Sep 21 2015

hello, six

josephine turned six earlier this month and, for the first time, her party was on her birthday. she was a little disappointed by this at first as she likes wringing as much celebration time out of her birthday as possible, but once we got to party planning, she came around. and it was a great day. josephine wanted a horse-themed party, so we played pin the tail on the horse (a given), ate horse-approved foods (carrots, apples, oat cakes, and pretzel sticks hay), and the guests were given a workout in the pole bending and barrel racing courses. everyone got a ribbon.

josephine helped with the planning of the party and i really love brainstorming with her and whittling down some of her elaborate plans to something doable. plus, hand-coloring the invitations is a sneaky way to create work that keeps her busy. she helped make the cake, the invites, the decorations, and plan the games. and she had a wonderful time welcoming six.

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Sep 21 2015

first day of kindergarten

there were some jitters, a lot of excitement, only a few tears, and many smiles. josephine rocked her first day of kindergarten.

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Sep 17 2015

last day of summer

josephine starts kindergarten tomorrow. KINDERGARTEN. a teacher strike delayed the start of school a few days (she was supposed to start monday), so that put all the more pressure on today to have it be the best last day of summer ever. we went with sweet and simple: a morning at the park, a trip to the library to put josephine’s new library card to use, and lunch out. and a nap. we can’t forget the nap. (we went to the baby story time at the library — tilly’s first time attending — and tilly went bananas. she was crawling around the room full of babies grinning, like, “my people! these are my people!” i think having a little more time devoted to age-appropriate activities for her will be great. you know, after josephine starts kindergarten. tomorrow.)

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Sep 14 2015

tooth fairy’s first visit

josephine lost her first tooth on the 30th. ned had been hounding her to yank it out and she wouldn’t let him touch it. i was allowed to wiggle it but she was very protective of it. when i heard screaming coming from the bathroom on sunday evening, i had a feeling it was tooth-related. ned had told her to hold her tooth with one hand and smack that hand with her other hand. she did it and the tooth popped right out. josephine was not ready to have her tooth out of her mouth and a long period of great sadness (fueled by bedtime exhaustion) followed. eventually she calmed down but it was another night before she was ready to leave the tooth for the tooth fairy. and she left it on her dresser, not under her pillow. i don’t blame her. who wants a strange little creature reaching under their pillow for a severed body part?

josephine had decided that she could make a wish on her tooth and the tooth fairy would fulfill that wish. i had to let her know that the tooth fairy just leaves a trinket; no live cat was going to appear in her tooth’s place. the tooth fairy left her some horse tattoos and a coupon for a free ice cream cone. it’s no cat, but she seemed pretty happy. and now we have this awesome new smile to enjoy.

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Sep 14 2015

unpacking the farm box and enjoying pasta

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Sep 12 2015

we’re back! boo!

apologies for the extended absence! the past month has been busy AND there have been behind-the-scenes technical difficulties with the blog. life is still busy but the blog is fixed. so let the posting begin!

to start us out, this little cutie has learned (sort of) how to play peek-a-boo. she also can say “boo.” it’s pretty much the sweetest thing. more sooner than a month from now, promise.

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