First Day of School

PreK which is different from preschool (that’s for 3 year olds says Elliott, even though he is in a Montessori program that spans many ages) he was also surprised to hear that PreK is a nickname for Pre-Kindergarten!

Natalie is in first grade!!  She reports 1st grade is “awesome” but so far not that hard.  I’m hoping she comes how with less coloring worksheets soon. It’s driving me nuts! This girl can do more!

On Day 2 she was a little bummed that she wanted to be friends with a girl who seemed more interested in being friends with someone else.  By Day 5 She also kinda shyly told me she is the most popular girl in her class but that another girl is the most popular girls in 1st grade. I asked how she knew and she said that people want to sit by her at lunch and are bummed when they cannot. She shrugged her shoulders. Things change quickly in grade 1! 

She was happy to connect with a friend from last year after school too. 

They are growing so fast!!! Here’s a pic from 2 years ago!!

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After School

I love when I get to drop off or pick the kids up from school!!! Impromptu playground play afterwards….

We were playing various forms of Chase. Here I am a shark or sea dinosaur and I captured all the kids (E was also a sea Dino, the girls were mermaids) in jail. 

Who knows what alternative reality E is in!! Love the facial expression. 

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A day of work

Kids worked hard this morning – at the Moms Club almost mile race on the town green. 

And then this afternoon with their first lemonade (and cookie) stand. Cookies or lemonade – $1 each. Made $12 and had fun playing with friends. 

Dads in the background “marketing” (aka texting neighbors to let them know we are open for business). 

After cleaning up, we had 20 min to go to the toy store and spend our earnings – on Dino’s and stuffed animals  usually I would try to promote saving or sharing but today we just went for the fun. 

At bed time we read a book about Rubble (from paw patrol) getting three wishes. I asked elliott what he would wish for. He gave me two guesses. I said that Dino’s were real… I mean Dino’s weren’t extinct. He counted that as two and told me I wasn’t right. That surprised me. A few min later he said his wish was for more Mommies so that one when of me went to work there would be another one ready to play all the time. 

I can take that two ways – feel guilty or feel grateful. I’m taking the latter. 

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Hula Triceratops 

We went to a Hawaiian themed birthday party tonight. On the walk home, Elliott transformed into a Triceratops. Here is a pic of him running towards me to “power up” the stroller (which later resulted in him getting his head stuck). 

My sweet little boy raced all the way home barefoot – stopping for breaks for the Triceratops to block me of course. At one point he was racing me to a truck and shouted: I’m letting you beat me. I made it there first and I leaned over to give him a hug. Before I could even say thanks and give him a compliment, he said “I know” with a big grin. 

I’m such a lucky mom. 

Nat and I also cleaned out her room this weekend – hauling the equivalent of 3 laundry baskets of stuff out of there. What a pack rat! So many treasures. 

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Mothers Day cards

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Elliott’s name

“I colored in the O of course because that’s how it is!”

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Natalie’s letter

“I think that God just appeared and I think that God and Jesus made us and sended it to our Mom” by Natalie

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The Cape

Fun week at the Cape! Our classically New England vaca. Highlights were fresh lobster and seal-watching in Chatham (props to Bill for finding that place!) and Mayflower beach in Dennis. And the kids loved the pirate ride in Hyannis and the indoor jacuzzi and outdoor shower at the house!

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Yada yada yada

Becky, my Mom and I are here for a girls weekend trip. We miss Leah who is thousands of miles away in the arctic circle. Jordan was here for work so I drove down with the kids too and they joined for <24 hours of the trip too. I told the kids my friends from college were visiting so they were literally in shock when they saw Aunt Becky and Grandma in our hotel lobby. 

Fun Aunt Becky taught Elliott an add-on to paper rock scissors. Bulldozer and bitterly too. 

Our very own superhero held up the Statuenof Liberty in his palm. Aided by the fact that Brainac used his shrink ray on the monument. 

Proud to be raising two feminists – as jordan says, Ournoldest is equally defiant. 

We tried to explain 9-11 in kids terms. They asked a lot of good questions. Hard to share that part of our nations history with them. 

Sat am included a quick trip to the plaza hotel and Central Park. 

Then Jordan and the kids left. (Roro was left  in my purse – oh no!). We biked our way through Central Park and to Toms Restaurant (Seinfeld), per Beckys suggestion. Great way to see the City!!

Props to Mom and Becky for great taglines here: 

“Walking in NY… yada yada yada…. went to Toms Diner”

“Biking to school, just like the good ol’ days” (in front of Columbia Univ instead of Mac Arthur Elementary!)

We also went to a Times Square around 10pm. What a site. Now we are off to explore Midtown and hopefully go to mass. I appreciate that Becky and Mom took two flights to be here, that Becky left her three adorable kids and that Rob watched her three adorable kids!

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12 years

We celebrated by marching in a Puerto Rican Festival parade (Nat was a champ at candy distribution) and biking to an iconic Italian restaurant in Springfield. 

We usually do something for our anniversary rather than exchange gifts but broke the rule this year… 

Anniversary gifts: 5 years = Bikes, 10 years = trip to Aruba, 12 years = Weight bench and weights. 

Kids are obviously loving it! 

(And I actually do too – significant additions to our at-home gym which previously only had yoga mats and resistance bands. thanks Jordan Linville!)

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