Posts Tagged ‘growing up’

Just like me

This morning when getting ready both MB and I are in my bathroom doing our hair.

It is silent.

Until she says “You look just like me, we look so much alike”.

Yes we do honey. Yes we do.

And as my mom mentioned…it won’t be long before she is as tall as me.

Sometimes I just wish I could keep her small forever, but I also love the wonderful person she is becoming!


Today’s Happy

  • That moment in front of the mirror this morning…started the day off with smiles
  • Taking a long walk with all of my girls this evening- the weather was gorgeous, the conversation was wonderful
  • Crafting with MB…will we missed Easter bunnies are still hopping in AZ so we made some bunny trail mix treats for the teachers.IMG_6522.JPG

Backseat love…a new era

Every couple of days I have 3 little 8 year olds in the backseat of my car.

Either coming or going from soccer practice.

It feels like we have just crossed a major milestone.

It might seem silly but listening to the 3 girls giggle, tell stories, and just chat like no one can hear them makes them seem so much older.

With 3 of them and the radio playing they forget that “mom” is in the front seat and can hear them. So you get a little peek into their world.

Silly conversations, smiling faces, happy, energetic, and sometimes a little sweaty.

I love it.

I smile. I giggle but not so they can hear me.

I enjoy the fact that MB says things like “I tell me mom everything”, “oh don’t worry she understands”….I hope that continues!

I enjoy that it seems so normal.

I enjoy that the girls love me cause I will take the long way to drive over the speed bumps because they begged me too.

I enjoy the bond the girls are forming being on a team.

I enjoy the fact that just 2 days in MB calls them her friends.

I enjoy the fact that MB is on cloud nine enjoying her “girl time” in the backseat of our soccer carpool.

It’s a new era….


First day of first Grade!

My little girl is not so little anymore…but she is still as sweet as pie. Tonight as I tucked her in after her first day she told me that she loved me more than anything in the world and if she could just have one thing it would be me…we could figure out how to make food with are hands. I love that little thing…

It’s over

Kindergarten is over.

I will admit I am still in shock.

I don’t know where this year went.

I look back at the work MB did this year and the pictures of her throughout the year and I can see how much she has grown. How her pretty princess pictures have gotten more detailed. How much clearer her writing is. How much taller she is. The last of the baby face is melting away. The vocabulary amazes me on a daily basis- as an only child she talks just like TB and I. Nothing funnier than hearing her say- that is inappropriate, we have been delayed, the decision is too stressful, we must compromise, and a million other that I just can’t seem to think of right now.

She has graduated Kindergarten. Now she is a 1st grader.

I am ready, but I am not ready.

I want her to grow up, but I want her to stay small.

But we can’t stop time. She is growing up.

She had a wonderful last day. I sent her off with her Kindergarten Graduate shirt and shortly got a text from a friend asking on MB’s behalf if she could have her friends sign it.

Sign away, baby, sign away.

So she came home with 12 little signatures across her shirt and one even from her teacher.

I was happy, I was a little sad.

Then we headed off to the dentist.

I signed her in.

We sat down to play a video game.

The hygienist came out and called her name. Then sat down and told me what they were going to be doing today. Then she took MB back into the office.

Wait. What????

I am going to sit in the waiting room. When did this start?

I was too stunned to speak and afterwards I found out MB was too surprised too so she just went along and then it was too late to ask for her mom.

So I waited in the waiting room for 20min till they called me in to give me the report (all good!) and directed me to the check-out lady.

MB was getting her prizes and showing me the loot. Completely fine that she had just had her first doctor’s appointment without mommy. Other than the initial shock it didn’t faze her.

I wasn’t so lucky….it hit me hard. It’s over.

While she will always be my baby she isn’t my baby anymore.

Welcome to First Grade.


Joy of Love: Day 3

Day 3

Then and Now

I had to focus on MB for this one.

I started with one focus but I can’t help but look back at photos of MB through the years, so took 2 different sets on this one. The first one are photos all mine. The 2nd one (through the years has older photos taken by others)

It is hard to believe has only been 6 mths since MB started Kindergarten. In that time she has changed so much. One thing is the teeth.

Here was when she lost her first tooth.

Now less than 6 months later. She has lost a total of 4. Two have been replaced with two adult teeth and the other two have left a huge gap and a lisp!

Now some of these in the early years were taken by others…I would give credit if I remembered. What am amazing journey it has been.

One week old

One Year Old

2 years old

3 years old

4 years old

5 years old

Today- 6 years old!!

100 days of school and hearts

I really can’t believe it. I can’t believe we have almost been through 100 days of school.

100 days of school?? Is it really going to go this fast.

We are having a big 100th day of school celebration.  The kids are decorating their own shirts. We will be doing a field day with activities in 100’s. And the kids have to bring in a hundred poster.

