Friday, June 23, 2017

Last Day at Appletree II...aka The End of an Era

Yesterday was the last day of preschool for Will. I thought it would be an emotional day for me, but honestly I felt OK. I think it’s because Will himself is very nonchalant about leaving and has said more than once that he’s excited to go to {insert the name of our elementary school}, so I am feeling pretty good about it too. And, I just have to shout again for the last time: NO MORE PRESCHOOL TUITION!
^^Compare it to the first day of school!^^

In September 2014, Anna started Appletree II. The kids overlapped for the summer program in 2015, but when she left for public school in the fall, Will continued on for the next two years. So in all, we have been with the school for three years! While I didn’t adore the cost of going there, I did adore the school environment, the teachers/administration, and how both kids really just thrived.

Their first day together - Summer 2015:
Leaving Appletree for the very last time yesterday:
Getting back to Will…he really had a great year as a Yellowbird. He was well-liked by his teachers and they all just have the best things to say about him. They tell me that he’s focused, a [print] perfectionist, witty, smart, full of good ideas, and although shy and quiet, he’s “animated with his friends.” He was a drama-free kid who never caused any trouble, a good helper in the classroom, and a leader who initiated games on the playground. What an awesome kid, right?

Yellowbirds 2016-2017 Playground
Yellowbirds 2016-2017
But even though he loved Appletree, Will is soooo looking forward to Kindergarten and I am 99 percent (gotta leave 1 percent for error) positive that he’s going to shine there.

As his mom, I am certainty a little weepy about Will growing up, probably the most about him losing his innocence. The other day we had the cleaners over and I was telling him that we can't be in the same room that the cleaners are cleaning. He responded, "or else the cleaners will clean us." Haha, hilarious!

So...onto Kindergarten! But, before that, here's to a great, fun-filled summer!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

friday morning catch ups.

Although nothing big is happening with us, it's the small moments that make up our lives, so here is catching up to present day.

/1/ Will wrapped up his first soccer season and he genuinely had so. much. fun. At the last practice during scrimmage, he actually scored the last goal for his team! I am kicking myself for not getting it on fact, I didn't even see it...but he sure was proud. I am still on the fence about signing him up for the fall season because the practice is on a weeknight and he's usually dead tired by the evening now that he doesn't nap, BUT it's only for 8 we will see.
The week before the last practice, there was a BBQ at the coach's house and every player got a medal...a heavy duty one with his name engraved on the back. Now Anna says that she wants to play soccer so she can get one too.
^^Haha, the sun was in his eyes.^^

/2/ Mango is like a stuffed animal to them.
/3/ We had a few very hot days so we took the kids to the splash pad at new-ish Old Town Square in Fairfax City. Kids had fun, although they are definitely one of the older kids there. On my summer bucket list to to take them to several new-to-us splash pads around the area before they get any older. 
After water play, we went to a Vietnamese restaurant that was within walking distance. The food was mediocre (not sure what the rave reviews on Yelp was all about), but they gave the kids a box of crayons and I just loved Anna's sketch.
Then the next day we visited an old favorite -- Our Special Harbor Spray Park. The last time we were there was almost 3 years ago, while Will was in the middle of potty training. Here is the blog post on our first visit...the place was deserted! That was soooo NOT the case this time around
/4/ We took Mango on an outing for the first time! This was at Scott's Run Nature Preserve, which apparently is a very popular place for dogs. Well-behaved dogs can even be off-leash. Haha, we saw a big dog refusing to walk in the shallow water but here is Mango trudging through. He's so fun!!
/5/ This week Luke was away for two nights, and let me just say that I AM SO GLAD that we are finally at the end of the tunnel with two drop-offs.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Art Friday, No. 7

Just catching up on Anna's latest creations...
Love her drawings and how she chooses to spend her quiet time at school.
(by Anna : age 7)

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Friday, June 2, 2017

friday morning catch ups.

/1/ It's that time of the year again! And by that I mean the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program. This is our fourth year participating and the kids still love it. The program runs all summer long, but we are way ahead of the game and got our free books already. It's a great program and I highly recommend it. I mean, we are already reading books regardless, and it's not much work to write the titles down and get a free book in return. (For my own personal record, Anna picked this book from the Owl Diaries series and Will chose Plants vs. Zombies: Save Your Brains!.)

/2/ It's also the season of festivals! In the last two weeks we have attended two festivals - McLean Day and Viva Vienna. In my glory days of blogging, I would have blogged separately about all of this. Not so much anymore! I will just say that the kids had a lot of fun at both. McLean Day was especially nice with laser tag and bubble soccer (although we didn't try this one).
The best thing about the festivals are the giveaways. Usually they are just junk, but at both festivals the kids got a few decent toys. But for them, anything is good really. I mean, they had just as much fun playing pretend with the non-toys (toothbrush, bag clips) as their real toys. They are so easily amused that it's hilarious to me.
^^McLean Day was entirely free, but at Viva Vienna, we bought $20 worth of tickets for the kids to get on some rides. Remember this same ride from 2015?^^

/3/ Memorial Day weekend...I had it extra long due to my part-time work status. For the entire month of May, I couldn't wait for my days off (six in total including weekend and holiday), but by the last day, I was itching to go back to work. I watched soooo much TV and it made me feel so sluggish! I used to wish that I was a stay at home mom, but now I know that having a job to go to is actually not bad.

/4/ So what have I been watching? Haha, two words, Taiwanese drama. I finished watching Back to 1989 a while back. It was so good. I just loved watching the bubbling romance between Chen Che and Zhen Zhen :) #allthefeels. I thought about taking a break, since Taiwanese dramas can be long and slow-moving, but somehow I fell into watching this one right away. This one is just OK, sillier and more nonsensical. It doesn't really deserve my undivided attention, so I usually have it on the background while browsing aimlessly.
/5/ Hubs and I went on a ramen lunch date. The ramen itself was pretty forgettable, but I thought the slow-braised pork bun was very very good. It was a nice day, so we sat outside and enjoyed a very peaceful lunch sans kids. In case anyone is interested, we went to JINYA Ramen Bar at Mosaic District! For ramen near me, I still like Marumen more. 

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