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Toddlers and Up

This past weekend Maya hit a big milestone, one she has been waiting a long time for. She lost her first tooth!!

The story behind how she lost her tooth is one that will keep us laughing years to come. Her tooth had been wiggly for a few weeks but late last week it started to get really wiggly and it was apparent that she would have her first encounter with the tooth fairy in the not too distant future. All weekend she was fiddling with it and asking over and over again when it would finally fall out. Sunday evening, at that twilight part of the day when the sun is going down and it can be hard to see, the kids were out front playing with a few of their neighborhood friends. They were all horsing around and one of Maya’s friends jumped up and started to run without realizing that Maya was right in his path. He ran right into her, the top of his head hitting her mouth. You can imagine where this is going, right? Maya started crying and trying to spit something out, that was her tooth. The impact had knocked out her tooth. At first she was really mad and upset but then it hit her that her tooth had finally fallen out, the thing she had been waiting forever for! She was all smiles after that!

She put her tooth in a little baggie with a note to the tooth fairy that this was her very first lost tooth and hung it from her bed post. That night the tooth fairy crept into her room and left her an adorable, mini sized note and $5 dollars (she got a little extra since this was her first lost tooth and the circumstances were a little out of the ordinary). She was so excited the next morning to find the treasure in her little baggie :)

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Last Wednesday was Maya’s last day of school. Her final day of Kindergarten.

This year has just flown by. It feels like just yesterday I was sending a somewhat excited, very nervous 5 year old off to her first day of school. And now, here she is 9 months later, a spunky 6 year old full of new knowledge and ready to face the challenges of the first grade.

She learned so much this year. She was so lucky to have an incredibly good teacher. Mrs. Fadden is the best and was really the perfect teacher for Maya. So much learning and growing is packed into kindergarten and Maya soaked it all up with gusto. It will be wonderful to see what next year has in store for her.

But, for now, we will sit back and enjoy a fun filled summer break!

 

On Sunday Maya celebrated her 6th birthday by hosting a fun birthday bash for all her little friends at The Little Gym. Maya loves gymnastics and The Little Gym has become a sort of home away from home for us the past year, so having her birthday party there seemed like a fantastic idea. Plus, they do all the work which was a great added bonus!

The party was a blast. The girls had such an amazing time. It was so fun watching Maya interact with all her friends and enjoying being able to spend time with them just goofy off and having fun. She has made a lot of friends since moving here which has helped her feel very at home here in Seattle.

After playing their little hearts out in the gym the girls gathered in the party room for snacks and cake. The cake I ordered turned out beautifully and the girls loved it!

I still can’t believe she is 6! I’m glad she had a good birthday and got to spend a wonderful afternoon partying like a 6 year old with her friends :)

Today was a big day at our house, it was Maya’s 1st day of kindergarten!

I woke her bright and early and after a nice breakfast and after everyone was ready to go we headed to school.

When we got to school we headed to the kindergarten entrance and Maya found the line for her class. She bravely stood in line behind her friend Megan. You could tell she was a bit nervous, but she was also pretty excited. After the first bell rang her teacher, Mrs. Fadden, came out and greeted all the kiddos and walked them down the hallway to their classroom. Normally parents aren’t allowed to accompany the kids into their class but her teacher made an exception today so we could see where they will sit and get a nice class picture. It was so cute watching all these nervous 5 year olds navigate around the room, collect their name tags and pencil boxes and find a seat. Maya and Megan sat together along with a little girl they had met in line. It was adorable.

Once all the kids had arrived and found a seat, Mrs. Fadden had them all gather at the front of the room and line up for a nice class picture. They came up will silly things to say instead of the usually “cheese” to keep them all giggling and smiling.

After picture time it was time for the grown ups to leave and the day to start. A few kids, including Maya ran to give another quick hug to mom and dad. Surprisingly there weren’t many tears, all the kids were so brave. It looks like a great bunch of kids in Maya’s class and I think she’ll have a wonderful year with them and make some great new friends. Not to mention her teacher is AWESOME, I already love her!

It was weird leaving the school knowing she would be there all day. I’m so used to having her around, and even when she was in preschool it was only 3 days a week for half days. It felt like 3pm was so far away. I managed to keep it together all through drop off but as I was driving to the grocery store after leaving the school I had a good little cry. I cried because my first baby is already in kindergarten. I cried because I am so proud of her. I cried, well, because that is what we moms do ;)

When the end of the day finally rolled around Anna and I walked over to the school and picked Maya up. You could tell, as they walked out the door lined up behind Mrs. Fadden, that they were all pretty worn out from their big first day, but they were all smiles. Maya was full of stories on the walk home of all the fun things they did today and things they get to do tomorrow. She had a wonderful first day and is excited to go to school again tomorrow. This is going to be a great year for her!

Maya had her second, and last, camp of the summer this week, Art Camp! She was really looking forward to this camp and it didn’t disappoint. She had a great time and came home with an amazing little portfolio.

Back in the early spring when I was finding camps to sign her up for I stumbled across a bunch of art camps offered through Museo Art Academy in downtown Issaquah. Each camp was a week long (4 days) and had a different focus. There was drawing, clay sculptures, mixed media and painting. I asked Maya if she would be interested in doing and art camp and if so which one would she like to do. She was totally up for it, not a surprise coming from our little artist, and decided on the painting session. I got her all signed up and her little friend, Ava, decided to join in the fun too.

She had a great time. Every day when I picked her up she was beaming and said she had a great time at camp that day. They came home with little free drawings they had done throughout the morning but the paintings were kept until the end. I couldn’t wait to pick her up today and finally get to see all her projects. I knew they would be good since Maya loves art and puts a lot of thought and effort into her projects, big or small. Her little portfolio was incredible. It contained 7 paintings. They learned about many different types of paintings including still lifes, landscapes and portraits. She is so proud of her collection.

I need to pick up some frames and display a few of these pieces!

I’m so glad she enjoyed the camp and I’m so proud of her creations. She said she’d like to take art classes there this year so I’ll have to look into those.