Saturday, May 18, 2013

Scarlett turns 6 (!!!)

Six? SIX?! I cannot believe you’re six. You’re well into kidhood now. And you’re rocking kidhood. 6 year old Scarlett rocks. She really does. There’s really no other way to put that.

People are drawn to you. You have this fantastic ability to make people feel important. And loved. And you make people feel like they’re funny when you laugh at all their jokes (even if it’s sometimes a fake laugh…which you recently confessed to) – it’s no wonder you’ve got so many friends. You genuinely make people feel awesome.

You were recently explaining the Tooth Fairy to us. You said that she was a guardian of children because she took away their baby teeth and left adult ones instead. In your mind, the Tooth Fairy helped kids grow up. You’ve still got all your teeth. This comes as a huge relief to me; and, apparently, to your father, too. When I was checking for loose teeth about a week ago he popped his head into your room and said, “There better not be any loose ones in there yet.” There weren’t. It’s only a matter of time, though. (Sigh.)

So, to my goose on her 6th birthday, stay as awesome as you are right now. Don’t EVER care what people think about you. If you want to hop in puddles while wearing a dress – you go right ahead, baby girl. Keep climbing. (And I mean that in both the literal and metaphorical sense.) If you hurt yourself and you really want to wear a band-aid despite there being no physical mark whatsoever…do it. Take as many piggy back rides as are offered to you. Please, ALWAYS love reading as much as you do right now. Be brave when you think you can’t. Be kind when you think you can’t. Make people laugh. Cry when your heart is happy. Sing as loud as you do right now. Stay as smart. Keep Holden as your best friend forever. Continue to take care of him; I can almost guarantee, the favor will be returned as you get older.
Happy birthday, baby girl. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Holden turns 4!

To my Holden on his 4th birthday,

You woke up to a brand-new bike this morning. Smiling ear to ear, you hopped right on and rode that bike around the living room. But after about 20 seconds, you stopped. You got off the bike with a concerned look on your face; you then asked us if Scarlett could get a present, too. It’s your birthday, buddy…YOUR special day. But you’ve got so much kindness in that little heart of yours that you can’t bear to enjoy that specialness alone.

I don’t know how you’re mine. Honestly. You’re this hilarious little hunk of a boy that garners the heart of everyone he meets. To know you is to love you, buddy. We even find it hard not to laugh when you get in trouble, sometimes. It’s hard not to smirk when we find out you hit a fellow classmate with a toilet plunger, or you got kicked out of your dance class for 5 minutes because you told a little girl you weren’t going to marry her when she asked you.

What is it about turning 4? I feel like I put you to bed as a baby one night, and you woke up a kid. And what a kid you are. You have this vocabulary that blows people away and I often hear you explaining words to your sister, like what a skyscraper is. Or knuckles. You wake up in a fantastic mood every morning. You have absolutely no self control when it comes to candy. But you know this; you’ll apologize for eating a piece of candy that you weren’t supposed to eat before you’ve even finished chewing. You run everywhere; you never walk. I think it takes you longer to pick out a toy at Toys R Us than it took your father and me to pick out the house we live in. You sign your name as “HOL” and we can’t, for the life of us, get you to show any interest in “DEN.” You stick your tongue out whenever you’re concentrating really hard.

One of the first things I remember my mother telling me about being a parent is how horrible I behaved when it was my sister’s birthday. There are pictures of ME at 4 years old with a big puss on my face while my sister was opening her presents. And then there’s you – taking a time out from your celebration to make sure your sister was enjoying herself. I wish I could go back. I wish I could get a do-over. I seriously want to be as cool as you are. You’re the pulse that this family needs…you're like a drum baby. Don’t stop beating. And our hearts will never stop beating for you.

Happy birthday, Bubba.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring. Is. Here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A boy and his dog.

Oh yeah - PS...we've given up on keeping Link off the couch. Clearly.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

So much snow...

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Parent Observation at the dance studio

The kids' dance studio had parent observation recently. Because their dance classes overlap times, I ran back and forth between their two Saturday classes trying, as a mother does, to document every single thing that happens. Ever. This is Holden's first year dancing, and it's also the first year that Scarlett is taking more than one class. In short, we spend a lot of time at this dance studio.
Here are some pictures.  
Holden's Dance Class - Saturday at 9:00am

 Scarlett's Dance Class - Ballet I/Tap I - Saturday at 9:15am

 Scarlett's Dance Class - Jazz I/Tap I - Wednesday at 5:30pm

Monday, October 1, 2012

First day of school!!

Scarlett and Holden had their first day of school! (ahem...last month. I know, I know. I'm trying to catch up.) Scarlett headed off to Kindergarten (can you believe it?!), and Holden started attending Side by Side's preschool. Here they are, very excited, before we left in the morning.
Holden was very excited to get a new backpack, just like Scarlett's.
And Scarlett was very excited to help Holden.
 Here she is explaining everything to him. (It was, quite possibly, the cutest thing I've ever experienced as a mother.)
  Such peanuts!
 Holden took his teacher's hand and walked right off with her - no hesitation.
 And Scarlett picked right back up where she left off - being surrounded by little girls who are all trying to talk at the same time.
 When I picked him up, Holden told me he had a fantastic time.
 A very fantastic time.
A very, VERY fantastic time. (He slept for 2 hours.)
 Yay school!