Thursday, September 11, 2008

Hannah's Big Week

Hannah has had a week of firsts here. Monday she went to her first gymnastics class. She's been asking about getting to do gymnastics for months now. We told her we'd look into it once we moved to Seattle, and boy, she didn't let us forget about that! She LOVED her class and I had so much fun watching her. I was so proud of how well she listened and followed the coaches' instructions.














Unfortunately I was not in a good place to get many good action shots and between keeping Kaitlyn occupied and watching Hannah this was the best I got! It's kind of dark, but she said one of her favorite things about the day was swinging on the rope and jumping into the foam pit. She also really liked the trampoline, pretending to be different kinds of animals as they walked like those animals across the gym floor, and swinging on the bar while using her legs to climb up the wall. This pretty much covers most of what they did in the class and they were all her "favorite", so I'd say she likes it!














Then Tuesday she went to her first day of preschool. The morning started out with smiles.....














....but unfortunately it ended in tears, for both of us.... This program is a lot different from Parkway's Kingdom Kids. And apparently the differences at preschool stirred up all the emotion of how different everything is here for her. She didn't want me to leave and would not interact with any of the other kids, which is unlike our social bug. I stayed for the first 30 minutes of class (there were still parents there when I left, so apparently they're pretty lenient about that the first day), and finally she was okay enough to tell me goodbye. We have not had a bout of homesickness for Nashville since early July until this week. And it's hit her hard. Fortunately, this preschool program is only 2 days a week. So, we try it again tomorrow. It may take a little time, but I think she'll like it if she's willing to give it a chance. At least tomorrow we've given her something special to look forward to. Once we pick her up from preschool we're heading out on a 3-day camping trip, and we're ALL excited about that!

4 comments:

Boundbrooklane said...

Hannah looks too cute! Persevere with the preschool trauma. . . she will adjust. . and so will you. :) I've been praying for you and would love to chat. . enjoy your camping trip. . we're riding out IKE around here!!!

Tricia Hicks said...

Well, I sure am sorry that Hannah had a hard time at Preschool. I will pray specifically that she will adapt to her new school and that she will not be so homesick for Nashville. Ok, I am tearing up now...so see ya.

Judy Smith said...

Tina, I can vividly remember the same thing with my son(now 25!)and how hard it is on a mom's emotions. I will also be praying for you, and every member of the team, that these struggles will be recollections that will have a memorable outcome. I really enjoy your blog and the photos of the girls. I called your mom the day before they evacuated but have not heard from Dallas yet. We love you.

dan+amy said...

Oh Tina, I got teary-eyed reading this entry! I know how hard it is for me to start over in each new place, so I knew the transition for you and Dale would be tough at times. However, I never dreamed about how it might be for your girls to start over. I'm still teary-eyed. We're about to start over again somewhere and the anticipation of it is starting to set in. Those "weeks of firsts" that happen in new places can be quite overwhelming at times. How is Hannah doing now? Praying for you guys. :) Hugs and love to you, Amy