Giggle Moon

December 17th, 2014

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Giggle Moon pink/gray

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Rose loves to spot the moon during the day.  It’s one of her special talents.  And she giggles all day too.  But, Giggle Moon is the name of one of our favorite children’s clothing brands!  Check them out if you need a special outfit for the little girl{s} in your life. 

Meeting Finley!

December 16th, 2014

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One of Rose’s BFFs, Harper, has a new baby sister, and we couldn’t wait to meet her; She is beautiful!

Magic in Texas

December 15th, 2014

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Her smile tells the story.  This surprise was magical, fantastic, amazing in every way, and we are happy and grateful beyond measure!  Cheers to Noelle for dreaming big!

Turkey Day

December 7th, 2014

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Here are two of our sweet turkeys on Thanksgiving day this year.  This was the extent of my pictures because we were so sick.  You can tell Anna Kate wasn’t feeling well in these pics, but she was on the up swing!  Noelle was a sick girl this Thanksgiving, but Rose was 100%, can you tell?  Winking smile

YOLO

December 6th, 2014

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Noelle date night snack for mommy and daddy

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We’ve been on a few more date nights this fall, and every time we come home, Noelle has left us a snack in the “fredirator.”  I also think of the card above and laugh at myself.  It’s so true!!! 

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Anna Kate's kinder kindergarten class book character dress up day pippi longstocking Mrs. Lawless

Anna Kate’s awesome kindergarten class on book character dress-up day!

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I let Noelle wear mascara for dress-up and Halloween.  I walked in the closet and she was putting on her mascara with a notecard to help; I learn something new every day from this kid!  

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Our pumpkin was the 4th one from the left.  We won 2nd place at our first Karve N Keg party on Halloween! 

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The girls wanted to give Mike and me foot massages one night.  They are so sweet… most of the time!  Winking smile 

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They even set up little stations where they wanted us to sit.

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Saying goodbye to Mrs. Paula was so super hard and sweet, but you guys know all about that!  Winking smile

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Happy Birthday, Nat!  I love you so much!

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Happy birthday, Eden!

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Rose on her first day at Mrs. Julie’s Preschool.  We just finished our third week, and they are rockin’ and rollin’.  We are so excited to be a part of her new home preschool, and Rose loves it!  When I picked her up last week from school one day, she said, “Thank you, Mrs. Julie, for letting me come to your house.”  And she was so sincere.  She’s having a ball! 

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The Lions cheer team had such a fun season!

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I got rear-ended in early November, so we had to get new car seats.  The girls were not with me, and although I’m still dealing with neck and back pain, we feel so lucky because it could have been much worse.  It’s been just over a month and I still do not have my car back, but we’re hoping it will be ready next week.  It’s been a mess, but we are okay.

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We’ve had fun swimming at the gym this fall and nothing beats breakfast for dinner with Cary’s sugar free syrup.  You should try it!

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Selling the girls clothes is fun, rewarding and sometimes very sentimental.  I sewed this name label in this jacket when Noelle was less than a year old.  All three babies wore it for a couple of winters each, and it still looked brand new.  I keep some things for the girls, but I just can’t keep everything.  Removing her name after all this time and seeing the blank space with “This belongs to” written above made me super emotional.  I think I’m having seller’s remorse about this one, but at least it will go to a new family, and they will get to enjoy it on their little cutie as much as we have on ours!  Winking smile 

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I get to have lunches with Anna Kate at school now, and she doesn’t cry when I have to leave!  Yay!  We are so happy about that!

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This.kid.  #nowords

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Loving all of Noelle’s fall/winter outfit creations.  Wish I could take a picture of all of them every day!

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New car seat boxes = new store for Anna Kate to create.  She’s talking over the intercom to her store customers in this picture about her specials.  The movie boxes are their computer screens and their keyboards are extra ones Mike had in his office.  This is too good!  Anna Kate sets up shop on the daily, always a different store with different designs and features.  She has customer incentives and employee goals, even runs background checks on everyone, customers and co-workers.  It’s hilarious and so very creative.  We all love participating in Anna Kate’s shops!

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Annika and Anna Kate always have a blast playing together!

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I made a few vinyl shirts for the girls, and we loved how they turned out.  I’ve sold a few in a little shop I set up on Instagram, and it’s a lot of fun figuring out new things!

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Rose has her fair share of pretend areas around the house on the daily too.  Here she fell asleep in her “car.” 

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She used the Nintendo remote for her steering wheel and her keys are in the ignition.  After she wakes up, she’ll be ready to go!

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My new love of finding and pondering quotes is a little obvious!  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  Winking smile

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Really sweet reading all of the IG tributes to Oscar de la Renta.  He was amazing and inspired us for sure!

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Aunt Joe took the picture on the right in Cornwall.  She said, “The birds are expecting…. something wonderful.” I just love that!

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Some of my finds being the “Litter lady” at the girls’ school one day.  Picking up litter is fun; You never know what you are going to find.  It’s like a scavenger hunt, just be sure to wear gloves and then give it a try!

That was a lot of iPhone pics! Cheers to having this one in the books. xo

Tea Party Time

December 3rd, 2014

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Such a fun birthday party for Rose’s friend, Harper!  Check out her giving me a thumbs up and a wink to let me know she was having fun.  Love this kid!

