Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 2013

What a month! A lot has happened. After our whirlwind tour of Germany and Austria in March, a lot happened in the month of April! Layla turned 5!! A whole hand!! Her birthday was during a two week break from school, and since she was turning 5 she would no longer be allowed to attend nursery school. So in early April, we had to say good bye to her friends and teachers at Busy Bees. It was sad, but we were excited to move on to primary school.

After saying good bye to everyone at Busy Bees, we had a lovely 2 weeks off from doing anything. Nicer weather would've been great, but we still enjoyed ourselves. We spent a lot of time shopping!

We also spent some time out on the track running & riding Layla's scooter. One day we went out to fly Layla's kite, but it scared her way too much. I don't know how it was scary, it had cool airplanes on it.

Tickle fights always end in cuddles

You know how much Layla loves learning about outer space. I bought her a book about space that also glows in the dark! We had so much fun reading it and looking at all the pictures. It's now a favourite bedtime story.

Astronaut Layla

When Layla was leaving Busy Bees, I received her development file from her teacher. This was by far the cutest thing in the file. The teachers had no idea what song Layla was singing =)

First day of Primary School
Seriously, how cute does Layla look in her school uniform? Layla was sad to leave Busy Bees, but she was excited to go to a school whose school colour was blue, her favourite! She's had a bit of a hard time adjusting to the new school, though. Her first week she hardly ate anything from her lunch bag, and she had a hard time making friends. Her second week there was another new kid in the class, and they became fast friends. She's still adjusting to her full days of school all week, but she's doing well and learning a lot!

Climbing to be taller than daddy! Layla is able to go back to Busy Bees once a week for her French lessons!

Hide & seek champion

The other day I had an appointment and my neighbour was going to watch Layla for me. As she only lives a few houses away, I buckled Layla into the front seat. She was so excited! & so proud to be sitting up in the front seat.

Iron Man Layla

Opening gifts from Grandma Jo & Grandpa Jim. She screamed "WRECK IT RALPH!!!!!!!!!" So loudly when she opened it! We've watched it about a million times this month, and she's also enjoyed the Monster High movies as well!

I asked Layla how she wanted to spend her birthday. Jer wasn't able to get the day off work, so she asked if we could go out for dough balls with her best friends. So we went into Bury St. Edmunds to have lunch with her friends, and also got some shopping in as well!

One of her gifts for her birthday was these Tiny Titans graphic novels. They are SO CUTE & we've enjoyed reading them.

Monday, April 1, 2013


The other afternoon I was walking Layla into her classroom & as we were hanging her jumper on the coatrack a pair of little boys were sitting at a nearby table eating their lunch. They see Layla and one says "Hey Batman." to her. She looks up & responds "Hello Spiderman!" The other little boy gives her a little wave and says "Hi Batman." She smiles at him and says "Hello Superman!" 

By the time we had hung her jumper & book bag, changed her shoes, and I signed her in the boys were done eating their lunches & were impatiently waiting for Layla to go play superheroes with them.


March On

So obviously there was no post for February. It was a busy month for us, we moved out of the house the military forced us into when we arrived to this base & into a house on the economy, something of our choosing. Aside from looking at houses, picking one out, and moving all of our stuff to the new house not much happened. Jer left at the the end of February to attend a class in Germany, and during the month of March, we were able to go visit him there! Layla had a great time visiting the continent for the first time.

In the airport, ready to go see Daddy!

At a small cafe nestled in the middle of nowhere in the German Alps. They had the best donuts!

Hiking up to Neuschwanstein castle in Germany.

After a good 45 minute hike up, we made it to the castle & took a tour inside!

We also took a train to Innsbruck, Austria for the day. We were able to take a tour of the Swarovski crystal museum. The entrance was a Giant head with a fountain of water coming out of the mouth.

Layla liked the wall made of thousands of crystals!

March also brought the end of the spring term for school. Since Layla will be turning 5 over the term break, she will not be able to return to nursery school. She had her last day last week and we were sad to say good bye to everyone at Busy Bees! We've loved the past year at this school!

This is Layla's French class, Petits Enfants. Since she is moving up to Primary school, she will be moving up to the higher French class as well. I'm looking forward to her improvements in French.

This is Layla's first teacher, Miss Harriet. Layla has loved her from the start, and we were very sad to say good bye to her!

We are now enjoying term break before Layla starts at her new school. It will be 5 days a week, all day so it will be a big adjustment for Layla. We are looking forward to the new school and hope that Layla makes the adjustment easily.