Fall is near

Fall is near and it’s my second favorite season. I love the crisp breezy mornings but more so I love all the fall holidays and family traditions. We love to go apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and Halloween. This year we have a weekend road trip planned to drive up to Wisconsin in a few weeks, we are really looking forward to that.

Can we also take a second to get caught up. My two kids have grown and seriously I am loving seeing them thrive in this new phase of life. My girl is now 6 years old and my son is soon to be 4 years old. Life is great!

 

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February 2019

Hello ya’ll! I can’t believe it is February and here we are still in Chicago surviving this wintery weather that WE are totally over! We have another round of snow coming in tonight and snow is one thing but when it turns to ice that’s when it worries me. Hoping spring gets here soon, we have family in town by April so we are definitely hoping for warmer temps. At this rate, 40F is warm enough, ha!

Kindergarten here we come!

We officially have a Kindergartner in the house! This momma’s heart has been completely nervous during this whole week. The fact that my daughter has been excited to start school has been such a huge sigh of relief. Last week we started going over the different things we learned from preschool like: asking for help when needed, standing up for yourself, using your voice, being kind and taking care of all your personal hygiene things. From the time she entered preschool we realized how quick the typical “you’re not my friend anymore” really broke her heart. We realized that while it was good to be kind to your friends that it is also okay to stand up for yourself. It was a long process but we made it!! One day she came home from preschool and said mommy a girl in my class was being mean and I told her that I wasn’t playing with her if she was going to be so rude. We celebrated, we told her how brave she was to use her voice to express her feelings, oh it was awesome! That girl’s day was made when she saw how incredibly proud of her we were. She was so PROUD!

 

So as we move now into the next chapter which is Kindergarten for her we are excited about all the wonderful things she will be learning this year. She is looking forward to all the learning ahead.

AS your children move into a new school or grade level, what are your biggest concerns? How do you help manage it? What are some things you have learned along the way as your children have started school? Please share, as a new mom in the elementary school age it’s all so exciting! I would be lying if I didn’t say I’m head over heels excited every morning I get to pack her lunch and stick a little love not inside. I purchased a YumBox from Amazon and a couple little accessories to help brighten up lunch time.

August birthday!

My girl is soon to be 5 years old! Have I mentioned this also means she’s off to Kindergarten this fall, I can’t believe it. I’m so nervous but she isn’t worried she’s constantly talking about how excited she is to go to school. This momma’s heart is at ease knowing she isn’t nervous. It feels like I blinked and here she is at almost 5 years old. This means my not so little guy ( who likes to correct everyone and say “me, big boy”) is almost 3! yikes! What a fun and rewarding journey this whole stay at home mom gig has been the last 4 years. Time and time again I am so thankful I have been able to experience every little milestone with them.

This momma has got to get back to my party planning list. We are doing a Moana theme and I am creating as many of the items as I can. I will post pictures once I have everything set up 🙂

June

 

 

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Oh the joys of motherhood! These days I feel like I’m “winging it” motherhood is exhausting. You overcome an obstacle and a new one arises and you spend every quiet second thinking about all the outcomes and possible solutions. This brings me to my keyword of the month which is self-care. I want to make sure that I am making time to care for myself and my mental health. These days the opportunities for self-care are more feasible for me. I am no longer nursing or have a little baby at home that needs my around the clock care. This is exciting!! Self care for me is taking a relaxing bubble bath, a morning out to have coffee and plan our week ahead, shopping, exercising or crafting. What are some ways you make time for yourself?  What does self care mean to you?

 

Saturday mornings are an important part of my week. Every Saturday morning I wake up early usually around 6/7 am and head out with planner & headphones in hand. First stop is coffee and I will usually stay there for a good hour. It is so calming. Everything is quiet. I’m out and about for about 3-4 hours usually and come home feeling so refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Last but not least, friendships are so crucial for me. I am far away from my family and friends back home so I love having a couple good friends to share all the joys of motherhood with.

 

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Reality Check

Just wanted to quickly update on our progress of our map theme last week. While it has been a lot of fun I have quickly come to realize that one week is not sufficient time to hit all the things I would like. So I have decided from here on out I am doing themes in two weeks time again that may change with each theme but that way we can hit all the areas and not feel rushed. Anyway, I’ve got a cycling class to attend but I will upload some pictures tonight.

 

See you soon,

Laura B