Now you are a kindergartner and we don’t have you at our house during the week when your mommy is teaching. That’s alright…I still see you because I will pick you up some times at your school and then we do Kaylee/ grandpa stuff, anyway!
So far, we have done this two times. We have gone for food (ice cream is food, right?) and then to the park until mommy and daddy come home. Here is what I am learning…
You have gone from a big preschool, that I really like, Christ Lutheran Valencia, to a much bigger public school. You have done very well at the new school, but there is no way you know all the kids. Maybe in your class, but not in the school!
So, what does this mean? Here is what I am predicting.
Most kids will want to play with you.
All of us have tried to make sure you are the kind of kid other kids want to play with.
Also, you are the kind of kid your teachers enjoy having you around. Maybe a chatterbox, but wait until your sister get’s there!
And guess what else?
You will begin to connect with kids who other kids have a hard time playing with. Why do I know this?
Because that’s what grandpa did when he was a kid, and if grandpa did that, who would also do that? Let’s guess…Maybe your mommy?
This will take some time, but you are probably going to end up making life better for some kids, rather than worse. Most people don’t even think about that, but actually- that’s a pretty big deal…
Well, that day finally came. You started Kindergarten today…What??
My little girl reading with me will someday soon be my bigger girl reading to me?
We went to see you off today at your new school. Your mommy cried tears of joy and some sadness for how fast you are growing up. You got in line at spot #11 and walked into your classroom.
You gave me a big kiss goodbye and Grandpa whispered, “Jesus is with you always and he will protect you wherever you go.”
You really weren’t afraid, you were walking ahead of us so anxious to get there, but it’s always good to know who is watching over you…
Dear Kaylee and Elise,
You finally met your Great Grandpa Hanson! We all went back for the wedding of mommy’s cousin Liz in Wisconsin. You met her and husband Nate when they visited California last year. The wedding was wonderful and a big surprise came afterword.
Your great grandpa Hanson lived in Minneapolis and you had never met him. He loves you both so much and talks about you all the time. Shows your pictures to everyone where he lived. But, we thought you would never meet him because you can’t travel.
Then he had a heart attack and got real sick, but now he is better. In order to be close to your Great Uncle David and Great Aunt Shari, Great Grandpa moved to Chicago! So, even though we we thought it would never happen, it did!
We visited Great Grandpa! You had so much fun playing with him and getting to know him! After Great Grandma died, Great Grandpa said the biggest blessing in his life is that you two were born! We thank God you all were together!
Grandpa cried tears of joy along with your mommy on that day…
You love books just like Kaylee. One of your favorite things to do with Nana on Wednesday’s is go to the library for Story Time. You get to listen to stories and sing and play.
Grandpa likes books, too. I read books all the time and I love to read books with you. We usually get through most of the books if they are short, but not usually all the way through if they are longer because you are a squirmer. Something else is going on around us that you just have to check out. That’s alright, too.
We will try an experiment. I am going to pick out some books that we can act out together. Let’s see how that goes.
Dear Kaylee and Elise,
One of the fun things I get to do is watch you at your house! We play outside on your playhouse and swing set or you play hockey or ride bikes on the basketball court. The most fun for me is relaxing with the two of you and reading you a book!
Everything works out great as long as we get those spider webs out of the play house and Grandpa makes sure there aren’t any gifts left on the lawn by your dog, Sunny!
Dear Kaylee and Elise,
When we spend time together it is so much fun watching you (Elise) as you have to copy everything Kaylee is doing instantly! This will not happen forever, but it is a very good thing as long as Kaylee is providing a good model.
Of course, sometimes you (Kaylee) do what Elise does. The stream of being a model flows both ways, doesn’t it? Now, if we can just get you both to respect who’s is what with markers, toys, etc. etc. but that is all part of learning to live in community…
From one short conversation, we learn about modeling, autonomy, and making choices.
“Why do you have sunglasses on?”
“Are they upside down?”
“No, I like them like this.”
Well, you are two years old now! It was so much fun celebrating your birthday on Friday, but I guess I realized for the first time it is a really big week for you because of how much you like Halloween! It’s only three days before! Your mommy always loved Halloween, so of course, you and your sister love it, too.
Your mommy is used to having a birthday close to another special day because her birthday is only two days after Christmas. Lots of things happening at once.
I got a special treat for Halloween this year. I got to go trick or treating with you! Usually Nana goes out by you and I stay home to hand out candy, but this year Nana stayed home to hand out candy and went out by you.
We had such a great time! All you did was go to a few houses, and then began eating candy. You didn’t need to stock up anymore, because your sister would go to the door and the people would give her candy, and then they would see you in the wagon we pulled along, and they would give her candy for you, too! I don’t know how this set up is going to last, but you sure enjoyed it.
Well, now we have Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up. And Aunt Kelly and Uncle Sam are getting married, too. We will have so much fun!
By the way, do you have any candy left?