Nature Hike

It’s Fall Break for Pre-School this week and we are definitely enjoying some slower mornings.  As nice as a “break” from normal can be, life with two littles does not lend itself to quiet slow starts to a day.  I am quickly learning my kids thrive on routine and getting out and about.  In an effort to “give the people what they want…” our week began with a nature hike at a local park!


About a year ago my Mother-In-Love gifted me with “The Home Grown Pre-Schooler, A Year of Playing Skillfully” curriculum.  Each month I have a new list of ideas for things to do at home with my crew.  It has saved me hours of pinterest searches and is full of activities that can be done at home or around the town.  We are loving it!  This months theme has been all about exploring the great out doors…hints the nature hike.

My little explorer loved taking charge of our outdoor adventure.


Our “goal” was to collect items for his very own nature book.  We spent Monday morning collecting the items.


Sister was a good sport…


Tuesday morning we worked on putting the book together by tracing all of his finds into pages of his book.



And when tracing became too much we took to cutting and taping, this kid loves scissors!


It’s been a fun few days of exploring and learning!

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First Day of Pre-School!


It was a big day for our little man!

The first words out of his mouth this morning were, “Momma, it’s time, I get to go to school today!”

And just like that the morning routine was in full swing.  We had pre-school open house last week and since that time we had been making a chart of smiley faces to keep up with how many sleeps until pre-school.

At 7 a.m. this morning he drew his last smiley face!


Each morning we enjoy listening to music through Amazon.  We request “kids music” and get a wide variety of options.  Want to know the first song Amazon selected for us this morning?

“Grown Up’s Come Back…” by Daniel Tiger.  (Isn’t it neat when God gives extra little comforts to start the day!)

While we ate breakfast I talked through how the rest of the morning was going to look for Colby and mid-sentence he interrupted me and said,

“Momma, no no no you don’t have to say ’nuffin I’m not going to cry when you take me to school because I know you’re coming back.”

He was ready!


We arrived at school about 5 minutes before the doors opened and there was a line of kids and parents down the sidewalk waiting to enter.  I told Colby we could wait in the car until they opened the doors and he said, “no, we’ve got to go join everybody!” (Clearly one of us was ready..)

So in we went!

Colby led the way to his classroom carrying his bag, head held high.  I made small talk with a few mommas in the room and watched to see what would happen next.  A few parents began to say their goodbyes and I figured I couldn’t stay there forever, so I bent down and gave a quick kiss to my boy and there it happened, my stomach jumped up into my throat.

His little eyes smiled up confidently as he told me goodbye.

I had just made it to the door when I heard a little voice raise above the commotion from the other side of the room, “See you at lunch time mom!” I gave a confident smile and wave and turned to leave (I will NEVER forget that sweet little face and moment as long as that boy calls me mom…) and then I had to run…

My eyes started to burn and everything around me got fuzzy.  I recognized a few friends as I walked down the hallway but I didn’t stop to talk because it was coming…the ugly cry…yea I was on edge and had to make it to the car and QUICK!

I then sat in the parking lot for a few minutes pretending to study my cell phone while secretly trying to catch my breath and stop the tears.  Could I really just leave?  Surely he would need me?  But after a few minutes realizing my 19 month old in the backseat would not sit in the parking lot content for the next 3 hours reality hit and it was time to go.

But driving down the road with one empty car seat feels off.  And I was not ready to walk inside and see his empty cereal bowl so we did what any self respecting mom should do on her first child’s first day of pre-school…

We went to Chick-Fil-A!  It just so happened that this morning Chick-Fil-A was giving free chicken mini’s today. (Talk about a morning of little graces…it’s so neat to serve the God who see’s!)


After some food therapy (for FREE!) it was back to the house to tidy up and do a few chores and before I knew it it was time for pick up.

As I sat in the pick up line I couldn’t help but wonder what news I was about to receive from the end of his first day.  Would he be happy, sad, tired?  And a few minutes later out came my little man big grin and all when he saw us waiting in the car to take him home.

