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Archive for the month “August, 2012”

First Day of Kindergarten

So Thursday, August 24th we went to the official “Meet the Teacher” night at WestPark Elementary in Benbrook. Addyson was so excited, she picked out her own outfit and was ready to go! We met her teacher Mrs. Baganz and listened to her introduction and instructions for the first day and new year. I have a VERY good feeling about this teacher and this school.

Monday, August 27th was the FIRST day and Addyson was awake and ready at 5:50 :). We got ready, fixed her lunch and Justin prayed over her before Addyson and I left to go get a special breakfast (which she didn’t eat at ALL) and head to school. I walked her into the school and to her classroom as she was telling me that starting tomorrow I did NOT need to walk her in, she is a big girl now. This was a slight improvement over the fact that she threw a fit on Sunday night when she found out she wasn’t riding the bus to school. We talked about the fact that I wanted to walk her in for the first few days so I could learn some things about the school but then I would start dropping her off like ALL THE OTHER KIDS.
As she got settled in her seat at her table with her pink play-doh, she instructed me that school could not start until I left so if I could leave that would be great. Some of the other mothers all looked at our interaction like she was screaming curse words at me but I just hugged her and said, “I love you and I am so proud of your independent spirit.” (One of the other mothers told me on the 2nd morning that my courage and encouragement with Addyson helped her be able to leave earlier than she thought she would have been able to).

Owen and I kept ourselves pretty busy all day and when 3 pm rolled around we parked and walked up to get Addyson. She greeted me by saying, “MOM! I’m a big kid now and you just need to drive up and get me like all the other kids!” I said, “Today, I wanted to check with your teacher but starting tomorrow I will.” She then informed me that she made lots of friends but that she couldn’t remember any of their names but that she would remember tomorrow. Overall she had a great first day. Her favorite thing about the day was the Bounce House Party they had at the end of the day in the gym.

Enjoy the pictures of our Firsts :).

Ready to meet the teacher on Thursday, August 24th.

Addyson and Mrs. Baganz at Meet the Teacher night

Addyson’s First Day official picture. It says,
“August 27, 2012
First Day of Kindergarten
When I grow up I want to be a Ballerina”

Addyson sitting in her seat at her table ready for me to leave so Kindergarten can start. 🙂

We’re officially a WestPark Wildcat!

She survived her First Day of Kindergarten!






Dingos at Dinnertime

Dingos at Dinnertime (Magic Tree House book #20)

Official Overview:
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!


That’s what Jack and Annie are up against when they are whisked away to the land of Australia. And they’re not alone! Jack and Annie must help a baby kangaroo and a koala escape from a fire-filled forest. Will they be able to rescue the animals in time?

The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie away to Australia where they must save some animals from a wildfire.
So I hope this book was a good one 🙂 NaNa got to read this one to Addyson while the kids were visiting them for a week.

Update on the Atkins house process

So first and foremost I want to thank all who are praying and have prayed for this process, from the beginning of us looking for an existing home, praying about building, and beginning that process. We contracted to build a house late this spring with the builder’s estimated closing date in late August and it’s been so much fun to once again watch a house being built from the dirt up. The kids have enjoyed going to the home 4-5 times a week (yes, we go almost everyday) and watching the progress on our new home.

This past week we had a little hiccup in our process with lenders, appraisers, and paperwork that has brought us to a bit of a halt on our end but the builder is still going strong and everyday new things are happening. It has been hard dealing with a potential problems that could happen in these last few weeks but has also brought our focus back on knowing that God has given us this blessing and could easily take it away if that is His will. Please join us in praying that God’s will be done, even if it means this process does not turn out how we hope to or how we have planned.

Tigers at Twilight

Tigers at Twilight (Magic Tree House book #19)

Official Overview:
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Tigers in trouble?

That’s what Jack and Annie find when the Magic Tree House whisks them and Teddy, the enchanted dog, to a forest in India. The rare tigers are being trapped by greedy poachers! Can Jack and Annie find a way to help? Or will a fierce tiger eat them instead?

