Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Haboob | August 27, 2013

We had a big dust storm roll in yesterday.  It's not as big as the one we had a couple of years ago, but impressive all the same.





Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Aiyana's 3rd Week of School | Aiyana & Clara

 Aiyana wanted two braids in her hair this morning and I think she looks just darling in her braids.  This week is Aiyana's third week of school.  I must say that I really didn't expect Aiyana to dread going to school, but it's looking like school may be low on Aiyana's interest list.  I am hoping she warms up to it and starts to enjoy going.  Homework is a whole other story.  Every night of the week we sit down with her and try every tactic imaginable to get her to focus and finish the work.  We always get it done, but boy is it a struggle some nights.  I keep telling myself that she will be so smart by the end of the year and this advanced school will be worth it.  I sure hope so.

Aiyana ~ 5 years old


Little sister Clara jumped in for some shots.  Such sweet sisters.


Always a tight squeeze...


A little goofing off...


I just love this shot of the two of them.  Clara adores her older sister and it truly shows in this image.


Monday, August 5, 2013

Aiyana's 5 Year Pictures

Aiyana turned five one week ago today and on her birthday I, of course, had to pull out my camera and get some photos of the "Birthday Girl".

This was Aiyana's cute photo idea...


I love her laughter :o).


...and her beauty just amazes me.  I am amazed at how she can be so cute one minute and then turn in to this beauty the next.  She really knows how to work the camera.





Her portrait...


So this is to show that she isn't always an Angel in front of the camera.  Though, this is to be expected with a camera crazy mom... right?  She's giving me a glimpse into her teen years here ;o).


There's that laugh that I love so much.





If I could use five words to describe Aiyana they would be...

1.) Friendly
2.) Affectionate
3.) Particular
4.) Sensitive
5.) Leader

I love every ounce of this child more than words can describe.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Aiyana's First Day of School

All ready for her first day of school.  My baby is growing up!


Gosh... She looked so darn cute this morning.  I am a proud momma :o).


We dropped her off by the student lines and then walked around to participate in the morning flag ceremony. I was delighted to find her in the front of the line holding the sign for her teacher's class. It was pretty hot outside and I suspected that Aiyana was feeling a bit over-whelmed with the heat and the heavy backpack of supplies, but she didn't cry at all and she stayed in her spot even after seeing us standing across the way.  I knew that spending a lot of time at daycare/preschool would help prepare her for this.  There were plenty of little ones crying in her class.  I felt bad for them and for their parents.  I will have to admit that I cried a bit when we dropped her off and teared up a little when she walked into her school.


There she is amongst the lines of kids.


Walking into the school.  The sun was pretty harsh on their faces so she looks mad, but she was squinting.


There's that shy nose wrinkle look :o).


I'm kind of relieved it's only a half day... I get to pick her up soon :o).

On her fist day she shared 5 things about her that fit into a brown paper lunch bag.  

The Items in Her Bag:

Pink Pencil (she loves the color pink)
Empty Bag of M&M's (she loves chocolate)
Toy Ring (she loves jewelry)
Barbie Princess Crown (she loves playing princess)
Ballet Slipper (she loves to dance)

This is what she brought home from school...


Reading this got me all choked up.