2016 Book List

1. The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick
2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Cathy’s Book Club)
3. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
4. Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray (My Book Club)
5. Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán
6. After You by JoJo Moyes

(Not much reading this year – more in 2017, I hope!)

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M’s First Day of First Grade

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This year we took a leap. We left the private school that M has been attending for three years (all with the same teacher) and moved her to public school. We were originally planning on the neighborhood school, but she won (lottery) a place in a magnet Montessori School. She started this past week and the transition has gone very smoothly so far. It varies from private school in many ways, but so far so good. Her younger sister will start in the prek-3 program in another two weeks. She seems very excited already about the reading they are doing (including a reading challenge – perfect for this competitive gal) and she’s been doing math in the car. I think she’ll be just fine!

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I think I’ve been saying it for the past three summers – but I’m saying it again. This has been the best summer ever. And now that it’s over (boohoo!), I thought I’d do a little wrap up.

We kicked off summer with our first trip to (ever) to the Cape where our Florida family (R’s side) met us up there. We stayed in a silly big house and never wanted to leave. Simone got glasses the day we left for the Cape and she did great!

Just as the school year was wrapping up, we heard that S got into one of the Montessori Magnets and we hoped for an acceptance for M, who was on the waiting list. This finally came a few weeks later and we were able to relax for the summer knowing that the school situation was all figured out.

We were able to make it to NY to visit my cousin Sarah and her growing family. M had a week at Farm Camp where the theme for the week was hiking. We spent the 4th of July in New Hampshire. We took the train and did an extended weekend visit in Washington D.C. with R’s dad up from Florida. M and I spent a night in Providence and went to Waterfire. The girls did four weeks of swimming lessons and M can finally “swim” (tread water and doggie paddle). We celebrated M’s 6th birthday. We had a visit from Grandma Jane.

We took a week of vacation to three towns in Maine plus a top at Great Wolf Lodge for the kids. My aunt and uncle from Florida stayed two nights with us. And finally we finished off the summer with a trip up to New Hampshire to celebrate my cousin’s wedding.

Our garden flourished and we got tons of flowers and tomatoes. We enjoyed our playscape and central air. Oh and S stopped napping!

What an amazing summer!

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M is 6!

Impossible that I am the mother to a six year old. Just impossible.

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6 year old stats:
Height: 44 inches (25th percentile)
Weight: 41 lbs (25th percentile)

She’s reading just about everything and has been an absolute champ with the transition to a new (public, but still Montessori) school for first grade. For her birthday party she requested a “Fish” themed party. After reading “A Pet For Pete” she requested a pet fish for her birthday. She gave a copy of the book to each of her friends along with a canvas for them to paint their very own Goldie. Her party was almost rained out, but we move it indoors to a jump place at the last minute. And wouldn’t you know then the rain held out and skies were sunny! Oh well.

The weekend before her birthday, I took her to Providence for an overnight and a trip to see Waterfire. We had a wonderful time – staying up past 10 p.m. to take in all the magic of the night.

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First Loose Tooth

Every time I take a photo of M, I wonder if it will be the last time she’ll have all of her baby teeth. I can only imagine that once she loses that first tooth she’s going to instantly look more grown up. That tooth is so loose but still hanging on. Oh my first born baby isn’t a baby anymore.

Screen Shot 2016-04-15 at 11.24.41 AMAnd then just like that the tooth is lost and the rite of passage is complete.

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That thing that’s visible behind the space where the tooth used to be is the adult tooth more than half way grown in already. The same thing is happening behind the other bottom front tooth which is also loose.

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Loose Teeth

M has her first lose tooth. She actually has two at once. When double checking her teeth brushing last week, I noticed that she has an adult tooth growing in behind her front bottom baby tooth. I was kind of freaking out that she was going to have to get her baby teeth pulled but I got her into the dentist that day for an assurance that the two bottom front teeth are indeed loose. The dentist prescribed an apple a day and M is serious about sticking to that. Ever picture I take of M, the older she looks. It’s all happening fast!

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She insisted on writing out my entire grocery list.

She insisted on writing out my entire grocery list.

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Practical Life

S is really into practical life at her Montessori School. When I went to visit, she gave me lessons on table scrubbing and mirror polishing. She just loves being assigned chores around the house to help out.

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