It is the first day of school today. Joash is in grade 1 and today his excitement seemed to bubble over. Which made this mama's heart happy.
His other siblings were a little sad to see him go. Mataya declared today that she is very excited to go to school. Hopefully that excitement lasts for the entire next year, since she doesn't get to go to school until then.
We had a just a half day to start, which is nice to ease into the school year. When I picked him up, the first thing he said was, "I got used to grade 1 pretty quick. I get my own desk this year and my own hook!"
I am so thankful for a good start to the year and for the fantastic school that we can send Joash too.
We had a great time celebrating Mataya's birthday yesterday.
It took her a bit to decide what she wanted on her cake. First is was a bunny, then a flower and then she finally settled on a bunny with some flowers by it.
She declared it perfect, so that was great!
Here she is with a few of her gifts. A few requests were her own flashlight (not pictured), bunny slippers, activity books with stickers and the biggest one was "slide on shoes."
After cake and presents Mataya said with pure joy, "This was the best birthday ever!"
A few weeks ago we had a great visit from Emil, Karisa and Zeke. There was lots of cousin love...
Oom Emil love....
And Oom Wilbert and tractor magazine love...
There were lots of walks with Oma...
And trips to the beach...
They were here over Canada, so there was the annual Church Picnic, of course...
It was a cool day, but no rain.
But yes, I did wear my sweater on the beach.
We also took a family morning and visited The Butterfly House
It was lovely and peaceful and most of the family enjoyed it. Zeke was a little nervous the whole time, but over all did well. We also had a picnic lunch and saw the Young Company Show at the Confederation Center.
We had a great time and were sad to see them go. Hopefully the time will just fly by until our next visit.