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.

Easter 2018

Our first Easter in Chicago is upon us. It will be our first year to spend it without our extended family around. We’ve been lucky enough that even though we have lived out of state, our home state (Texas) for the last 2.5 years we have always been able to fly home. This year is different. We have a preschooler with other commitments and a little guy with some extra curricular activities. BUT we are so thankful that my mother in law decided to come see us for a WHOLE week and that gave us lots of opportunities for date nights and the kids got lots of new memories with her. I am beyond thankful for that! Being away from our family has definitely brought some challenges for us but when we have that time with them we know we are extremely lucky to have them around.

Tonight I am preparing the kids Easter baskets as my mother in law’s last day is tomorrow. We decided to celebrate Easter a day early while she is still here. We have lots of fun things planned for the kids. This is the second year I am making Easter baskets for the kids and honestly I don’t know I’m not really a big fan of them. Ha! Next year, I plan on focusing on necessities to prepare them for summer like buying swimsuits, sandals, etc and a couple small $ items. This year their Easter basket includes a Kinder egg, a couple items from the Target Dollar Spot, a chocolate bunny, and probably a couple other small things I’m forgetting at the moment.

Hope you all have a happy Easter!

see you next time,

Laura B