A SMOOTH FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Thursday, August 16, 2018

This post has nothing to do with how to have a smooth first day of school. In fact, I would say our first day of school was slightly chaotic. It involved a lot of me saying, "Okay girls! It's time for this!" (This being - breakfast, shower, getting dressed, taking pictures, getting in the car...get in the car. GET IN THE CAR!) I like to think I'm more organized than the average...but man. Kids = herding cats.


All this to say...I'm so thrilled Kaye isn't going to school five days a week - only two. Yes, she's in Kindergarten this year, but there are a few reasons I've decided to homeschool...for the most part -

1. I'm married to a farmer. With both the farmer and I not having traditional, 9 - 5 jobs, not sending the girls to traditional school will work well for us...for now. When our farmer gets time this winter to leave the farm for extended periods, we won't have to think twice about it. We can just pack up and go.

2. Why two days a week? We sent the girls to the sweetest Montessori school last year two days a week and they looooved it. They went on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, which left us Thursday through the following Monday to go do whatever. Hi long weekend!

3. Is there a school closer? Yes - There's a traditional elementary school fifteen-ish (depending on how fast I drive) minutes from our house. It's four days a week and the classrooms are blended grades.

4. How do I plan on homeschooling? Am I apart of a co-op? Welllllll...The School of Mom doesn't officially begin until after Labor Day, so I'm giving myself some grace. Luckily, Kaye is only in Kindergarten, so the most we really have to tackle this year is counting and letter sounds. Girlfriend is already doing addition and kiiiiiiind of reading. So, I figure if we can just not regress, she'll be totally ready for first grade next year. (Hahahahahaha...crack myself up.) But truly, I take education pretty seriously. We're going to work really hard on math, reading, and writing. I'm also working on hiring a Spanish tutor. For Sawyer...we're just going to work on her attitude.


Okay - Enough about homeschool! Let's get back to our their first day of school.

It started with me getting pancakes prepped and lunches packed before the girls woke up. At 7 am I went downstairs and gathered the zombies to shuffle them into the shower. (They had a late night with gymnastics the night before.) Shower was followed by pancakes...while Elli screamed at them and threw food on the floor. (You guys - she's cute, but this shrieking has got to stop.)

With 30 minutes before we had to be out the door, I was thinking...Wow. We are nailing this. We have plenty of time. Not so fast. Our farmer came home. Again, I thought...Yay! An extra set of hands. This is going to go even more quickly! That's when he told me he only had a few minutes to get pictures. So instead of the 30 minutes, we now had 15 minutes to get dressed, fix hair, brush teeth, and take pictures.



(Friends - That's me ruining yet another picture. Eyes closed...looking like a HOT MESS.)

That's when the yelling and herding of cats started. So, we hustled. There was minimal fit-throwing. (Unless you count my mini-fit when I found out my farmer couldn't take Elli while I brought the girls to school. Yes...Every time I drive the girls to school the round trip takes an hour.)


We arrived to school ON TIME and there were absolutely no tears this year...unlike last year when I was 145 weeks pregnant with Elli and hormones were all over the place. My big girls seemed so. much. bigger...this year. We dropped Sawyer's backpack off in her cubby and she posed for pictures (as she does) and gave me the obligatory hug and kiss. She was gone. Next I walked Kaye to her class and all of a sudden my brave girl didn't seem so confident. As she walked in she realized there were not so many familiar faces. A lot of the kids that were in her class last year had graduated into first grade...and those also happened to be the kids she was closest with. But, she put down her backpack and had a seat at the circle. She seemed fine...


When I arrived that afternoon to collect my big girls things were great. The girls hopped in the car and we started our drive home, until we started talking about school. My sweet Kaye started crying and told me all about how none of her friends were there. She just didn't understand why they went to a different school. I explained to her that they were older and they graduated, and now she was older and she would be the big kid, but it just wasn't enough. She was heartbroken. We talked a lot about how she would make new friends this year, just like she made new friends last year. At some point...she decided she was going to stop being sad about it and told me she was going to have a great day at school the next day. My sweet girl.

