Lauren’s First Day of Preschool


Monday was Lauren’s Official First Day of Preschool!

It wasn’t her actual first day of daycare. That was October 4, 2010, when we put her right into daycare at the age of 6 weeks old so that Mommy could go back to work.


Nor was it her first day at any new sort of school. The school she currently goes to, she actually started back on August 29, 2011.


But it was her first day in that school’s official Pre-K program, so we took a picture!

This is her “It’s bright, it’s early, and my annoying Mom won’t stop taking pictures” face:


As you can see at first she wasn’t that interested, but when I handed her the prop, she got more into it.


So how has her first week been? Great! She’s already come home with new words (like “chewy”, before everything was “crunchy”), and new phrases (like “so why did you say that?”) and, of course, lots of songs and stories. Parenting-wise, the only difference is that her new class doesn’t eat breakfast until 9am, which means we’ve had to start giving her a little snack before we head out the door.

The other thing this means is that we’re one step closer to her starting kindergarten next year. Unfortunately, our local school district isn’t one of the strongest, and our zoned elementary school has some shockingly low test results. So the hubs and I have decided to start exploring alternative options for elementary schools. Our current list consists of two private schools, two charter schools, one Catholic school, and one public magnet school. We’ve been told it smart to apply to so many because many local schools accept students via a lottery system, and you want to make sure you have a spot somewhere. Each of these schools will require tours and applications, and, for some of them, testing. And with the first round of applications being due this December, it’s going to be a busy fall!

It honestly seems kind of daunting right now, but every kid deserves a great education, and we’re going to try our best to give her one. And we know most importantly, that no matter how things play out, as long as she’s raised in a house full of love with family and friends around she’ll be fine.


What about you guys? How are your kids doing in school this year? Anybody else prepping for a big round of applications? Any tips?? ;-)





Lauren’s 4th Birthday Recap

First, welcome to the new blog! I’m still making a few minor tweaks here and there, but it feels good to give a fresh face to this almost 4 year old little corner of the web. I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to let me know if you have any problems. Now on to the birthday fun!


Can you believe our baby just celebrated her 4th birthday?! Happy Birthday Lauren!!

The weekend started off with a pretty big bash at school. There was cheesy pizza delivered for lunch and then Tinkerbell cupcakes and a birthday candle for snack. Afterward, we headed home with our life size Tinkerbell balloon and Lauren got to open her BIG gift from Grandma, a castle for the girls!


As you can see she was VERY excited about it!


She played with that thing all evening.


Until I finally had to force her to go to bed!

The next day was her birthday party. We had it at a place called Lil’ Chef in Raleigh and, although we kept it considerably smaller than her party last year, the kids still had a blast!

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They got to decorate their own hat and then make Pixie pancakes and fruit fairy wands. Afterward they put on their custom apron favors and we adults all tried to get pictures until it was time for them to dance on out the door!

It was so cute, but let me tell you, THIS is what it looks like when you try to take a picture of eleven 4 year olds:


Saturday night, while Mommy went to a bridal shower, Lauren and Daddy went on another late night chicken nugget run!

Turn Down for What!!

Turn Down for What!!

On Sunday morning, we had breakfast and played with Gummy…


Until it was time to go to the Fresh Beat Band concert with Lauren’s best friend Zoey and her family!!


Ready to Dance with Daddy!

We had so much fun and the kids were super excited! We even ran into Lauren’s classmate Christopher!





So as you can see overall it was a GREAT weekend for our GREAT 4 year old!! :) Happy Birthday Lauren! We love you SO MUCH!

Updates Coming Soon!

Notice anything different? As we got back into blogging we started to notice quite a few things needed updating. So, pardon our mess as we get the last few kinks worked out, and instead, enjoy this picture of our 4 year old (!) blowing out her candles at her school party. More pics to come…




Selfies in Church

So this is what happens on Sundays when Daddy has to serve…

and Mommy’s running late…

and Lauren doesn’t make it into Children’s Ministry…

and so Mommy hands her the phone to keep her quiet…

… you get Selfies in Church!


Hey Look! I can take pictures on Mommy's phone!

Hey Look! I can take pictures on Mommy’s phone! Happy Face!

I'm So Sleepy!

Sleepy Face!

Sad Face!

Sad Face!

Mad Face!

Mad Face!

Silly Face!

Silly Face!

OK , Dad Selfies are NOT Cool...

OK , “Dad Selfies” are not cool…

Alright I'm Over It. Let's Go...

Alright I’m Over It. Let’s Go…

… ya’ll pray for them. :)


Meet the Girls!

Have you met the girls? They are 6 of the best playmates a girl could ask for and Lauren’s current obsession!

Hi Everybody!

Hi Everybody!

They are, from left to right, Aurora, Ariel, Aurora, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Ariel. They are from the Fisher Price Little People collection of Disney Princesses.

Tiana and Rapunzel were actually given to Lauren by a friend for her 2nd birthday. At the time she didn’t pay them too much attention, until about 2 months ago, when she discovered the idea of fairies and little people, and those two tiny girls became her new favorite thing. It wasn’t until my Mom came to watch Lauren in early July, while James and I went to the Dominican Republic, that she got the other 4.

Why 4? Well for starters, the girls are small, only about 2.5″ on average.

Little Girls 02

Little Girls!

… and at the time, Lauren was carrying them all around by hand. So, little hands, chunky girls, you can imagine how easily someone got left behind in their room to room excursions. And, of course, when one got lost, like a good grandmother, my Mom just went and bought her another set! (Love you Mom!) But no worries, as soon as Mommy got back into town, we all went to Walmart and picked up an $0.89 back to school mini-crate, and the girls have been rollin’ ever since!

Rollin' with the Homies..

Rollin’ with the Homies..

And boy, do these girls go! There is not a thing that Lauren does around the house that the girls don’t do with her. They eat together…



… bathe together…

Squeaky Clean...

Squeaky Clean!

… and, of course, they sleep in the bed with Lauren.

Nite Nite!

Nite Nite!

That is, unless they’re bad, at which point evil Daddy locks them in the tower (top of the closet) for punishment.

Doin' Hard Time!

Doin’ Hard Time!

I would like to take this time to mention that out of all the girls, Princess Tiana is Lauren’s favorite. And it’s not because she’s black (even though we do tell Lauren that Tiana is the pretty one), but we think it’s because she looks the most like Lauren. So, whenever Lauren has an occasion where she can only take 1 girl, Tiana is always the one she picks. And it’s Tiana that gets the distinction of riding in the special “Girl Carseat” (*cough* cupholder).

The Only Way to Travel...

The Only Way to Travel…

In fact, Tiana has been to Show & Share at school 3 times!! That’s more than any other toy in our house. Truly a record to be proud of. :)

But Lauren loves all her girls and they love her. They love it when she builds them strawberry pancake (block) towers…

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We Love Pancakes!

… and throws them dance parties…

Go Girls! Go Girls!

Go Girls! Go Girls!

… and of course tea parties…

Would You Like a Cup of Tea?

Would You Like a Cup of Tea?

And we love that OUR little girl has found 6 new friends. We know that these days won’t last forever and so we’re loving watching her imagination grow. :)


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