Intelligent, curious, silly, loving. That's our beautiful girl!
|stomping around in her new boots|
|a picture she drew for our missionary brothers entitled "Carwash" haha|
Purchase of the first backpack! // still loving Peppa // playdoh creationing
The Great Natsby. A fitting title for someone so magnificent! She LOVES to learn (her teacher called her "inquisitive" which is just perfect), and she is VERY concerned for the welfare of others. She always tells me if one of her friends had an owie or was sick, and she does the most tender little pat-pat on the arm of someone who isn't feeling well or is sad, while looking into their eyes with a little half-smile. How is this four-year-old so...mature? She is very special indeed. I have to remind myself that she is still just 4 - I give her responsibilities like "go check on Jack" or "make sure the boys don't dump the cereal out while I'm in the shower." Then I remember that she isn't 16 and I shouldn't expect her to do the things a babysitter would do! But she does them and she enjoys helping and being responsible and I am so grateful for her as my little helper. She now puts away her own laundry, makes her bed, "does the dishes," and easier stuff like putting away the toys and fetching something I need ("please bring me my shoes" lol). She gives great hugs and is always excited about meeting new people and seeing old friends.
|MOM! A FRIEND!!!|
look at her sparkly eyes : )
Miss Kaycee is a ROCK STAR. So perfect for our Natsby.
Making cookies (she always remembers to grab our aprons) // hilarious facial drawings // more Peppa
|another official drawing - "Big Huge Bubble"|
I thought it was quite poetic that I was driving the Xterra, my car from high school, on the first day of school for my daughter. (The other car was in the shop, hello new tires!, so we drove this relic.) I teared up as I noticed my old parking passes - the first one from 2006! - and realized how fast the past 10 years have gone and how fast the next 10 years will go. But I was also so happy that my little Natsby gets to start her own fun school adventure - I always loved school and it's been fun to share this experience with her. (Also, I may have driven by her preschool a couple of hours later just to "check" on her, as if I could see anything from the car haha. I missed her!)
An email from her teacher:
"I want to take a moment to brag on Natalie. She is such a ray of sunshine. We just love her.
I've been dying to tell you this story- I was stretching the other day and she saw my tanktop underneath my shirt and she said, "Ms. Kaycee I see your garments!!!" We all giggled.
THAT NOTE TODAY, to Ms Linda, MADE LINDA'S DAY. We made a BIG deal out of it and made sure to really praise Natalie for her kindness, but honestly, it was really special. Thanks for doing that!"
Haha, the garments comment. The note that she is referencing is a little card Natalie found in my desk. She brought it to Austin and told him she wanted him to write down a letter from her to Miss Linda (a helper in the class.) Austin made sure she really meant Miss Linda and not her main teacher, Miss Kaycee, but Natalie was adamant that it was for Miss Linda ("Winda.") It said something simple like "Dear Miss Linda, I'm glad you're in our class. I love you. I love being in your class. Love, Natalie." She put it in her backpack and couldn't wait to give it to her! It was just very cute that it was all Natalie's idea and I'm so impressed that she had the thought that Miss Linda, probably overlooked in the background most of the time, could use a special note. I'm proud of and touched by her thoughtfulness.
|ready for school, complete with hat,|
at least half an hour before we're leaving haha
I laughed out loud when, at parent-teacher conferences, Miss Kaycee made a comment about how "smart, fun, and kind Natalie is" but then followed up with "she does talk a little too much." Pretty much verbatim what my teachers always said about me! Good job, Natalie!