Today was the Babies' last day in their first daycare class.
Our daycare runs on a school year calendar: children are sorted by their age as of August, and they remain with that group all year.
One short year ago this week, my babies entered the One Year class, and now they are coming out Babies, who, in just a few short days, will enter the Two Year class.
After having someone come to our house that first year, it was a leap of faith for us to put them in a local church daycare full-time.
We had our doubts and fears.
How would we get everyone out of the house on time?
Would the babies be happy in a new environment?
Would they make friends?
Would we like their teachers?
Would they stay sick?
What would they eat?
Would they feel loved and safe?
Thankfully, time and again we have been reassured that we made a good choice for our family.
While we battled the typical colds and stomach bugs that come along with having a bunch of young kids together in a confined space, we also watched Emily and Andrew thrive and blossom.
As a former teacher, I know that working with children is one of the toughest and most rewarding jobs one can perform. As a mom, I find myself appreciating these special individuals even more.
With the year coming to a close, I searched for a tangible way to express my often-unexpressed gratitude for these ladies who cared for my babies-- reading countless stories, kissing boo-boos, encouraging "please" and "thank you," leading them as they blessed their meals and talked to Jesus, rocking them to sleep, teaching them songs...
With a little inspiration from Pinterest, we came up with a small way to show the teachers, the directors, and the cook, our thanks.
I started with one of my favorite pictures from their two year session. (Seriously, Shannon, I love this picture!)
Using Photobucket, I added a special message for their teachers and then used Walgreen's online photo service to send the image directly to my local store for printing.
I found these potted plants (with complimentary floral picks) on sale at the grocery store.
We added gift cards to an envelope that I attached to the back of the homemade cards.
I was pretty happy with the finished product.
One more addition: personal delivery from two sweeties!
We'll miss our One Year teachers but are excited about meeting our new teachers on Monday!