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5.19.15 – Last Day of Preschool!

19 May

For the last two years, both Delaney and I have enjoyed her time at “school.” The school year started a little rough for Laney this year. She was very upset when I left, and required a lot more of the teachers’ attention throughout the morning. A month in, I was worried. I didn’t want her to be a burden on her teachers, but they all reassured me she was doing just fine. I am so glad they did, because the phase passed (like it always does even though I seem to forget when we’re in it). And she thrived! I really can’t thank Miss Monica, Miss Jennifer, and Miss Karissa enough for the blessing they have been to my little girl and me. They are so loving, positive, and patient. Laney has loved every minute of school and seeing her friends since that first tough month. She has grown in so many ways – the kid surprises me constantly by what she knows! It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to leave her in such a caring environment – especially when I can see by her demeanor how much fun she has!

I made the tough decision to switch schools next year to our church’s school – simply to reduce drive time. So I was a little sad today, because I know we both will miss it next fall! I almost cried today when Laney gave her friend Lylah a hug and said, “I love you!” If you know my girl, she does not use that phrase willy-nilly! But I know we will stay in touch. :)

First day of school:

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Last day of school:

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Laney with her teachers:

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5.18.15 – Toddler Tales

18 May

Laney’s favorite game for the past couple of weeks was to “play in Mommy’s closet.” This required me to lay on the closet floor with the light off while Laney kisses me good night, leaves for her room to fill up the tea cup, and brings me back tea. That whole cycle on repeat. You may be thinking it sounds like the best game ever, and you would be right! We have had some variations since – she may bring back her stuffed dino to “RAWR!” at me, which I have to then gasp in shock! But mostly, she just really enjoys entering and leaving rooms, opening and closing doors, and turning on and off lights, and I happily let her do so. It is really funny to hear your own phrases of greeting or good night repeated back to you. “See you in the morning!” “Stay in bed until the light comes on!” “Love you!” “Good night!” “Do you need some more? (tea)”

I have been trying really hard to keep capturing our every day moments. I made time to edit a picture of our closet game today. As I was editing, I was realizing she has already started to move on from this game. And although she doesn’t change as quickly in appearance as she did her first year (although she did grow an inch last month), she does change just as quickly cognitively. Her conversational skills and imagination continue to develop and surprise me, and it motivates me to continue to make time for my 52 week project and capturing the little moments that I never want to forget.

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And here are a few recent iPhone snaps. First, Fancy Friday (she picked her outfit) and dancing:

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Plus her new favorite shirt and spending sunny days at the park:

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And when Laney asks you to take a picture of her and her daddy, you say absolutely!

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Happy Monday, all!

5.10.15 – Mother’s Day

13 May

Hope everyone had a special Mother’s Day! It was so fun to hear Laney say it this year.

Although it took a few tries… “Happy Tuesday!” “Happy Birthday, Momma!” At school, the teachers helped the kids make cute little cards for us. It says, “I love my Mommy because…” Mine is blank. Laney’s teacher said every time they asked her she would say random things like “Tuesday” or “house.” She just isn’t quite there yet, so I think that’s where the “Happy Tuesday!” came from – she heard her teacher telling me the story. She is a silly girl!

I had a really great day. Brunch, church, projects around the house, and dinner with my family.

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(It was just too bright for Kyle.)

Couldn’t be more thankful to be this little cutie’s Momma – even if she refused to nap on Mother’s Day! ;)

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And because no post is complete without even more pictures. ;)

Lots of love to all of my favorite Moms out there! :) xoxo

5.3.15 – RJ’s Birthday Party

6 May

We had a fun weekend in Chicago last weekend.

First we had an amazing time at Ryan and Mike’s wedding. Ryan is Kyle’s oldest friend, and we couldn’t be happier for the two of them! It was so fun!

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View from my first Uber ride!

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On Sunday, we had a great time at our nephew RJ’s 2nd birthday party! CHOO CHOO! We arrived a few minutes early, so RJ and Laney had a chance to play before the other guests arrived. I always love seeing them interact! The tool bench toys were a hit. Laney had a blast playing outside and eating lots of cake. We especially enjoyed the goodie bag that kept her occupied on the ride home – even if I had to hear a train whistle the entire ride home! ;)

Hope everyone else had a great weekend! Can’t believe we are into May already!

