It's been a good week, but one where my emotions kind of rode a roller coaster!
On Monday for family home evening we talked about father's blessings and Brian gave Maybrie (and Thomas and me) one to bless her as she starts Kindergarten. On Tuesday I took the kids to story time at the library (Maybrie wanted to go one last time before starting school) and saw lots of our friends there. Then Brian and I were able to go on a mid-week afternoon date... thank you Kristen Brunner for babysitting! We went to the beautiful Lilly House and gardens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It was perfect weather. I love seeing old homes and slices of history. Then Brian took me to Target to pick out a nice shirt for church, which was much needed and appreciated.
Wednesday was Maybrie's first day of Kindergarten! It was a good thing Brian had the day off of school, because my anxiety over Maybrie made me pretty useless all day! Haha Honestly, I did not expect to have such a hard time letting her go. The night before she came out of bed several times and then was up from about 1-3am because she was scared and nervous for school. I worry the most because of how shy she is. I took her to school on her first day and walked her into her classroom. She looked adorable and flashed me a brave smile as I left her. The bus was really late coming home... she got home 55 minutes after school let out, so I was going crazy watching and waiting for her. It turns out I should not have worried... she LOVES it! I knew she would, just had some overprotective mommy brain take over at the last minute! It's a big change to go from having her with me all the time to her being gone from 8:30am-4pm everyday. Our house is much quieter. Thomas asks about her a lot, and he has to wear his backpack and go to the bus stop with her in the morning. Maybrie had no problem getting on the bus the second day and is really excited to tell us all about school. She has been so exhausted... asleep by 7pm several nights now. It will be an adjustment for all of us, but it sure is an exciting new chapter for Maybrie!
We attempted potty training with Thomas Wed-Fri, but we are putting it back on the shelf for a week or so. Poor boy still can't recognize his body's signals, and since his one successful pee on the potty included peeing across the potty and floor to hit Ezra in the stomach... well, we think he's not quite ready even though we want him to be! Ezra continues to scoot faster and faster. He loves to work his way into the kitchen now and under the exersaucer. He also has started the cutest scrunched nose smile... I love it!
On Friday night we got to go to the Olive Garden with the Daetwyler's. Always good food and good company. Maybrie was still waiting up for us when we got home... she was too excited to tell us all about her day at school since she forgot to before we left! :) Then Brian and I watched Dan in Real Life, one of our favorites.
Saturday was my birthday! I am now 29 years old! Kind of crazy! Brian let me sleep in till 10! Best birthday present EVER!!! Haha I woke to the kids marching in singing and dancing a birthday song they made up and a french toast breakfast with my favorite Kirkland cinnamon struessel bread. I got to enjoy a lazy day playing with the kids at the park, a grocery store run with Thomas wearing his super hero cape, a hair tutorial by Alisa (I finally successfully did my own hair with my curling wand today for church! Yay!), an adorable video/slide show from Brian and the kids, and cake and ice cream. Brian and the kids baked the cake together and Maybrie very excitedly decorated it with her Lalaloopsies. They lasted about an hour till she pulled them off to lick the pink frosting off them! Haha I received many kind birthday wishes and gifts. Birthdays are always such a great reminder of how many wonderful people you know. I feel very special and blessed! Oh, and I almost forgot my birthday gift to myself... I went to the gym 5 days this week!