Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Good-Byes - I'm not ready...
... this is a post I've been dreading for a very long time. The good-bye to my girls as they get ready to go off to kindergarten and their new adventures and the school's child care program - CLC.
I have been beyond blessed with being able to care for these amazing, smart, funny, beautiful, caring little girls for a long time and blessed even further by getting to work with their wonderful families who are not just clients, but friends. I know that won't change, but I will certainly miss the everyday interactions I get to share now.
I spent some time walking down Memory Lane and looking at pictures on old blog posts. Most of these pictures of the girls when they were littler were from right at 2 years ago - which seems sooooo long ago. They have grown and changed so much!
outside nap-time - a favorite memory
painting with little hands
hands on! Always willing to jump right in!
Dancing in the sprinkler! One of my favorite pictures!
Workin' as a Team!
Loves to pose!
Through the Drama Queen stage
Loves to dance watching her reflection in the tv!
Doing the "booty dance" in the sprinkler!
I've been caring for Miss K since she was 6 months old. I've been lucky enough to watch her hit a million milestones, get excited about learning, and get to know her and love her. She is a smart, smart cookie who loves to draw and color and write as well as sing and dance - and sing and dance she does! Hannah Montana is a favorite and I'll miss getting to see her performances every day!
Miss A has been with me for right at 3 years and adding her into our daycare family was such an honor as I know how lucky Mom and Dad were that Grandma was able to keep her until that point. A's family has been in my life for, well - for forever. A's mama sang at my wedding 17 1/2 years ago and was a dear, dear friend throughout high school and our neighbor for many years. A is a teeny little bundle of energy with no fear, she has also fallen in love with coloring and writing and I'm so proud of how well both girls have done with their pre-school lessons. A is a princess, loving her dresses and tutus and pretty shoes. She is also a dancin' girl - loves to dance and I have the best memories of her twirling completely in her own world - love it!
I know these kids are gonna grow up and move away from me. I don't know if it's because it's two of them at once or if it's because these have been my girls for so long or what... I've known the plan with these families for a long time, but I just haven't wanted to think about it - and now the time is here and I still don't want to think about it. I don't want to wrap up their little pictures of all of us together; I don't want to pull their names off their cubbies to send home; I don't want to pull their name shapes off the wall where we spell them at calendar time every day to send home; I don't want to pull their paperwork to the back, drop-in section of my paperwork notebook, but I will. I'll get them ready to transition to their next step this afternoon. I'll give them big hugs and probably blubber like a baby at pick up time (like I am now...). I know I'll see them lots - especially K as her little brother will still be with me every day. And I'll see them at school activities and around town and they'll come visit, but it won't be the same and that I will miss. Love you girls - even when I won't see you every day!