So it looks like we Hales girls are movin’ on up!!
Last week both Lauren and I received promotions at work/school. Mine was a promotion from “Assistant Project Manager” to “Project Manager I”. It’s a job I’ve been doing for the past three years, but due to the economy and corporate politics I wasn’t able to actually get the title… until now!
And it feels really good. This is what all of my late nights and long hours have been striving for. Not just to get the title, but to EARN it. And despite a tough economy, a surprise baby, and an impossible project almost an hour away, with God’s help, I was able to do just that!
To celebrate both my promotion and the completion of the impossible project, my company took the whole project team out to dinner at Angus Barn on Saturday night. James and I had a blast! The food was great, the service was impeccable, and it was nice to spend time with my coworkers and their wives, and to thank those wives (and my James) for standing behind each of us during one of the toughest times in our lives.
We did it guys!!
But like I mentioned, I’m not the only one getting a promotion… Lauren is too! Lauren has officially been promoted from her 12-18 month classroom to her 18 month – 2 year classroom. She did the transition last week and starts in her new class today. We are so proud of her!
Apparently, this promotion isn’t guaranteed simply because of your age, there are physical and social/emotional milestones each child has to hit before they are considered ready. You have to be walking, babbling, about the same size as the other kids, and starting to use your spoon before you get your letter. You also have to be able to be in the new room without crying and take commands from the new teachers. We’re proud to say that Lauren can do all of that! She did cry during her first few transition times, but towards the end of the week, when her Poppas came to get her, she didn’t want to leave.
Mommy went and met with Lauren’s new teachers and they told me some of the things Lauren would learn in the new class. Things like:
- Simple Commands (“Put your cup in the sink & bowl in the trash.”, “Go into your cubbie and bring me your coat”, “Go stand in line for outside time.”)
- Counting to Ten
- Shape, Color, and Number Reconition
- How to Play (and Share) with Other Kids
Once she’s mastered these things she’ll be ready for transition to the 2 – 2.5 year class (where they start potty training).
But for now we’re not jumping the gun, we’re just happy to see all of her growth over the past 6 months in her old class. As Lauren’s moving out they’ve got new 1 year olds moving in and they look so small and new. It’s crazy to think of how much Lauren’s changed in such a short period of time. But she still is, and will remain, our baby.
Our Baby & Her Bubbles :)