Watching our three precious dancers’ months worth of work pay off is one of the most priceless rewarding experiences ever. I love being their mama.
No school today meant it was a good day to go have lunch with Daddy at work and visit Maw-Maw Susie too! While at lunch this was one of the girls’ conversation…
Aubrie (12): “I’m scared of the dark”
Mad (8): “I’m already past that fear”
Bitty (5): “You’re 12 years old, how are you still scared of the dark?”
We decided we wanted to take our grandson to see DINOSAURS for his 4th birthday. So we headed for Cedar Creek to Dinosaur Park for the day! It was a fun filled day of dinos, exploring, and big imaginations. Dom wore that big handsome smile of his pretty much all day!The lady that put Dom’s wrist band on at the dino park told him she was putting it on him to keep him safe from the dinosaurs. As we were leaving Dom saw me start to take mine off and told me “Wait Maw-Maw! You need to leave that on so the dinosaurs can’t eat you!” Thank goodness he kept me safe!
Five years ago today we spent our first night in our new home. So many memories have been made. So many drawings on walls (crayons, lipstick, whatever a toddler could get their hands on), handprints up the stairway from a little one learning to climb stairs, and so many milestones measured on the door frame in our laundry room from our children and grandchildren that won’t stop growing. There is no one in this world I would rather build these memories with.
Very busy first day back to dance classes, and the first year for all three of our girls to dance! Can I just say how much I adore their dance teacher! She pulled me aside earlier this evening and asked me to bring Mad back after Aub’s class so she could talk to her. She had pages printed out of various costume ideas for the dance recital to feel her out on what she would and wouldn’t be comfortable wearing, since she is aware Mad had originally dropped dancing after one year because she wasn’t comfortable in the “girl” costumes. The fact that this sweet lady took that extra step for our 8 year old to fully be comfortable and be able to happily enjoy dancing again is the sweetest gift she could have given our unique kiddo! She was beaming and absolutely loved her first day back to dance! No pink, no tutus, & no bows for Mad…unless it happens to be a bow tie:)
Aub, 12 years old, 5th year of ballet, tap, jazz, & lyrical.
Mad, 8 years old, 2nd year of ballet, tap, & jazz.
Bitty, 5 years old, 2nd year old ballet, tap, & jazz.
I wonder if I’m the only mama that is sad about my babies going back to school? I see so many mama’s post counting down the days and I sort of envy it, because watching my littles head back to school makes me sad. Especially now that they all three have full days at school!
Yet the inevitable is here! New school clothes, shoes, backpacks, and supplies are ready as much as I drag my feet! Today Aub heads to a new school for 7th grade, Mad heads into 3rd grade, Bitty starts her first full days of school in kindergarten and was a little taken back by the fact that waking up early is her new reality. And last but not least our grandson, Dom, begins pre-k! Quite the exciting day for these four cuties!
Aub was full of smiles! Even allowed me to stand at the bus stop with her if I promised to not make her take a picture as she got on the bus. Downfall for her, a friend of mine is her new bus driver and told her to turn around and smile for her mama! I kept my promise and got my picture? Score!
Mad was super ready, but got a bit teary eyed when reality set in. Turns out she wasn’t quite ready to say her goodbyes either.
Bitty was full of excitement! That is until we arrived to the school. Nope wasn’t having it! I carried my big girl to the gym. Daddy and I sat with her while she clung to me. Secretly my heart broke for her because while I wasn’t happy about it either it hurt far worse seeing her so distraught. On the plus side my friend is her teacher this year and I know she was definitely being left in good hands. I promised to walk with her to her class if she was a big girl and held my hand and walked, that I couldn’t carry her all the way to her kindergarten class. Oh how I wanted to scoop her up and run out of that building! She wasn’t happy, but she did it. And before we left we got a big smile from our little bitty big girl!
(Found these adorable first day of school printables on Pinterest! And had Matt make me the “stop crying mama” sign for Bitty to hold for a picture while I held her first day of kindergarten sign)Keeping with tradition, Daddy took some PTO to have the first day of school off together! While I try to be brave about the first day of school, he knows this mama really has a tough time letting go. He held my hand all the way to the car while I let a few tears spill once I was far enough away from our girls to do so. I cant wait to hear all about their first day and how great it is!
Today I get to do some shopping with my love and have lunch at P.F. Chang.
I recently joined a local group for painting kindness rocks and hiding them locally for others to find. Today I had several errands to run, which lets face is isn’t much fun for our lil monsters. So we mixed the errands up with rock hunting in between. The girls were beyond excited to find their first rock today and can hardly wait to start painting their own to hide. I was beyond excited to get those pesky errands over too.
Turns out Najah and Maw-Maw weren’t the only ones that missed us while we were gone. Monica texted this morning letting me know that Dom was getting impatient on waiting to see me since she had told him we were back in Texas. And the feeling is mutual, I missed them too! So we met up for lunch with the kiddos and did a little school shopping together. Dom starts pre-k this year on the same day his Aunts go back to school! Then it was back to Maw-Maw & Paw-Paw’s for some play time. I sure do adore being a Maw-Maw to two of the most precious kiddos ever.
And so after two and a half weeks of fun spent in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama with family and friends it’s time for us to head back home with this little piggy and our newest addition to our family, Mardi. Word on the street is Najah (16 years old and hates road trips now) and Maw-Maw really miss us a lot! So we loaded up early this morning and started the long drive home. Once again, they all handled the trip well and turns out Mardi likes car rides almost as much as Violet. Lots of fun memories were made and Gigi made us feel so at home the entire time! This drive didn’t have a ton of rain or traffic thankfully!
Violet & Mardi when we made it to the Texas rest area…