Monday, December 13, 2010

the north pole flyer

When Mike asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, I told him no stuff-- just getting out there, doing things and making memories...

 present ever.

Monday, December 6, 2010

oh, christmas tree

A family tradition 3 years in the making, we wouldn't miss this one for the world.....

It's the trip that kicks off Christmas in our house every year and we'll keep going even when we have to drag them there. :)

Merry Christmas, everyone! 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

he speaks

Santa worship.... his biggest fan from afar (Be sure to pay special attention to his sister's interpretive dance going on in the background).

We'll see how big and bad he is this afternoon when we put him on the big guy's lap.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

the birthday girl


Happy Birthday, Bug. We love you to the moon and back.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

take one

In so many ways, it feels like we already have a kindergartner in our house.

But kindergarten is still 2 years away and I am entirely okay with that.

This is what we like to call Pre-K, Round One.

She signs in and out of class each day on her own, barely muttering a "Bye, mama" as I wave goodbye from the door.

I could pretend that it bothers me, but mostly I'm ecstatic.

I love seeing her this happy! I love that she pouts on non-school days.

In a class full of children who are already celebrating their 5th birthdays, she is desperate to be 4. As far as she is concerned, her birthday cannot come fast enough.

She has her moments where her 3-dom is evident. Writing time often makes her come unglued--- "My "Y" is not PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!" Still, the girl holds her own and does not give up.

At the end of each week, our house is full of artwork, practice writing strips and books that she's made with the help of her teachers, the wonderful Mrs. Denham and Mrs. Seaback.

(This story goes on and on, but you get the idea.... I adore these books and plan on keeping them forever!)

After a unit on nursery rhymes, she has started to put letters together and sound out words.... something I've been through in working with other kids, but to see my own doing it--- so unbelievably awesome.

She comes home with dirt on her face, finger paint under her nails and singing songs that she's learned in music class.

I usually spend the car ride home trying to keep a straight face as I listen to her complete recap of adventures with friends... and the not-so-adventures, like being called a "dirty double" (??!) before being chased by the boys on the playground. Oh, the boy stuff...

In her final weeks of being 3, I often look at her and wonder how such a big person can be housed in such a little body. There is just so much to her, so much that she continues to overcome, and so much that makes me incredibly proud to be her mom. Love you, Lil!