Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: August 2016

We are Surviving Kindergarten

A month ago, I had felt completely prepared and excited.  I had no idea my emotions would flip flop so quickly.  All of a sudden, I didn’t know what to expect or how to let go.  Yup, my daughter, my first born, let go of my hand and stepped right into kindergarten.  I wasn’t sure I could walk out that door or leave her behind in such a big and new environment.  The emotions I was feeling hit hard and quick.  Surviving kindergarten is a little more then I presumed.

Surviving Kindergarten

But we did it!  We survived the first day (and half week) of kindergarten.  Big C loves kindergarten more then weekends.  What?!  Who is this child?  I hope her passion for learning never ends.  My prayer is that she excels and never struggles in learning, but catching on to knew concepts comes easily.

The first half week of kindergarten wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies, though.  Well, maybe the butterflies part is true.  Because we both had them in our tummies.  We are still getting used to the new schedule, traffic and procedures.  As Big C waits for mommy to pick her up after school, her nerves get the best of her.  So we’ll try something different this week and see how it goes.

I can’t even describe how proud I am of my daughter.  Her teacher has told me that she’s a pleasure to have in class, a great listener and wonderful role model for the kids around her.  I cried tears of happiness when I read those words.  I hope she keeps it up, because at this rate, she is definitely surviving kindergarten.

Surviving Kindergarten

Surprisingly, her energy level is still sky high by the time she gets home.  I thought for sure she would curl up on the couch and rest or fall asleep once she walked in the door.  Nope, she is more like the energizer bunny.  Thankfully, she crashes at bedtime and is ready to conquer a new day in the morning.

Did your children (and you) survive the first of Kindergarten?

Win Free Waffles for a Year

This post is sponsored by Van’s.  All opinions are my own.

Can you believe school is right around the corner?  Big C starts her first day of kindergarten next week.  I’m a little anxious about our new routine.  We’ll have to wake up much earlier, eat breakfast a little quicker and take a longer ride to school.  But eating a quick breakfast, doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy.  Our family loves Van’s waffles and the many different ways we can eat them.

To celebrate all moms and make our lives so much easier, Van’s is hosting a Back-to-School giveaway for a year’s worth of free waffles (52 coupons) and three signed cookbooks from celebrity nutritionist and best-selling author Joy Bauer.

Mom’s Survey

Van’s offers quick, wholesome options like whole grain and protein waffles that are so delicious, you’ll feel great about serving them to your children.  And your kids will love them. When Van’s conducted a survey of 1000 moms, wholesome breakfasts was very important:

  • 58 percent said they rush through their morning hair and makeup routines
  • Nearly 40 percent admit to wearing pajamas to drive their kids to school
  • 17 percent apply makeup in the car
  • Almost 70 percent of moms said they feel better about themselves when they serve a hot breakfast, and they count protein, whole grains and kid-friendliness as the lead factors for making good choices for their families.

Van’s waffles comes in a variety of different options to fit the needs of all eaters, from kid-favorite minis (with 27 grams of whole grains per serving) to Van’s Gluten-Free waffles (free of gluten, dairy and egg) and Van’s 8 Whole Grain waffles (with 7 grams of fiber).

Win Free Waffles

Van’s Waffles are available at grocery stores, mass merchandisers and natural food retailers nationwide.  To find Van’s Waffles at a store near you, you can visit Van’s Store Locator.

Win Free Waffles for a Year

Van’s is giving you the opportunity to win a year’s worth of free waffles (52 coupons) and three signed cookbooks from celebrity nutritionalist and best-selling offer Joy Bauer – “Slim & Scrumptious,” “From Junk Food to Joy Food” and “Food Cures.” (Approx. $275 value)

This giveaway was facilitated by Van’s Foods.  I was not compensated for this post but did receive free product samples.  All opinions are my own.

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Insecurities

She looked in the mirror and tears filled her eyes.  Then she begged me to allow her to stay home. She didn’t want anyone to see her like this.  This was the first time, even an ounce of insecurities, had ever taken over her little, five year old body.  Though I thought she looked precious with the new gap in her smile, losing her big, front tooth was quite traumatic for her self-esteem.

For weeks now, she has been so excited that her third tooth was loose.  She couldn’t wait for the tooth fairy to visit.  So I wasn’t expecting her to be so distraught when it finally popped out.  As the tears welled up in her beautiful, brown eyes, my heart strings were being pulled.

I promised her no one would make fun of her.  I told her that her friends would be excited for her or think it was cool to have lost her tooth.  And losing teeth happens to everyone.  She finally came around and let me take that first precious memory of her.  Big C, you are bold and beautiful from the inside, out!

Insecurities

In less than two weeks, she will enter into kindergarten, in a whole new world for her (and me).  Though each night I pray for her to feel, be and give love, I know she may experience times of rejection and heartache far out of my control.  My heart strings will be pulled harder and I’ll be down on my knees so much more.

But Big C, I pray that you will always know that mommy is here for you.  Whenever you feel nervous, scared or insecurities pop up, I will listen and encourage.  When you have doubts or struggles, l will be here to hold and hug you.  I pray that you will never be distracted by what the world is trying to offer you, but always know that God’s offering is secure and everlasting.