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”.
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. 😉
Ella’s movin’ on up to the elementary school after 3 years at the primary school. She will still ride the same bus, the bus drops off at both schools, so Abby and Ella will ride the same bus be at different schools. Ella is excited to start Math lessons again and to go to the library because it is on the 3rd floor of the school.
Ella is so excited to be starting second grade, she was outside waiting for the bus 20 minutes early. We met her teacher and saw her classroom yesterday when we dropped off school supplies. Her teacher recognized Jeremy’s name, she went to Holy Trinity for elementary school but was a couple years behind him. Ella has a good friend from last year in her class again this year. There are 7 classes in her grade and they mix them up so there isn’t much overlap from year to year but she was happy to hear Olivia was in her class again this year. I can’t wait to hear how the first day went!
Ella did a week of Big Fat Messy art camp this summer, she loved it! She made a pinch pot, a wooden pendant with eggshells, a homemade scratch board with pastels and paint, a pastel still life, a canvas painting, a watercolor horse painting, a music inspired posterboard, bookmarks with shaving cream and coloring and lots of free draw pieces with paint and markers. Here are all her beautiful creations …
“Ella’s art projects from Big messy art camp.”
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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.
Today was Ella’s last day of first grade.
I can’t believe the school year is already over. It seems like only yesterday she was getting on the bus for the first day of first grade.
She continues to love learning. Math is her favorite subject and she likes to read chapter books. Ella loves to play school at home and will teach her dolls and stuffed animals if Abby isn’t interested in playing. She must show the same tendencies at school because this is the award she got today:
Ella is sad that school is over but is looking forward to checking items off her summer bucket list …