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8.28.17 – First Day of Preschool

28 Aug

Laney was SO excited to start school today. We had a classroom visit last Friday, and she wanted to know why it was so short. We were both a little thrown off by the fact that she goes in the afternoon now, and she was a little disappointed that she doesn’t get to eat lunch at school yet. But she had an awesome first day, and I can’t wait to watch her learn and grow this year.

No fancy first day of school outfit or special hair-do here. I didn’t even ask because “it’s just not her style.” She picked out her favorite tank top (she only wears tanks these days) and asked for her hair in “one pony tail” like she does every morning. I was surprised when she picked out her green shoes to wear to gymnastics this morning, but she of course went for trusty tennis shoes for school. When I asked her if I could take a picture of her before we left, she asked if she had to wear a different outfit (she knows I get to pick outfits for family photos) and was quite pleased when I said she could wear what she had on. Who am I to mess with “her style”? 🙂

What do you want to be when you grow up? A pop star princess daughter

What is your favorite thing about school? EVERYTHING

What are your most excited about doing at school this year? EVERYTHING

What is your favorite color? Purple, pink, and blue

What are your favorite things to do? Play and watch TV

5.17.17 – Last Day of Preschool

17 May

Today was Laney’s last day of preschool for the year. I really can’t believe it, but she had such an awesome year! She can write her name so well now in both upper and lower case and learned so many new things. But most importantly, she made some great new friends and had so much fun!

Here is a look back at the beginning of the year:

And here is our big girl now and a photo with her awesome teachers:

I really can’t even believe how much she’s grown and matured this year. Maybe it’s the big sister gig or maybe it’s the fact she is now closer to FIVE than four, but she seems so grown up all of a sudden. She is still SUPER inquisitive – asking me what words mean and how things work constantly. But she is still my baby girl, and I love how she still mispronounces some words. (gemote – remote; mudders – mother’s; backpack – packpack) Love her so much and love that she loves school. Can’t wait to see her continue to grow and learn next year, but for now it’s time for some summer fun!!


11.21.16 – Life Lately

21 Nov

November has been a whirlwind but it has been super fun! We have been busy finishing up the nursery getting some things done around the house to prepare for these baby boys. (Kyle may be nesting more than I am!) Hoping to share some nursery pictures soon –  trying to wait on our new chair to arrive, but I thought I would share a few highlights of the fun we have had this month.

  1. Baby Shower #2 – I have the sweetest friends and neighbors who threw me a wonderful shower. We are so blessed to have family away from “home!”

2. We took Laney to see Trolls, which she loved. We have been listening to the soundtrack on repeat and had a fun Friday night dance party waiting for Daddy to get home from work.

3. Laney also rediscovered the joy of footie pajamas, and I love how they made her look like my baby girl again (nursery peek in this photo).


4. Laney had her first basketball practice and loved every minute. The video speaks for itself. 🙂

5. We started a fun new tradition with friends of ringing bells. The girls did awesome and we had a lot of fun jamming to Christmas carols and wishing customers a “Happy Christmas!” We really lucked out on the weather too – it was a beautiful night!


6. Kindermusik Grateful Gathering – a fun night of music and spending time together!


7. Laney’s Preschool Thanksgiving Feast – she didn’t scowl during the performance this year and actually did some singing and the motions! That’s progress, my friends!

Her fav song:

We are so excited for what December will bring, but November isn’t over yet. We have some special birthdays tomorrow, Thanksgiving, and visits from family to wrap up the fun and busy month!



5.17.16 – Last Day of Preschool

17 May

It’s hard to believe today was Laney’s last day of preschool for the year. We still have a little park play date later this week, but this was the last official day. She has loved it so much, and she has grown and matured so much since the beginning of the school year. We have been so blessed to have such a wonderful preschool program located in our church. I think she is a little concerned that she has to move to a new class next year, but I know it will be great for her to be one of the oldest in her class for a change. I managed to snap a couple of pictures last minute to document her change in appearance. A reminder of her first day is here. Her photo cooperation has definitely improved even more! 🙂

We are so proud of her!

Edited: Later in the week, Laney had a play date at the park. She received her end of year book, played with her friends, and said goodbye to her teacher. It was a beautiful, fun start to summer!


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6.6.12 – Oh Happy Day!

6 Jun

Friends, today is a good GREAT day.

First, I had a Whole Foods lunch date with Kyle, which is always fun.

Second, I FINALLY received my Pennsylvania teaching license. I may never use it at this point, but the time, effort, and money that went into getting it makes having it in my hand feel pretty darn good.

Last but NOT least… I am D-O-N-E with grad school! Submitted my final assignments today. I’ve been approved for August graduation pending completing these final two courses, so I just have to wait for my diploma to arrive this fall. Four years and two Master’s degrees later… I feel like a huge weight has been lifted.  If I EVER mention wanting to take another class for the next ten years or so – SOMEBODY STOP ME! Unless said class is for sewing, photography, or something fun. 🙂 Now I can focus my summer on vacationing, crafting, and preparing for our baby girl!

I think this calls for a little Dining Under the Stars action tonight – as long as it doesn’t rain…

Hope everyone else is having a happy hump day too!

3.19.12 – Look what I can do…

19 Mar

I have been taking a photography class and last week we did some trick photography.  I have been having a lot of fun and hope to continue practicing so I can take some cute pics of Baby Pott when he/she arrives.  Kyle has been a helpful assistant. 🙂

Here are some of my pics for this week’s assignment:

You can check out more on my FlickR page.