It’s Field Trip Day to Brooker Creek Preserve!!!
At approximately 8700 acres, Brooker Creek Preserve is the largest natural area in Pinellas County. It consists primarily of forested wetlands and pine flatwoods. The Preserve provides both a unique refuge for native flora and fauna as well as an opportunity for citizens to explore the natural beauty of wild Florida.
The Preserve also serves to protect a significant portion of the Brooker Creek Watershed. A complex of hiking and equestrian trails provide visitors an opportunity to explore the Preserve’s many ecosystems.
There were three different activities for the children. They went into the museum where they watched a film and got to have a hands on experience with different furs, bones, bugs, etc. They each got to net the swamp and see if they could find any critters. Davy was the first to find one of two Crawfish, there was a tadpole, and they saw a Water Moccasin swim by. And lastly, they got to go on a hike which went through 4 different ecosystems: Pinewood Flats, Cypress Swamps, Oak Hammock, Sand Hill.
The kids loved it!
Getting ready to load the bus… Davy, Liam, Pierce
Davy’s sweet teacher Mrs. Paggio…
After months and months of the admissions process, the wait is over…. Matty received his acceptance letter today. We are so proud of him and thrilled that both of our boys are officially Berkeley Prep boys… 🙂
This year the theme for the Winter Concert was “Twinkle and Shine”. Andy, Mom, Brandie, and myself all went to cheer Davy on. The show was beautiful and Davy did a great job on his speaking part. “The true meaning of Christmas is celebrating the birth of baby Jesus!” The audience laughed, we were so proud of him.
I know he is blinking, he had just looked down to give Andy a high-five, but you can’t fake that smile so I had to include this one…
Davy’s dancing partner is Devon Elder…
Happy Halloween Berkeley Students. This morning was the annual Lower Division Halloween Parade, followed by the classroom party. Davy looks so good being a soldier along with all of his friends. Such a spooky fun morning…
It was the first day of school and our boys were ready to go! The night before we laid out their clothes, packed their bags, and went to bed early because we all knew that 6:30am was going to be here before we knew it. Most of the summer the boys were getting up between 7-7:30, so this transition wouldn’t be too hard on them. For breakfast they gobbled down some pancakes with syrup and whipped cream and a big glass of OJ. With their bellies full, they got dressed, and we headed outside for our traditional in front of the house photo. Although I laid the camera out early hoping that the lens would adjust to the August humidity, it didn’t so a few of them are cloudy. Oh well, I’d rather have cloudy pictures instead of no pictures. 🙂
Davy is now officially a first grader. His teacher is Mrs. McElroy. Matty is in a Preschool 3 class called EP3 and his teacher is Ms. Adkins. Neither one of them seemed nervous, sad, nor anxious…just excited! We loaded into the car and off we went for drop off!
This year instead of walking Davy in, we let him jump out of the car from the car line just like the other older kids. He was happy.
We walked Matty into his new class. He too did a really good job. I expected him to be a little clingy, instead I think that he was just excited. We kissed him good bye and we were off!
Davy’s teacher shared some photos from throughout the week… Looks like everyone is have a wonderful time.
First grade boys on Friday’s officially have to dress in a blazer and tie, doesn’t Davy look so handsome…
Here’s to a wonderful year!
Gabriella and Colton
Every year the lower division at Berkeley hosts an annual Halloween Costume Parade. The children line up in their classes by grade and parade around the mound to fun spooky music. After all of the grades have entered, each one is presented to the parents for photo opportunities and then they parade out. How cute is Mrs. Lewis dressed up like an MnM… Afterwards, the children get to have a special party in their room…. This year I was on the volunteer list and got to help assist the mummy wrapping center.