One of the many things I love about Ella’s awesome (public) elementary school is that every class has a nice sized raised gardening bed to grow veggies and flowers in throughout the year.
A few times a year, the kiddos channel their inner farmer and harvest the fruits of their labor. I think the fresh air and dirt under the nail approach is a great way to encourage lifelong real food love — and it’s so cool to see how excited they all are to eat the goodies they bring home to share.
I thought these radish gems were particularly pretty a few months ago. We cut them up and put them into a salad that Ella rinsed, assembled and served at the dinner table that night. She was beyond proud.
She’s not supposed to sleep in our bed on weekdays. Her bedroom is perfectly cute and full of neat girl / curious soul playthings.
And school nights mean having as much undisturbed slumber as possible.
But on the mornings that follow the nights she talks her way into sleeping with us, there’s absolutely nothing as stunningly beautiful as seeing her face next to mine.
Rules are meant to be broken sometimes.
Somehow or another, another year has slipped by and Ella is almost ready to celebrate her sixth birthday with the kind of glee that only an ‘old 5′ year old can.
She’s a beautiful force of nature, a hurricane of hilarity and insight. The kind of spirit that takes your breath away and makes you want to stop blinking to avoid missing a single second.
It took a few days of trial and error until she mastered supreme scootering balance, but now I don’t know what she ever did without that brake on the back wheel. Homeslice is a scooter-happy dare devil
Every year with Ella gets better and better. Her 5th birthday this year was very low key – especially as her first day of kindergarten started the very next day.
We ate birthday brunch at Radical Eats, played like crazy people and opened gifts with cake before hitting the sack early for the big day to come.
Birthday loot included:
- Super fab hot pink Tony Hawk BMX bike (her very first – with training wheels of course)
- Spiderman glove / web shooter thingie
- Buzz Lightyear toy
- Light up, spiky bouncy ball (much loved)
- Hello Kitty lip gloss set
- Cars candy
- Book of flower and heart tattoos (a big deal around these parts)
- Strawberry cheesecake with Spiderman candles
We’ve graduated to a new neighborhood with a great (public = no massive tuition!!!, Vanguard program) school within a 30 second drive – but unfortunately we found ourselves one street away from the appropriate zoning.
Seriously, one street. After an initial application, testing, interview and lottery process (WHEW)- we got the good news, Ella made it! I hopped up and down like it was Harvard.
Her first day was great, especially since her birthday was the day before (5 years old, holy cow) and she was basically crowned princess of the class:
This year has started out effortless, she has a fantastic teacher who communicates regularly via email and notes home (super responsive) – with NO TYPOS. Is this heaven!?!? Active PTA, super cool parents, really great building and just down the road from our sweet little home.
Important Kindergarten items of note:
- Backpack = turquoise Lands End backpack / clip on lunchbox (thanks Aunt Peggy!)
- Water bottle = Threadless ‘Funkalicious’ astronaut design Thermos
- Class folder = baby Emperor penguin
- Favorite lunch = peanut butter and jelly sandwich (followed closely by my green beans and potatoes)
- Best part about school so far = new sandbox, ‘spinners’ and dinosaur bones on playground