Yesterday Kayci and her friend Kate sang Taylor Swift's "Our Song" in the annual Krause Talent Show. She did great, and we're so proud of her for having the courage - time and time again - to get up in front of large groups of people and perform. Three years ago, she danced. Last year she played piano and this year she sang a duet.
We're constantly amazed at the talents of our Bitty and we thank God for her every day.
On Wednesday this week, I registered *this guy* for KINDERGARTEN.
And next week, our big kid tours the MIDDLE SCHOOL! (In Brenham, Elementary ends at 4th, Middle School is 5th and 6th, Junior High is 7th and 8th, and then there's High School...I feel like I'll blink and then it will be here. :/)
Back to May...tonight is Jr. Maifest. Kayci's a Ring of Fire girl (4th from the left in this pic), and we're going to do our best to keep her warm while she's waiting to dance. :) Say a little prayer for all of the kids in costume and the families in the stands tonight. Maifest is such a great tradition, and I'm so grateful to live in a community that keeps traditions alive. Tomorrow morning the Maifest parade is at 10, if you're interested. Kayci will be on float #34. Not that they're reading, but we so appreciate the royal families and all that they do for the kids of the community. Maifest is tons of fun!
On May 16th, Kayci's in her last program at Krause: "Science Rocks!" Yes, she and her nerdy smart friends are STOKED. That's also my last PTO meeting as President. Woo hoo! :)
May 18th is Kayci's Piano Recital @ 10 AM at the Presbyterian Church. If you want to come and enjoy the music of some awesome kids, let us know and we'll give you more info.
And fingers crossed, the Krause Talent Show is May 24th, probably at 1:30 or 2. Hopefully Kayci and Kate will be in it this year, singing a Taylor Swift song. Kayci's got new boots and she's ready to go!
Oh, and those feet on the right? Noble's Chucks are getting too small, so we told him we'd buy him new shoes. He *sniff* told me he didn't WANT Converse, he needed Skechers so he could run faster and play harder. Stinkin' commercials. But he's super proud of his new shoes!
Last night we got home late after Maifest practice and dinner at Grandma's. On nights like that I read really short books to Noble at bedtime. Last night I chose one of his favorite books of all time - Blankie, which is a board book that is really meant for babies but which he still loves.
On one page, there is a picture of a family that looks remarkably like our family and I've always pointed to the characters and asked him "who is this?"
"Who is this?"
"Who is this?"
"Who is this?"
"Noble." (but last night he said "me.")
And last night I pointed to the other little boy on the page and asked "who is this?" This question usually doesn't yield an answer or he'll tell me "I don't know."
"Randell" was the answer last night.
Randell is one of Noble's best friends at school, and I don't know why but his answer made me so happy. But when he answered, he just sounded so happy.
Later in the book there is a page that contains the words "birthday cake." As you might've seen, Noble has been learning to read and write and "brfday" is one of his favorite words to write out. As I read it and turned the page, he stopped me and asked me to go back.
"That doesn't say "birfday. That says Birt day."
Then I explained to him about the th sound and how it sounds.
So that, unfortunately, might be the end of "birfday," but it shows me that he's taking a lot of pride and delight in his newfound ability to read and sound things out. And especially important - he's asking questions about it.
I just love that boy more and more every day. It's so fun watching him grow.