Family Fun Night/Day

Elin had her first family fun night at her school last Friday. I knew she would be extremely excited to go, so we went and brought her Nanny and Papa. They had several bounce houses, a DJ, the playground, and later in the evening they projected a Disney movie.

Elin was a little timid at first about the bounce houses since there were several older kids, but she was eager to show us her playground and all the things she could do.

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Isn’t this the most interesting merry go round? I think it was so cute that they could pedal as they rode. I think Elin was excited that the older girls were letting her play with them.

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After playing on the playground and dancing near the DJ area, she finally decided it was time to bounce and she had the best time. I’m so glad she had a wonderful time and that she is so excited to go to events like this at her school.

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The next day she was in for more family fun at an employee family fun day and the baseball stadium.

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She had even more bounce house fun. Elin and the other little girls she played with just squealed with joy the whole time.

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She played some other carnival like games and enjoyed getting a couple balloon animals.

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Isn’t this Ariel balloon animal so cute?!?! I thought that was cutest balloon animal I ever saw! It has amazingingly survived the weekend and Elin is still playing with it.

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Preschool Favorites

Preschool has barely begun but I already have some favorite items that I just have to share–especially since I know several schools around the country haven’t gone back to school yet.

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First off, my favorite item I got Elin for back to school is this adorable Preschool shirt. I think it’s so cute to wear all year long. I ordered this from Carmen at Carmen’s Monograms and she was excellent to work with! I wanted Elin to wear this the first week of school and I needed insanely fast shipping and Carmen was so sweet and accommodated my request. I love a personalized t-shirt commemorating special occasions.

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The second item I am loving is these shoes that Elin is wearing in the picture. Elin’s school does not allow sandals, but athletic shoes do not match all outfits and I think these pink shoes are adorable. Has anyone see this velcro version in white? I found the lace up kind, but would love velcro. Please let me know if you have seen them.

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The third item I am loving is Elin’s backpack. This was not new to us this year because we bought this a couple of years ago and this is formerly her dance bag. We decided to let it her be her school bag now and I love that it still looks brand new. I don’t think anyone can go wrong with a Pottery Barn backpack. Of course the monograming makes it extra fun!

First Day of Preschool

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Elin had a phenomenal  first day of preschool! It could not have gone any better.

I took the morning off from work so that I could drop her off in her classroom and pick her up. 

Elin woke up with a smile on her face and very eager to to start the day. After a breakfast of her favorite cereal mixture (muti-grain Cheerios mixed with Crispix) and yogurt she got dressed and had to endure a photoshoot indoors and outdoors, with and without her first day of school sign, with and without the backpack….then it was finally time to get in the car and go.

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Elin was so excited to get into her classroom that she bounded up to the front door and skipped on into her classroom. She was warmly greeted by her substitute teacher Mrs. Andre. She is filling in for a couple weeks while her teacher, Mrs. Alexander is out recuperating from surgery. Mrs. Andre showed Elin where her cubby is to keep her backpack and Elin immediately starting working on puzzles with some of her classmates. Just as predicted, there were no tears out of Elin.

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When I picked up Elin 2.5 hours later, she was still all smiles and her teacher said she had a wonderful time and was very happy the whole time.

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In the car I asked Elin if she liked preschool and she responded, “I love preschool!!!”

I asked her all about what she did and she told me that she played with boys and girls, red bears, played on the playground, wrote her name, sang songs, and “hushed kids who were crying”. There were two criers in the class when I left, so I hope Elin was a little more empathetic than she let on.

I am so thrilled that Elin had a great first day of school and I am certain that she will a wonderful year.

The Night Before the First Day of Preschool

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Elin,

It’s the night before the first day of 3 year old Preschool. The back pack is laid out by the front door. Your first assignment which was decorating your paper apple for the classroom team is all decorated and safely tucked away in your backpack. Your student identification number is affixed to to the visor of the car ready to pick you up. Your outfit is carefully laid out to ensure a quick morning routine to allow for plenty of time for picture taking. Your very first “My First Day of Preschool” sign is ready and waiting for those momentous photos to be taken. Your first Bible verse is mostly memorized. We have read all your favorite books about going to school and sung all your favorite songs. We said a prayer before bed about your first day and prayed for a fantastic school year. You are officially ready for Preschool.

