Last week the pre-k teacher told us her cute strawberry backpack just wasn’t cutting it and that we needed a “real” backpack. So this weekend, we went to Gymboree and Emery choose one that she liked. Later at home she added more dangly keychains on it. Here she is looking now like all the other turtle kids with their giant backpacks.
It was a hot day in ATL, so we took Emery to a nearby splash fountain park. Emery loved it. Even this time last year she was a bit afraid if touching the water with her face or going to far from us. Today she put her face into the streaming water, ran around screaming and smiling. We finished a nice afternoon with some ice cream.
This morning was Emery’s first day of pre-k. It’s a change for Emery and for us. She has new teachers and almost a complete new set if classmates. She is still going to Kids R Kids but we are taking advantages of Georgia’s lottery funded pre-k program.
So this morning we woke up at 6:45. Ashley bought Emery a hello kitty alarm clock. It promptly went off. Ashley has also been drilling into her the 4 things she needs to do on her own in the morning. 1. make her bed 2. Put on her cloths 3. Brush her teeth 4. Brush her hair.
I went to Emery’s room this morning and she woke up energized. She was about to say something like Daddy I need help but she caught herself and said to herself
mom said I need to do this by myself. So I need to put my cloths in first. It makes it easier daddy.
She got ready with minimal help and she was ready to go. Emery was overly excited, I think she was probably a bit nervous with all the hype we made over the last week.
After school Ashley picked her up but it looks like she might had not had a good time transitioning and she was pretty quite about her day at school. I am sure she will get adjusted soon. Our little Emery is growing up.
I took this picture of Emery as we left for school this morning. She has her dr Seuss and beauty and the beast book in hand to share with her classmates.
She is wearing a dress given by our friend Marianela, which is a Honduran outfit. She picked out her own matching shoes and matched it with a bracelet that she and I share. She keeps saying to me
daddy this will remind me of you.
I have been traveling weekly to Texas and I only see her on Sat and Sundays. I miss her dearly. If only time froze and our beautiful and sweet little girl would never grow older.
I love you Emery.
This weekend we took a short trip back to Nashville. Last time we went during Christmas and the streets were pretty empty. In the middle summer Nashville was bustling with tourists and just party-goers and of course country music fans.
We drove there Saturday morning and walked around broadway which is Honky Tonk row. The weather was great and we took some free bus rides around the city and checked out a farmer’s market. To make up for last time we finally bought a pair of cowboy boots each one of us. Pink boots for Emery and serious cowboy boots for the adults.
The trip was also not complete without a trip to the country music hall of fame. We didn’t get to eat anything special this time, having run out of time but a trip back for better good would be great.
Emery didn’t like to walk to much and wanted a lot of holding. Good thing Ashley reminded me to bring the stroller. Of course once Emery was on the stroller the other demands started coming-most of which was around ice cream. She was still a great traveller though and brought us lots of laughs and affection at all times. It was a great trip!
We went to the country music hall of fame and learned all about the roots and culture of true country. It was a bit rushed and Emery wasn’t too interested but we still enjoyed the museum.