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Surprise! We’re going to Disneyland!

We’re still trying to catch our breath after a blissful three days at Disneyland.

I’ll have photos galore to share soon, but wanted to share the videos we took when we told the kids what we had in store for them.

Here’s Katie’s reaction (and Matthew’s complete lack thereof) about getting on an airplane:

Once we got to LAX, we sat them down and finally told them where we were going. As you’ll see, they were more than a little bit excited:

Once I sift through the hundreds of photos we took and find the energy to summarize our much-needed weekend of family time, I’ll be back with a recap.

Put on your shoes, we’re going to Disneyland!

Tomorrow morning will start like any other morning. We will get the kids up, feed them breakfast and get them dressed. They will brush their teeth and hair and put on their shoes and socks. Then, we will load them into the car.

But, instead of driving to Katie’s school, we will drive to the airport and board a plane for Disneyland for the weekend, where we will celebrate Matthew’s third birthday.

The kids have absolutely no idea that we’re going. And Craig and I are so insanely excited to surprise them. continued

Fortitude: Lessons from a kindergartener

pediped isabella, pediped flex, new school shoes, kindergarten shoes

This morning, when we arrived at school, we went to Katie’s classroom, deposited her lunch into her cubby and hung her backpack on its hook.

We then made our way to the playground, where we stood at the entrance.

Our conversation went like this:

Me: Katie, do you see any of your classmates out there?

Katie: No…I don’t recognize anyone.

Me: No worries, we can wait until you see someone who looks familiar.

Katie: I’m okay, Mommy. I want to go play.

Me: But Katie, none of your friends are out there yet.

Katie: Then, I’ll go make some.

And in that moment, I realized that she’s going to be just fine.

The next time I’m standing on the fringe, trying to work up the courage to join in, I hope to remember those wise words from my kindergartener.

Because life should always be that simple.

42 Minutes

Lisa Smiley PhotographyDear Katie,

42 minutes.

That’s how long I have to wait to see your beautiful face and wrap you in my arms.

When we dropped you off at camp this morning, there were tears.

Yours as we said goodbye and mine as I got into the car.

I’m hoping that yours dried sooner than mine.

And now I wait.

40 minutes.

Here in the quiet of the livingroom, amidst your princess shoes, Curious George books and American Girl doll.

I wait.

I would give anything to keep you here at home with me.

But, you’re ready to spread your wings and I have to encourage you to do exactly that.

It’s not your job to make sure I’m happy…it’s mine to make sure that YOU are.

37 more minutes.

This fall, as we send you off to kindergarten, I will struggle to let you go.

But, ultimately I will release your hand and watch you pull away and thrive.

And I’m certain that my pride will eclipse my sadness.

In time.

With a heart bursting with love,


This post is linked up with Just Write, over at the extraordinary ordinary.

Watery joy

joy  n. \joi\
a. Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness.
b. The expression or manifestation of such feeling.

bathtub ducky, rubber ducky

Take two delicious kids, a tub filled with water, a stray rubber duck and a box of bathtub crayons and you have a tub filled with joy.

Life should always be this simple.

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