I am so excited for you that you are about to embark on your first school experience. I think you are going to love everything about it. You certainly have loved meeting your teacher and visiting the classroom twice now. I know that although we have read many books on the subject, you probably don’t grasp what school will really be like until you experience it for the first time. You are already so smart and adaptable that I do not have any worry at all that you won’t jump in head first and immediately start enjoying all the things that Preschool has to offer.

My promise to you is that I will do everything in my power to help you be prepared throughout the school year by helping you memorize your memory verses, help you with any assignments you may have,  and make myself aware of all your field trips, events, and school programs.

Together we will conquer Preschool!

Love always,

Mommy

 

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Baby Keepsake Box

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I was recently perusing some items I had pinned from Pinterest a long time ago and I spotted a pin for a baby keepsake box. I had always wanted to make one for Elin and this one looked perfect. It was simple, pretty and had a way to personalize it without having to get too creative or crafty. The box is from Things Remembered and right now it’s on sale!

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The box is perfect for any keepsake collection. It’s white and made from wood. The inside is lined in a black velvet lining and my favorite part is the shadow box lid. Perfect for displaying some of your treasures. 

I just adorned mine with a baby announcement, a footprint from Elin, a hair bow, and I also used one of the pretty Baby charms included with the box.

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I also love how the engraving came out.

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In the box I have the outfit that we took Elin home from the hospital in, the outfit and hair flower that she wore on her announcements, some little brag books that were special gifts, and various other mementos.

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I think this would make a perfect shower present; however, I think it could be used for so many other reasons than just baby. 

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I think that Elin will love looking through her special box someday. I know I have already gotten so much joy from getting it all put together.

 

Summer Activities

Elin is going to be starting preschool in just 2 short weeks! She is beyond excited and I am thrilled for her because I think she is going to love it and learn a lot. She will be going three days a week and she will still have dance class on one of her days off from school, so pretty soon her schedule will get busier than ever. She has been able to do many fun things with her friends this summer and I’m sure she will pack more in before summer is over. The following photos are of some of her favorite activities with her friends.

Elin is always up for the park and the swings are her absolute favorite. She meets there for play dates a lot during the day and sometimes we go in the evening after I get home from work. The park has not been my favorite place lately with the heat. I’m looking forward to the days where you go and wear long sleeves without the need of coats yet, but when the sun is out it’s still very warm.

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 She just went there this weekend with her friend Kelsey.  These two were all smiles.

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Swimming is another favorite of Elin’s right now. She usually gets to go during the day while I am work. Her Nanny takes her and she meets up with her friend, Lydia.

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Elin and Lydia get to do many fun activities together like going to story time each week, dance class, and sometimes the zoo.

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Can you tell she is enjoying her dance class?

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Elin also loves anytime she gets to spend with her cousins, Ethan and Max. She sure will miss them when they go back to school soon.

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Puppet Show

It’s true, I have been neglecting this blog very much. I’ve been working on catching up on various projects and photo books. I am impressively slow at making photo books and I feel like I need to work really hard on them these next few weeks. There is just never enough time to get everything done.

I am very excited to share some keepsake boxes I have been working on as soon as I get them all assembled.

The summer is flying by and I have not shared much of anything Elin has been up to. Here is a random smattering of photos:

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Elin attended her first puppet show at the library. We were excited that our local library was bringing in this travel puppeteer and his show. Elin was super excited they they were performing Sleeping Beauty. Anything princess-related is a hit. She loves all the events the library puts on and this was no different. She was so good to sit on the floor with all the kids during the whole 45 min production.

The marionettes were all carved out of wood and were over 60 years old.

None of my photos from the production turned out since it was dark and there were bright spot lights, but we got some photos of Elin with the puppets after.

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She was thrilled when they let her go behind the set and check out all the puppets and stage props.

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Lately the weather is either stifling hot or raining. A combination of both has left us mostly indoors recently, but a couple of weeks ago Elin enjoyed playing with the granddaughters of a family friend and she had a blast playing with the girls in a motorized car and skateboard.

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Last week, Elin mentioned out of the blue that she wanted to bake cookies–so we did. We made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. She helped with the whole process and enjoyed watching them as they baked.

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This girl is getting so big and is ready for preschool to start in just a few weeks.

Heartbroken

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My dearest Fiona “Fifi” passed away on July 3rd at 8:10 A.M. I cannot even begin to express how sad and lost I am without her.

