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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

First Days and "Bes-shoes"

So, have I postponed the inevitable long enough?? Finally a real blog post.
Today was Ella's first day of school and boy, was she excited!! She has been looking forward to this for oh....ever. She has been wanting to go to school with the boys since she understood where they were going. Finally the day came when I signed her up for school. Not only, to her pure delight, was this school somewhere he goes to learn her "abc's" and numbers, but she is going to a dance preschool. That's right folks, a preschool where she gets to take dance (ballet and tap) on the two days she attends. That put right over the moon. The day we went to sign her up we purchased her ballet and tap shoes. Those ballet shoes have already been broken-in in the month plus since the blessed day we bought them. She wears them to "practice her ballet skills" and to play dress-up. Maybe I shouldn't have been so lax in their non-dance use (she never wore them outside, though. I do have some standards ;) but the girl was so darn excited I couldn't say no. I do have to admit, that we did have a "where is the other ballet shoe??" incident that lasted about a week. To say that Phillip might have to buy another pair of leather ballet shoes that would put him back about seventeen dollars put a fire under him a bit was an understatement. ;) Don't fret too much, though. They were recovered and safely snuggled in her backpack today. When Phillip and I dropped her off today she was wearing the ballet shoes (she has ballet Tues. first thing), her knee socks (l.o.v.e. her splurge knee socks) and biting her nails. Some of the over-exuberance of the last few days had worn off when she saw Mom and Dad walking away and I think it hit her Momma's not going to actually stay during school put a bit of a damper on the prospect of school...but not enough for her to not stay. Whew! Also, what Humphrey kid wouldn't be complete with their fingers in their mouth biting their nails on the first day? None of mine.
Onto the goodies...the pictures...
As for the boys, I couldn't leave them out, could I?? Nope. I will at least document their first day with pictures. It's been nearly a month and things seem to be going well. Greyson was pleased that his best friend from church is in his class and Cooper is digging right into school activities. He was chosen to be a member of the student council (by secret ballot; the students vote on the essay they like best and voi-lah a member of student council is born) and also attending choir. Both of those activities are before school, so he is foregoing his free-time for pretty worthwhile actvities. Bravo, Cooper...and, I guess bravo to all my kids who faced their first-day jitters and are digging right in.
Not sure why my pictures outside are looking so over exposed. Hmmm....sorry.
Now,you might have wondered if I have a major spelling problem when I wrote bes-shoes...and well, I might, but not this time. Over the last few days Ella has been sneezing off and on. There are horrible allergens here and it seems all my kiddos have outdoor allergies. Anyway, a few of the times after she sneezes she had been saying, "well, I guess I still have the bes-shoes". Usually I have been busy doing this or that and just absently say, "uh-huh". the last cou0ple of times I stopped and asked, "you have the bes-shoes??" enunciating very clearly to make sure I was hearing her correctly. She would say yes and be on her merry way. Last night just before her bath she said it again. I again asked if she was indeed saying that she, "still has the bes-shoes". Again she said yes. I sat there for a minute and tried to figure out what in the world she was saying. Finally, it dawned on me what she was saying. She was saying, but not correctly, that she has the Bless You's. She had been calling her sneezes "bless you's". I guess she had been told "bless you!" after she had sneezed and thought that's what they were called, as well as sneezes. I know that she knows what sneezes are because right before I figured it out she said she had the sneezes and bes-shoes. I got a kick out of it. Such a silly girl and a true blessing in my life.
Well, that wraps it up...just in time for me to pick up my youngest from school. Hope you enjoyed. :)

11 comments:

Annie said...

They're all looking so grown-up. And Ella is just ADORABLE, especially with her curls and socks! She's very photogenic too - looks like a natural in front of the camera with her poses.

whitney said...

I haven't actually read your post, I'm making dinner, but I turned it on and saw the...KNEE SOCKS! I my heck, j'adore!

I'll really read and comment soon, I promise.

whitney said...

I meant oh my heck, by the way.

I have to laugh at the amount of Ella pics vs the boys. Watch out or they might be convinced you love her best ;)

So...back to the post...yay! yay! for a fun dance preschool! I bet Little Miss is just adoring it! Oooo, she's so grown up, I can't even believe it! She looks especially old in those last two pictures. I just love her cute little chin.

The boys are getting so big too. Congrats to Coop for his student council win. He's such a go-getter :)

XOXO!

Steph said...

Whit, I was in such a rush to get the post posted by the time that I left to go get Ella I was going to write a blip about that very thing in the post(the fact that Ella has a bazillion more pics than the boys). I had just taken the pictures and didn't have enough distance to really weed them out yet. I know, I probably should've... I don't love her best...I just love showing off her outfit and smiles. ;)

Anna Min said...

Wow! Ella knows EXACTLY what to do for the camera! And what school has dance tied into it? HOw lucky is she?
And way to go Cooper...on student council, his essay, and choir!
And yea for a post:)

holyoak said...

Excellent post my dear one! Great pictures, great fun, great day, great memories! Just can't figure out where they may have picked up the nail biting thing... ;)

Way to go Cooper! An author of renown is born! A politician to boot.

Good job Grey - enter tooth stage left - !!

Jill said...

Ella looks so adorable all ready for school. And your boys are growing up so fast! I love the "bes-shoes!" So cute!

Alabama Apples said...

Yay for your post!! The knee socks are SO FABBITY-FAB!! i love them! Worth the money, I'm sure. ;) Ella looked darling and I had to laugh at her "innate" pose-ability. Me thinks some mommy has worked really hard teaching her kiddies how to be "innate" posers! :) The boys were darling, too. Hooray for Coop's coup! I'm so proud of him for writing the essay and for working so hard on worthwhile things. What a good boy! I love Grey's smile. His cute, mischievous smile. Give them all loves for me. Tell Ella I expect a talent show when I see you for Mack's homecoming. :)

bits and pieces of our family life said...

All of your kids look SO great on their first day of school! Ella looks like such a doll with her curls!

holyoak said...

Helllooooo is any one home, home, home...

holyoak said...

Earth to Stephie... where are you?