...because I just need to put this out there. Some moms are excited for their kids to go back to school. I am not. :(
We just measured you and you grew two more inches! No wonder all your clothes are too short. At this rate we may have to get second jobs to keep up with your closet conundrum. Also...where did you get this height because I'm pretty sure your dad and I are lacking in that department?!
We just finished your first Kindergarten Round Up. You were excited before we left...couldn't wait to leave the house. When we got there you were a little reserved but you jumped right in when it was time for a picture or when asked your name. I was so proud of you. You were, in fact, a very brave little girl.
When they asked the kids to come back for a classroom tour without their moms and dads...you trotted right along; never looking back. That made me a little sad. But happy, too. On one hand, I'm so happy you're confident and independent! On the other hand, I wasn't ready to let you go completely. You're such a big girl. I feel like it was just yesterday that we were searching for preemie clothing and trying to figure out your sleep schedule. Gahh....now I'm becoming one of those moms!
At any rate, I know we will look back at this time and smile because you've become this little human with opinions and questions and a kindergartner sense of humor, no doubt. You tell some real knee-slappers. Your dad and I are so proud of you! And while we wish you'd eat more vegetables and not wake us up at 5:30am on the weekends - we've just been having the best time with you. You surprise us constantly with some of the things that come out of your mouth. I love seeing you protect and take care of your sister, too...even though I agree, she can be a little bossy sometimes. You're loving and nurturing when you need to be but you don't put up with her tantrums. Smart move, little lady.
We're so excited for you to explore Kindergarten and make even more new friends. But, I'm still not putting you on the bus until next year because I would shrivel up and die inside thinking of you on the bus all by yourself. Mom's not ready for that! This is your year, Olivia...we know everyone will see the shining star we see everyday at home!
We love you,
Mom + Dad
P/S We totally think you could really become a pop star. You've got killer air guitar moves.
It's always fun to look back on the last 30 days and review life as we know it. Fall is such a busy time of year. It usually leaves me breathless but in the best way. It's been so long since I've done one of these that I felt today appropriate. I've had a bit of a black cloud over my head as of late but TODAY the sun is shining and it's Friday!
Despite the 90 degree temps, we're feelin' Fall in a major way. I also see 60 degree forecasts ahead so don't put those sweaters away just yet!
Last week I had the pleasure of collaborating with Chicago Parent in sharing our favorite pumpkin inspired recipe. There are SO many pumpkin recipes out there - it's enough to make your head spin and I truly prefer the less sugary, artificial taste that so many beverages leave you with. Yick! Instead, we create a new spin on our morning smoothie. I'd love to share it with you!
We loved this book! I've read it weekly to my kids as there is so much "new" in their little lives with teachers, classrooms, routines and new friends. But it's a bit of a role reversal because this books is all about prepping their teachers for a rad school year. Meet this week's Brightly Book is: How to Get Your Teacher Ready. This Land's End weekly book recommendation also seems custom tailored to our little family. Here are the cliff notes:
School has begun! What a whirlwind week y'all! Happy to report that both kiddos seem happy and well adjusted. Let's all hi-5! Speaking of hi-5's, Dad chose this week's book reco as his favorite by far. And you'll see why. This week's Brightly Book is: Magic Tree House: A Big Day for Baseball. This Land's End weekly book recommendation also seems custom tailored to our little family. Here are the cliff notes:
We loved loved loved this week's Brightly Book: We're All Wonders. It explores the differences in all of us which came at a tremendous time as my girls have been incredibly inquisitive about hair color, skin color and beyond. This Land's End weekly book recommendation also seems custom tailored to our little family. Here are the cliff notes:
We are through and through a Seuss family. I was so excited when my girls quickly adopted this author's books into their little bedroom libraries. And let's be honest...they are an easy read on the days when you've been put through the ringer in life and as a parent. I am nothing if I am not brutally honest!
School is coming up so quick we can smell it! Let's just say we've been spending a LOT of extra time reading at night to wipe off the cobwebs. It's good to get back to our roots and the girls are enjoying a little mom and dad time sans television which...here, here to that!
Parental friends! I am so excited to be partnering with Lands' End on a special summer initiative regarding our littles...because let's face it, we all want to keep them entertained but we often forget that fun doesn't mean a three-ring circus daily. Sometimes it's about revisiting the basics. By basics I am referring to keeping learning fun and ensuring that they stay fresh as a new school year approaches. Hard to even wrap our heads around, right?
I just returned from another Mexican adventure. Let me start with the simple fact that Mexico is always a good idea. Always. Two back to back trips further cemented my love for this country. That said, with any travel comes tiny moments of clarity. Some are welcome and some are just a drag to face. So let's start with the good stuff...
Summer is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier. Summer means more outside time and more family time. No matter how much time we spend outside, everyone, myself included, needs a moment to themselves. I call it “quiet time” and I’ve trained my girls to take an hour everyday.