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‘Tis the Season

The beginning of Advent this year was marked by another particularly special event which set our hearts and heads leaping into the Christmas season. Emerson wasn’t baptized as a baby and although we couldn’t come to a consensus on where that should take place when she was born, we finally agreed to have it done in the church she attends with her dad. It’s difficult as a mother to feel like an outsider when it comes to our children’s milestones but I keep reminding myself that parenting is less about control and more about letting go. As it turned out, this baptism couldn’t have come at a better time. The holidays can easily...

Shooting Star 6th Birthday

Meet my SIX year old, Emerson! As per birthday guidelines, we began the day with donuts and a birthday serenade by yours truly. Is there a better way? There is not. To make her day extra special, Gaga and I joined her for lunch at school and she goofed off in true Kindergarten fashion… Later that day, her dad joined us for pizza, presents, cake and to watch The Jungle Book because we are obsessed! We ended the day exactly where it started — with a plate of sugary treats, lots of laughs and a sleepy birthday girl. I hope all of her wishes come true this year and that her dreams are just...

Kindergarten Kid

As of last week, Kindergarten is in full swing! What a difference a year makes — Emerson spent her last week as a five-year old full of confidence and total excitement for the start of a new year. While much has changed at Spirit Lake elementary over the past 25 years, some things have not changed at all… such as Mrs. Hegeman. I never in a million years thought I’d be able to say Emerson and I had the same kindergarten teacher! It fills my mom heart to see her skip down those halls and into her classroom every morning and up to this point I still get a big hug before she leaves me to start her...

Go Emme, It’s Your Birthday!

There are just too many awesome things about turning 5! Forget about nap time — you get to start school, your brain is exploding with knowledge, you make new friends, you can refill your cup all by yourself since you can now reach the water dispenser, you invent and create party machines and alphabet games, you make your own sandwiches, animals and art are still your passions, you’re very serious about keeping up with sweeping the leaves off the deck, your self-confidence and independence are growing by the day, but you still love to sneak in bed with me every night for a good snuggle. We celebrated the birthday girl this year with...

New ‘do

It’s haircut season! Just shy of one year since her first haircut, E braved the chair again for a short, sassy new ‘do. Leading up to her appointment feelings were mixed and while it was hard for both of us to let go of her signature long hair, it turned out so cute and she definitely felt great about it afterwards....