Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Where The Heck's The Pause Button?!


Sometimes I wish I could have a DVR for my life- go back to the happiest moments, rewind and fast forward through the crappy ones- pause and savor the really amazing ones....
like yesterday- the LAST DAY of summer...the last day being home with both of my babies- as actual babies- not yet in "real school"
this is what they did while left to their own devices...

it was their version of a book store (and literally maybe 1/100th of the books in our house...did I ever mention my mother is an an early childhood teacher/children's book addict?)

Here are some of my must-read, all time favorite children's books- in case you need to add to your collection...
Quick read, song-like text- GREAT message

Total tear-jerker- based on real story of US astronaut Ron Mcnair- MUST READ
 (Mosie especially loves this book)

I've mentioned this one before, cannot say enough about it's connected, beautiful words and illustrations- LOVE

Great artist story!

Great life lesson book written so kids can understand it- they also have one called Christmas Cookies!

My favorite childhood book- still top on my list- so inspiring:)

I really do want to pause my life right now- stop everything from moving forward- really cherish every single moment of every single day that I am with my children at this amazing age- but I can't, so instead I need to accept the fact that they are getting older- and that life must move forward.

What is helping me through it is valuing the positives in this new stage of our life:

1: It is good for Zella to get nurturing, teaching, values, etc. from another adult outside of our family (and her teacher seems like a keeper;)

2: I will get more 1:1 time with Mo-Man

3: I will get more 1:1 time with ME - at least 1 day a week when Mos is at school and I am NOT in know what that means- YUP- DIY BABY! and maybe some yoga?! and maybe even some extra studio time...I think I am slightly overestimating my productivity here but let's go with it!

4: Zella will meet lots of new friends, have new experiences with all sorts of children from all sorts of families different then ours- and from that SHE will grow so much!!

5: Because we wont be together as much I am forced to really make every second that we are together count- this means budgeting my time right so that my school work is done when the kids are sleeping- and playing, baking, reading, kid art, and family time is done when we are together!

6: Zella is SO EXCITED for school- despite my separation anxiety as a child (and into adolescence) and feeling major separation anxiety right now as a mother- I have managed to raise 2 pretty independent children who are seriously stoked to be going to school (don't ask me how I managed this!) Granted- I know there will be rough days here and there- but right now- the excitement is very real for them!

Here are some shots from our first day!

My super-seriously-excited Big Kindergartner!


I can't help but get nostalgic...

My sweet AngelGirl


  1. those pictures are awesome--your kids are adorable.

    I keep thinking I will get stuff done while the kids are at school, but it just doesn't seem to happen :-

  2. Oh My Goodness. They are too cute. Hope Z has a terrific first week! Denise

  3. Oh my goodness, I love Zella! She is too funny! Before I got to the photo of her as a baby I kept thinking she looks soooo mature and so big in these photos yet there is something in her face that is still the same as when she was a baby. She's gorgeous! I especially love the photos of her looking to the side-she has a beautiful profile. Very regal. And your children are so independent because of the way you raised them. I've always noticed that your children feel right in the world, they feel safe and confident thus the independence. Hello, attachment parenting! It works:)

  4. I LOVE all of them and especially the ones with both kids. Aww Z- I can't believe she's a big kindergartner!
    Miss you guys xoxox