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Thursday, August 23, 2007

What a mess!

I have been avoiding Maddie's room like the plague. It was such a horrible horrible mess. In her closet I have all her toys boxed up individually: Strawberry Shortcake stuff is in one clear box, My Little Pony's in another, etc. Well, she tends to get these boxes down w/ the help of SOMEONE (uh-hum, wonder who?) and plays and never cleans up her messes. I kept warning her that if she didn't clean it up, I was going to do it. So today, on my one day off this week, I cleaned the little stinker's room. It took me three hours, 2 huge black bags full of toys we're getting rid of, two white garbage bags full of junk/trash, and one huge white bag full of clothes that no longer fit her or she refuses to wear.
Here are some before and after pics. I'm SO proud of myself ...

Before ...
After ...

Now, I just need to go through Katie's room. *laughing wickedly*
Here's Katie in her new outfit (shirt & tights) Aunt Tiffany found for her at Children's Place. Looks great on her Aunt Tiff!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

First Day of School

Today ... my baby ... became a Kindergartner. :( I had been doing so well in these past few weeks of NOT thinking I was losing my baby to school. Today started off great. I took her pictures in front of the house like I had done w/ Katie this year and every other year when the first day of school rolled around. I walked Madison in to the school (at this time realized I had forgotten my camera -- so much for capturing her in school!), and took her to where she was to wait in line before the teacher came out to get the class. I realized then there were only 3 girls in the class -- the rest were boys. 15 boys to be exact. Maddie's going to have a lot of boyfriends (oh dear). Then, the dreaded moment. Mrs. Griner (her teacher) came out to greet the class. I quickly gave Maddie a hug goodbye and whispered the same little words I tell Katie every single morning "Do your best, make good choices and remember that I love you". She started leaving me! All the parents are frantically taking pictures as all the little kids are being shuffled into the classroom. Finally Maddie looked back at me, with a sad puppy dog look. I tried so HARD not to start tearing up ... then she disappeared. That's when the flood started. ::WAH:: Momma had a hard day realizing her little baby was growing up to be a big girl.

Madison had a great day at school. In fact, last May when I enrolled her, I enrolled her as Madison. The teachers heard me call her Maddie, and so they labeled everything w/ her name "Maddie". Madison did not like that one bit. In fact, she writes her name as Madison. SO ... I had to ask the teacher if it was possible to change from Maddie to Madison. :) LOL

Katie is having a great time in 4th grade. She has the same teacher as she had last year, Ms. Larson. Katie LOVES Ms. Larosn! So, Katie is thrilled to be back at school. I think she was getting tired of being home all the time.

Anyways .. here's that they have a great year ahead of them! Maddie will learn her "Popcorn" words (words that "pop" out in their reading, like "a" "the" "and", etc), learn to write and start to read. Katie will learn division this year, more reading, lots of writing and I think start geography this year.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Ethnic Festival

OK .. many apologies on my part for not posting as much. Still recovering from pneumonia & pleurisy, but I'm feeling a lot better (still hurting a bit and coughing up junk now that it's allergy season) ... so I'm ready to start posting again about the girls!

Friday night was our annual Ethnic Festival showcase. Every year Kansas City puts on an Ethnic Festival that showcases countries around the world. They're represented by people who live in KC and they make crafts, food, etc that you can buy as if you were in that country. They also showcase talent also, and those are 30 minutes blocks performed over 2 days and one night. It's a BLAST to go to this festival, and we can find food for about $1-3 to sample and try.
The girls have been dancing at this festival for the past 3 years, and the Pipe Band usually performs along w/ them, so that's a neat treat to watch and listen to also.
Here are some pics of our night:

This is my mom and the girls. They're eating crab rangoons & egg rolls. How very exotic of a food for them .. they eat them almost a few times a month. SIGH

This is Katie in the front w/ the white dress. She's dancing the Highland Fling. The other girls are wearing a traditional kilt outfit while Katie is wearing a National dress outfit. She danced another dance earlier that I couldn't get a good picture of, and she had to wear a national dress with that dance.

These are the "babies" of the dance group -- ranging in age from 4-6. Maddie is the 2nd from the left (w/o a vest on). They are dancing the basic pas de basques & highcuts.

The girls next competition will be in MacPherson, Kansas on September 22nd. :)
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