Spirit Week

Harper's new school had "spirit week" last week complete with a theme for each day. I can't tell you what a relief it was to watch our girl settle in and start enjoying it. Clearly it was a success when her first question on saturday morning was  "mama is it yellow day today?"

 

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... and she had her first show and tell! "Friendship" themed, so obviously she brought in a picture of Leo. ❤️ 

 

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Onto week three! 

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First Days of School, Highs and Lows

The high was the big girl first day of school photo shoot with her idols, Gabriella and Ariana: 

 

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The lows were multiple: 

- after I (stupidly!) went back into her room to put away her nap bag and caused a major freak out,

- the moment when I received the below photo, after having told myself I'd feel SO much better once I saw a pic because I was sure she was having such a good time...

 

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Dagger eyes! She was so pissed! 

Then on Tuesday, in the chaos of leaving the house, when I thought I had told darren that she needed to be dressed in her school clothes, he hadn't heard me. Suffice it to say, I just about died when I learned we had sent her in her pajamas to school on the second day! 

 

 

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#winning.  

Back to School Catch Up

The past few weeks have been a blur. Settling in with Ramina, Hull cabin weekend, befriending our neighbors, saying goodbye to Gladys (!), getting the house organized (or at least making a small dent), and getting ready for preschool. And somewhere in there, Roycie turned 8 months old and started pulling himself up and climbing on everything he can get his hands on. He is babbling and giggling and busy and always on the go. Oh, and we had an anniversary.

Here are some snapshots - only a very small window into the fun, sun, joy and chaos that has defined our closing weeks of summer. 

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So grateful! And Harper's new school starts tomorrow. Here's to the next era.  

Giggles

It's been a dark week for America marked by a violent "alt-right" racist, anti-Semitic rally and a shameful president. In our little family, several of us have been down for the count with a flu. So to pick myself up from all of this and anyone else who needs a boost, here are some Giggles. They are good for the soul:

 

 

Full House, Sans Furniture

So many people we loved have visited our new home in the short month since we moved. We still have no furniture and a lot of unpacked boxes, which are starting to make me feel painfully unsettled. So, it's extra important to stop and realize how lucky we are. The boxes will get unpacked and the furniture will get here. These moments with the Gargiones and Lukas are the ones to grab onto.

Also, MoMo swooped in here and fully took care of the munchkins for an entire week while Gladys was closed. To say she saved the day is an understatement. We're so, so grateful.  

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7 months

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Our little Roycie, 

You are ON THE MOVE! You are army crawling with amazing speed and precision, and each day you prop yourself further up on those knees and are ready for full-crawl lift off. We can hardly keep up with the army crawl, so I can't imagine how fast you'll be when you are truly on all fours in a few days.

You love: your Harper, your Bruno, and all of your toys that crinkle. You love every food we put in front of you. And you love music! Your eyes light up when I sing to you and your head turns on a swivel when we play music in the house (it's moana all day these days.) You are generally an easy traveler, but on the off times when you're not, you stop crying when Harper belts out her special version of twinkle twinkle or ABCD in the car. 

And you love to smile. You are simply the the smiliest and most easy going little guy there is. You giggle with your entire body and your head thrown back in delight. You patiently roll and crawl around the floor when Harper needs our full attention. And you cuddle. It's a new development, really. But in the past few months you have learned how to burrow in. Your post-nap warm cuddles are particularly delicious. 

A few months ago, I was impatient for you to start smiling. Now that you are, I want time to stand still. These months are flying by and I am trying to savor each snuggle, with those big bright eyes of yours gazing up at me.

We love you so.

 

TIP

We are back from a sun soaked week in TIpark with Grambie and amazing friends. What a time. Morning coffee and playground hangs, all-day boating marathons, afternoon yard games and pool time. We arrived at a moment of real sorrow in our TIPark community after the sudden death of a dear friend. We were reminded of how lucky we are to have each other and are grateful for these munchkins each day.  

There are far too many photos to post and I put a lot of them on Facebook, but here are some favorites. 

 

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Until next year, TIPark! 

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