Nine months ago we moved to a new city, to a new home and started a new school and just about everything else! We only knew one family here but we have quickly settled in to our new life here in Nashville and I think we have all adjusted well! I joined a MOPS group to seek out other mom friends. Ryan played soccer in the fall. They are both taking swim lessons right now at the rec center literally 5 minutes from our house - LOVE! Found a new church home. It has been great!
I will say our biggest blessing in this big move has been finding our preschool for the boys! I had some friends of friends recommend our school and honestly didn't look much else! There are a TON of Mother's Day Out Programs here but I knew with the decision to hold Ryan back a year for kindergarten, I wanted an educattional-driven preschool, not just a few days a week childcare! I wanted them to prepare him for kindergarten!
I have been SOOOOO pleased with our preschool and could not imagine sending them anywhere else. They boys have LOVED school and so have I. It's been so wonderful for all of us. The boys have grown and learned so much this year. I am so excited that Colton will go there the next two years.
So this brings me to Ryan's very last day of preschool. Sniff Sniff!! Cue the tears. I told his teachers earlier in the week I was not going to cry but alas I just about lost it when Ms. Delyn told the kids "this is our very last lunch together". Ryan's class had nine boys and only one girl, Anna, this year. (We did have Elsa, no kidding, but she moved in January). I think because they were so small they were all very close.
I feel as though I got to know these mommas as well. Many times we would stand around and chat after we dropped the kids off. Some I even worked out with at the gym. I felt like they were becoming my new friends as well.
The moms are working on a play date schedule for the summer so we can all still hang out. Hudson had a birthday party on Sunday and you would have thought the kids hadn't seen each other all summer break. They were so adorable and so excited to see each other. They had the best time playing together at Pump it Up.
I swear Colton thinks he is part of Ryan's class and knows all of their names. He talked a little about his class, when I prompted him, but he would talk about Ryan's friends all the time. I guess that will last a long time since I'm sure they will be sharing friends for years to come. From left to right - Anel, Bryce's younger sister, Colton, Bryce and Hudson. I especially love how Colton is looking at Bryce. Bryce always hugs and talks to Colton so Colton just thinks he is the coolest cat around.
Bryce is the sweetest kid and so smart. He would come in every morning and give the weather forecast. He always has a smile on his face and just loves life.
After lunch together we went back to Ryan's classroom and Ms. Delyn had some parting words. She called up every child one by one and basically poured words of affirmation over them. She told them what she and Ms. Amy admired and loved about them and how she couldn't wait to see what God was going to do in their lives. (CUE THE BIG UGLY CRY!!!) I think the whole room of parents were crying. It didn't help that she started with Anna, who has the sweetest spirit, and has been devastated the last few weeks that school is coming to a close. With her lip quivering she held out til Ms. Delyn finished talking about her and then she lost, and so did the rest of us!
It's not just the end of preschool for Ryan, it's the beginning of many friendships that I know will last for years to come. We will see these friends at outings, the gym and most have siblings that will go to school with Colton so I know we will see them around. We look forward to our next playdate all together.