And your beautiful smile
With your excitement for life
No time to rest for a while
You're growing up way too fast
No longer a little girl
A big 5 year old
Ready to take on the world
I feel so blessed
That you are here
Am so proud of you
There is nothing you have to fear
Live your dreams
Do amazing things
This moment is yours
So start spreading your wings
Happy birthday Caitlyn! Happy first day at big school! We are so proud of you and we know you are going to love your new school!
First I just want to give a "virtual hug" to Paul and Jo as their daughter Kate is off to uni today. It must be incredibly hard for a parent when their kids leave home to make their mark in the big world. Of course she will do great I'm sure and they are great parents so they raised her well, but it can't be easy when your kids are suddenly all grown up. So today especially I'm thinking of you!
It was a bit of a bitter-sweet moment for me. Yesterday was the very very last day Caitlyn went to Chelsea House (her daycare centre). She was so excited. She helped me decorate a cake to share with her friends and she shared the book I made for her with her school visit photos. (I make books like these for 2 reasons really - for one the kids love having stories where they are the main character and where it is about them and also because it is a great way to let them share something special that happened. Oh and a third reason - it helped with preparing Caitlyn for her official start at school). Rather sad that the teachers who were so good to Caitlyn will no longer be her teachers. So while Cailtyn felt extremely excited and on top of the world, I found myself feeling a little bit sad that this particular chapter has come to an end. When did my little girl suddenly grow up?
Here are some of the pages in Caitlyn's book:
|Caitlyn with the cake she decorated to share at daycare.|
|Good-bye Hazel, we'll miss you!|
|Showing Hazel her book.|
|Good-bye Ann, we'll miss you!|
It feels like yesterday that Caitlyn arrived to join our family. And she'll never fully grasp how much we needed her. She kept things normal when we were right in the middle of dealing with Bianca's leukemia. She smiled and brightened our day when it felt incredibly dark. Bianca loved being a big sister from the start. Even when Bianca spent long hours in a tiny hospital room, her face would light up when Caitlyn would come and visit.
In one way this seems like a lifetime ago, but in another just like yesterday...
Today there is more excitement in our house as Caitlyn's day started with presents! Other than going out for dinner tonight (our tradition is that when it is your birthday you get to choose what you want to do for dinner), today will be low-key because on Sunday Caitlyn will have her proper birthday party. So I'll share lots of photos then.
Of course the big moment also arrived. Caitlyn started big school. Officially. Oh the excitement! I made cupcakes last night that Caitlyn could share with her class today and first we stopped off at Paul's class as Caitlyn wanted to share some of her cupcakes with him.
Starting school isn't entirely new as Caitlyn already had 2 school visits and so she has a good idea of what to expect each day. In the 2 days that we spent in Caitlyn's class during her school visits I must have taken about 400 photos (thank you digital technology). Yes, I know I take lots of photos. It's what I do :-). So today I thought I would share some of these photos with you to give you an idea of what Caitlyn's days at school will be like. Enjoy!
|Caitlyn with her new bag and school stationery|
|Bianca took Caitlyn to her new class.|
|A special place to hang her bag.|
|She was so excited to find her seat.|
|Caitlyn's teacher - Mrs MacKenzie.|
|The class has some really nice things on the walls|
|The computer area where the kids will be doing Letterland and Mathletics|
|Playing Happy Sticks|
|Caitlyn got her space man - this is a piece of cardboard to help keep the spaces when they do writing.|
|Her very first writing.|
|She did really well!|
|Caitlyn was excited to catch up with her Chelsea House friend Iain who is in the same class.|
|Caitlyn loved the story of the Greedy Cat.|
|Caitlyn's very first learning to read session. Reading "Bumper Boats".|
|Another friend from the previous daycare centre, Castle Kids. Caitlyn loves doing puzzles.|
|The library corner is a favourite.|
|Playing in the sandpit with a new friend.|
|Caitlyn working on the computer.|
It sounded like she had a great day today and so begins a new chapter in Caitlyn's life. I cannot believe she is in big school now!