Monday, September 8, 2014

Grace's 6th Birthday!

Dear Gracie Girl,

   Today is your 6th birthday and I'm simply intrigued by you.  You are unlike anyone I've ever met and for that, I am grateful.  As your mom, I've learned that if I compliment you on your behavior, you immediately change it.  Also, if I say the best way to go is left, you will demand we go right.  You have always had this quality; of being contrary.  It is so different from how I am, but that is how you are and it teaches me.  You've shown me that I don't have everything figured out.  You also show me how to laugh when life is too silly.  Your style and sense of fashion is impeccable and truly original.  One funny story is that for your 6th birthday you are completely adamant that you don't want cake.  Tonight for your birthday dessert, you went out for frozen yogurt with your Dad.  On the day of your party in 2 weeks, you requested that we serve brownies.  The truth about you, Grace, is that you always surprise me.

  You started Kindergarten a week ago today and I believe you already have it all figured out.  You continue to be a light in our home and to amaze me at your bravery.

  I love you so much my sweet baby girl.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Life....and the First Day of School

So, life has been hectic; and not always in a good way.  My grandmother passed away this summer and my dear cousin, Bryan, had a terrible accident and is now paralyzed.  So, the summer has been hard.  Very hard.  And to be honest, very emotional.  Some of those emotions have felt good though because they made me feel more in touch with myself.  Others were difficult because they expressed pain over people I love and loved.

But, the saying is true that "life goes on" and for us it has.  I decided this was the school year to go back to work.  I've spent a lot of time this summer preparing for today actually.  I had my first day of work in 8 years today!  And it was AMAZING!  I love my classroom, my assistant, the school and the busyness.  It felt good to be reminded that I am good at something other than being a mom.  That is a neat feeling.

The girls started school today as well.  Maddie entered Second grade and Gracie started Kindergarten.  They were both up at 6:15am, dressed and brushing their hair.  It was a pretty easy morning.

Tomorrow is a new day and that's how I'm living at the moment; in the moment and day by day.  But today I am smiling.  And so are they.