated in them going through a box or two of cereal each week.  I feed Mischief a rice cake or oatmeal some mornings though because she just has milk, yogurt, and fruit.  I'll deal with getting the school to do gluten free meals for her next year when she actually has lunch there.
At the same time, school breakfast is frustrating.  Usually if you eat school breakfast, there's a reason for it, it's not just for fun.  Technically they have half an hour for breakfast.  Technically.  In reality, while school breakfast is supposed to start at 8:45, it most often starts at 8:50.  Going through the line takes a minimum of 5 minutes unless you are one of the first 8 people.  Though on paper school breakkfast ends at 9:15, in reality it ends at 9:08 when the kids are told they need to get in line so hurry hurry - which the lovely cafeteria monitors then add "but be sure to eat your food!"  So which is it? Eat, or line up to go to class? Most often kids have about 12 minutes to eat their food.  That's only IF they arrive before breakfast starts.  If you arrive at 9 o'clock, you are guaranteed to not finish your food.  Most kids scarf down the main entree as fast as they can before being late to class - because by then the line takes about 8 minutes.  So much food gets thrown away unopened because they have to take a fruit of some sort.  An unripe pear, a small carton of orange juice, a cup of peaches or a cup of strawberries are the options they have had the last two weeks.  The breakfast options are NOT healthy like last year.  Last year they had oatmeal and fresh made egg burritos as options in addition to the delicious pancake/sausage corn dog type thing, sometimes "silver dollar" pancakes, and two cereal options one of which was frosted flakes I think, I don't remember the other.  This year the entree options are: still the sausage/pancake dog,  a prepackaged thing that I assume is an egg burrito, it is so small it doesn't look filling in the slightest, Eggo brand mini pancakes in a sealed plastic bag, a boy scout camp (my brother used to bring them home for us from camp, which was the only time I'd ever seen them so I don't know whatelse to call them) sealed bowl of cereal in the options of Cocoa Puffs and Lucky Charms.
While I shake my head and mumble and grumble inside about the highly processed options, the fact that it is free for us outweighs the less than healthy aspect of it.  Doesn't stop me from cringing though. 

I never ate breakfast at school as a kid, I don't even remember what I did eat for breakfast back in my elementary school days, but gone is the days of the kitchen actually being COOKED in it seems.  I remember helping in the cafeteria, loved it, and they actually cooked stuff then.  This kitchen is huge compared to my elementary school's kitchen as well.....I don't get it.  Oh well.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

3rd day of kindergarten

Hazel school science experiment

DQ's first soccer game. She is number 10. She did great and her team won 5-0. 

Team mates wanted to photobomb. That's her best friend giving her bunny ears. 

She fights and fights and fights bed time. Then as soon as I finally get her to lay still for a second, she is OUT. Good grief kid!

2nd day of school. Reminded me of Ramona the Pest afterschool when she informed me, "Mom, I didnt learn to read yet." 

Sunshine sings while she colors. She sings about what she is coloring and it usually tells a story. This one is something about a prince being captured. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Another first day of school

Oh how anticipated this day has been.  She spent the weekend making up songs about the upcoming day.

Line leader!  Because she's DQ's sister and Miss Jenny just adores DQ, and Miss Jenny gets the lines in order, so Mischief got to be in front! 

Getting a name tag from her teacher.  (who looks much closer to her actual age with her hair up and make up done than she looked at the meet and greet yesterday!)

 She has 2 boys she knows from church in her class, quite nice to have some friends straight off!
Pep talk and goodbyes from Daddy.

For pictures from our back to school photo shoot, go toAbigail Dawn Photography

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Jedd & Shannon

Went to the neighbors wedding reception tonight. It was great!

Sunshine spent the entire day looking forward to the pony rides, and once we were there had to be convinced to eat some cotton candy, because she just wanted to get on a pony.  She was determined to rid on each pony, but there were other kids so she rode on two of them, before finally agreeing to go down to the petting area.   The tiny pony there just LOVED her and kept nuzzling up against her for more petting.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

School has begun!

And Drama Queen is off to school today!  She is SO excited.  I admit I am too.  I'd be even more excited if kindergarten would start already.  I'm quite relieved to have the urge to home school removed from me because I really couldn't do it right now.  Instead I can just be delighted that Sunshine and I will have 3 hours together just us, and someone else can figure out how to teach Mischief the other two thirds of the alphabet that I haven't gotten through to her with.

Everyone got up and showered this morning and looked so lovely we dressed up for some pictures before DQ changed into clothes for school.  The blue dress is too short though it fits through the bodice.  I even figured out how to blow dry her hair and use the round brush on it, though I can't do it quite like the salon does, I'm still pleased with the result and so was she.  Maybe I can figure out this straight hair stuff after all!