saying goodbye- starting a new chapter...

Today was very hard for me. We said goodbye to all the wonderful teachers at Penelope's current preschool. Penelope made them cards and we gave them flowers. On Friday she will start a new year in the ladybug class at Little Angels. It was a very hard decision for me to move her because we had grown attached to the staff at her sweet little school, but when a spot opened up for us at Little Angels I knew that was where she should be. It was the first school I toured where I had the feeling that "this is the one!" Only problem was you have to be two by September to start, and since Pen has a birthday in November that meant she had to wait another year. With baby Violet on the way I knew I wanted to start her somewhere before the arrival of her new little sis so it wouldn't stress her out anymore than she could handle. Long story short for the past year this school has taken care of my baby two days a week. She has had fun adventures to the sea center, natural history museum, zoo etc. Her teachers, Ms Jennifer, "Di-Di's" (aka Brandi), Sarah, Britney and Jessica have all been there to kiss boo-boos, play chase, encourage her, snuggle her, teach her and make her feel safe. Penelope has blossomed so much this past year. She has grown into such an  inquisitive, confident, happy little girl. 
Thank you Learning Den, we love you!

When she graduated from the toddler classroom "Green Turtles" her teachers made me this awesome scrapbook documenting the entire year. This is something I know I will cherish forever.
 Pics of the pages are below:

celebrating her birthday

Halloween at Lane Farms

Penelope and bud Weston at the zoo

I went with her on both of these trips- natural history museum and a bus tour

note from her teacher

sea center

Smokey the Bear Visit

teddy bear picnic

note from her teacher

So during the summer James and I took Pen for a couple visits to Little Angels so she could get familiar with the teachers and the room. On one such visit her bud Kenzie was there. Too bad they won't be in the same class though. They have different schedules. 
painting on the outside art wall
circle time

I'm sure Penelope will love Little Angels. She can't stop talking about it. Its been tough because they have been closed for three weeks and she keeps asking to go. Her teachers sent her a postcard in the mail and when I read it to her she smiled and started dancing. I think that's a good sign. 
Well, Friday is her first day so fingers crossed she has a blast!
wish us luck!


  1. looks like a wonderful experience and a great opportunity ahead. ya mama and penelope!

  2. I'm so glad the transition went so good :)