Ava’s first day

Today was Ava’s first day attending a summer program at a local farm. Dropping her off went off with out a hitch. She kissed me goodbye and promptly was engaged in a craft (making a bracelet out of seeds). I snapped a few pictures, then decided it was time to let my girl stretch her wings.

As Julian and I headed back to the car, I got a little teary-eyed, but knew she’d be ok. Julian and I headed to Vitamin Cottage where he got to ride in a cart for the first time. He was so cute holding on. I should’ve taken a pic. He’s usually in the Ergo and Ava’s in the cart when we go shopping, so this was a treat.

After hanging out at home with Julian who refused to sleep until it was almost time to go pick Ava up (so much for getting anything done around the house today), we headed back to the farm to collect her.

She had a great time and really seemed to have latched on to one of the young girls (she’s about 12 I’d guess) who is helping out with the program. When I came to pick her up, I found her reclining in a rope hammock with the girl and another helper, happily hanging out with the big kids. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I know she had a great time, because as soon as she saw me she said, “I don’t want to be picked up,” and promptly walked away from me. Can’t ya just feel the love? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Since I had left Julian napping in the car, unfortunately I didn’t have time to play with her there. We agreed to two pushes on a tire horse swing, then she willingly came with me to the car. Though I do admit I bribed her a bit with some grapes I’d just bought at Vitamin Cottage. The kid loves grapes.

She first said she wasn’t going to tell me what she did all morning, but eventually spilled the beans about petting cows, seeing horses, feeding goats (or maybe sheep), playing in the big sandbox, singing songs, painting with water, and playing with playdoh. I was happy to find that she ate some of her lunch too, though she was still pretty hungry and ate more of it when we got home.

She gets to do it all over again next week, and I’m sure she’ll be counting down the days. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are a few snapshots.

1) Getting ready to leave. 2) At the farm and ready to go sign in. 3) With her “blue bird” name tag on. 4) Hanging out at the end of the morning. (I’m quite sure she was smiling in the hammock until I arrived and she knew it was time to go home!)

1) Ready to go - 6/5/07 2) Avaรขโ‚ฌโ„ขs first day at the farm 3) Ava with her blue bird name tag 4) Not ready to leave

8 thoughts on “Ava’s first day”

  1. Ahh… she looks so grown up. It is bittersweet isn’t it, to let them go off for the first time. I felt like that when Ryan spent the night at my Dad’s for the first time- over 50 miles away!

    Glad she had fun, and hopefully you’ll be able to get some more things done around the house, in the weeks to come.

  2. Oh – how wonderful that she had so much fun. Trust me – having watched other moms struggle with kids who didn’t want to be left – it’s much better to have your child be the one who doesn’t want to go home. Even if it does bruise the ego a bit.
    Glad it was such a success.

  3. Our little granddaughter is growing up. I knew that she would be fine, but watching the first one fly the nest even for the first time for a few hours does hurt a bit. Wait until you drop her off at college! I am happy to hear that she had such a great time she didn’t want to go home. That’s a testament to your parenting, Amy. Good job.

  4. Well, it looks like she had a wonderful time! My kids love to visit the farms of our families and see the horses and cows. Kids just love animals. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I agree – she does look so grown-up! Just look at her with the lunch box! I’m glad the first day was a success!

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