Thankful List 2021

I haven't shared on this space in a long time, but I love that, like a favorite book or old photo album, I can always pick it back up and it'll make me smile. And now, I'm wiping the metaphorical dust off the "publish" button and sharing things I'm thankful for this year! 

Sending My First to Kindergarten

Aiden started kindergarten! 

Devin and I talked through school options a LOT. 

We have strong feelings about how society's priorities are shaping public elementary school curriculums in a way that we don't love. Aiden hated "homeschool preschool" during covid. I only asked him and Emma to do one reading activity and one math activity with me each day, and Aiden specifically really hated doing it. So that took homeschool off the table for me, though I was neverrrr a fan of homeschooling. 

Colorado Adventures

It's been a while! I've been taking a bit of a break from online things, but I don't want to totally let go of this space. It's been such a fun creative outlet for me for literally ELEVEN years. And I'm not a quitter, so I can't quite totally let go. 

To that end, I wanted to share some really sweet memories with my little family as we travelled to Colorado summer 2021 to see my dad's side of the family. There were 17 adults and 9 kids in the mix! We all stayed on/around my aunt and uncle's house in Buena Vista. We had giant family dinners, family breakfasts, one 4-mile hike that the kids could do, was wonderful. The kids were 1 years-old to 12, and despite the giant gap it was the perfect range. They played hide and seek together, playing outside and walked around my aunt and uncle's pond together. It was the sweetest!

Simple Summer Adventure Checklist

I am so happy summer is here, even if it means I'm generally a sweaty mess! Back in June, I was thinking about how fast time flies and wanted to make a list of SIMPLE things that I wanted to do with my kids before school starts. 

This is not a Pinterest mom's list of matching outfits, difficult crafts, expensive vacations. 

No, no. 

This is a quick list that you can make location-specific to where you are!

Things Aiden and Emma Say

I have not written one of these in foreverrr, and the Notes app list of funny stuff they tell me is getting long. So, I figured I'd share them here so I can look back on it and chuckle! When Emma started talking at one and was speaking in full, grammatically correct sentences by two, she really only said logical stuff. But ever since she turned three, she's been saying the craziest things. Most of it is questions and thoughts out of nowhere (see below about a bean bag that is FOR SUMMER when it was February???!!!). They also share a room, which makes them best friends but it alsooo makes them discuss the craziest stuff after we put them to bed (see below about the circulatory system freakout.) 

More Things Aiden Says: Vol. 6 | Vol. 5 | Vol. 4 | Vol. 3 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 1