The Life & Times of Mommiehood

Here I am finding my way through uncharted waters.

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Sweet boy moment.

The boy never showed us his story last year. The one they work on and take to the Young Writer’s Conference.

Somehow, the story surfaced tonight.

After a frustrating day at work it was just what I needed.

His story was about the time he and I went on a ropes course on top of Vail mountain. Something I initially didn’t want to do, but he was too young (and too short, to go by himself. So I went.

We had a fun time together and it was really neat to read his story from his perspective.

Love that boy!


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Great gram.

This little dude warmed up and eventually really enjoyed some snuggle time with his great gram.

Melts my heart.

Thankful for the opportunity to see her today as well as my auntie and cousin.

Snuggling and getting some family history with great gram.

Snuggling and getting some family history with great gram.

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Almost Eight. Almost.

Today was the second day to celebrate the boy turning eight. Which doesn’t officially happen till Wednesday but mid-week celebrations aren’t the easiest to orchestrate.

I’m terrible at long term planning but we got the invites out at the end of the school year, earlier in fact than we did last year. I even remembered to get out a reminder email since lots of things get misplaced in the end of the year chaos. We even ended up with a few RSVPs. And I remembered to at least message a few friends about the party since the invites never quite made it to church with us.

Yesterday we celebrated with nana and papa. Took up some ninja turtle plates and napkins and how to train your dragon cupcakes. He came home with some Lego loot. Was great to see nana and papa and spend the day together despite the long drive.

This year we did our best to keep the friend party simple. Made it after lunch, before dinner, outside. Thankfully when I remembered to ask my awesomely creative friend Natalie to come face paint and do a mini magic show she was still available so we had some good entertainment for the kids (which the adults used as chat time!) we had the squirt guns out and some kids brought gifts of more squirt guns and water balloons. So we had lots of water fun, just like last year. Some of the face paint even made it through the festivities unscathed.

LayoutThe magic part of the day was fun.
Kids learned some fun tricks and the parents got to sit and chat uninterrupted for 40 minutes.

I had one kid tell me they had fun and others you could tell were enjoying the afternoon. All in all it was a good way to ring in turning eight.

One more celebration on the horizon. Wednesday on the actual day we are going to a screening of two IMAX movies at the museum with movie snacks included. Pretty neat that the event fell on his birthday.

Cool things about having an eight year old:
No more car seats.
He’s still a little kid but he’s also pretty independent.
Third grade is my favorite.
You can have some pretty neat conversations.
That reasoning piece is starting to help him make better decisions and think about what-might-happen-if.
He can really do a lot to be helpful around the house (and sometimes even wants to).

When it was all over I even had the opportunity to take one of my good friends for a ride in Sapphire. Having a convertible is just so much fun.

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almost time for 1st grade

Registered the boy for 1st grade yesterday.

Wow. 1st grade.

His teacher and I talked last year about him being in the 1st/2nd grade class but that apparently did not happen so we’ll have to see how this goes. Was hoping the combo class would be a great challenge for him but maybe this class will give him the opportunity to be with some of his friends from last year. Things could always change if need be and I know they will send him to other classes for subjects where he needs more of a challenge. Just hope his teacher is understanding of his quirks, as I’m sure every parent is.

Tuesday I got a phone call with wonderful news that he will be able to participate in the after school program. After being on the wait list all last year and being told he might be again for another year, I’m so relieved that things changed and there is room. I hated my schedule last year and am grateful that this year I can go back to my three full days.

Today and tomorrow I’m meeting with my coworkers to create a solid plan of who does what and whatnot and am looking forward to meeting and planning with them before the chaos starts in a week and a half.

Here’s to hoping for a great year for both of us at school!

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birthday shenanigans

What a blast!

I’m not sure when I’ll finally get to the point where I don’t worry and stress about stuff like a 6-year-old’s birthday party, but even with all my worrying and people coming then not coming … everything worked out perfectly.

We signed up for the smallest party package, 10 kids and then began the drama of finding 10 kids that were around during the summer and not already booked with something else to do.

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A birthday miracle really. Especially at the 11th hour when I found email addresses to contact two of his best little buddies from school and they were able to come. He was SO EXCITED to see everyone, especially his friends from school.

We were able to chat with a few parents and get to know the families of his friends a bit too which was nice.

Cheaper than I anticipated too, and they were not a anal about all the birthday party “rules” listed on their website which was wonderful. We had a couple siblings show up but aside from their not being pizza and a cupcake for the two extra kids they were able to jump and play with the others.

The boy had a blast. The friends had a blast.

He’s still talking about the party and his presents. I can hear him back there during his rest time chatting away.


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zooming into first (and second) grade

The boy is done, we are off to Cali tomorrow. He is bummed about missing the last day, but I think he will survive.

His last big project was called “Zooming Into First Grade”. Since he knows he’s going to be in the combined 1st/2nd grade he always adds “and Second”, cracks me up.

I’m thankful since I was a bit nervous about something I heard about all the first grade teachers at his school. He will be in a former 2nd grade GT teacher’s class. Should be a good fit for my smart cookie.

Can’t hardly believe he’s done with kindergarten already.


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Click on the link for his Kinder Graduation ceremony. He’s at about 7:20 and shortly after is the song the kids all sing together.

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I’ve got the kids by myself this weekend while the hubby is taking in some Cubbies baseball.

No plans really. Bible study tonight. Church on Sunday. Maybe taking some time to clean up and out the boy’s room.

Mostly, I want to read a book and relax.
And go to Starbucks for Frappachino happy hour.
Speaking of … It’s time for Carmel Frapp YUMMINESS!