Friday, August 24, 2007

Bear Hugs

Little J started preschool yesterday and I was quite nervous--for him or me, I 'm not sure. I couldn't sleep the night before and I woke up early just to be sure that everything went well in the morning. I let him pick out his clothes. He wore madras shorts and his white FBI shirt that Big G got him in D.C. He looked very handsome--and quite professional too. We walked to the car and I buckled him in. We drove down our street and left our neighborhood and I realized that this day is the first of many days ahead of me where I have to "let my child go". I was letting him go into the hands of teachers and professionals who love him and I was scared that in the not too distant future I would be letting him go into the hands of his Kindergarten teacher, then high school teachers, then college professors, then, I didn't know who would have Little J. Where have the last 3 years of our time together gone? It went way too fast for me.
As I walked him to his room, he clung to my leg like a monkey. But, he finally let go and walked like the biggest boy that he is right into his room, and immediately admired the guinea pig. Did he need me? No. Did he cry? No. Was he smiling? Yes. I realized that he will be needing me less and less as the years go by. Was I OK with this? I didn't quite know.
I picked him up in car pool. When I went around to buckle him in, he gave me the biggest smile and the biggest bear hug I have ever received. Right then I knew he had a wonderful day. Right then I knew that it was OK that he was growing up and becoming more independent. I was doing my job as a mother and nurturing his independence and in turn making him more confident. I would always be his mother. He would always need a bear hug from me. I will remember that bear hug the rest of my life.

S #2

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

First Day of School!

I can't believe summer is almost over. It seems like it has just begun. There was still so much left that I wanted to do with you guys and now you will be in school. I will miss you two running around the house the non stop chatter echoing through the house. I may even miss the fighting at times.

To my oldest: Little P

I can hardly believe that you are already entering the 2nd grade. There are times that I wonder where the time went. How did you get big so fast? You are in fact becoming a young man. I see your daddy in you more and more everyday. I am so glad that you got his strong mental toughness and his athletic ability because if you had mine it would be a scary site. Always remember to be true to yourself and you will go very far. I love you my special 1st born child.

To my darling middle child: Little D

Holy cow, Kindergarten already! Last night when we were cuddling before bed I told you that before long you will be graduating from High School. The thought of this makes me so sad inside because it is so true. Little D you have so much spunk and vigor! There are times when you may do something or say something and I feel like I am seeing your Aunts as a child. You remind me so much of her at times. I say Aunts because you have a little bit of both of them in your personality. There are times when I don't worry about you starting or doing something new because you have such a strong spirit. You have no fear and look at new things as an adventure rather than a task. I love these things about you. I love you so much and I am so proud of everything you do. Have a great 1st year in school!

Happy Birthday!

Two years ago today I received my 3rd gift from God. Little "C" you have truly been a challenge since day one. I guess you could say you broke the mold the day you were born. You have such a fun and energetic personality. In fact, your dad and I sometimes sit back and watch you in amusement. I can't believe that 2 years have already flown by it, seems like yesterday that I was holding you in my arms for the very 1st time. Now I can hardly keep up with your increasing energy.
Happy Birthday little "C" I love you so much!
Little "C" received the above shirt from Cute Little Clothes.

Friday, August 17, 2007

High School Musical 2

It is finally here, 9 hours to be precise. My kids are so excited they can hardly stand it. They are each having a friend over tonight to watch the big movie. Big C is staying at the club with little C to swim so that he will not disturb the big night. Plus tomorrow we are going to the High School Musical live show put on by our local Lyric Theater. Suffice to say mom is going to be High School Musical out by Sunday!
Have a great weekend everybody!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The New Fall Line At Orient Expressed

Has anybody else seen the new fall line at Orient Expressed? They have some really cute outfits right now. I really like the matching brother and sister red outfit for Christmas. I like the idea of removing the Christmas trees and then adding their monogram to it. That way they can get a lot more wear out of one outfit. My little girl will be 6 in November and she is starting to refuse the smocked dresses. I am hoping I can entice her with the dress with the smocked purses. I'll let you know how this turns out.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Nice Matters Award

Tommie awarded our blog a Nice Matters Award. Thanks Tommiea, we are truly honored to receive such a great award--and right back at ya!

We now must award 7 people, and we award:

1. Meg at My Little Cottage

2. All Things Kimba

3. Hemstich and Hydrangea

4. Perfectly Plump Preppy

5. Tres Posh Preppy

6. Jilly at My Outside Voice

7. Suburban Momma

Have a great week ladies!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Lap Top Lunch Boxes

With the first day of school right around the corner, I know a lot of you out there are tired of deciding what to fix your little one's for lunch, or are just tired of figuring out what to take for lunch when you go to work. I found this great produt that is not only evivronmentally friendly, but it comes with a handy book on different ideas for lunches. It's called Lap Top Lunches and it was created by two moms who wanted to cut down on waste that was created whenever they packed their kids' lunch. The boxes are based on Japanese bento boxes with reusable compartments for everthing that you can think of packing! The outer contaner serves as a cover for the whole unit with small lids to keep small dips or liquids safe!
Update: Lap Top Lunches is offering a 5% discount on their product. Just enter the code FV806.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Mickey Mouse Cake?

My youngest son's birthday is in about 1.5 weeks. He will be 2 and I feel like it was just yesterday that I was pregnant with him. His favorite show right now is obviously Mickey Mouse as you can see from the cakes above. I am having trouble deciding which one to choose. I found this local lady who will make a special cake for little C that will be made especially for him. Which is just a awesome because there aren't too many people who are willing to do this. She told me that if she did the top cake then his cake could be Donald Duck. If she does the bottom one she will leave out all the non-Mickey characters and add all the rest of the Mickey gang. She would then make his little cake a mini Mickey. I think both are darling, but this being his 2nd birthday I just want everything to be perfect. Which one would you choose?

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

CCC Gifts Discount

For those of you who love monogrammed items you have to visit this online store. CCC Gifts has anything from shoes, monogrammed notepads, monogrammed children's items, and many many more. Plus the good news is that through the month of August she is offering us a 10% discount. The discount code is Sisters10. Maybe you guys can get some back to school savings or if you are really efficient maybe some early Christmas presents.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Home Alone

This weekend the kids and I are home alone thanks to Big H going to Washington D.C.---for pleasure! That's right, he's there acting as somewhat of a tour guide for my father and brother-in-law (S#1's husband). Big H clerked in D.C. for a couple of summers. My father is quite a history buff and has never been to D.C. I know he is in heaven there. Plus, he is also a hug St. Louis Cardinals fan, so the boys are going to a couple of games against the Nationals. They went to Capital Grill last night and Big H said it was one of the best meals he has ever had! Just got off the phone with Big H and they were at the Library of Congress.

I, on the other hand, put the kids to bed and paid bills. Not exciting. At all. The kids are on the verge of driving me crazy (so far they have been somewhat good) and Big H does not return until Sunday. Let's hope I can make it until then without having to drop off and leave the kids' in Wal-Mart's parking lot. I will say, however, that my alone time at night has been great! I can do whatever the hell I want! I do find it hard to sleep at night though b/c I hear EVERY noise. I guess having Big H by my side at night is security for me. Well, we are off to go play outside. Hope everyone has a great weekend!