We Have A Kindergartner!

27-Aug-2012 08:21
I can’t believe that Rylee has started Kindergarten already.  It was just a few weeks ago she was figuring out how to crawl!

Rylee has been VERY excited to start Kindergarten.  Every time we would pass her school in the last few weeks she’d say, “That’s where I will go to Kindergarten!”

The first day really couldn’t have gone any better.  She met two new friends at the bus stop who are not only in her grade, but in her class.  She sat with them on the bus to and from school.

When the three girls got off the bus they all wanted to play together.  That just warmed my heart.  Rylee has been in need of friends her own age and it has finally happened.

27-Aug-2012 11:50
All the moms agreed that after lunches the girls could get together.  I took Rylee to lunch and as we were getting in the car I got a text from one of the moms asking if Rylee wanted to come over and play with her daughter.  I told Rylee and she immediately asked me how many minutes it would take to get home.

Those three girls played together ALL afternoon.  I was expecting to have Rylee home with me so I wasn’t sure what to do with myself.

The second day of school Rylee invited her friends over as soon as she got off the bus.  So after lunch the girls came over and played all afternoon again.  I was amazed at how quiet they were.  They played in the playroom, played with Play-Doh (note to self: next time they do that outside instead of at the kitchen table) and I pulled out my beading supplies and they all made some bracelets.  What a fun afternoon!

28-Aug-2012 15:58
It’s really fun watching Rylee develop friendships that will (hopefully) last for many years.  I look forward to looking back at these photos with her when she’s older.


I love it when the girls come home from daycare and school and can’t wait to show me their latest artwork.  We talk about it and then it sits on the island in the kitchen until I sort through it.  I keep every item that is made with hand prints.  I just think they are adorable and it’s a way to capture their growth over the years in a cute way.  I also keep all holiday decorations to use over the years.

It’s the everything-other-than-hand-print papers that are the issue.  Truth be told…these papers wind up in the recycle bin buried under newspapers.  There have been times I’ve felt guilty about putting their creations there but there is just no way we have the space to keep every paper that comes into the house.

This morning I couldn’t sleep so I was checking out Pinterest and I found this wonderful app for my iPhone from Artkive.  (It will be available for Android in September!)

Artkive allows you to photograph your child’s artwork with your smart phone.  Then when you’re ready you can create a coffee table book of their creations.  Once you set up your account you can add each child and you can create a book for each one.  Brilliant!

With a new school year about to start I’m VERY excited to have this app.  If you’re interested go to Artkive now as the app is FREE.  I don’t know how long it will be until you have to pay for it so check it out now!