Thursday, January 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Preschool Holiday Party Edition

Peyton is absolutely loving every second of being in preschool.

Seriously, she was born to make friends.
Before we had even enrolled her in preschool, she was constantly making friends with kids anywhere we went. The little boy at Target who was probably 2 years old? Yeah, he was invited to our house for a "sleepover". The 6 year old girl sitting at the table across from us at dinner? She also received an invite. The older boy behind us on the plane ride home from vacation? He got one too. They even held hands walking off the plane!
Needless to say, Peyton was more than ready for some kid-to-kid interaction and I am so glad we made the decision to start preschool last year! {We should have even done it sooner!}

Unfortunately for me, with the way my work schedule is, I don't get to take her to preschool in the mornings or pick her up afterwards. This is a big deal for me and I really hope that some day we'll be blessed enough that I will be able to be a stay-at-home mom and be able to take her to and from school. It's a dream of mine. Some people might think it's a silly dream, but it would really mean a lot to me.

However, with that being said, I don't get to have any sort of interaction with the other children's parents at drop-off or pick-up because it's either my Mom or her other Grandmother who takes her. So, when I found out that she would be having a Halloween and Christmas party (that the parent's could attend, too!) on two Friday evening's, I was ecstatic! (As was she, of course.)

I never blogged about the Halloween one and it's even a little late for the Christmas one, but hey! It's "Throwback Thursday", darn it.

For the Halloween party, they were allowed to dress up in costumes and we brought a delicious rice krispie treat concoction: Homemade rice krispies done in three layers on top of each other. The bottom was white, the middle was yellow, and the top was orange - just like candy corn! Then it had the candy corn M&Ms, brown sprinkles, and actual candy corn pieces sprinkled on top. Very sugary. Very much worth every calorie.

Anyways, she told me that she wanted to go as Merida, the Brave princess. We had already bought a green princess dress from Cracker Barrel for every day dress-up fun, so I figured all we had to do was get the wig of red, crazy hair to match. Well, those darn wigs are expensive! And a can of hair spray-paint is half the price and won't result in an overpriced tangled mess on the floor after the night was over (like the wig would). This is what we ended up with:

Trying to get her to look at the camera and give a genuine smile, on command, is darn near impossible these days. But isn't she just so friggen adorable!? She made for the prettiest little Merida I ever did see. Though, her two classmates (and BFFs of course) Isla and Natalie, both dressed up as Merida, too! I think they not-so-secretly planned that one! ;) 

Peyton & her BFF, Natalie - both dressed as Merida.
Peyton brought a little teddy bear to pretend it was one of her "little brothers", like in the movie.
The party was wonderful and they had pizza and yummy snacks for everyone to munch on. The kids had plenty of fun crafts to do, like make ghosts out of lollipops and tissues or make spiders out of black Styrofoam balls with googly eyes and brightly colored pipe cleaners.

Fast forward a few months and drop the temperature by like 20 degrees, and it was time for the Christmas/Holiday party!

There was, again, pizza and yummy snacks for everyone.
As well as fun crafts for all of the kids and us adults were able to mingle. It was so. much. fun!

Peyton with her classmates Irma and Weylin, making candy cane ornaments out of pipe cleaners and beads.
The best OOTD picture I have of her from that evening, ha.
Cheeseface & Irma taking a break from all of the running around they were doing to eat a quick slice of pepperoni.
Best of all, SANTA CLAUS even made a visit to the party! AND Peyton even willingly sat in his lap, told him exactly what she wanted (a big fluffy horse), and smiled for a few pictures!

I am so grateful that she is adjusting so well to the school environment and that she is blessed with her ability to make friends so easily. It sure does make the idea of kindergarten this fall (AH!) a little less worrisome. I can't believe I'll have a five year old by the end of March. Where did the time go!?


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