experiences come in many different ways. learning experiences are abundant and i can feel the growth within each of us as new things come our way! it's been comfortable around here with little sprinkles of excitement brought on by the little ones in our lives!
our girl graduated from pre-k last week and even though her mama shed many a tear in her class that day...we are so very proud of her.
last fall, we watched our little one proudly walk into her classroom, wearing both her brand spankin' new butterfly backpack and her determination. determination not to cry when we left her with her new class and teacher. i was wearing that same face.
we both failed as the tears were forced through her long lashes and mine hidden until i was out of her sight.
last week, we walked back into her pre-k class and waited for the moment she would receive her 'diploma!' the paper that would tell her and us that her baby-dom, toddler-dom, little-person years, littleness...years are now numbered. officially. i've been doing it for months now, numbering her years. doing simple math in my head.
when she starts kinder, i'll be almost 34. i'll have 6 good elementary years to soak up at which point she'll move on. she'll be just about 12 and i'll be...40. then, middle school will be this big blur of hormones, boys, fads, trends, dances, down-the-block-drop offs,...
i try not to think about high school, but the math continues. one day she will be 18 and thinking about which out of state school to escape to. i'll be 46 and beckham 16 and he'll be driving and have two years left of high school.
it's weird for me to think of my babies growing up and when i count the years it puts it all into prospective. it doesn't seem that long ago that my sister and i walked into mrs. pelong's class at polk elem. for my first day of kindergarten. it feels bizarre and exciting all at the same time.
and although, i will continue to sob at any and all rites of passage, marked events both big and small, above all i am grateful and blessed that we are a part of her journey.
mommy's here! mommy's leaving.
beckham brought flowers and a balloon for peyton!
peyton mae, we are so proud of you. we love you so much!
next up...beckham earned his first trophy (medal)! i know it's his first of many games and competitions
as he seems to have inherited his daddy's love of sports!
he ran after the ball. he followed the other kids, he daydreamed at times...while running after the ball.
a few times he ran off the field to give me a kiss or to say he was done. ha. he would run back onto the
field when he felt like it at which point he would again run after the ball and blindly kick it to the
little people from the other team.
they huddled. they checked one another out. they had fun. they entertained the proud parents. it was darling.
my friend and beckham's first ever coach, loved on him and took him under her protective wing.
thank you, erin. xoxo
love this pic. all the kids' eyes are glued to the ball. they were so determined to kick it.
becks decided he was done running after it in this shot. ha.
erin's little one. she's delicious.
beautiful eden. beckham's teammate!
i am proud to say that beckham scored a goal!!! he was so proud of himself!
working hard and knowing we are headed to michigan for the summer leaves me wanting to stay home a bit more
too. i love that i have grown to love staying home even when we have something else to do. these days
going out to a nice dinner plays second fiddle to defrosted spaghetti sauce, my couch, and the happy noises
of peyton and beckham from the other room.
some other things that make me terribly happy:
p and b's gardening efforts paying off!
this weekly mag stuffed with fashion in's and out's, must haves that i never buy, and hollywood gossip.
our abc wall.
artwork from the little ones that adorn our walls and fridges.
my pillows! i'm a pillow person.
looking up from my work and watching peyton quietly doing something on her own. i just watch her and take in her bigness. this day
i watched her fold her pink baby blanket into a perfect rectangle and proceed to place it on her back and then crawl away. lol. ???!!!
kiss and diss: kiss my antique, oversized desk i scored on craigslist for $75 bucks. diss the oversized and ancient load of laundry
that needs to be folded and put away.
late rides through the neighborhood...
with a side of sibling love!
sex and the city movie with friends!
really cool kicks!
a ten dollar gift cert in the mail from sur la table. no minimum purchase! and my new cup. MY new outside cup.
peyton's shoes i bought at easter time and then lost...are now found!!!
this face and how much i love it and it really does make me terribly happy indeed!
impromptu pizza dates with friends and kids and new places in town that you never knew existed. oh, how i love
to find new spaces in town. i think it is one of the most fun things to do. put that on your to do list:
find place new to you and rock it out like you own the place!
we had pizza...a whole pie. we sat at a plastic table outside on the sidewalk of an old strip of tourists shops
within walking distance of the water. it was fab and it reminded me of how lucky we are to live where we do
and for being healthy enough to enjoy it! for all of $12 (if only we had $12) we window shopped, skipped beneath flags,
and ate some of the best pizza i had ever had.
i felt like we were in new york...except i've never been to (even though i desperately want to go) new york, so i have
no clue how that feels. and...i ran out of money. i had to scrape pennies and dollars out of my purse when i realized
they didn't take debit cards and i had already ordered. so i put the drinks back in the cooler (bowing head down after the kids
started screaming that they wanted a strawberry snapple or some other sugar infused drink promising to increase
brain activity) and i whispered to them that i ran out of money and that my sweet friend would have pay the $12 tab!
then, i wondered if it was okay to talk about money and not having any with a five and three year old.
dr. phil may say that's an adult problem and not to be shared with the the young, formidable minds of tomorrow.
however, on screech three, i said we were dead broke and if they didn't quiet themselves quickly, we were going
to be kicked out without the pizza. it worked and i found two capri suns at the bottom of my mary poppins purse!!!
yes. i was rockin' out this mommy thing!
but-no-debit-card-using-woes aside, we had an amazing afternoon...
i am loving summer so much and i know it will be filled with watermelon faces, popsicles, and lots of swimming! play dates and
family and lots of memories to make. happy start to your long summer days filled with bbq's and lightening bugs!
let me know what your summer will hold for you this year!!!
lots of love,
i have a few recipes to post next as i am getting backed up on all the ones i want to share with you guys!
i hope you have tried one or two so far!