Monday, August 21, 2017

Kinley (3rd) and Ty (Kinder) - Back to School 2017

OCT Meet the Teacher night was an all around success.
The BIGGEST gift ever is that Ty has Mrs. Richardson.
She is a fan favorite in the Harrison household.
Kinley had her and LOVED her.  I mean has literally gone by to hug her every single morning since Kindergarten kind of love.
Gary loves to hallway read for her.
I want to be her best friend.
Ty has wanted to have her as a teacher for 3 years so it was such a huge gift that he got her!
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He also was walking on clouds because his two favorite girls, Finley and Samantha, are in his class too. Ty and Finley were placed right next to each other.
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Kinley has Mrs. Dagger this year and was so, so excited to have most of her besties in her class! Aslynn again for the 2nd year in a row, Jaymes (JJ), Erika, Addison, and Brawley again too! 
 It is so fun for Katy and I to see Kinley and Brawley in class at OCT together just like we were
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Per tradition, we let the kids choose somewhere fun to go after Meet the Teacher and this year was Dave & Busters. 
They had a blast and JJ even met up with us too for a sleepover. 
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Right before school started, Kinley lost another tooth and we happened to capture a picture of Trina the toothfairy that night. 
And I got SUPER sentimental about Ty starting Kinder. 
I mean, I am going to miss this boy SO much during the day. 
 He is my best little buddy, so much fun and Kinder is so lucky to get him.
The night before school we read The Night Before Kindergarten with Ty just like we did with Kinley
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I got teacher gifts and the breakfast table set up ready. 
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 Little brother in just his undies could NOT be left out. 
 Ya'll, I just can't.
 So cute. 
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This melted my heart just watching them walk together. 
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Ty has Mrs. Richardson AND our favorite student teacher Mrs. Adams who spends half the year in Kinder and half the year in 3rd Grade. So, BOTH my kids get to have her this year! 
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Hugging Daddy Bye-Bye...the only tears were from me on Day 1. 
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This boy is NOT too sad to have mom all to himself now.
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The first day of school was the Solar Eclipse and OCT went ALL out in theme for the day.  The teachers all wore matching eclipse shirts and the PTA bought eclipse glasses for every kid in school to safely watch. 
I got a cute pic from my friend Jennifer (AKA, the best VP ever).
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Dylan and I had our own watch party through the sunroof of my car also. 
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End of the Day pics in front of the Tiger and with some friends. 
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Hudson, Ty and Parker
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 Stole these pics straight from teachers off Twitter.
 I love our school!!!
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Kinley's Tea Party

Pretty early on in the summer, Mendy told Kinley she wanted to throw her a back to school tea party. 
Mendy goes above and beyond to make Kinley feel so special as the only girl around most of the time. She wanted to start this tradition special just for her.
 She and Kinley spent some time planning the food and drinks for the party.
It was so special.
 I pretty much stayed out of the entire thing.
This was just between the two of them. I just got to show up.
Mendy created this invitation and mailed it to a just a handful of neighborhood and Girl Scout friends.
 It is just gorgeous.
 There is NOTHING she cant do.
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We showed up the day of the tea party and the decorations were just precious. 
 She had personalized party favors for all the girls, travel combs with mirrors and a note that said "You are Loved. You are Enough. You are His. OWN THAT" 
She had a craft for all the girls to do and pearls to wear. 

And her signs and theme of the party was just to encourage each girl to just be exactly who God made them to be.
 No one else. 
Just themselves. 
This is a HUGE message Ben and I are praying over Kinley right now. 
We know 3rd Grade is going to step it up a notch academically for Kinley and she will have to work hard, harder than lots of others. 
 People are finding their "niche" or sport that they are excelling in. 
And it is just a message we really want Kinley to know with all her heart.
 That she is EXACTLY who she is supposed to be in Christ. 
 He has a perfect plan and purpose for her specifically and He will lead her through it and thrive.
 And, it totally goes along with our favorite Aunt Minnie saying "You Do You" :) 

Mendy prayed over the girls and it was beautiful and encouraging and just such an incredible gift.  
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 SO thankful for these incredible women in Kinley's life that pour into her regularly and with their whole heart. 
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My heart was bursting after this tea party. 
 Kinley beamed with confidence and joy and excitement for the school year to come where once there had been trepidation, fear and worry. 
Oh what just a couple hours of investing, focusing, and pouring into her brought out. 
Thank you Aunt Minnie! 
 I am so excited for this tradition each year. 
 Just to see how she grows and changes and what struggles and triumphs each year will bring. 
 Thank you!