Monday, August 21, 2017

lets find a reason to celebrate!

Carie's birthday is in February, Adam's is in May, Jeff's is in July, mine is in September, and Dad, and Emily's are in October. Totally spread out throughout the year. So we choose one random day and get together to celebrate. Last year we did a brunch in Long Beach in October with the kiddos. This year we did dinner in Long Beach on a Sunday night, sans kiddos. Carie always suggests it and gets it going. Jeff and Emily make reservations and Adam and I just show up. My mom was in town this year and offered to watch the kids so we got to enjoy an adult only evening and the most delicious dinner. It was absolutely perfect. We are so lucky to be within driving distance. And even though I would love to see them so much more often, I feel blessed to have the time we have together. It was such a great evening!!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

the first day of first and third grade 📚

The first day of school. 
As much as I dread it, there is a certain excited energy I get swept up in the minute we walk onto the school grounds. Seeing friends, meeting teachers, discovering who is in the kids classrooms - it is fun! Especially this year. I don't know if it's because we've been at the school a few years now and our friend circle is wide, or because Lexi was the most settled and excited she has ever been for the first day of school (ie, no tears for the first time ever), or if it's simply seeing all these sun-kissed kiddos beaming with excitement - I'm sure it's a combination of all of the above. Whatever it was, the first day and even week of school absolutely rocked. Don't get me wrong - I missed our beach days, but it did help that the weather wasn't blazing hot this year - and was even a little cool!?? But, it was nice to get back into the swing of things with two very happy kiddos, and begin to catch up on the huge list of things I had shoved aside to make the most of our summer days together. 

Onto the first day smiles...

Declan John, already starting the third grade!

 Love the peek-a-boo from Nathan! 

3rd Grade
Date: 08.14.17
Teacher: Mrs. Lambert
What I want to be when I grow up: Video Game Developer

Lexi Elizabeth, all smiles on her first day of first!

1st Grade
Date: 08.14.17
Teacher: Mrs Rosales
When I grow up I want to be: a photographer 

Off we go to start the 2017-2018 year!

 Since she was beginning first grade she decided she should ride the big girl scooter she got for her birthday to school.

The one thing I noticed when walking into the kids classrooms was the stark difference between first and third grade (which could also just be teacher style...I don't know). First grade was all warm fuzzies, smiles, pictures, and parents. Third grade was a hand shake, and see you later. :( I was a little bummed about the third grade welcome, but super excited for the first grade, so we'll begin there.

 When we found out Mrs Rosales would be Lexi's first grade teacher, I was ecstatic. Even though Declan never her had her, she always said hello to my kids by their first names whenever she saw them. I love her disposition and knew she was a perfect fit for Lexi. 
 Then we found her seat and realized Jackson who lives two doors down from us would be sitting right next to her!! 
 And Evie, who is on her gymnastics team would be sitting across from her!! What luck!!! 

 And we already knew Zoe, one of her best friends was in her class!! 

Now, there weren't as many opportunities to take pictures with Declan. I quick grabbed one of him and his teacher, he dropped off his backpack and ran out to play.  I would have loved to get more, but I didn't want to embarrass him, so I laid hard as that was! 
 lining up when the bell rang the week wore on, I grabbed a few more opportune times - because that is what I do! 
Isaiah, Kal, Declan, and Christian
 Best school friends
 Lexi and Jade did not get in the same class, but they play together every day!
Kai lives in our neighborhood and he and Declan are in the same class this year. It is so fun because Declan, Kai, and Isaac meet at the park almost everyday around 4, after their homework is finished to play.

The one person who did NOT have fun on the first day of school was poor Nathan. He took the fact that his two best friends were not hanging out with him pretty hard. When we got home he started crying, ran out the front door and sat in the grass, pouting. Adam went out to talk with him which helped, but he really did have a rough morning.

We planned it so that Mimi would arrive on the first day of school. Which gave Nathan something to be excited about and look forward to. She got to our house just in time to pick up the kiddos. It was a great end to the first day of school!

Here's hoping the rest of the school year was a fantastic as the first week of school!!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

the last night of summer tradition

Last year we set up the tent in the backyard to make the last night of summer special. We had so much fun last year, we thought we'd make it a tradition and did it again this year. Just like last year, I bought some special treats for our campout, we brought out the portable speaker and turned on some tunes, and the kids brought out their summer journals and we reminisced about the great summer we had. We even had Nate out their with us, but he decided it was too scary for him and opted to sleep in the house with Daddy. The night was bitter sweet because I LOVE the special feeling of the night, but hate that it marks the end of a summer I am not ready to give up yet. Ugh. I didn't take any photos that night, but did snap a few in the early light of morning.

Love this little tradition!! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

sunset swings

We found this little spot a few years ago, and I LOVE it. It's different. It's peaceful. I love taking the kids here. It seriously feels like magic fairies must be hiding in the trees that surround this place. I had a handful of photos I needed to finish off my photography portfolio and knew this would be the perfect place to get the job done. Lexi and Nathan jumped up excited as could be when I mentioned it. Declan chose to stay home and relax with Daddy. I was bummed, but understood. 

So off the three of us went. It was an evening I never want to forget. I easily knocked off the photos I had in mind and then concentrated on swinging my littles as high as I possibly could on the best tire swing there ever was. The pure joy on their face says everything about the evening. It was perfect.

Photo overload, just because I want to remember every single smile.

 Look, no hands mom!!

What a night! 
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