Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back 2 School Pics

We don't get pictures taken very often. I wish we did. A friend of a friend was doing these cute back to school mini shoots for a crazy good deal so I jumped on it. I emailed the photographer Sunday night and was fortunate she had an opening Tuesday morning, the day before school started. 

I LOVE how they turned so much! 

Photos by Jaime Harper Photography

Second Week of August

We had a BIG week... school started on Wednesday! Kate 1st grade and Millie preschool. All summer Kate has been dreading going back to school. However, last Thursday, the day the school lists came out, she got super excited. She not only got the teacher she was hoping for, Mrs. Abt (it was the one teacher's whose classroom they had toured) but her BFF Ellis also got Mrs. Abt. All weekend she couldn't wait for Monday to arrive and go to Meet the Teacher Night!!! I arranged for a babysitter so Kate and I could have a special back to school night together. 

We of course had to go get a special treat afterwards. And then I promised the girls we'd go get a treat after we took some back to school pictures on Tuesday (another post coming soon). The girls wanted chose Menchies.

Kate made this awesome 1st grade banner over the weekend! 
Tuesday night we had our first ever back to school dinner. It was a really sweet night spent as a family. And gloriously it worked out Tim has clinic on Tuesday afternoons and was able to be home for dinner. Kate chose the menu (pasta, french bread, peas, strawberries and homemade Oreos). Our families theme this school year is "Be Brave and Believe!" Tim also gave the girls Father's blessings. 

Kate was pretty excited that first morning. We found her friend Ellis as fast as we could. Kate was also pretty nervous but she went in easily.

And had a huge smile when I picked her up (see below).
Millie ran into preschool, barely looking back. I had to ask for a hug good-bye. We only had Kate do one year of preschool. However Millie still has two years before kindergarten because she is a Fall birthday. My little joy school group fell apart with a friend moving away and two of the other kids moving on to a real preschool so we decided to look into it and decided to send Millie to preschool 2 days a week. She's going to the small in-home preschool we sent Kate. Millie loves that it's so familiar and it's been so cute hearing Kate coach  and tell Millie all about it. I think it was a wise decision because Millie already misses Kate so much and now Millie has something to look forward to. And having them start school together was really good for Kate. 
Tim made it home just in time to join Henry and I for stories. 
Then Saturday I took the kids to the Phoenix Art Museum. The second weekend of the month is their free family weekend. Tim and Kate have gone on several daddy-daughter dates to sketch at the museum but Millie and Henry hadn't even been. We had a fabulous time. I was so impressed by all the different activities they have throughout and we were able to enjoy many of the galleries too. I can't wait to go back!

It was so fun to have Kate be our tour guide at the museum. She knows we way around decently and I loved hearing her pronounce to us "You have got to see the Monet!" 
Millie also filled up her Stop Sucking Her Fingers Chart and thus earned this incredible Shine (from Shimmer and Shine) dress up. This girl has been sucking her fingers since she was what 8 months old. We've been talking a lot about stopping for awhile now and decided it was finally time to really buckle down. And it's been the easiest thing ever. Boo-yeah!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

First Week of August

We really had to soak up summer and make it count! School starts next week. And I'm really sad. It has been so fun having Kate home. She is such a great big sister. She loves to help, is eager to help clean up and surprise me and her and Millie have SO much fun together playing make believe and princesses. I found about 50 pictures like this (above) on my phone. These Magic Clip princesses have been and remain a favorite for sure! 
We finished our summer bucket list last week (except one thing...going to a Diamondback's baseball game...which is so sad we didn't make it, we love baseball...but with Tim's schedule it just didn't happen, anyway). I asked Kate what fun things we still needed to do before school start... we headed to the children's museum on Monday for a fun filled morning. How we love it there!

Tuesday Millie had dance and we had one of Kate's best buds over for a play date. We are so sad that Olivia won't be going to Quail Run this upcoming school year. She moved half-way through the school year last year and it is just too far of a drive. 

Henry double fisting black beans and was like this when we ran out. 

Wednesday I took Millie and Henry to tot town. Kate stayed home with a post call Daddy. 

We spent a lot of time at the pool. And Tim and I even enjoyed an afternoon weekend date to Top Golf! It was SO much fun! 

About a month ago Kate fell in love with this rainbow like tulle skirt in the Hanna Andersson catalogue. I did too but couldn't swallow the $54 price tag. Tulle is so cheap and I knew I could make her one almost as cute for fraction of the price. So we hit up JoAnn's and we were both pretty happy with the result. I will probably reattempt another one later that is a bit more gathered. 
 Thursday the girls had dentist appointments. Super exciting adventure before school starts, right? Kate did perfect. Millie cried through the whole cleaning but once the dentist came in she was awesome and let them paint on the fluoride. 

Tim worked a couple nights this week so the girls and I took advantage of him being home sleeping during the day.  We were supposed to go to a friend's house and swim but last minute they had to cancel so we grabbed a special ice cream treat just us girls during Henry's nap. 

More monsoons and rain!!!
Friday the girls got haircuts. Kate really wanted to go shorter so I let her and she loves it! She loves how her and Kit match even more now. 

Tim had Saturday off!!! Yay! So he got to take the girls to our favorite first Saturday of the month activity, the Kids Workshop at Home Depot. 
Then later that evening we went to the now 2nd Annual BBQ/Swim party with two of the other residents in Tim's program (they are both a year behind Tim) and their families. Both families are LDS too... between the three families there are 10 kids! Pretty impressive. 

We also enjoyed a lot of just play time at home. Soaking up these last days with my precious kids. They aren't always easy and my patience often wears thin but I truly am so thankful to be their mom and love spend my days with my crew.