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Firsts and Lasts

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 in Education, Motherhood, The Fam


FIRST trip to the Dollar Store for the kids (and first in a long time for me) – wow, what an easy place to spend money!  Our finds brought on a few other firsts…..  FIRST tea party, attended by our new spiders. Blog 7-25

FIRST home recorder jam session….yes, Whitney plays it however she wants.  I liken this to something in between Kenny G, and Michael J. Fox’s Johnny Be Good solo sliding across the floor in Back to the Future.  Admittedly the breathy-ness probably pushes it a lot more on the Kenny G side of the spectrum.  Dylan tooted his recorder for a bit but even before the day was over it became a Javelin, and then a two-part puzzle that Mama had to make “take a break” high up on the shelf.  Oh well.  At least it was only a dollar.Blog 7-253

LAST day of Early Start for Whitney. We LOVED our time there.  She is a little school super star who knows the routine and loves participating in all the songs.  During summer session Whitney became obsessed with the dress up clothes – this yellow scarf accompanied her to a few Circle Times. Little fancy pants.Blog 7-252

Cupcakes to celebrate her last day (and upcoming 3rd birthday).  Dylan keeps calling everything sweet “Ice Cream” and he politely asked for more ice cream, please about thirty times today.  Let me tell you, we have begun the broken record stage.Blog 7-251

Dylan is obsessed with “driving” the cars.  He tries for a chance to push all the buttons and turn the wheel every single time we get in and out of the car.  And the one or two times I’ve let it go it’s just about scared the bajeezus out of me when I come back to turn the car on and find every noisy or movable function engaged.  He also will play with water every chance he can get.  Here the spiders are getting a bath.

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Aside from this, I feel it’s noteworthy to mention that I have survived the greater part of a week now with Tyler out of town.  No emergency trips, and I didn’t pull my hair out (although Whitney has been trying to do it for me lately).  I have been reminded of how thankful I am that I am not raising these kids all by myself.  Also, what a huge blessing it is to have my parents local…I basically moved back home for half the time he was gone.  How do other people do it!?


  1. It is amazing what we can do when we find ourselves alone!

    I remember how hard it was working full time and basically raising my two kids on my own. My ex husband was not very “hands on” when they were both very small it was ALL me. Not that I regret one moment of it looking back, but it is truly amazing how well we adapt and how we figure out what to do and how to do it when on our own..

    I must have done something right, they both turned out pretty darn good if I do say so myself 🙂

    • Seriously, JoAnne, moms amaze me. And I am blown away by moms of past generations…what amazing strong hardworking women who had little or no home/child help from the menfolk…and with a lot less modern conveniences than I have. It’s hard to imagine having to hand wash my clothes and dishes, much less have home cooked meals on the table every night, all on top of looking after little ones.

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