Having used their magic tree house to travel to India, where they must get a gift to help free the dog Teddy from a spell, Jack and Annie have adventures involving a tiger and other endangered jungle animals.
Another great book from a great series! We learned about a Tiger who hunted down Jack and Annie, then got caught in a trap and had to be rescued by the two children. Despite their daring/ brave rescue the Tiger still maintains his desire to hunt therefore teaching Jack and Annie how the Forest Spirit guides animals. Another great opportunity for us to talk about exactly what that means!

The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott

Official Overview:
On April 12th, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg and sunk, taking with it more than two thirds of its passengers and crew. Among the survivors was the famed London-based designer Lady Lucille Duff Gordon (1863-1935), who figures prominently in this centennial historical novel. The title character of this novel, however, is the fictitious Tess, a youthful seamstress who shares Lifeboat No. 1, the infamous “Millionaires’ Boat,” with this imperious fashion house mogul. Tess’ shipboard encounters, some tragic and some not so, shape the dressmaker’s life and leave an indelible imprint on her subsequent story.

WOW! This was a great historical story with twists and turns from a much different perspective. This book brings shines a light to the U.S. Senate hearings that asked questions that one hundred years later, we’re still wondering about. Another great read!

Buffalo Before Breakfast

Buffalo Before Breakfast (Magic Tree House book #18)

Official Overview:
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Hello, buffalo!

That’s what Jack and Annie say when the Magic Tree House whisks them and Teddy, the enchanted dog, back almost 200 years to the Great Plains. There they meet a Lakota boy who shows them how to hunt buffalo. But something goes wrong! Now they need to stop a thousand buffalo from stampeding!

The magic tree house takes Jack and his sister Annie to the Great Plains where they learn about the life of the Lakota Indians.

So this is was another great book by Mary Pope Osborne! We enjoyed reading about this adventure and talking about the buffalo, American Indians and what happened to both species. This book also began a discussion about the “Great Spirit” discussed in the book. (Just wanted to let mom’s know that this and the next few books references a higher power without ever calling it God.)

Tonight on the Titanic

Tonight on the Titanic (Magic Tree House book #17)

Official Overview:
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Titanic trouble!

Jack and Annie are in for an exciting, scary, and sad adventure when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the decks of the Titanic. Is there anything they can do to help the ill-fated ship? Will they be able to save anyone? Will they be able to save themselves?

The magic tree house transports Jack and Annie to the deck of the Titanic to find the mysterious gift that will free a small dog from a magic spell.
This one was a neat book to red with Addyson to teach her a bit of history AND I also started a book (The Dressmaker) about the Titanic’s sinking so it was neat to be able to tell her about the story I was reading too. She was in awe that a big boat like that could just sink (as I think many of us still are).

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Official Overview:
Millions of readers have been transformed by Jeannette Walls’s award-winning memoir of resilience amid a deeply dysfunctional childhood. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want to responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered. The Glass Castle is truly astonishing and poised to stand the test of time.
Wow! What a great story of perseverance and determination despite all of life’s circumstances trying to steer you the other way with all its force! This book was recommended to me by a new friend and I will take her recommendations very seriously from now on!

Hour of the Olympics

Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House book #16)

Official Overview:
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

No girls allowed at the Olympic Games!

That’s the rule when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to ancient Greece. But when Annie tells jack to go to the games without her, he knows she’s up to something. Will Annie find a way to see the games? Or will she get herself—and Jack—into Olympic-size trouble? Find out in Hour of the Olympics.

Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to retrieve a lost story in ancient Greece, where they witness the original Olympic games and are surprised to find what girls of the time were not allowed to do.

This one was SO much fun to read with Addyson especially since we were reading as the Olympics began last week! Addyson still is talking about the fact that girl’s weren’t allowed to even watch the Olympics back then and now they win everything :). Makes me a proud mommy!

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