Friday, May 22, 2015

Class of 2015: Aaliyah and Jocelyn Last Day of Pre-School


Aaliyah and Jocelyn working on their cards for Miss Melissa and Miss Colleen the assistant pre-school teachers.




Dear Miss Katherine,

It is crazy to think that we met 3 years ago in September of 2012 when I first enrolled Ethan and Bennett in YMCA pre-school. Those pre-school drop offs still haunt me to this day. The girls would veer to the left, the boys would veer to the right. I would  just pray we could get to the pre-school room before losing a child. Then in Summer of 2013 the girls joined in on the fun. With several weeks of Summer Power, they were ready to join the class in September of 2013. You only had to survive a summer of very recent potty trained girls who took forever to figure out brown went in the toilet. You then took on the great task of all 4 PairSquared kids (Ethan, Bennett, Aaliyah, and Jocelyn) in one class together. Despite the sibling disputes you came out undefeated on another school year. We took the summer off what now seems like the best decision in order to let you recuperate and gain energy to take on Aaliyah and Jocelyn for 5 days a week from September 2014 to become your 2015 graduating class. You did it! I know this year was not an easy one and those girls really made us work hard. But having you on my side made it all the easier.

This might be one of the hardest end of the year good-byes I will have. I think pre-school teachers should know the impact they have on a family. It is our first introduction into school and parents have anxiety about their kids doing well, fitting in, and generally being an ok student. You always gave me a sense of security and I never once questioned your care. You have really grown in your role as a teacher over the past three years. Every year has been filled with additional creativity, academic development for the kids, and educational playing. Your expertise and skill set is so valuable and has not gone unnoticed. The last two things that made a difference was your patience and kindness. You get tested every day and when kids figured out how to push buttons you worked on redirecting them. You kind heart and love for your work makes you an exceptional teacher and friend.

I have some thoughts on how to remind yourself you are a pre-school teacher:

You know you're a pre-school teacher when...

  1. Most of your uniforms have paint stains

  2. You know glue is non-toxic

  3. You manage to not get lice even at the worst outbreak

  4. You keep broken crayons in the box to force kids to work on fine motor

  5. You sing songs in between every activity

  6. You think glitter is the best thing on the earth even though parents can’t get it out of their dryer lint traps

  7. You are willing to make a mess with kids so they can learn and use their senses

  8. You eat goldfish during the day because you actually like them

  9. You know how to trick kids into doing classwork by making it fun

  10. You know who Pete the Cat is

You will always be remembered as one of the most influential people in my kids lives. I hope you continue to strive for greatness in all you do.

Love, MJ and Family

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ethan and Bennett turn 6!

Happy birthday to these boys! Thanks to all our friends who helped us celebrate. We love all the loot and of course the bike ramp has been a hit.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Jane’s Jubilee 2015

This year’s journey brought the Souhrada women to Stewartville, MN. At this time, Grandma was still residing in Stewartville so we could easily transport her to and from her apartment for her comfort. We had recently visited the City of Stewartville for the Souhrada Gathering in February. How fortunate for Stewartville that I could grace them with my presance for a second time in one year.


Upon departure we were all charged with the task of “writing” a thank you to Grandma for another celebratory weekend with the family. What better way for me to “write” to grandma (and the world) by summarizing the weekend highlights on my personal blog.

Dear Grandma,


It goes without saying that you are hands down one of the most amazing women in my life. Your patience, kindness, and unconditional love are just a few of our stand out traits. I think I can speak for the ladies of The Souhrada that we are grateful you have been a solid beam in all our lives.

The Souhrada ladies weekend, better known as Jane’s Jubilee since the passing of your daughter, sister, and our Aunt, will always be remarked as one of my annual highlights. It tends to arrive at this pinnacle time in the winter when I feel like a need a get a way the most. Who better to “get away with” than my family.

As promised I will recall the highlights of the weekend for you. Some you will remember and others…well it is best that you probably did not participate in them.

Memory Making #1 – Oil Party

S. Souhrada brought her supply of young living essential oils for us to “make and take”. We made cold bomb roller balls, pain cream, and hand soap while we smelled the sweet scent of lavender and citrus from the diffuser. We were all scanned to locate the specific oils to support our needs. We won’t talk about what was recommended for me.  

Memory Making #2 – The FREE Garage Sale

CJ Lamon brought old boxes of “stuff” to give away to her fellow family members. Stuffed away in the boxes were pictures of weddings for us to remember and embarrassing letters and cards that we didn’t want to remember. I came away with Grandma Lamon’s cake cutter and a beer chicken cooking device.

Memory Making #3 – Massages

Oh yeah, as always these are wonderful.

Memory Making #4 – Sewing

We did a little, but we get so distracted that sometimes we don’t get as much done as we hoped.

Memory Making #5 – Hanging with the Cousins

I love staying up at night with the cousins and getting caught up. We giggle and laugh and just enjoy each other.


Memory Making #6 – Best Night Eva!

We had some good ole fun eating dinner, having drinks, and dancing! Kelly won a t-shirt and we cured her pinched nerve. Who loves Landshark?



Memory Making #7 – Drive by CJ’s New Digs

Sister CJ is moving to a new townhome in Rochester and boy she is excited. It was great to see her new place in anticipation of moving.IMG_1523

Memory Making #8 – Seeing Grandma’s New Digs

We stopped by Rochester for Grandma to show us her NEW apartment. You were so excited and I think her exact words were, “More than I ever dreamed.” Followed by, “Can I move in early?”.


I am sure there is more to tell but these are the memories I will take with me. I don’t for a moment take for granted this weekend that is gifted to us Souhrada girls. We are so fortunate to have this weekend opportunity to re-energize in life. More importantly, we are fortunate you are with us.

Thanks for a wonderful weekend Grandma! I look forward to next year.

Love, Molly Jane

Friday, February 20, 2015

2015 Presidents Day Weekend: Souhrada Gathering

2015 was another successful year. Grandma Cookie has been residing in Stewartville, MN for several years so this year brought us to Iron Wood Springs Ranch in Stewartville, MN. There was plenty of space for our huge group to sprawl out. Activities for the kids included the snow tubing hill, petting zoo, and riding the elevator up and down. Grandma is still looking great!

Had to add in this last picture for fun!