Week of Firsts

Week of Firsts

As an adult, once you are finished with school and off in the working world, you measure your years January through December like a normal person on a normal calendar. That said, I’m beginning to remember what it’s like to measure years August to July. Things are so much different for school aged kids (and their teachers and parents too), and this time of year is so busy and just humming with excitement. It’s nearly impossible to resist the sort of “fresh start” feeling that comes with a new school year. Awhile back my sister-in-law, Kelly, asked on her blog “what’s your favorite back to school book?” [Kelly wrote an awesome post this week about a token economy she set up for my three year old nephew, check it out.] For the record, this is it. Kinley loves “My Brave Year of Firsts” and I think that the many times we have read and reread and gone over every detail of every picture is a major contributor to how smoothly this week has gone. Thanks Jamie Lee Curtis, I owe you one.

This week Kinley had her first, second, and third days of preschool. They mark the longest amount of time she has spent away from me (and not with a grandparent or auntie). On her first day, she did not cry though a tear might have welled up for both of us, they were quickly swallowed and replaced with brave faces. We talk a lot about being brave as Kinley is really slow to warm up. She has been incredibly brave this week, and although she is still reluctant to be away from mom, she is pretty determined that she will be a big kid and will one day soon drive and drink coffee. She will be having a first ballet class next month, so stay tuned.

Emery had her first book club meeting, Kindermusik, and Tot Art classes this week. She, on the other hand, loved every second… waving to everyone, trying to steal sippy cups, and climbing everything in sight. Her favorite things to say lately are “ouch,” “no,” and various animal sounds (“moo,” “baaa,” “woof,” “grrrr”) usually matched with the correct animal. Ya’ll are in for a treat this week, real camera pictures (huge step up from the usual iphone snaps I give you).


Falling into Fall


So, first the obligatory apology for missing the last two Fridays. Life has been truly overwhelming lately. Anyway, so much to say and yet I think it best to just say this… As a family we have many blessings, the greatest of which is that we are a family. We take care of each other, we look out for each other, and most of all we love each other. We are thankful for all of those who have taught and continue to teach us and lead by example.

Kinley starts school on Monday! That makes it seem like FALL. I want to put on jeans and a light sweater, and dress Kinley in her new school clothes. I have to keep reminding myself that this is Memphis and it’s 95 degrees and the leaves won’t change until November, ugh!










Independence Day


Hi all. Sorry we’ve been MIA for a few weeks. We just recovered from a terrible post vacation cold. I still need to get all of our vacation pictures sorted out, but you can get a sneak peak on Facebook. In the meantime, hope you all had a happy and safe 4th of July. Happy Photo Friday. Josh spent the night at the hospital trying to salvage limbs that got a little too close to exploding fireworks (ewww). The girls and I attended a party and then ventured out to watch firework. Kinley loved it so much that I didn’t even mind the hour it took us to get out of the maze of cars and home. Sorry our pictures are a little blurry… Em wasn’t into the flash, and these were the best of what I managed to capture on my dying phone.

Memphis Babies











Lots of fun stuff coming up, but just this for now. Josh is in NYC for some training, got to see Yankees vs. Red Sox live tonight (lucky). The girls and I have been preparing for vacation, we leave next Sunday. Our 9 year wedding anniversary on Wednesday, and only one year left in Memphis.

Pizza a la Sykes, we have been tweaking this crust and sauce for almost four years, think we finally got it right. Recipe upon request, this is turkey pepperoni with sweet onions, fire roasted red peppers and mushrooms.








Hello everyone. Been a while since my mom let me do the blog. As many of you know I’m three years old now. Today I’m going to tell you a little about myself in my own words. My favorite color is pink, and I’m not just saying that, I know all my colors. My favorite food is blueberries, and strawberries, and bananas (oatmeal and chocolate too). I love to wear dresses and high heels. My favorite thing to do is play dress up, and my favorite birthday present was dress up clothes (no offense to the rest of you present givers, everything was awesome!). I love to go to the park. I also love to play outside with Em (no dog poop though). That’s about it. I’m doing swimming lessons in July and start school in August. There are more pictures, but they are trapped on the iPad at the moment, we will try and do another post this weekend.