Thursday, August 30, 2012

First Day of Kindergarten, August 15, 2012

We had been practicing getting up on time for a week. S was still up a few minutes early. I asked her how she was feeling – excited, nervous, scared, happy? She was all of those things. She didn’t eat much breakfast, so I packed a big lunch for her: turkey on whole grain bread with a little mayo and mustard, a few grapes and carrots, half a slice of banana bread and a couple of cookies. And, of course a special note on a napkin. Since she can’t read yet, I drew an eye, a heart and a letter “u.” Then I signed it with all of our names. I carefully placed everything in her Hello Kitty lunch bag and set it next to her pink Lalaloopsy backpack with her water bottle. She picked out her outfit. She wanted to wear her sky blue dress with the butterflies and beads on it. Since it only has spaghetti straps, she decided to wear a pink cardigan as well. We brushed her hair and tucked a sweep of it in the plumeria barrette her Aunt E got her in Hawaii. Daddy and Baby R gave her hugs and kisses and well wishes, and she and I walked down the driveway and across the street.

Her best friend, P, who lives two doors down was also making his way across to the sidewalk. His mom and dad and I were surprised how quickly S and P sped along. As we approached the street in front of the school, an elderly crossing guard bade us good morning. We curved along the sidewalk that wound around the drop-off circle drive, and P and S held hands so they wouldn’t lose each other. Already learned their first lesson of the year.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Part of Me That's Missing

I hadn't thought about you for awhile. Thursday night when I was getting ready for bed, you popped into my head unexpectedly. I was a little sad, but mostly just told you how excited I was to meet you in heaven someday. Then as I laid down, it hit me that it's mid-August. You would have been due any time now. The tears came, and I tried to keep from sniffling and waking your dad, but he heard me. He asked me what was wrong. When I told him, he patted my arm and fell back asleep. It's not that he doesn't feel sad, too, it's just different for him. It has gotten easier with time, but there will always be a part of me that's missing. Love you, baby.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Many times our homecoming after a weekday is tantrum- and tear-filled. The girls are tired, hungry and cranky. We parents are stressed out and grumpy from work. But then there are the days filled with laughter and kindness and joy at being reunited. Dinnertime is blissfully cooperative. Post-dinner is relaxed. Thank you Lord for blessing us with one of those days.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

S's 5th Birthday Party - Dora the Explorer

I'm behind, but a week ago we had S's 5th birthday party. The invitations were ok, but not as cute as I've done in the past. This whole working a full-time job that entails actually working full-time puts a major cramp in my party planning time. :)

The party itself was pretty dang cute, though, if I do say so myself. The invitation told everyone to meet at our house but gave them the heads up that we would be going on an adventurous walk to help Dora and Boots find the birthday party. That way they could move their vehicles to the final destination and make sure the kiddos had on comfy shoes. 

As the guests arrived, S passed out the favors: a purple drawstring backpack filled with a bottle of water, toilet paper roll binoculars, a few trinkets and Map! 

Here we are going across the street...

And between the fences...

And around the gardens!

And look who we found!

Piñatas have been featured at the last three birthday parties we've been to, so S wanted to have one. I found this adorable one at Oriental Trading Company. (That's also where I got most of the party favors.) It was as cute in person as it looks online! And very reasonably priced. Even though the cavity was only the body and backpack, it held a surprising amount of goodies - almost the entire gross-quantity bag of piñata filler that included yo-yos, whistles and other large pieces. 

Unfortunately, Dora was decapitated early on, then lost both her feet, but no prizes were released since everything was in the middle. At this point, S became distraught at Dora's demise which surprised me since she'd seen other piñatas broken open. Luckily, this piece has the ribbons you can pull to open it in case you can't break it, so we were able to finish without too much drama. 

Then it was time for cupcakes. I heart Magnolia Bakery for sharing their recipe online via the Food Network. (But since I just went to the store's home link and see they now ship nationwide, I might go that route next time!) I got the cute ring toppers at a sweet shop around the corner from us. 

After that, we opened presents then played on the park playground for a bit before saying our goodbyes.

All in all, I think it was a success. Now to start thinking about what to do for Baby R in a couple of months....

Friday, August 3, 2012

Survey Results

I saw an idea on Pinterest to give your kids a survey on their birthday each year and see how the answers progress over the years. So on Monday when S turned 5, I did just that. And here are the results.

  • What's your favorite food? Watermelon.
  • What's your favorite sport to play? I don't know.
  • What's your favorite TV show?  The Fresh Beat Band and Clifford.
  • What's your favorite movie? Beauty and the Beast.
  • Who's the coolest person on earth? Mama! And Daddy. (Proof, right here, that you believed we were cool at one point in your life.)
  • What's the thing you're most looking forward to about starting kindergarten?
    Making new friends. 
  • What's the thing that you do best? Play with [her best friend] P. 
  • If you could go to anywhere in the world, where would it be? P's house.
  • What's your favorite color? Green, pink, brown and black.
  • What's your favorite book? Clifford.
  • What are three words to describe you? Girl, friendly, school-age.
  • What is something you used to do when you were little? Play around and crawl.
  • What is your favorite season? When it snows. (winter)
  • What is your favorite snack? Popsicles.
  • What food don't you like? I like everything.
  • Who is your best friend? P.
  • If you had one wish, what would it be? I want another Daddy! (What?) Two of the same Daddy because I love him so much. (Ahhh... ok.)
  • What is your best memory? Riding Bubba Gump. (A horse in Colorado.)
  • What's your favorite game? Connect Four.
Happy birthday, my brilliant, beautiful, amazing girl!
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