 

5.5.15 – House Updates

5 May

If you are not interested in what our house looks like, you can skip this post. I love reading blogs that share interior design ideas and where to find items, so I thought I would share too. And I wanted to share with our family who might be curious about how we’ve been spending every spare minute of our time the past 5 months. :)

We moved into this house with a 3-month-old Laney a week before Christmas over 2 years ago. To say we just threw stuff up on the walls and into closets is an understatement. We love this house, but I have been trying to convince Kyle ever since that we need to make a few tweaks to make our house “ours.” I had put so much time and effort into making our first house a home before we moved to Philly, and I wanted to do the same for this one. I was really struggling with where to start. After a few failed attempts at configuring our main living space, we decided it would be our starting point. We also decided to call in some reinforcements.

Enter Kat from Studio Ryn Designs. If you are looking for some interior design help, she is amazing! She is fabulous at picking paint colors/accents, working within your budget, and answering billions of questions (from indecisive people like me). ;) As soon as we started putting her design plan into action, Kyle was hooked. And I was happy. :)

(Disclaimer: I am not a residential photography expert, and these are unedited due to lack of spare time.)

Most of the accessories you see were purchased at Target, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, TJ Maxx and Hobby Lobby.

One of my favorite new additions is our Lovely People custom illustration.

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I also found a place for my 365 days of Laney project.

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We loved our new living space so much, we decided to make a few minor tweaks to the dining room. I am normally not a curtain person, but I love these!

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We went bold in the bathroom. The chevron stencil was not enjoyable to apply, but is fun to look at now that it is finished!

Finally, we added a few finishing touches to the kitchen/mudroom.

Be You Bravely | Prayer Sign | Baskets – Target | Picture Holder – IKEA

I have been excited to update Laney’s room to a “big girl” room for a long time. I knew I wanted it to a be a space that would last her well past her toddler years. I found the bedding first and went from there. We painted three of her walls and left her chalkboard wall – since Daddy put so much working into painting it. ;) We had an old dresser that we wanted to repurpose, so we painted that using the same color as the walls on the drawers and a darker shade on the rest. I had trouble finding new knobs, but I think the ones we used turned out pretty good. The crate bookshelf was a bit of a labor of love (just don’t look too close at the paint job), but she loves having all of the compartments to rearrange and loves looking at the photos of her favorite people. The unfinished crates were purchased at Home Depot – I stained the outside and painted the insides. Just pretend the curtains are longer when you look at the pictures. ;)

Teepee Garland | You’re So Loved | Other Prints | Letters | Canvas – Hobby Lobby | Baskets – Target and Pottery Barn Kids

Frames – Kohls, Target, Gordmans, Hobby Lobby, IKEA

Well, that’s it! I get tired just looking at all of it. :) Hope you’ve enjoyed a little peek at all of our projects!

4.26.15 – Weekend Wrap-up

26 Apr

We had a super fun, quick trip to Indiana last weekend. Laney was so excited to see the Wagner crew, but I think she was MOST excited about Uncle Ryan’s birthday party and assisting with blowing out his candles. She shouted, “AGAIN!” afterwards.

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In my Laney update, I forgot a few phrases she has been saying lately.

1. “Guess what?! Go to teacher, go to lunch (wunch)!” I think this started from days she has school and we eat lunch afterwards, but it has become a regular saying all days of the week, which makes me giggle.

2. I recorded, “Set the timer (tima)!” for family to hear. Not her usual enthusiasm, but you get the idea.

3. “________ comin'” Laney says this when something is gone that she hopes will return soon. “Daddy’s comin'” “Moon’s comin'” etc.

4. Saying hi and bye to random things. When she can see the moon during the day, “Oh hi moon! How are you?”

5. And a related note, she is always commenting on the weather. “Mommy I see clouds! So beautiful!” “Where’d the clouds go?!” “Is sunny today!” “Sun is hidin’ behind the clouds.”

She is soo excited to be outside, go to the park, and wear her shorts/sandals! Such a funny change from when we went from pants to shorts last spring. She kept pulling her shorts down – she just couldn’t understand why they were so high. I just love her!

4.20.15 – First Trip to the Circus

20 Apr

We we went to the Gamma Phi Circus over the weekend. We met some friends for lunch and headed over early to the family fun event that took place before the show started. Laney wasn’t feeling the best as she came down with a cold late last week, but she still enjoyed every minute. She especially enjoyed picking out her prizes and getting her first temporary tattoo.

The circus performers are college students, and it was a long show (almost 3 hours!). But it held Laney’s attention almost the whole time! She loved anytime the music was upbeat, when there was any kind of jumping or flipping involved, and she also enjoyed the clowns being silly. It was really an impressive show, and we all had a great time!

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Not sure why her go-to selfie face is sticking her tongue out. ;)

Saturday night we headed to the Kindermusik Princess Ball, which was a really awesome event as well. Laney would have danced the whole night away with the princesses and princes. She was one tuckered out little girl by the end of the weekend, and I am pretty sure we were too!

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