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tea time 

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Happy 4th birthday, Harper!

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Love this stage and this age!  Such a fun time having giggle tea with friends.

Saying Goodbye

December 1st, 2014

We love you, Mrs. Paula! 

Final Days of Mrs. Paula’s Preschool

November 30th, 2014

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Let’s do this.

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Proud girl!

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Reese and Rose playing blocks together.

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Rose and Will are best buddies.  In this picture, their animals are kissing.  I asked her about it and she said, “Yes, they are kissing, but if Will asks if he can kiss me, I’ll say, ‘No can do!’”  Whew!  I’m glad that’s all worked out, lol!  She’s crazy!

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Rose and Reese getting in their final sunny swings at MPP.

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Friendship fruit salad, another annual tradition at MPP.

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Pumpkin shopping with Will.

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Mrs. Paula’s specialty was amazing field trips!  They went on one at least every other week.

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Thank you for this sweet little picture of our Rose! 

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Monster mash craft creation we look forward to each year.  They always turn out so similar yet so different! 

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These are a few of Mrs. Paula’s pictures from the field trip to the farm, which was our last field trip at MPP and one of the few the parents attend too!

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Rose, Will and Wilbur the pig!

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Stuffing a scare crow!

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Back to school for a little more discovering and learning to be had before we had to say goodbye.

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Music time, with toddlers this has to be done outside, of course! 

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Sorting, fine-motor building and sensory play!

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Rose told me she almost caught this bird, lol!

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Will picked Reese and Rose to make his birthday cake with him.  Happy birthday, Will!

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I wonder how many thousands of books Mrs. Paula has read to our kiddos.

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Kicking karate kings for the letter K!

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Dancing, dancing!

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More experimenting and learning through our senses.

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Rose’s big sisters had pajama day at their school this day, so Rose chose to have pajama day too! 

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This play room has seen endless hours of learning and laughter.  What a special place!

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Mrs. Paula let the kids vote on what they wanted their last activities to be, what their very favorite ones were from their time at her school.  She made a list and made sure they did them all before the last day of school.  Cheers to one last dress-up party!

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Mrs. Paula gave each of the kids presents filled with all of their favorite toys and games from school.  She also gave each child several books and a field trip shirt, the things she thought would be most meaningful to them.  I love the way she is looking at Rose in the far right picture.  She marveled at each and every child, for their individuality and uniqueness they each brought to the story.  She adores her kids, and they adore her right back (that can’t be written in past tense, good grief this is hard)!

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We had a blast at her going away party, which we were able to throw on the night of their very last day of school.  Students and families from past and present all came together to share a meal, memory video, and celebratory cake!  It was a very special and emotional night filled with lots of hugs and tears.

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What a legacy of love and learning she has shared with all of us!  She will remain in our hearts for always!

All Good Things Must Come to an End…

November 30th, 2014

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During my next post, I’m going to share with you guys Rose’s last month at Mrs. Paula’s Preschool and our experience of saying goodbye to our toddler whisperer/real life Mary Poppins/educator extraordinaire.  For some people, teaching is just a job, for others it is a passion, and then for every one in a million, it is the air they breathe.  Our family has been inspired, uplifted, encouraged, motivated and given hope by the energy Mrs. Paula has shared with our preschoolers.  There are no words to describe our love and gratitude, but if you have followed our blog for even a little while, you know how much Mrs. Paula has poured into our kids by the pictures she took of them all day, every day, and then faithfully shared with us.  I honestly have prolonged these next few posts for as long as possible, because I just haven’t wanted saying goodbye to be official.  I kept thinking, if there are pictures on her share site I haven’t seen yet, there are still new experiences left for me to discover.  In a weird way, this has helped me cope, like almost saying goodbye in phases.  I bought a nice card for her and started writing my thank you/goodbye letter during our last week of school, but quickly ripped it up and threw it in the trash, tears flowing.  I wasn’t ready for that yet.  I still have yet to write her a card or give her a going away present.  I’m just not ready, and her family hasn’t officially moved to California yet, so I still have time… to keep saying goodbye.  Winking smile  Endings are so very sad and hard.  I always look back and wonder where all the time went and how the middle was in fact the best part.  Endings always help me reflect on how I can make the present count for more.  And while this is a beautiful ending of a sweet sweet chapter for our family that has a happy ending for our teacher, it still leaves my heart aching.  It just wasn’t planned for any of us, and the loss of the year and a half Rose was going to have in this fairytale just wasn’t meant to be.  So, I’ll press into that ache and ponder thoughts of deep gratitude and thanks.  Mrs. Paula has given our littles a wonderland of discoveries, where stomping in rain puddles were encouraged, where playing in leaves were common play, and where the kids’ imaginations set the stage for each and every day.  Words can’t explain how much we are going to miss her or how incredibly blessed we feel to have been a part of something this special!  We love you, Mrs. Paula, and will never ever forget all the amazing memories you made with us!

Girl Power!

November 29th, 2014

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Noelle, Julia, Anna Kate and Malia had a blast dressing up for superhero day at school during red ribbon week!

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They are awesome super girls!

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