As we tried to think of what to do…my mom gave me a good idea of 100 diet coke bottle caps. Now if we had known about this project a few weeks ago we would of been all set….but while we have a habit it is not enough to produce 100 caps in less than 2 weeks…at least I hope not. If we could I don’t want to know about it! Oh boy now I am thinking a 6 pack every 2 days…no stop back to 100 days.

So as I went on a search for the white t-shirt. 3 stores. 1 hour. I saw all the valentine’s stuff getting setup. In the dollar bins there were hearts lots and lots of hearts. So we did 100 hearts. Fitting for the lovebugs don’t you think 🙂

It was a fun project and really MB’s first big home project. She was so excited to work on it…we ended up letting her stay up a little late to finish it tonight. Now we have a few nights to keep practicing counting to 100 by 5’s!

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Just another day in the ‘hood

So we are just pulling in from picking up MB from camp and me from my run.

We see our neighbors out on the skateboard and so MB runs out to say hi.

Not more than 10 min later we had 3 more neighbors join us and were having a regular block party play-date.

There were skateboards, scooters, hula hoops, jump ropes, double dutch, chalk bubbles…and even some gingerbread cookie decorating.

9 kids in total, 1 dad, 2-4 mom’s depending on who was taking a shower…..and a full 2 hours outside running out the rest of the sugar that was in their system.

I never grew up in a neighborhood like this.

While I have no complaints about my childhood…we had the beach instead of neighbors…I have gotten used to the ‘burbs and am enjoying it. Kids playing in the streets…having so many friends around as easy play-dates, really doesn’t get much better than this.

Oh but wait it does….as I sat outside I realized that this time last year I was rotating inside a mini-van while the kids sled in -10 degree weather. We wouldn’t be outside chilling like this.

So 2 points for the neighborhood and 2 points for warmer weather.

Now off to enjoy the zoo-lights without freezing my butt!

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Learning to Tie your shoes

Ok so does anyone have any tips on teaching kids on tying shoes?

We are working on it. We have a book and keep practicing, though probably not enough…but she just gets so frustrated.

We have done the bunny ears, and through the hole– but her little fingers just keep getting stuck when it comes time to tie the loop.

Now 80% of her shoes are velcro so we don’t get a lot of practice so I know we need to keep practicing…I just wonder if anyone out there has any tricks on ways to do it?

In the meantime we are working on our 3rd loose tooth…and of course this one is a top tooth so I have a feeling we will have our family photos with a jack-o-latern.

When I grow up

Well we had our first when I grow up conversation. And not a bad first career choice.

MB has decided she wants to be a teacher. She has given it quite a bit of thought.

She has first decided that she will not be getting married.

She wants to be Ms. MB when she is a teacher and therefore will not be getting married so she doesn’t have to change her name.

I choose not to explain to her at this time that she doesn’t have to change her name if she doesn’t want to.

When I asked her if she knew what grade she wanted to teach she said yes she was going to teach 1st Grade.

Why? I asked.

She explained that Kinders were too new and learning how to be away from their parents and what school was all about. By first grade they knew what was up and had the routine down so it would be better to teach 1st graders than Kinders.

I had to laugh.

Guess it is obvious to the Kinders too that they are “adjusting”

I figure it is a compliment to Mr. Kinder that he is able to handle their adjusting. That and the fact that she says she is thankful for him every night during her prayers and comes off the bus smiling every day.

I hear parents complaining that there isn’t enough structure in the classroom…but I think whatever Mr. Kinder is doing is just right. MB loves school, looks forward to it every day- and while it is only the first month I can’t think of a better way to start the very long school career ahead.

Wow I feel like a "Mother" now

This past weekend I was attending a birthday party of a 1-year-old.

It was a friend of a friend I was visiting.

It was a great low-key party with some great people.

The birthday boy was sitting in his high chair and enjoying some pieces of hamburger.

Mom is in the kitchen making sure all the guests are getting their food. Aunt and Grandma are busy feeding the birthday boy.

I am chatting with friends in the room with the birthday boy.

The Aunt starts screaming “he is choking, he is choking.”

“Mom, Mom- he is choking”

I look over and his face is getting red.

Grandma comes up and starts to pat his back but he is turning redder and his eyes are watering. There is no sound from his mouth.

With wine glass in hand I move from where I am standing and stick my finger in his mouth had do a sweep. The burger bites come out. Birthday boy screams are heard for a second the he calms. I go to the kitchen to wash my hand.

My friend and others were freaking out, you just saved his life. OMG. OMG.

I was un-phased.

That was when I realized I really am a MOM. I know it has been almost 6 years, but this was the moment for me.

I wasn’t stressed. I wasn’t freaked out. It was just a natural reaction. I didn’t even put my wine glass down.

That gut instinct of what to do with the calmness knowing that it was all going to be ok.

Now I don’t need any pats on the back and I don’t really think in my head that I saved his life. I just cleared his mouth. Though I am thankful I did…and the party went back on and fortunately it was low-key enough we didn’t have to stress out the mom too much.  The biggest thing for me is I realize I am a MOM-MOM.

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