As we rode back to the house I heard about lolli pops, playing with horses, cutting play-doh with scissors, and painting with his fingers.  That sounds like a good morning to me!  I asked him if he thought it would be fun to go back tomorrow and he said “Of course!”

And just like that our day picked up like “normal.”  But, no first day is complete without your favorite meal and special plate!


…and about 1,000 kisses from momma.


So here’s to our new normal…I think we’re going to like it!




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You Were the First…



You were the first child the Lord saw fit to entrust to your dad & I.  I will never forget the first time we heard your heartbeat in a tiny doctors office in Haiti.  I will never forget your first cry (and all the other ones late in the night.)  You were the first…my sweet little man, you made us parents.  And do you know what, as you grow…we are growing with you.  We are entering another first with you tomorrow.

It will be your first day of pre-school.

When we signed you up for pre-school, nearly 4 months ago, the “start” day seemed so far away.  Now as I sit here waiting for you to wake up from your afternoon nap, my stomach is in my throat and I am wondering if we have made the right decision.

You see, with you being the first, you are going to try a lot of things that make us as parents scared too.  Granted, you will only be gone 3 mornings a week and you will be at our church just a quick few minutes down the road, but it’s still a BIG deal.

Today, on the eve of your first day of school I am feeling very protective.  I do not want to share you.  I do not want to miss your funny phrases or miss hearing you sing songs under your breath while you play with your toys.  I do not want someone else to comfort you if you get your feelings hurt or fall on the play ground.  As your mom, that’s my job.  And it’s a job I am honored to have!  But more than the things I do not want to miss…I have to think about you.

You are SO ready my little man.  I do not want you to miss learning to share with others and being excited over meeting new friends.  I do not want you to miss learning to listen to others and respect the grown ups in your life.  I do not want you to miss laughing over silly things with other kids and being the goofy kid you are (everyone is going to love you!)

Here’s a few pictures from open house when you met your teachers last week:




You loved them and were so proud to get to talk about going to school!  I will probably have to look at these pictures A LOT tomorrow to make sure I (I mean you) are okay…

Just know, over these next few weeks we are going to do a lot of growing up together.  For every one step of courage you have to take over these next few days, know momma is taking about 10!

So tomorrow, I promise not to be sad in front of you, but I cannot promise that I might not sit in the parking lot after you go in an extra long time just in case I (I mean you…) change your mind about this whole getting bigger thing.

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End of July!


Because when July ends with a bang it takes a little more than a week to post about it!

The last week of July consisted of extended family time in KY, then Trey traveling to FL, then the kids and I meeting back up with him in GA and welcoming friends the following day from OH…just to name a few of the states touched in less than 7 days!

Our Mimi works in the public school system loving on Kindergartners all day, so when summer rolls around we love getting to spend some extra quality time with her!  This trip consisted of seeing Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Grandparents, Great Grandparents, and a lot of swimming!





It was a great week of loose bedtime schedules and a whole lot of activity!  But no time to catch up on sleep when we returned to GA as we welcomed our friends from Ohio as they traveled home from a week in SC (another state to add to the list)!  It sure is nice to live close (ish) to the beach so we can catch people on their way home!


Trey & Josh grew up together and I got super lucky when Josh found Andi!  It’s awesome to find other couple friends who we love spending time with!  Our house was pretty loud and crazy for a few days but we would do it again in a heart beat.

And now…our routine returns.

Not to worry, I’m sure we will have something around the corner before we know it!


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Five Minute Friday- TRY


Linking up with the ladies at Five Minute Friday!



I work hard to capture moments with my kids.  Sometimes I think I try too hard to document every little moment.  Do I have too many “bathtime” photos that they have lost their appeal?  Or will I ever even know which ones to print off when I even get to that step in documenting…

Am I constantly snapping away that I really have missed the thrill of their first time seeing the ocean or their surprise when tasting their birthday cake for the first time?!

I’m a firm believer in “everything in moderation” and I’m even trying to apply this to my documenting of the kiddos.

But sometimes, on a regular Friday morning at the park…I sure am glad I try to take it all in, because these days are long but the years are quick.


STOP! (And take a picture…)

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