Yes, we are still alive and life is still happening. We went from Kindergarten Graduation to the First Day of School - I am terrible, I know! Oh well. At least my little ones are documented, right? Here they all are on the first day of school. Happy, great teachers, awesome friends! We really are in a groove around here right now. Most days I think I might actually be doing okay as their mother. Emma and I are pals three afternoons a week which is nice. They are growing up and becoming independent. What's a mother to do? I'll admit a few tears have been shed in the last few weeks. I feel like we are doing okay, but are we really doing okay? All we can do is give our best as parents and hope that they take it all in, apply it, and turn out as decent human beings. I think we are on the right track. One thing is for sure...I love each of them to the moon and back. Their personalities are SO DIFFERENT yet they all make me smile in their own unique way. So, here are the classic first day of school pictures! Enjoy...
It has been way too long since I posted last but life seems to get busier by the minute and I am struggling to keep up with all the things I think that I "should" be doing. So, I am going to try and be better at documenting life at the Holland house. What a better way to start then with the most recent....
KINDERGARTEN GRADUATE - AUSTIN!
"Hi Mom!" Could he be any cuter? The glasses melt me. He is pretty adorable if you ask me.
We LOVE Mrs. Taylor. Nick had her and we were happy to see another child receive their Kindergarten education with such a fantastic lady. He has LOVED her this year!
Grandpa and Grandma Holland made the trek from Logan to come support Austin on his big day. He was excited to have him there and even more excited when they took him to Cafe Rio for a post graduation lunch!
We are looking older but are still proud parents!
Someday maybe this picture will be found on a wedding video? Austin and Kamri. Neighbors and friends. Both as cute as can be.
And there he is with his official certificate of Kindergarten completion. I must admit I was a little emotional during their little graduation performance. Kindergarten kids are the cutest. So innocent and sweet and still excited about life and learning. Austin is a good kid. He tells me that he loves me every time he leaves the house and is always the first to give me hugs. I hate the thought of him being gone all day next year - tackling new experiences like the lunchroom and the "big" playground. The kids are growing up. I guess that is what they are supposed to do but man it has happened fast.
Happy Graduation Day, Austin! We couldn't love you more!
Such is life. We push forward, day by day, not knowing what wonderful experiences lie ahead of us. Some days are beautiful and somedays are difficult but each day happens and something new is learned. Emma has completed our little family and has taught me so much this year. I didn't think my heart could love as much as I love my children. This year I have not slept through the night once but have loved every single minute snuggling Emma in bed with me while she nursed herself back to sleep. Knowing that she is my last baby has made me love every milestone that much more. Today I find myself smiling but sad as we celebrate Emma. Smiling because she is mine forever and because she brings me so much joy but feeling sadness as I understand that there will likely not every be a first birthday celebrated in our house again. So today we will celebrate right. Happy Birthday Emma Renee!
Yes, I understand it has been way too long since I lasted posted. School let out, Summer turned three, and the rest is history. From here on out the blog posts will be completely out of order but at least life over the last little while can be documented...kind of.
Little Miss Summer started pre-school this year and though we got off to a rocky start (total separation anxiety) it only took her a few days to adjust. She is THRIVING and doing better than I ever expected. Her teacher, "Mrs. Delicious", is fantastic. Energetic and fun - she has Summer wrapped around her little finger. I am grateful because quite frankly, this sweetie makes me tired! She is loving having "friends" and wishes pre-school was every single day.
I have another Kindergartner and it feels weird. I cried his first day...just as I did with the previous two. He struggled to adjust in the few weeks - his little brain was on overload and his class is huge which makes it easy to get lost in the shuffle. He has since totally adjusted and loves it. For some reason I worry about him more than the older two but he is proving me wrong (as always) and is rocking it with Mrs. Taylor!
Waving goodbye...seriously broke my heart but look at that happy face!
Yes, I forced them to smile with their arms around one another. Someday they will remember that they really do love each other. All smiles on the first day. Kylee's teacher is fresh out of college, young and innocent, which I have decided you have to be to want to teach 5th grade. Ms. Black is darling (wish she would marry my brother) and Kylee is continuing to grow up right before my eyes. Seriously depressing that I have a child this old!
Kylee and her cute friends. Love these girls but mostly grateful that the cute blonde in the middle is mine. How lucky am I do call her mine?
Nick, Nick, Nick - I convinced him to wear purple and he obliged. Amazing! I guess living in Lehi makes the color purple ok. :) His teacher totally gets him. Mrs. Howard has four boys of her own and understands the way boys brains work. She has been wonderful. So, so, so wonderful. He has made lots of new friends and is seriously a mother's dream when it comes to school work. Such a great kid!
Phew. I documented the first day of school 2012. Today is Halloween which is a long time after the actual first day of school but we do what we can!
I could not love this little blue-eyed sweetie any more. There is never a dull moment with Summer around! She is busy and stubborn but when she looks at me with her crystal clear blue eyes I kind of melt. I am so incredibly grateful to be her mom.
Summer's favorites at THREE:
* She loves to play with cars - she could do it all day long and our collection is huge!
* She loves going to the store - each morning starts with "are we going to Costco, or Walmart, or the Dollar Store"? She knows how to drive to each so if she thinks we need to go to Target and I don't drive that direction she throws a fit.
*She loves water! At three in the afternoon when I am done chasing her I turn on the shower or bath, give her cars, and leave her there. She could play in the water forever!
* She loves to say "I hate you" to get a reaction (I don't think she knows what it means) It is usually followed by a giggle and then a sweet "I love you".
* When she is hurt or upset she cries for big sister Kylee.
* She loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates on the Disney Channel.
* She has an obsession with airplanes and helicopters. She can always hear them first and then searches the sky until she finds them.
* She loves to ride the wiggle bike down the hill in and around the corner of our house. She has no fear of speed. It makes anyone watching nervous but she hasn't crashed yet!
* She loves the color purple.
* She loves to be "matching" with Kylee. I think Kylee cooperates right now and it makes Summer happy!
* She loves her friends Chole and Eden. She begs all day every day to play with "her friends".
* She loves to dance to "Break Your Heart" knows most of the words.
* She has a literal obsession with drinking fountains, flushing toilets and washing her hands. She will not potty train but likes to act like she is so that she can flush the toilet and wash her hands.
* She loves LIFE cereal, bananas, yogurt, string cheese and peanut butter sandwiches. When making her sandwiches we have to make sure she is allowed to put the honey on or she won't eat it.
Happy Birthday to my favorite THREE year old!