Dinner with Santa at church. I contemplated not going, Jeremy is out of town, I had to take all three girls to Abby’s swim lesson, it was close to the younger two’s bedtime but I’m glad we went. Mia was so excited to see Santa at dinner … as long as he didn’t get too close. She loved when he read a book about the real meaning of Christmas but she wasn’t sure about a picture [as you can see]. Ella and Abby had a good time talking to Santa and liked listening to his story. Abby was relieved when I said she didn’t have to sit on his lap, she could just stand next to Santa. An improvement from last year when she hid behind Mia’s stroller and said “Santa can check my Amazon wishlist”.
Abby was invited to lunch with the principal yesterday. She was the first kid selected from her class. She was chosen for being an excellent bucket filler and displaying September’s character trait of respect (which they simplified to listening and following
directions for kindergarteners). Abby was a little nervous about it the night before but after said it was fun and she wished her whole class got to go to lunch with the principal.
After playing T-ball this spring Abby decided that maybe soccer would be more fun so we signed her up for the rec center summer soccer league. I had asked her several times in the past but I guess it took her sister signing up to make Ella decide she wanted to try soccer too. So that is how the Frick family ended up at soccer fields (pitch) 3 nights a week this summer. Mondays and Wednesdays for Ella and Tuesdays for Abby. Abby played on her cousins’ team at least we had someone else to talk to while watching all the 4 and 5 year olds either sit in the field or all swarm the ball.
Abby and Ella both enjoyed soccer and want to do the indoor league later this fall. Neither of them are overly aggressive. We had to tell them it was ok to keep going after the ball until you or someone else on your team gets the ball. Abby was concerned about letting the other team get a turn with the ball. Ella was at a bit of a disadvantage because most of the kids she was playing with had played for a few years already. She ran around a lot but didn’t necessarily touch the ball that much. But she was running around having fun and seemed to take the constructive critism from her coach fairly well. Not so much if mom or dad tried to tell her the same thing. Ahhh, parenting an 8 year old. 😉
Abby has anxiously been waiting for this day since she finished preschool last spring. Her first day of school she gets to go with mom and dad. The buses pick up the older kids (like big sister Ella) at the normal time the first day and then go back out to pick up the kindergartners and their parents. Abby thought it was cool that you didn’t have to wear a seatbelt on the bus. At school we all went to Abby’s classroom to meet the teacher and get her settled. After that the kids stayed in the classroom and the parents went to cafeteria to meet the new principle and the support staff at the school. We all went back home on the bus and got home in time for lunch. A pretty short first day.
Abby’s first day of official preschool. She had done preschool playdates at the rec center in the past but this is “real” school. She has been anxious waiting for this day.
I just picked Abby up and she loved it. Her favorite part was snack and the art project. I hope her love for school continues this year and through the coming years.
Abby finished up her summer dance class session last week. She went once a week for 6 weeks for ballet and tap. She did very well following her teacher and learning some of the french terms. In fact her teacher recommended signing her up for the 6 and 7 year old class if she was going to continue in the fall because she would be bored in the 4 and 5 year old class by Christmas. But when we would ask her if she liked dance class we got lukewarm responses so I think we will pass on signing up for the monthly payments and recital costs for now. 😉 I think starting preschool will be enough activities for now. If she starts asking about them again we may reconsider. Here she is on the last day, she is on the right in the blue leotard and skirt.
Just got back from a great vacation. I called it “camping” because we did stay in a cottage and not a tent at Old Forge Camping. Jeremy’s parents and siblings (and families) went too, so 8 adults and 7 kids in all. Everyone did their own thing during the day and we ate dinner and did camp fire together in the evenings. Our family went hiking up Bald Mountain. We made it 98% of the way to the top but decided against doing the last rocky bit at the top with the kids (Jeremy had Mia on his back). Once they got into it Ella and Abby had a blast. Mia fell asleep in the carrier for part of the time. We also went out in a paddle boat and a canoe, spent some time playing at the beach and in the lake.
Abby had her first dance class this week. She did a little bit of ballet and a little bit of tap. The class is a parks and recreation class but held at a local dance studio. Her cousin Cari and a friend from preschool playdates are also in the class. When I asked her if she had fun Abby said it was “boring”. Boring is her new favorite word so I’m not sure if it was actually boring or if she was just saying that to be an imp-y 4 year old. We’ll have to see how it goes next week …