To the People Who Love My Kid

Y’all rock! No joke. There’s something exciting about seeing people snag your child up at the door and envelop them in a tight embrace. Er, wait… let me rephrase that… There’s something about seeing people you trust snag up your child. Yeah, that’s better.
To those people, thank you. Thank you for caring about my child as much as you do. Just because we’re friends doesn’t mean you automatically have to like my daughter. But, still, you do. & honestly, I think you sometimes like her better than me. & if you would rather take her out for coffee than me, I’d totally be cool with that. In fact, when can you pretty please come and take her for a girls’ day out?? Since you love her so much more than me, I’d be happy to oblige by staying at home by myself… with peace and quiet….
I digress.
But seriously, it warms my heart to know that you really and truly do care about my daughter. I’m flooded with happiness knowing it’s not a burden to bring Emmalyn with us to your house for dinner, or (grown-up) game nights. She’s welcomed, and it’s humbling. Your patience, when Emmalyn wants to hold the Catch Phrase game, hasn’t gone unnoticed.
I can see the love going both ways in Emmalyn’s eyes when she hears that we’re going to see you. She won’t stop asking about you until we’re physically in your presence. And as if I weren’t already convinced of the love, she reassures me by jumping into your arms. As a parent, it’s a huge relief to know that my daughter is loved and cared for by others.
You don’t just love my child when things are easy, though. Nope. You also love her when she’s crawling under the restaurant table, licking your windows, or ripping her Flower Girl dress right before you walk down the aisle. Yep. That says a lot about the person you are. Someone who is there for you no matter what! Those are the kinds of people I want to not only surround myself, but my daughter, with.
So thank you. Thank you for being a part of our silly little family.
I must say, I think of Emmalyn as an extension of myself. & you love Emmalyn. & because Emmalyn is really just an extension of me, well that just means you really love me.
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Emmalyn’s 1st Day of School!

“I can do anything.” –Madeline

That’s the mantra I went in with today as I dropped Emmalyn off at her first day of school. (so maybe we watched Madeline a bazillion three times yesterday while it was raining) I just can’t believe my little girl started school already! & I can’t believe I’m old enough to actually have a little girl starting school.

Granted, she’s only there for an hour and a half today–but still!

For this first week, the children only go for a limited amount of time to get them acclimated to the classroom. Next week, Emmy will go two days a week, for four and a half hours at a time.

Seriously, this whole time leading up to her going to school I’ve had My Brave Face on, and truly I believed it. But, y’all, when I drove away from her school this morning, it hit me!


I cried painful sobs all the way home.

& it wasn’t even because she was crying, because she wasn’t.

I think the depth of the whole situation took me by surprise. My little girl is growing up. Sounds terribly cliche, I know… but it’s true. She baffles me everyday with her ever-growing conversations and stories, her kindness (we’ll leave out the part about her ever-growing temper), and her sense of wonder and curiosity.

You might wonder why, as a stay-at-home-mom I’d be sending my child to school? Why not soak up every.single.moment? Well, to be honest, we were getting bored with one another. It’s not like we didn’t go out and explore almost everyday (and with other kids) but I could tell that I wasn’t giving my daughter enough at home. She needed something else. 

And I’m okay with that. Not an ounce of guilt. 

She’s insanely curious and always getting into things. When we moved to our new town, we literally went “school shopping” until we found what we thought was the perfect fit for Emmalyn. This school focuses more on the child’s freedom to explore, discover, and select their own work. They empower independence through asking questions, puzzles, and focus on learning without having to be “spoon-fed” by the teacher. This is something we felt was important for Emmalyn based on her personality. 

This whole summer I’ve been extremely excited for her new adventure! Practically every day we talked about her “First Day of School”, and Emmy would always ask, “You’ll come with me?”

Well, umm… not exactly. I feared she would cry and protest on her first day considering how attached she is to me, but Nope! She was a champ! I was so proud to see her walk confidently into her classroom with her head held high. I think that’s the pivotal moment that sent me over the edge into Cry Town… Seeing my little love take on such a brave task.

So how did she do?!

She was super! Which bring me to my next Madeline mantra: “I’d rather be super everything than super nothing.” She came out of that classroom with the world at her fingertips. Smiling. Accomplished. Happy. Ready to do it again!

And Mommy was relieved! …and glad to have my baby back! 

& what made it all the more sweeter was having Daddy surprise us at pick-up. Icing on the cake to the Best First Day of School!

The first thing Emmalyn told us about her day was that she made new friends.

Can I get an Awwwww???

I’m so proud of my little love and can’t wait to see what she does next!


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FIVE on Friday


{FIVE} I’ve actually enjoyed cooking for my family this week. No really. Shocking, I know! I did however have a total “Pinterest Fail” when I tried to make a Garlic Parmesan Potato dish. Although in my defense, I got two phone calls while I was cooking–plus, I had to keep an eye out for a certain two year-old who gets into e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. Hey! It still tasted good 😉

Strawberry Shortcake Muffins, made without flour:

My infamous Chicken Tortilla Soup:

{FOUR} Emmalyn & I totally got rained out at the splash pad yesterday. Total bummer. At least we didn’t get all unpacked and settled–we were still in the car. The crummy thing about getting stuck in the rain here is that we don’t have a garage at our new house–only a really long driveway and a carport. It’s one of the sacrifices we had to make to live in the historic part of town, where we can walk to many places.

{THREE} I absolutely cannot wait for the fall shows to come back on. I’m most looking forward to New Girl
I’m o b s e s s e d with that show!

{TWO} Who else is loving So You Think You Can Dance?!! My favorites are Amy and Fik-Shun. They have so much stage presence, I just can’t stand it! What about you?!

{ONE} I don’t know what I would do without green tea or coffee every morning. I don’t know why, but Emmalyn has been waking up around 6:30 every morning and it’s really taking a toll on me… especially since she doesn’t go to bed until about 9 every night! I know… too late for a little girl. But she won’t go to sleep until Daddy comes home, which is after 8. At least she’s been taking decent naps (mommy, too!) But this schedule we have going on is just not working… I need to come up with a new plan! Wish us luck!


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