Saturday, July 12, 2008

Ch, ch, ch, changes...

After a whole year of prayer and contemplation, Thomas and I decided that I would take next year off from teaching. I am really excited about being home full time with Caroline! It is strange, though, how I get a big lump in my throat when I think about the school year starting without me! It is hard for me to put into words how much I love teaching kindergarten with my awesome team. I know these years will be very special with Caroline, and there will always be 5-year-olds going to kindergarten for me to teach when I decide to return!

Caroline and I were able to spend a few days at Grammy and Poppy's house while Thomas was busy in Little Rock. We had so much fun! She loved playing with the dogs, playing in her own blow-up pool and playing on the playground equipment at the elementary school that I went to many years ago! I thought I could play like I did then, but ended up pulling a few muscles. We still had a great time and Caroline wore herself out running as fast as she could to each slide and asking for "more!" She is such a big girl going down the slides all by herself! Grammy and I even enjoyed going down them!
Here's a video that Grammy took of Caroline talking.
She is REALLY into "Where is Thumpkin?" Whenever we start singing it she wiggles her fingers and then puts them behind her back and says, "Away!" She also says "away" whenever she sees a trash can.
(We didn't get her new phrase recorded "I do" )
Ex."Caroline do you want to go down the slide?" "I do!"
I love her so much!

Since I do not know when I will blogging again, I'm going to go ahead and write(type) down another sweet thing she does...
When Thomas (or I) sit on the step on our front porch she sits herself right next to us and holds her hands out for the other one of us to sit down with her in the middle. She then puts one arm around each of us to squeeze and hug us together. In the picture below in my previous week's post, Aunt Becky captured the moment. She was standing in that one with her arms around our necks, squeezing us all together.


  1. what a sweetie! Caroline is beautiful! what a blessing to be able to stay home w/ her. we'll have to get together for a playdate :)

  2. How very wonderful that you will be able to stay home this next year with Caroline. I know you will both enjoy it so much. I look forward to reading about your many sweet adventures together!

  3. Bonnie,

    It was so nice to meet you today at the shop! You will LOVE being off this year. I teach 5th grade and I know what yo umean about finding it hard to leave, but you will adore staying home also. : ) I'm happy for you!


  4. Yea Bonnie, I am so happy that you are going to be home next year. I remember being sad when school started back the first year and I wasn't there- I love the first of the year. We'll have to get together!

  5. You will miss teaching (I did the first year more than ever!) but you can not trade the memories you will have with Caroline for that. I'm glad that you get to have this time with your baby! She's precious!

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