Today Jeremy, Kate, and I joined Luke on his first grade field trip to the Fort Worth Zoo. The last time we were there, Kate was just three months old... and in two days, she will be three YEARS old, so we were long overdue for a visit!
We had such a great day together!
I'm feeling very thankful this evening, not only for our sweet little family, but also for our GES family of precious teachers and friends who have blessed our paths.
I'm also feeling very tired! But being tired from a fun, happy day is the best kind of tired. Good night, friends! :)
While we fared much, much better this past Christmas, whenever holidays come around, it's hard not to recall the hot mess that was Christmas of 2014. That holiday really hammered home the absurdity that the holiest Christian holidays of the year STRESSED. ME. OUT - and that's about the farthest thing from the point, right? So, Team Roberts has started making holidays lower key... which still made for an eventful weekend.
Kate's class had an egg hunt at school the Thursday before Easter. I was lucky enough to catch her cheesing it up in her bunny ears. :)
On Easter Saturday, we visited Grandma and Grandpa for the day. The kids had an egg hunt out on their beautiful land - so fun!
The Easter bunny scored a lot of loot at the One Spot at Target, it seems. :)
Looking so fine on Easter morning!
Visited Honey and Grand's after church, where the kids got more loot.
Someday, I'll get a picture of them smiling in unison. For now, two will have to do. :)
We were pretty tuckered out from our Saturday travels, so we missed the big cousin egg hunt at Granny's this year. We will be there next year for sure!
So, far from slow paced for sure, but we had a fun- and family-filled weekend that kept in mind what the day is all about. He is risen, indeed!
When you have a child with autism and then have another child, you wonder and hope all the time that that sibling will be a lightbulb for the autistic child. I've heard so many stories of how autistic older brothers or sisters really come out of their shells with their younger sibling, and/or that the younger child has a knack for reaching the autistic child like no one else can.
Kate is too young to understand that her brother has any challenges or differences. That day will come, and that conversation will be one of the most important ones Jeremy and I ever have with her. But for now, Kate knows what she needs to about Luke: that he is sweet, special, and someone she loves so very much!
(Also, that she wants whatever he has, whether it's a snack, drink, the iPad, etc.)
Kate started MDO today. While we loved where we went last year (Sonshine Academy at First Colleyville), this year I chose to put Kate in Kids at the Cross preschool. It's a little closer to home, the times are more convenient, and she's in class with her sweet cousins Harper and Carson! I was so impressed at Parent Orientation last week, and I think Kate will have a great year!
Here she is this morning before school.
She just had to color some Minions before we left.
I wasn't able to get a picture of her at drop off because it was a mad house. She was a little whimpery when I left, but I snuck a look in the room a few minutes later and she was smiling and looking around.
Her teacher texted me this picture several hours in...
and with this message: "Kate is so so so precious! We are having a really great first day! She warmed up real quick to all her friends and has had a lot of fun!"
I'm really proud of her! She had a great day, and she even stayed still on her mat during rest/nap time. She was all smiles when I picked her up. I hope she fares as well on Thursday!
Even though this girl makes me darn-near certifiably insane much of the time, I sure did miss my buddy today! I do know, however, that she is going to learn so much and make sweet friends! I'm so excited for my girl to have something that's just for her. :)