Monday, August 25, 2014

Mackenzie's First Day of 2nd Grade

Today was Mackenzie's first day of 2nd grade. I have felt so overwhelmingly blessed and thankful all day, because this is a day that we didn't think would happen for us at Regent. Only by the grace of God and the generosity and obedience of a sweet Christian family, did it come to pass. We were handed the gift of education for our girls this year and to say we are humbled and thankful is an absolute understatement. As I pulled out of the parking lot after taking Mackenzie into her classroom, I just cried because my heart was so full!
Apparently it has become my ritual to remember to make the "first day of school sign" at 10:00 the night before school starts!
Mackenzie has Mrs. Martin for 2nd grade and we are so excited about that! We have heard wonderful things about her! She is the first teacher we have had at Regent who doesn't go to our church. As crazy as the summer was and as much as I looked forward to being in our new home, it seemed to fly by so quickly. Now that school is starting, I almost wish it wouldn't have gone by so fast. I can honestly say that I am not at all ready for this every day routine to begin...but, ready or we go!
I got up at 6:30 so I would have plenty of time...I had Mack's clothes laid out and everything ready to go...I even made scrambled eggs for breakfast (which I was so proud about!) and we even left the house at 7:45, but still we were late. I totally underestimated the traffic and time it would take to get to school on Memorial. Apparently it was worse than normal, for which I was so relieved to hear. I might go crazy if I had to do that every day! I was seriously beating on my steering wheel and praying out loud, "God PLEASE let this light turn green and make these people MOVE!" Okay, okay...I MAY have been a little impatient and stressed! I did calm down and took a deep breath and prayed for Mackenzie also, that she would have a good, fun first day at school. Madison made sure to remind me not to close my eyes while I prayed since I was driving!
Mackenzie said a few times while getting ready and driving to school that she was nervous, but we talked about Joshua 1:9 and not being afraid because God is always with us, and she did just fine!  When we finally made our way into the classroom we were the last to arrive, but I was so relieved to see that there were many other families still there. After taking a few pic's, taking a peek in Mackenzie's desk, and saying a happy goodbye with no tears this year (YEA!) we made a quick exit. 
We are praying that Mackenzie is going to have a wonderful 2nd grade year at Regent! She is so smart and eager to learn. So funny and full of life!
I was SO disappointed that Mackenzie's backpack that we ordered from Pottery Barn didn't make it in time for the first day of school. It was supposed to be here a week ago, but it was delayed. It actually came this afternoon, so she will have it tomorrow, but still...big time bummer! We borrowed this cute backpack from the Easterwood's and Mack didn't seem to mind too much.
Putting her backpack and water bottle up...
Mrs. Martin
Madison will have her 1st day of E3 next Wednesday!
No better way to start the day than with the Bible and notes from Momma & Daddy!
And this is when we made our departure...Jonah was not happy about the shoes Daddy put him in!
Twelve 2nd Graders Ready to Learn!!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Mini Golf Capitol of the World"

So apparently Myrtle Beach is the "mini golf capitol of the world." I have never seen so many fun places to play miniature golf in my life! We were planning to do this earlier in the week, but we ended up waiting until our last evening in Myrtle Beach to play. The girls had been begging to go to the "mermaid place" all week. It was called Captain Hook's and it was all Peter Pan themed and so cute! (if Pirate stuff can be cute, that is!) We picked up a pizza and ate at a picnic table before going in. We could tell rain was coming, but since it was our last night we really didn't have any choice but to go ahead and play. Jonah was hysterical playing miniature golf. We took the stroller in, thinking he would just sit back and watch, but that was not about to happen! Brian ended up trading his club in for this little miniature club for Jonah. He absolutely loved hitting the ball and running after it! We just had to make sure he didn't pick the ball up, or he would instantly throw it. Brian had to rescue the ball from the water and the bushes! We made it to about the 13th hole before the rain came. It didn't just rain a started pouring! There were so many people and we were in the middle of the course, so we just kept playing in the rain. The kids thought it was great fun! We were all soaked by the time we left, and it was definitely a fun memory that we will always remember! As soon as we got back in the van, I called Poppa Jim to tell him we might have another left handed golfer in the family...he loved it!
After hitting the ball, Jonah would run after it, screaming "ball, ball, ball!"
Look at that stance!
At one point I told Brian to see what Jonah would do with the ball if he got it out of the hole...this is how that ended up...with Brian digging the ball out of the bushes! Needless to say, we didn't try that again!
This makes me laugh! Jonah thought it was pretty funny too!
Jonah's overalls came in handy! He was seriously so excited about this whole putt-putt thing that we had to hold onto him to keep him from getting hurt!
Here comes the rain...