...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.
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.
I've partnered with Woodfield Mall again but this time the focus has slightly shifted...we're talking all things DAD! Yes...even dear old dad deserves a day to himself. <don't we all?> The girls and I headed out last weekend to get our shop on and shopping we did, indeed, accomplish. Might I add that we took several 100 breaks for various reasons ranging from the bathroom to snacks to toy stores and beyond BUT we completed our mission.
Note to self: Train daughters to build some shopping stamina!
It's always fun to look back and conjure up creative ways to reinvent your wardrobe. It's also a best practice. As my husband so aptly put it the other day, "Are we in the 'wear once' mindset or what?" He asked this after I rented a dress from Rent the Runway. And he's probably right...I have many dresses in my closet but that's a different story for a different day!
Twinning is the new black. I'm sure you knew this! Well, looks like I'm on-trend again because this past Easter my girls and I dressed from head to toe in Lola and the Boys. And it was awesome! We wore their leaf dresses which were more than comfortable to entertain in and play in.
When it comes to little lady dresses...I am rendered useless. Just absolute mush. I melt for my girls in dresses and it just so happens that Easter is around the corner, my friends! Meet Pippa & Julie: you're go-to source for the most darling dresses ever!