Hot Rod reunion
Emma and a bunch of her former
classmates got together for a reunion on Aug. 31. They had
a blast playing and comparing notes on kindergarten —
and lost first teeth. :-)
Emma was really glad to see all her friends — especially
her friend Madisen
Madisen and Emma — and the other kids — got in
an ice cube fight
Emma didn't spend much time sitting still. Here she is running
with her friend, Grace.
Jenna had a great time playing, too
Emma and Madisen love to be silly
The Hot Rods at the reunion
Jen's shirt fits her to a T… in more ways than one!
We had our family photos taken
on Aug. 29, and decided to snap a few photos when we got home,
Emma was pretty tired by the time we got home… can you
The pouts continue
The girls ham it up
Emma took this photo of Troy and me
The family photos we had taken that night — Medium
Fun on the four-wheeler
Troy and the girls had fun ride
on the four-wheeler on Aug. 24.
first day of school
Emma started kindergarten on
Aug. 24. She did such a great job!
Emma at home before her big day
Emma outside of her new school
Emma and her proud mom
Emma and her proud dad
Emma and her new teacher, Mrs. Schrodt
Emma and her friend, Nathan — who were in the same class
at their old school
Emma walking into kindergarten on her first day
Emma and Nathan at the end of their first day of kindergarten
Emma puts the finishing touches on something for her desk
Emma by her new desk after her first day of kindergarten
Emma thought she was big-time
taking a bubble bath in our tub. She had a blast!
Fun at the fair
We had a great time at the Iowa
State Fair on Aug. 13.
The girls, before heading in to the fair
Our little divas strike a pose
Emma at Little Hands on the Farm, where the girls got to pretend
to be farmers
Jenna couldn't even see with her seed cap on :-)
First the girls "planted" their crops
Then they got to "harvest" what they planted
They also got to use the soybeans they harvested to pretend
to make soy biodiesel – to power their pedal tractors,
of course. :-)
The girls loved seeing all the baby animals at the fair –
especially these kitties
They loved watching the cow get milked, too
The girls got to pet baby chicks and piglets
We all had some crazy looking tongues after the slushes we
had… like Emma's blue tongue…
And Troy's green tongue…
And Jenna's should-have-been yellow tongue. :-)
Emma and I had a "mommy/daughter
day" on Aug. 11, before Emma starts kindergarten. She
wanted to go to Club
Libby Lu, where we both had "make-overs" (with
lots of glitter), have lunch and go shopping.
Emma before her makeover
Emma gets dressed at Libby Lu in her fancy dress-up outfit
for her makeover
Em had her nails done (and glitter sprinkled on top of them),
plus her make-up. She was pretty excited about this and said,
"This is the first time I've gotten to wear REAL make-up!"
Next step: Hair
The finished product: One fancy, glittery Emma!
Both of us after our makeovers. (I got a lot of funny looks
walking through the mall with that tiara on!)
The fancy princess at Build-a-Bear
Emma at lunch
Emma strikes a pose
She also got some new flip-flops with some serious bling on
Here are the girls looking cute
on Aug. 8.
Jen's shirt fits her to a T… in more ways than one!
Emma moves on
Emma starts kindergarten on Aug.
24, which brings a lot of change for her. She started a new
before and after school program (and all day during the summer
and breaks) on Aug. 7. So, after five years at her school,
she had to say good-bye to her teachers and friends…
and Jenna (who will still be going to that daycare). She is
very excited, and very ready, but change is always a little
hard. Here she is on her second-to-last day with some of her
best friends. (It was her friend Madisen's last day the day
we took these pictures.)
The three amigos: Zoë, Emma and Madisen. Can you tell
they get a little silly when they're together? :-)
Jen with one of her best friends, Max. Max gives her a hug
every morning when she gets to school. …It's getting
to be a pretty "serious" relationship. :-)
Emma's last day
Emma's last day at her school
was Aug. 4.
Emma outside her school
This was Emma and Jenna's last day at school together, until
Jen starts kindergarten
Emma by her cubby and bag at school
Emma signs in on her last day... complete with a fancy outlined
heart, of course!
Emma by her lunch and snack spot at school
Emma with her teacher, Shannon. She is a great teacher. Emma
loves Shannon (aka "Shan-Shan" and "Shanny")
and was really sad about leaving her.
Can you tell how much Emma likes Shannon? :-)
Emma's first day of Live Y'ers
Emma started Live Y'ers, her
new before and after school program, on Aug. 7. The program
is held at her elementary school, and it's phenomenal. The
kids go on field trips or swimming four days a week, and Emma
loves going. It doesn't hurt that she made a bunch of friends
her first few days there! :-)
What's bigger – Emma… or her backpack?
Emma outside of her new school. Can our little girl already
be big enough to go to elementary school?
Em walks into her new program
The girls had a blast with our
new Slip-n-Slide on Aug. 6.
They got going really fast with a little push from Dad!
"Hey, this works great as a drinking fountain!"