Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Starting Kindergarten

Tomorrow morning starts Ava's first day of Kindergarten. She has been a couple of times for screening and for a half day, but tomorrow is the beginning (well continuation since she did PreK) of her school career. She is very excited, but a little nervous. She has a new teacher, Mrs. Lea Ann, and her one concern is that they don't have "enough centers" for all the kids. (Do I have a future teacher on my hands?)

As she starts school, I find myself thinking that I can't believe she is already starting school and almost 5 years old. How time flies.

Ava- As you go through your school career, I hope you continue to have as much enthusiasm as you do now. Your love of learning and trying new things will take you far if continue to have that drive. I hope you always have a love of reading. It would be so great if all students went to every grade with the want that you have right now to go to kindergarten. I love you. Good luck in school! ~ Mommy

P.S. Your teacher is in for a treat! :)

Oh the Places You'll Go

by: Dr. Seuss
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.


You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't
Because, sometimes they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike,
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never foget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
You're off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!


  1. Anonymous9:52 AM

    Ava, I hope you had a wonderful first day! May school bring you much knowledge, memories to cherish and lifelong friendships.
    A WHOLE LOT OF LOVE - Aunt Bethany

  2. Anonymous11:54 AM

    Miss Ava,
    I may not be in Newbern, but I am keeping up with you and Harrison by looking at your Mommy's blog and listening to what Pop has to tell me about you two. Pop and I are both so proud of the sweet girl you are, and we both love you and Harrison and Liam so very much, much, much!!! I know you are going to love Kindergarten, because you will get to learn so many new things, and I know how much you like to learn anything new! I know you will love having a new teacher, too! You and the other kids get to have a new teacher, and your new teacher gets to have a whole room full of new girls and boys. You will all have so much fun getting to know each other this year, and if you are anything like your Daddy and Aunt Bethany, you will always have good memories of your Kindergarten teacher! I am happy that you are so excited about going to school, and I know you will be glad to see some of the friends you went to Pre-School with......and they will be happy to see you, too! :)
    I will see you soon, because it is almost time for your 5th. birthday......and I wouldn't miss that for anything!
    I am having fun taking care of Liam while his Mommy is at work....just like I did with you and Harrison. Uh oh. I have to stop writing now, as Liam has a wet diaper I need to change. Tell Harrison I said hi, and give him a big old hug and kiss from Nana, and ask your Mommy or Daddy to give you the same things from me! I love you both sooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    You look so pretty in these new pictures. Why, you look just like a pretty girl that is ready to go to Kindergarten! :)

  3. Anonymous3:03 PM

    Ava, it doesn't seem possible that you are already starting kindergarten, It seems such a short time ago that I was in the delivery room with your Mama and Daddy while you were being born. Gramps and I are very proud to have you for our only granddaughter. Whether you win or lose we will always be there for you and love you. See you on your birthday! Love you bunches, Grammy


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