Someone didn’t want to sleep last night, so we snuggled for a bit and I captured this:


Love her little voice.


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Someone misses her daddy

I typically pick Ramona up after work, and Adam gets Violet. That means I get some one-on-one time with Ramona and can focus on getting dinner made without both of them fighting over my attention.

Ramona is in such a daddy mood these days. When I pick her up at daycare she immediately will ask “Daddy?” and point, asking me if he’s coming too. Then she’ll point at every man she sees on the way home… “Daddy!” and get sad when it’s not actually Adam.

Yesterday she was constantly asking for him when we got home. I captured this moment. Could she sound any sadder?

(Please excuse the labyrinth of toys on the way to the door)

When she stops and asks for my hand? That’s her latest thing – – she’ll  say “come,” and ask for your hand to go with her. Often to show you something or ask for help. Pretty darn cute.

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Dance Class

Violet is taking a jazz/tap combo class (she insisted on tap as her dance of choice because then she could wear “heel shoes”!). Most classes parents aren’t allowed to watch – – but we were invited in for a peek on her 3rd class. Cuteness overload:

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School Lockdowns

Ah, new safety precautions since I was in school. Violet just explained what happens in a school lockdown:

“You turn out the lights, and lock the door, and get down on the floor and be very quiet until the stranger goes away.”

This may have made me want to move to a deserted island and/homeschool and/or cry. 

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Conversations with Violet

Violet: I’m doing your hair special to go out! With me!

Me: Where are we going?

Violet: We’re going to the grown up park

Me: What is at the grown up park?

Violet: There is garlic. And you can play. And there are rides for grown ups. And seesaws. For grown ups!

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This Mom’s Nemesis: Packing Lunches

For some reason, packing a school lunch was my biggest stress leading up to Violet starting school. We were spoiled with her daycare – – not only did she make great friends, take tae kwon do, learn some basic piano, learn some French and Spanish, learn to write and pre-read… they provided all of her food for the day. I didn’t have to worry one bit, and she always ate everything. They were always shocked when I told them she didn’t eat great at home, because she was always the kid who stayed at the table longest and would have seconds (or thirds…). We still have this amazing luxury with Ramona… but now that Violet is at “real” school – we are in charge of all of her nutrition again. Packing lunches! Ahhh.

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Dear Violet, As you start school…

Dear Violet,

You start Junior Kindergarten tomorrow, which will truly be an adventure for all of us. You’ve stepped away from your beloved daycare with friends you’ve known most of your life, said goodbye to teachers and a familiar space, and now you will embark on a new journey of school. Before you do that, we want a snapshot of who you are right now. Continue reading

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