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Changes…

The past week has brought with it changes… changes that I didn’t feel quite ready for.

(Who am I kidding? I’m truly not a fan of change. Like ever.)

First there was the move from the crib to the toddler bed on Saturday for Matthew …

toddler bed, Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
toddler bed, Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

And yesterday brought big changes for Katie.

First came her first real haircut… 5 inches gone within 10 minutes.

haircut

Then, in the evening, before I had even completely wrapped my brain around how much a simple haircut aged her, she lost her first tooth.

First lost tooth

But that smile right there?

And Matthew’s sheer joy over being in a big boy bed?

Well, I’m going to tuck those memories away for when the next big changes come.

And maybe, just maybe, I’ll greet them with more a bit more grace.

Because I’m starting to see how well they welcome change.

And how can I not be happy about that?

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.

5 Things: A birthday letter to my daughter

Dear Katie,

We just celebrated your fifth birthday, my sweet girl.

Now that you’re getting older, I often wonder what you’ll remember about your childhood.

Will you remember that your daddy and I decided to forgo the big birthday party in favor of spending the day celebrating you, just the four of us?

Will you remember that you awoke to a bedroom filled with pink and light blue balloons? Daddy and I snuck them in the night before and nearly woke you up. Who knew balloons were so loud?

balloons, birthday letter

Will you remember that we continued our birthday breakfast tradition with birthday cake pancakes?

birthday cake pancakes, birthday letter

Will you remember spending the afternoon at the park?

playground, birthday letter

Will you remember asking for oatmeal for your birthday dinner?

oatmeal, birthday letter

Will the presents that we gave you be happy memories?

Will you remember your initial disappointment when you saw that I made you a white cake (not light blue!)?

blowing out candles

Or will you remember the joy you felt when I cut your cake open to reveal what I had hidden inside for you?

birthday cake, layer cake

If you remember nothing else, Katie, please remember these five things…

You have blessed our lives with your amazing little spirit.

We cherish each and every day we have with you.

You are beautiful both inside and out.

Mommy and Daddy love you with an intensity that we could have never imagined.

You were so worth the wait.

With a heart brimming with love for you,

Mommy

Today I said yes

She unearthed the stamps and ink pads I had hidden in the back of the closet.

Oooohhh, Mommy! Can I use these?

And, oh, how I wanted to say no.

Gifted to her nearly three years ago, I’ve let her use them once.

Because I’ve been saving them. For what, I’m not sure.

Like china that sits in the cabinet for special occasions, they languished in the closet.

But today I said yes.

Though my inner control freak wanted to tell her not to mix the inks, I held back and let her create.

And I am so happy that I did.

Because she’s a kid and her only job is to explore her world.

And it’s my job to watch her.

Those of you who have been around for a while, you know that I’ve come a long way.

And that makes me so happy.

Shamrock shake switch up

Oh, how I remember Shamrock Shakes when I was a kid.

Each year, my anticipation built until I had one in my little hands and took the first sip and remembered…that I didn’t like them. At all.

There was a funny taste that I couldn’t identify and one sip was all it took to remind me of that.

Until the next year, that is.

I haven’t had one in years…since I finally realized that they were never going to taste good.

But there’s something about that minty green shake that still makes me look.

So, when I saw this recipe for a homemade Shamrock Shake, I knew I had to try it wanted to make one for the Katie and Matthew.

And this version of the Shamrock Shake, my friends? Amazing!

Shamrock Shake

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