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First Full Week of Preschool

This was Reed’s first full (3-day) week of preschool. I already see him becoming a bit more independent, seeming a bit older. He says “hi” to EVERYONE at preschool. He has been incredibly shy in the past, and while I’ve always felt that was very healthy, saying “hi” to people at this new, safe place is a very good thing for him. He loves to tell us about his day and what he did.

I was still sort of wondering if this was the right decision, sending him… until today. One of his teachers introduced me to her daughter, who was very obviously not her biological daughter. She has adopted internationally and has a heart for it and for Reed. How awesome is that? And, I had absolutely no idea, until today, four days into the school year!

Lena and I have been enjoying our time together. She does not seem to be sad that he is gone at all and she gets more freedom without him around. She doesn’t having any of her crying tantrums when he is at preschool, which seems really odd. She still bursts into tears frequently. My latest approach is to just tell her to stop what is is doing, calm down, and then go back to it. It happens a lot when she is washing her hands, so I just have her step aside and wash her hands when she can do it without crying. This seems to work and keep me from getting too frustrated with her.

We had a nice weekend– did some geocaches and some hikes. We went to Leavenworth on Saturday, where Aaron had to pick some stuff up, so they paid him for gas and miles (making it a free trip!) And on Monday, we drove to Manhattan, Kansas, which was a nice place to spend a beautiful day. They allow dogs off-leash at any park in their county outside the city limits.

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Reed was practically running up this hill (it’s steeper than it looks in this photo). He got pretty far up until he wanted me to help him a bit. It’s nice that he asked for my help!

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Reed LOVES this headband. He traded for it in a geocache. It is too cute, but I did have to tell him not to wear it into preschool the other day… that’s not what he’s crying about though (he’s crying because he wasn’t allowed to put the geocache back after not listening). I call him “Baby Gaga” when he wears it.

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And then someone stole it while he was at preschool. I love how she even has some faux teased hair going.


I was a little bit offended that he has me eating cookies in his song! I have been very careful and don’t remember the last time I touched a cookie!


Reed colored a bunch of pictures at preschool about how God made the universe. Then, he did a little lesson for us. Here he is quizzing Lena after the lesson. I love seeing him reflect my actions, like “think about it” and how he “whispers” the answers to her. It makes me really happy to see him copying what I do right, not the bad moments.

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Here is Reed’s mugshot. Can you guess his crime?

First Day of School

Today was Reed’s first day of school! He has been so excited, counting down the days. We shopped for his supplies, packed up his backpack, he picked out a design for me to print on a shirt. Anytime I mentioned preschool for the last few days, he’d clean up his toys and ask me if he should go get his shoes on. Including at 8:45 last night. No, not yet, you need to go to bed and then get up and eat, play, and eat some more first.

Well, today, he was so excited and we got all ready, took some pictures and we were off. We walked into the preschool room and he made a beeline for his teacher, Miss Kathy and just kind of hid next to her. Lena and I said for their singing time and prayer time and then told Reed we would come back for him. He was obviously very excited and very nervous. Not so concerned that we were leaving, though (yes, that’s doesn’t seem so healthy).

Lena and I had a nice time. A trip to the grocery store, then to the playground. I am always shocked how much easier things are with one kid, especially that one. When she’s in a good mood. She does the cutest thing, when I go to get her out of her car seat where she looks surprised to see me and says “Mama?!” She was also a lot of fun at the playground. I wasn’t too interested in playing… it was 104! So, I sat in the shade with her bottle of water. I would reach my arms out big when she was coming for the water and yell her name. She loved this and would come running into my arms.

We came to pick Reed up and he was finishing up his snack. He said he had a great time and was actually talking to everyone… a big improvement from when we left. His teacher said he did fine. He told me he played with trains, diggers, colored and had a snack. He was certainly ready for his nap this afternoon… yay! He goes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, so he will not be back until next Tuesday.

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Preschool is all set up. It is a private, Christian preschool. We would not qualify for the free preschool through the district and this is a bit cheaper than the district preschool option.. plus we don’t have to wait to find out if we qualify for this.

We went to meet with the teacher today and ended up staying for about an hour. Her grandkids and niece’s daughter were there too and Ilya and Lena were just having a lot of fun playing. Ilya had been hesitant to begin with, so I wanted him to remember having a good time with the other kids. I think Lena is going to be very upset that she doesn’t get to go, but she still has another year before she starts kindergarten and I don’t really want to juggle taking them both (one would be in the morning and one in the afternoon) and the cost for both of them. I think we’ll probably send her when she’s 4, too.

When we asked Ilya yesterday about going to school and what he thought, he told us “Maybe later.”

We’ve also been talking to Ilya about his name and what he wants us to call him. He seems to be leaning towards “Reed”. I am not sure if it’s because it’s a new name to him, or if he’s tired of people mispronouncing Ilya (he’s corrected people before). He told me twice that he wanted the teacher to call him Reed, so that is what she’s going to do. He also said he wants me to call him Reed, but I’m having a hard time getting used to it. When I asked Lena what she wanted to be called, she told me “Reed.” When I told her that wasn’t an option, she decided to stick with Lena.

Now that we’ve set it up, I’m not so sure that Ilya needs preschool. He might have to teach the class himself. Here is a video of him reading to Lena… it was a bit longer, but Flickr cuts if off at 90 seconds…