Sunday, August 25, 2013

Week 34- Welcome to the world, Naomi!

This week has been a crazy, emotional, wonderful one for our family. On August 21st at about 7:30 a.m., we welcomed our newest niece, Naomi Elisabeth Scott, into the world. She was 7.5 weeks early, so we were all anxiously praying that she would be strong and healthy. Our prayers were definitely answered when this feisty little 32.5 weeker entered the world weighing 3 lbs 14 oz and breathing at 100% capacity within 24 hours! She will be in the NICU for a little while, and I know her mommy and daddy really wish she could be home with them now, but we are just so thankful that she is doing as well as she is.

I know I'm a tease, but I have no pictures to share of Naomi just yet. Hopefully in the next month or so, she and Nora will meet for the first time, and I'll be able to capture the sweet moment.

The camera didn't come out much this week, but here are a few highlights (which pale in comparison to Naomi's arrival):

I finished my first full week of school with students (no half days) and I'm going to call it a success!

It's football time in Tennessee, which means that Brad is back to working a little bit more. He worked at the Powell/Fulton game on Thursday night. Fulton killed Powell 46-0. Go Falcons!

After meeting Naomi for the first time on Friday, we went out for dinner where Nora enjoyed her favorite food, pizza, and then we stopped by the Austin-East/Grace football game, where AE was sadly not even close to winning. At least the pizza was good.

On Saturday, we took Nora to a birthday party for another one of her church friends, Levi. He turned 2, and his parents hosted a "Bubbles" party, which was SO much fun. The kids all got very wet and soapy and then indulged themselves in bright blue cupcakes.

 Nora and one of her church friends check out one of the bubble machines before diving into the sudsy pool:

Today, it was business as usual. Church, lunch with Dede and Grandpa (it was so weird being the only ones there for lunch- we can't wait for Elisabeth, Patrick, and Naomi to join us!), and quiet time at home.

And for a little extra something cute, Nora has been requesting to see Bailey first thing in the morning before she gets out of bed. Bailey does not appreciate Nora's early morning snuggles.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Week 33- Busy Bees

I made it through my first full week of school for the new school year. My classroom looks great, and my students are pretty much settled in. I'm proud of how good my room looks right now. I know it won't be long until it looks and feels like organized chaos in there, so let me just breathe in this loveliness now while I can.

Earlier this week, we took Nora to Neyland Stadium for the first time for the High School Football Jamboree. Unfortunately, things were running late, and the Roadrunners were among the last teams to play, so we had to leave before we got to see them. Still, Nora had fun being in the stadium and cheering when other people cheered.

Nora's Saturday morning social calendar was jam-packed. After her class at The Little Gym, we headed over to a local park to celebrate Madeleine's 3rd birthday. While there, the kids had a grand time playing on the playground equipment...

... and eating cake.

Madeleine is one of her church friends. She only sees her once a week, but randomly during the week, she will remind me that we need to go to church so she can play with Madeleine and learn about Baby Jesus. Nora likes to specify "Baby" Jesus because she has a book by that same name.

The party was from 10-12, so we left just in time to get Nora lunch and get her down for a nap. Here she is at home, eating her sandwich and playing with one of her letter/number toys before sleepy time.

You can't beat that smile.

Tonight, we'll head back over to the church for a potluck dinner as we celebrate "back to school". It's been a really busy week, but I know things are just getting started.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Week 32- New Beginnings

This week, I got my classroom ready for the new school year ahead. I am going to take pictures tomorrow, but I snapped one today of my AVID wall. I will teach the AVID elective class for freshmen students for the first time. I'm both excited and nervous about taking on this new "project".

AVID stands for "Advancement Via Individual Determination", and it is the mission of the program to prepare students for college. It is part of our job as AVID teachers to create a culture that promotes higher education. Freshman Orientation was held on Friday, and all students will return tomorrow morning for a half-day.

On Saturday morning, Nora attended her final class of the summer season at The Little Gym. While instructing a class of 2 year olds looks a lot like herding cats to me, Nora really has grown over the past 10 weeks. She has become a better listener and she has gained confidence as she explores the gym equipment.

Though sometimes she still has a mind of her own when it comes to how the equipment should be used.

We went ahead and signed her up for the entire school year. I'm excited to see how she continues to grow in confidence and skill.

After Nora's class wrapped up on Saturday, I co-hosted a baby shower for Elisabeth. Baby Naomi is due in about 9 weeks. I know I speak for Brad as well when I say that we are so excited to meet her when that time comes!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Week 31- Miss Personality

Every parent I've talked to agrees that age 2, while sometimes difficult, is SO MUCH FUN. Nora's personality emerges more each day. Funny, silly, strong-willed, particular, dramatic, decisive, smart, focused, thoughtful, sweet, and loving are some of the words I would use to describe her right now.

I love when snapshots of her little personality shines through in pictures.

Focused on the task at hand
Loving on her Copper dog
That smile kills me every time.
Shhhhing mommy
Trying out the "big kid swing" for the first time

Quality time with her Daddy

Brad and I like to joke about who she takes after more (usually when she is throwing one of her epic tantrums), but not surprisingly, I think it's safe to say that we see glimmers of both of us in our sweet and silly little girl.