Apparently school is exhausting, because Sawyer turned into a new version of herself immediately following dinner and got sent to her room...where she fell asleep for the night. (That's a win.)

Elli was in bed and our farmer went farming, so it was just Kaye and me. We made popcorn and watched...something. (She watched her show, I watched Instagram.) A bit later she told me she couldn't find her tooth. Say what?! Luckily, we found it. It was on the verge of falling out and it had bent forward between her lip and gum. Uh, gross. At that point, she pulled it out. Herself. Which she's done with both of her other teeth. What kid pulls out their own teeth?!

Following that excitement it was time for her bed and time for me to dig into the junk food. Don't judge me.

I'm praying for a happier, less shocking day for Kaye tomorrow...and that she makes some new friends.

FIRST BIRTHDAY INSPIRATION - PARTY ANIMAL

Monday, August 13, 2018
I'm five weeks away from turning 35.
We're officially three weeks out from Elli's first birthday.
We have less than a week until the first day of school. (The girls will be doing two days a week at the Montessori school they attended last year.)
And apparently I'm supposed to be planning this epic road trip for the end of September...

And people...we may as well start planning for Christmas because Halloween is knocking at our door...we we all know November will be gone...just like that.

No longer are my days long and my years short. My days are short as well. I think I saw my first grey hair...either that or it was a silvery blond. I hurt my back taking the Thule box off the roof of our Sequoia the other day. And to top it all off Kaye asked if she could call me Mom instead of Mommy. Just put me in a retirement home now.

But aside from all that - I'm attempting to get organized and marking one event off the list at a time.

First - Birthday Inspiration
For Elli's first birthday I got it in my head awhile ago that I wanted to do this cute animal theme. (Then I forgot...then I remembered.) It's not super girly...which is something I feel like I can get away with never. We're obviously all things girl over here. Elli even demands bows in her hair. So, I grabbed some images from Pinterest, mashed them together, ordered a bunch of balloons, and I guess we'll see how it turns out. Ultimately, there will be a giant bounce slide, so if all else fails, I know the big kids and adults will have fun.

And let's not pretend that I'm not going to try to copy this party...for the most part. Right down to serving chicken and waffles as the main dish. (She ordered her chicken from Chick-fil-a, and I just think there's nothing more brilliant.)

Can we have a moment of silence regarding my baby turning one in 24 days?

Soon to follow will be my Farmer's birthday and my birthday...both in September. And then Sawyer and Kaye's birthday...both in October. Nothing like packing it all in. To say fall is going to be busy for the rest of our lives is an understatement. Oh hi harvest / five birthdays / back to school!! Someone send help...I'm going to be in a fetal position in my closet with hot glue gun burns all over my fingers and arms here in a few weeks. (Those tiny party hats won't be making themselves.)

ELLIOT | ELEVEN MONTHS

Wednesday, August 08, 2018
A sweet, monthly update of our third daughter, Elliot.

Coming off a rocky day with my littlest gal yesterday makes it hard to wake up this morning and feel like I want to say all the nice words about her.

It's not that she's a bad baby...no. Definitely not a bad baby. She's just...a busy baby. She loves to explore. She loves to be into everything. She loves being right where she's not supposed to be. This could be because she goes a lot of places here sisters never did - gymnastics being the main culprit. At the gym she enjoy :

1. Direct lines to al the equipment...which is definitely a no-no.
2. The stairs. Must climb all the stairs. I let her do it once thinking it would tire her out. It didn't.

And heaven forbid I tell her "no" or remove her from an area she's not supposed to be. Screaming. Loud, shrill screaming. In fact - other parents have started commenting which is something I've never had to deal with before. Kaye and Sawyer - not screamers. Elli - screamer. I just apologize...because what else can I do?

But before we get to wrapped up in her current state...

Need to get caught up? You can find Elli's birth story here.


This girl - she has fire in her. Granted...she's extremely cuddly but also independent but also clingy but also indecisive. Or maybe I just can't figure out what she's trying to tell me sometimes...? Whatever the case...we're on our toes a lot with this one.

But do you know who does have this gal figured out? Kaye.

