Yesterday we took Emery to Stone Mountain Park, just south east of Atlanta. We’ve been there many times already but not with Emery. At the center of the park is a very very large rock. So big that it’s really a mountain that is hike-able. Surrounding the large mountain are parks, lakes and recreation buildings. It’s a great park and is a tourist spot in Atlanta.
We convinced Emery that she had to walk up all by herself. We told her how her friend Kate had done it all by herself. This seemed to have work because while she did complain a bit she seemed pretty game to walk up all by herself. Of course the minute we got on the trail Emery had to go “potty”. We managed to have her hold it for 30 minutes. However this didn’t stop her from declaring every minute outloud that she “really needed to go potty”. The mountain hike was quite crowded and lots of people chuckled as they embarrassingly heard her remarks.
The hike managed to become very steep in some places and we help Emery’s hand. Emery was very brave overall and was pretty determined to make the climb. In the end we got all the way to the top without holding her one bit.
I was feeling really sleepy this weekend. Emery snuggled up with me to watch some TV on the couch.
This weekend Emery’s Pre K teacher, Ms Amy gave students an assignment. Emery was suppose to read a book and then draw a picture of her favorite part and describe why.
Emery did this entirely herself. We did not touch it though we helped her spell out the words and directed her in the drawing. Emery did an amazing job and is writing a sentence all by herself for the first time.
Ashley and I are so proud.
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.