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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Last Day of Private School


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Blog Catch Up :: S Gets Glasses

Disclaimer: I am posting this in January 2017 because I am realizing that I never blogged about it when it happened!

Starting in March, S started having some problems with her eyes. I didn’t write about it here at the time, but I did blog on CTWorkingMoms.com about it.

Just before our Memorial Day trip to the Cape, S got her glasses.


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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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Long Long Ago

Not long ago – the last day of January – M had a violin recital. Here she is playing “Long Long Ago.”

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Happy 3rd Birthday Miss S.

How is this little gal three years old? She is happy as can be and loves to snuggle more than anyone else I know. She loves being a big girl but often says, “look at me, I’m a baby,” while crawling around on the floor saying “goo-goo ga-ga.” I think she knows she’ll always be our baby. For the last two months or so, she’s been waking 1-3 times a night to ask me to snuggle with her. Unlike M, she gets right out of her bed, tiptoes in and tries to sneak into bed with me. I quietly take her hand and lead her back to her bed. Luckily she usually goes right back to sleep. But the lack of an uninterrupted night sleep as of late is making me feel grumpy. I know like all things it is a phase.

1-25-16 Elsa and Anna DressesShe loves princesses. She attended her first wedding in October and cannot stop talking about how beautiful the bride looked in her “princess dress.” She’s into Ariel and mermaids, dressed and building castles with blocks. She and her sister love to wrap up their toys in blankets and pretend they are presents. She’s very interested in playing violin just like her sister. R tries to talk her into the cello or viola, but she seems dead set on the violin.

She must tell me, “I still love you,” about 25 times a day totally unprompted. I wonder what I did to make her think I might think she doesn’t love me anymore – ha! She loves school and her teachers. She loves going to after care and her little buddy Addison. Unlike her sister and I, she can take or leave the sweets and has often been known not to even finish a cookie!

She loves babies more than life itself. She loves to take care of her baby dolls and she loves real babies. At the airport to and from Florida, we’d turn around and she’d be climbing in some random baby’s stroller. She’s been potty trained during the day since late summer/early fall. Just before Christmas she stopped wearing diapers over night and hasn’t looked back. Thank you universe for two easily potty trained girls. She loves growing out of things, or discovering things she no longer needs (like diapers, pull-ups and the little potty!) and always wants to give them to baby Ella Bella across the street. She’s caring, empathetic and sweet – an absolute joy to be around.1-25-16 S bday Baby 1.JPG

Three year old stats:
28 lbs (25th percentile)
37.5 inches tall (55th percentile)

(M’s three year stats are here)

We’ve had no snow yet this year, but then got the top part of a bad storm scheduled to arrive the night of her birthday party. We ended up postponing the party. Even though we only got a few inches, I think we were all happy to have a pajama day and not worry about traveling to the party.

1-24-16 Build a Bear 4We held the party at Build a Bear and invited four friends. Then we had pizza and cupcakes. It was a perfect low key birthday party. S was a little slow getting into because she was still tired from her nap (had to wake her to leave for the party). And we found out later that night that she most likely had a fever too. She spiked a 104 fever that night and spent her actual birthday home sick from school. On Wednesday, we celebrated her birthday at school. Since M’s birthday is in the summer, I had never participated in a school birthday. It was super cute. She walked once around the globe for each of her years and the class sung a super cute song. She showed a photo for each year and then I read her favorite book to the class. So fun!



For her birthday at home, she requested homemade pizza by R and cake. It was low key and awesome.

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