Friday, November 21, 2008

Avery's Fall Preschool Program

Last night Avery's preschool, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, held their annual fall program and art show. This is something that I have been looking forward to because I was really curious how Avery would participate in singing a song when she barely talks.

Avery and her classmates were asked to dress in their Sunday clothes and show up to their classroom at 5:45 p.m. Michael was not able to get home in time to go with us (he did meet us there) so went through the common everyday ruckus of me trying to get three small children dressed, pottied and out the door and on time.

Here is a picture of the girls ready to go for the evening and eating a little snack since I knew we wouldn't have time for dinner until after the program. Avery in particular can turn into quite a little beast when she is hungry. Not something I wanted all of the Pilgrim preschool parents to witness first hand.

Avery wore her new ADORABLE dress that her Aunt Kassi and Uncle J.T. gave her for her birthday. I believe, but not yet confirmed, that Kassi made the dress herself and I am so impressed. I purchased a sewing machine about three or four years ago determined to learn how to make fabulous things such as this. Alas, I really did not have the patience to try and figure out how to thread the thing and gave up. It now lives in our walk-in attic and hasn't been seen in years.

Anyway, perfect strangers made a point to stop me and point out how cute Avery looked and how much they liked her dress. I don't know about you, but I smell a home business project cooking! She could make some serious cash selling those things. I would buy a few!

Back to the fall program...We got to the church and I ran Avery into her classroom to drop her off knowing the kid was going to freak out. It was dark outside and she knew something was up. It just isn't a normal thing for me to take her to preschool at night, so of course, she started crying when I handed her over to her teacher. I was so nervous that she wouldn't settle down and would ruin the show for all of the other kids in her class! But we sat down inside the church and waited for the program to begin.

It was so cute! Avery's class comes walking in single file. I seriously almost fell over from shock! I had no idea that child would conform so well. I am totally holding her to higher standards from this point forward.

They all sat down nicely on the bleachers, didn't cry, and entertained the crowd in their little way. They sang "If You're Thankful and You Know It" which is a twist on "If You're Happy and You Know It." There weren't many singers, so Avery wasn't alone. She kept looking behind her at the other children to see what they were doing.

I tried my best to get a picture of them up front together. I know it is hard to see but if you click on the picture itself and look on the far left of the bottom row, you can make out Avery sitting down with the orange bow in her hair.

I did get this picture of her class walking by as they exited the church after performing. I didn't want to call attention to myself to get an actual good picture of her since I knew she'd start crying and refuse to go back to her classroom with the rest of her classmates.

After each class had sang their Thanksgiving-themed songs, everyone was invited to the gym to look at the students artwork and partake in cookies and juice. Avery's class decorated turkeys and made a pumpkin collage using their hand prints. We stayed long enough for my kids to raid the cookie table (remember they still haven't had dinner yet) and then made our way home.

One more close-up of Avery's turkey. He looks like he got hit on the head or something!

I'll have more Thanksgiving updates coming. Ryan's school is celebrating pilgrim and Indian style with a full Thanksgiving feast that Avery and I will be attending on Monday and then Emma's class will be serving "blessing soup" to all parents for lunch on Tuesday. At this rate, we'll be all "Thanksgivinged" out by next Thursday. Who am I fooling - I am soooo looking forward to roasted turkey and our famous family stuffing at my parent's house!

1 comment:

Katey said...

So cute! I wish I could have been there. I love both of the girls dresses!!