Elli adoooooores Kaye. Kaye is currently the only one who can make her belly laugh. Sure I can chew on her ribs or play peek-a-boo and she'll appease me with a giggle. But Kaye can do basically anything and it's full on baby belly laughs for daaaaaaays. Which makes Sawyer laugh. Which makes me laugh.

Kaye is really shaping up to be the best mini-mommy. Kaye will feed Elli if I'm trying to get a meal on the table. Kaye will do me all the favors. In fact...I find myself saying, "Kaye, will you do mommy a favor..." I probably do this too much. She's just so darn helpful.

Sawyer on the other hand...she just loves a little too hard. Just a little. It usually results in Elli being annoyed or Elli crying. Sawyer never has ill intentions, she's just very hands-on...and I think Elli has learned that when it comes to Sawyer, she just wants a liiiiitle bit of space. Poor Sawyer. It makes her sad every time, which then means I have two whining and/or crying babies.

ELLIOT | 11 MONTHS

nicknames | We no longer call Elli Boobies! (Even though her little boobies are getting chubbier.) I now call her Bubs or Sweet Girl...but mostly Elli. Which is good, because she totally recognizes her name.

size | Girlfriend had her little well-baby check-up yesterday and she's sitting solid at 20 pounds (66th%) and 88% for height...so she's quite tall. She still has a giant head and big ears...which I adore, even though she pretends like she can't hear me sometimes.

milestones | A few milestones this month...

Elli has very very officially walked. So, we can certainly say she took her first steps at 10 months. Granted...Kaye was running at this age, but we can't all be as caution to the wind as she was.

Elli has a mouthful of six teeth. Four on top and two on the bottom. They are terrifying. Thank God she's not a teeth smiler yet because...yikes. If this is any sort of fortelling of her future, our orthodontia bills are going to be...huuuuuge.

Elli loves to dance, especially with her Farmer.

Elli loves playing peek-a-boo, and will participate with anyone who's paying attention.

She also enjoying enthusiastically clapping and definitely cheering for her accomplishments.

sleep | Praise all that is good and holy...we have three excellent sleepers. Elli sleeps from 6:30 pm until around 7 am. Once 6:30 pm hits...she better be within steps of her bed, or the screaming starts. Lots of eye rubbing and frustration if it's not clear that you're prepping her for sleep.

Our gal also takes two 1.5 - 2 hour naps a day which is when I try to get all the things done. I think at this age Kaye and Sawyer were transitioning themselves into one nap a day...But Elli is still very clearly going strong with her two naps, and I'm considering starting the same schedule for myself. Kaye and Sawyer can do as they please. Mama is sleepy.

eats | Girlfriend has not slowed down in the food department. Where we have decreased in nursing sessions (two a day) we have increased in meals. She loves all the foods. All. Of. Them. Eggs, salmon, cheese, pork chop, mashed potatoes...and she's even taken a liking to avocado this month. I knew I could convert her.

Favorite meal : Salmon with rice. Elli was sent to this world to destroy salmon.

loves | Elli is a huge fan of swinging this month. She would sit and let me push her for...an hour I'm sure. I think we've come close. Elli also enjoys playing with blocks, cooking in the little kitchen, and playing her sisters' mini guitar. But mostly she enjoys eating and then getting into all the things.

dislikes | Elli does not enjoy when you tell her no. Go figure. Elli doesn't like being up past her bedtime. Elli usually doesn't like getting her diaper changed. Fine with me...potty train yourself. Elli still doesn't enjoy driving to Boise. She'll sit content for about 20 minutes, but anything longer and...screaming. Lord help us.

Sweet, Elli-girl. You are 100% delicious and I cannot believe how much you've grown this month. You'll be one in just a few weeks and I need the days to slow down. You have the most beautiful blue eyes...which happen to match your sisters' blue eyes exactly. Your hair has become a little unruly this month, but that's okay because you have more hair than what either Kaye or Sawyer had at this age...so, bragging rights. You're a perfect combination of determination and caution. I think you may be too smart for your own good. 

We're going to continue to discourage the screaming...because mommy is tired of getting dirty looks from strangers.

It's truly my only complaint...you're practically perfection.



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