On Thursday, June 25 in the middle of the night we awoke to her having her first grand mal seizure. It was so scary to watch her and at the time I didn’t know if she was going to survive it. We rushed her to the animal hospital and they kept her for 24 hours. She did fine in there and had no seizure activity. Unfortunately, she had one the next night. She was then put on her first seizure medicine of Phenobarbital. We were so encouraged when another 24 hours passed and she had no seizure activity. But then on Sunday, June 28 she started having cluster seizures. She was rushed back to the animal hospital and got Keppra added to her Phenobarbital. When we took her home from this visit things seemed to go downhill and she was still having seizure activity. Several trips to the vet later we also added Prednisone and Valium. We gave it over 24 hours to kick in but unfortunately, Fifi seemed lost, miserable, and unaware of her surroundings. Most likely she had a brain tumor and there was nothing we could do.

She was 14 years old and in October we would have had her for 12 years. Those 12 years went by in the blink of an eye.

As a way to memorialize her I want to share a letter to her.

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My Dearest Fiona,

I’ll never forget the day you came to live with me in October 17th, 2003. I was so excited for you and your sister, Angel, to come live with us. I remember everything about Leila coming over and dropping you off. I remember that I had no idea how to take care of a dog, but you made it so easy. You were so loving from the first moment I met you. You were estimated at 2 years old and you had a lot of energy for taking walks, playing with your nyla bones, and tearing around the yard. But you were so docile and loved to sit on my lap and follow me around. You never let me out of your sight if I was around.

I’ll never forget taking you back and forth to college, taking you on countless walks, celebrating all the holidays and especially your “Arrival day” birthday each year, sitting with you every single evening and petting you as you stared up at me with those adoring brown eyes, all your countless kisses, carrying you around like a baby and having you swaddled up because you loved to be babied.

The most amazing thing about you is how wonderful and good you were. You always listened to my commands and never got in trouble. You were the best dog I or anyone could ever ask for you. There has never been a sweeter dog than you. You have been one of the biggest blessings in my life and I thank God everyday for bringing you to me. It’s so hard not to mourn the time I am missing with you instead I am trying to also thank God for every minute I had you with me.

I was not there when you took your first breath in this world, but I was there for the last and it was my honor and privilege to be there for you and to be your mommy.

I will love you always.

Love always,

Your Mommy

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Strawberry Festival 2015

The annual strawberry festival means the beginning of the summer! This year was luckily not as hot as last year. We went in the morning and stayed until early afternoon and then went back after dinner until late for fireworks.

Elin, of course, loved walking to all the different fire trucks and checking them all out.

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Love this pic of her giving the thumbs up to the fireman!  She LOVED wearing the earphones. Reminded her of when she wears similar ones on the riding mower with papa.

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Look how much she has grown from last year. I think it’s amazing how much older she looks.

Firetruck-2014-2015Ringing the bell was another favorite of the day.

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She also got a lesson on wearing a life vest on the water. Sadly she never gets time on a boat so she enjoyed checking out this one on dry land.

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This siren they let her press was insanely loud! I can’t believe they let her press it several times.

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Then she played on the three different playgrounds forever until we finally dragged her away for lunch and a nap.

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After her nap time we made it back in time to see lifeline land and got to get a quick look inside before we watched them fly away.

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The highlight for Elin was when her good pal Lydia showed up for playground fun and fireworks. These two are two peas in a pod. They looked so cute in their little pink matching bag chairs watching fireworks.

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3 Year Update

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The Stats:

Weight: 31.75 lbs
Height:  37.25 inches
Clothes:  3T
Shoes: 7-8

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Favorite Books:
  • 5 minute Princess Stories: Disney
  • Look and Find Minnie Mouse: Disney
  • Aqualicious: Victoria Kann
  • Paulette the Pinkest Puppy in the World
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Favorite Activities:
  • Reading
  • Dancing
  • Going to the park
  • Swimming
  • Play-doh
  • Chasing the dogs
  • Cuddling with dogs
  • Disney Princesses

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Elin is officially 3 years old! She has had such an amazing and exciting year! She has grown so much physically and intellectually. She is becoming more outgoing everyday.

Two weeks before her birthday, we celebrated by going on her first Disney trip. She got the royal treatment all week long, and when we got home we celebrated her actual birthday by taking her to see the Cinderella movie in the theatre and also got her presents. A few days after that she had her birthday party with family and friends.

She has recently changed from a 45 minute dance lesson to 1.5 hours and she now takes ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. We are planning on trying gymnastics in the near future.

In two short months she will be going to preschool and will probably start learning and growing exponentially.

I’m so proud at the sweet, funny, smart and loving little girl Elin has become. She couldn’t make me more proud if she tried!

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