Back to School Date

The girls are back in school. Can you believe baby A is in Kindergarten? I sure as hell can’t. I’m not sure why but it seemed like the craziness was elevated this year. Maybe it’s because I have so many things going on, or maybe it’s because our Target decided to remodel this summer. Trying to get school supplies there was like fighting my way through a zombie herd.

Back to school shopping is at the moment a one on one activity. It’s physically impossible for me to take both girls shopping for clothes and get anything accomplished. They are completely different little humans. Averi, the fashionista wants to look and try on all the pretty things, where as Kaili only wants a certain type of shorts, she’s very picky, or as some would say, she just knows what she wants. She’s so small that we struggle to find anything that fit’s her right. It’s definitely a thing I have to do with each of them separately.

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The girls have eased in well to their new classes. Averi has had the teacher boasting about how great she is. I even had a dad approach me and express his gratitude to Averi for helping his son with an activity that he was struggling with. –> insert exploding heart.

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Shawna and I decided to take a “back to school” date and headed out for a wine pairing dinner.

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A three course prix-fixed meal with wine pairings awaited us. She ordered the better starter, a roasted summer squash salad with fresh ricotta, it was amazing. I got the roasted prawns and sea bass in a spicy curry. It was good but heavy handed with curry paste, almost a palate ruiner (is that a word?) We both got the pan seared sea bass with tarragon jam and it was pretty good. I hate to nitpick, I really like this place.

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For dessert, she ordered the pavlova. My grandma always made us these served with whipped cream and strawberries, they are really delicious. I ordered the obvious chocolate dessert, a take on a trifle.

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The wine pairings were fine, nothing to write home about but we left overly satisfied. We night capped at a bar that has turned into a favorite local spot that leaves us wondering what or whom we will encounter each time we step foot inside. Can’t wait to tell you some stories.

 

 

Farewell Kindergarten

 

Well that was quick wasn’t it? Doesn’t seem very long ago that we walked her to school for the first day of Kindergarten. She loved it, made great friends and had wonderful teachers. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the elementary years.

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I won’t lie, having her in school from 9:am -3:45 pm everyday was pretty sweet. So now having her home all day is going to be an interesting challenge. I might  will have to call in my trusty helper wine to make the days go by a little easier. In reality it should be a pretty good summer with a nice break from the mundane as we take a trip up to Washington state…..For more wine!

I made the teachers a fun little gift bag that I’ve had saved on my Pinterest board for years. I am finally finding a reason to make some of these cute gift ideas.

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Inside I put a beach towel, sunscreen, chapstick, coconut body wipes, a fruit infuser water bottle, a magazine and a bottle of rosé.

We have enrolled Kaili back in swim lessons and although she’s only been to two of them so far, I am definitely seeing improvements. We’ve got to get this girl to swim or at least not drown, that is a great start.

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And to kick off summer, I took her to the salon for a new haircut.

Taking a few inches off and adding layers, I think it looks great. She is now ready for hot sunshiney days

TK Graduation

Kaili is officially out of transitional kindergarten and on her way to elementary school.

She has always enjoyed school and most of her teachers. Last week she “graduated” from TK and it brought all of the emotions.

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Saying thank you and goodbye to her 3 year old teacher, Mrs. Borck is moving back East.

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Then they sang.

I was in the minority for only recording ONE of their songs, you’re welcome.

Kaili singing at graduation

She was the best, come on, you know I am right.

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Today was her Kindergarten orientation at our neighborhood elementary school.  It seems   most people aren’t attending  their neighborhood schools anymore. They are  lotto-ing into the local immersion programs, the “better” schools down the way, or they are coughing up the big bucks for the best private schools.

Now, don’t think we didn’t play around with the same thoughts, we did. But in the end we agreed on her attending our neighborhood school.

It’s diverse, ethnically, racially and monetary. She will meet friends that live near our streets and it’s walking distance. For me, those are all important factors I want her to know as “normal”.

Wandering around her soon to be Kinder campus I had mixed emotions. From holy shit, she is going to be in elementary school ! To holy shit, she is going to be in elementary school!

Call me biased but these are some of the best of the childhood years. We get to watch them become more independent, we get to watch them learn to read, most amazing thing ever AND we watch our littles become big- kids. They are full of confidence, accept everyone, want to help, thrive on positive reinforcement and still totally love the sh*t out of their mommy and daddy.

 

Congratulations baby girl, you’re moving on up!