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Girl.  Seven.  I'm going to just throw it out there that I may be crazy for the next year.  Seven was when my whole world changed.  I look at you now and think of me when I was your age.  So young to lose a parent.  I'll cross my fingers and knock on wood and say all the chants to the universe that you don't ever know what that's like.  And then I'll move on to happier things.


You're in 1st grade!  You're doing fine.  Reading hasn't come effortlessly to you but we're working on it, and you've made progress.  You definitely still love it when we read to you two before bed.  We've gotten into "The Series of Unfortunate Events."  Y'all LOVE THEM.  We're also working on incorporating more math into our daily life (for both of you).  It's fun to see that developing as well.  You like doing experiments with the science kits, and your science project this year was Lemon Volcanoes.  I think you still love art the most.  You are…

2017 reads

Oh, my.  So two books in a whole year?!  The Handmaid's Tale and The Shack.  And both of those were read by March.  Hmm...did I really not read more?  Or is it that I have about 900 books that I've started and never finished?  Or that I've read like 7 books in the Series of Unfortunate Events with the kids and I don't count those.  Who knows.

5 years! (the boy edition)

Oh, my tiny love.  You are five!  Technically, you'll be 5 in a few hours but still...  You celebrated yesterday with a Super Mario party at the jumping place.  It was a good time that was low stress for your poor mommy.  And today you're at space camp.  I'm so excited to hear how the day went!

It's a time for changes right now. You had your last day of daycare last Thursday.  Then you start kindergarten in 3 weeks!  I can't believe it.  I'm actually pretty thrilled that you and your sister will be in the same place again.  You're going to be in the dual-language program, and I'm so jealous.  Maybe I'll go through elementary school with you.  I'm sure you won't mind.  I'm looking forward to see how much you learn and how you change.  You've done so well at daycare this past year.  You can sound out some words and know a few sight words.  You're a pretty smart kid.

You're also a great friend.  We had a birthday party to attend…

six

Dear daughter, you are six.  I was actually with you at lunch today right when it happened.  I walked with you to the restroom, and when we were walking back I saw that you had actually turned 6 five minutes earlier.  I mentioned it to you (since you had been asking when exactly your age would change), and you happily skipped back to the table singing about being 6.  That is pretty much you these days.

So yeah, school.  You started kindergarten this year.  It has been quite the adjustment for me.  You and your brother are both so busy, and this is our first year where you two are going to school in different places.  With very different schedules.  My work has been very flexible, and I think I finally have it figured out.  You started off so well with school.  I must admit I was worried a bit.  You had been with your old friends for so long and aren't quite as outgoing as your brother.  Plus, you know, the actual change from daycare to actual school.  You did fine, though.  As the…

2016 reads

I guess if nothing else, I keep track of the kids' birthdays and what I read.  Perhaps I need to start blogging anew.
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for GirlsThe All-Girl Filling Station's Last ReunionThe Boys in the BoatAs Always I SmiledThe Ladies of Garrison GardensThe Friday Night Knitting ClubEveryone Worth KnowingBeen There, Done ThatHamilton: The RevolutionTop Secret Twenty-OneA Grown-up Kind of Pretty At least I read more this year.  I had been keeping a list of recommendations for the last several years but never found time what with raising two small children.  Vacations helped a little. I think all of the books were interesting in their own ways.  I've recommended #3 to others and even gifted it.  And #9 helped fuel an already unhealthy obsession.

4 years! (the boy edition)

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Buddy Bear, you're finally 4!  I feel like we've been leading up to this birthday for quite some time.  You wanted to go with Transformers this year, and it was pretty fun.  Because there are a TON of kids in your class, we stuck with a kid party this year.  You wanted to have it at the splash pad, and that worked out well.  In order for us old folks not to die at an outdoor party in Texas in July, we had it at 9am.  That meant breakfast foods!  It was fun.  You had a doughnut tower instead of a cake (which was your decision). 


You still have lots of nicknames.  Buddy, Buddy Bear, Mojo Jojo, Jojo, Joji (for when you say "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy").  You're not really Buns anymore.  Funny how that happens.  You're still my tiny guy.  I think you're in size 3 usually.  Skinny minny.  We won't have official measurements from your well check until September since I totally missed your appointment last year and now we're off schedule. 


You are still full …

Five

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Five!  How is my firstborn so old?!  Well, you are and you're getting super fun.  You are your own person, for sure.  When I asked you what kind of birthday you wanted this year you said "Wonder Woman.  And I want all my friends to dress like their favorite superhero."  I thought that was a GREAT idea so we went with it.  And let me tell you, it was so fun seeing all your friends in their costumes.  The neighbors said it looked like Halloween all over again.  Y'all are the cutest.  This year, I mostly bought the food but spent more time on favors (capes!) and games (superhero training!).  Everyone seemed to have a good time, and the weather held up again this year. I'm also not gonna lie--it was nice to be back in the house for your party.


This last year was a challenging one what with us moving all the time and living everywhere but home.  But you and your brother handled it like champs.  You were so well-behaved in the hotel and apartment where you had to chang…