With Troy's last day of school came a similar milestone for Cassidy (and our family!) as she/we had our last day at Vineyard daycare. With the exception of last summer, Vineyard daycare has been our spot for the last nearly FIVE years. Its been a tremendous blessing to work in the same building my kids were in while they were little!
Cassidy brought Ms Carly a flower (she thought Troy's idea was pretty great!)
My friend Katie married her firefighter husband last year and recently invited us to come for a private firehouse visit when he was working one weekend. My "touch a truck" loving son thought this was pretty fab since they were the only visitors there and could ask and pretty much do whatever they wanted.
First up, a visit to the ambulance. Cass was right back out and told Katie, "I never, ever want to go in there." Ok, Cass, duly noted.
Troy on the other hand wouldn't get out and got a ride on the stretcher.
Troy and fireman Eric sitting in the fire engine and trying the gear on.
Lifting the HEAVY hose.
Cass was *mostly* interested in the outside of the trucks after the ambulance moment. So she stuck with Katie and checked out the perimeter.
Ready-to-pop Katie was on a mission to walk, walk, walk around the firehouse to coax Maple out... and she went into labor the next day! Thanks for the awesome visit!
Smiling all handsome with his orange team for t-ball pics. This pic may be deceiving as it was 34 degrees and WINDY during picture day. Not exactly baseball weather. Can't wait to see the pics when they come in!
Cass woke up from a nap and wandered into my room where I was resting, too. Apparently she wanted some more sleep as she crawled up and fell right asleep on me. Oh, my mama heart just bursts in these moments.
Since the day we handed Troy my phone and asked him to take our picture, he's asked a few times to use the camera. This particular day we were walking the yard trying to figure out what the heck to do with it looking at things and he said, "you guys look cute! I'm going to take your picture!" And so he did.
The Y has a program called Girls on the Run which meets year round and combines running with positive messaging (anti-bullying, standing up to peer pressure, etc.) for girls in 3rd-8th grade. They had their "end of year" 5K run/celebration recently and an email was sent out to to the group fitness instructors asking if anyone could be a running buddy for some of the girls that didn't have one for the run. Sign me up!
The 4th grade girl I was paired with was wonderful! She completely impressed me with her ability to run 99% of the whole thing with just a few short breaks. She was also really determined, saying she was going to run the whole thing but didn't want to have to stop and walk. Wanting to pace herself. She clearly understood the importance of having goals. She talked and talked the entire run and I learned lots about what life is like with 4th grade girls. Thankful for this perspective (and that I also have several years to prepare myself before I find myself living life with a 10 yr old 24/7!)
Mike and the kids were there too and came out for the end and the celebration part.
There were inflatables abound and just recently Cass has been wanting to do them (wouldn't touch 'em last year). She was waiting patiently but Troy said "how about I stick close to Cass guys? You never know what she's going to do." Truth, son.
Bouncing is one thing but climbing the giant slides? She was all over it!