Seventy Days of Summer – Day 15-21

Third week of holidays began with fathers day so we made Daddy a special breakfast, which he liked even though you kiddies weren’t overly impressed. It has been heating up so we have been spending our afternoons either inside or in the pool and have been busy with our usual lessons and errands, I have been a bit slack about taking my camera with me so other than the pizza shot these are photos of us enjoying our home time this week. ūüôā

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Letters to our Daughters – June 2014

Dearest Andi,

Summer is here! You finished up your first year of preschool at the end of May.¬†You have been a little lost without the routine of getting up and going to school in the mornings but you’re getting use to the idea, although not taking advantage of the opportunity to sleep in much to my dismay! You have been missing your friends from school and occasionally ask to see a video of them that I have on my phone… I feel bad that I didn’t make plans to catch up with them more often when I see your face light up when you you watch it. There is however a birthday party in the coming weeks which I know you’ll be beside yourself with excitement at catching up with them again.¬†You adore being around people!

I was reading through some of my previous letters and already I can see how much you’ve grown since January, you no longer talk incessantly, I often see you in thought, which is a new thing, I must say although the quiet is nice I do miss knowing every little thought that enters your head. I know as you grow older what you share with me will become less and less but remember I’m always here for you.

You are taking swimming lessons and music classes over the Summer which you are loving, particularly the swimming. Your teachers name is Miss Kelsey and you absolutely adore her. You have been working on your “ice cream scoops” and floating on your back, which you seem to find incredibly difficult to trust yourself… you can do it when someone holds their arms below you but the second they take them away (even when they aren’t supporting you) you turn over. I know it’s sometimes hard to trust in yourself but you really can!

We have had a bit of an issue with monsters at night lately, apparently there is a monster that comes to your room only at night. You described him in great detail; he is big black and furry with two sharp teeth and he tries to eat your blood.¬†I asked you what we could do to stop him coming and as I¬†suspected¬†all of my suggestions were met with a “that won’t work”, not even monster spray which apparently he eats… it had to be something that you came up with that would work in your mind, you decided that if we put a sign up high, because the monster can’t climb walls, he wouldn’t be able to get in your room. So we set about making a sign I got to do the writing (under your direction) “NO GO AWAY, MUMMY AND DADDY PROTECT US HERE” ¬†and you colored and drew a picture of a good monster who can come to life to scare off the bad monster. Daddy also bought a new monitor for your room so if you needed us you can call out and when he went to put it in your room you said that you were too big for a monitor but he could leave it just in case. So we have our sign up high outside your bedroom and you have not had any visits from the monster since, or none that I am aware of. I wish I could promise that I could always protect you from the scary things in this world, but what I can promise is to do my best.

To my darling girl who loves princesses, whose new favorite phrase is “long term memory” and eats tomato sauce on anything she can I love you to the moon and back.

Love Mummy xoxox

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Seventy days of Summer – Day 1 – Day 7

I have often read about people who have participated in a 365 project while I’m unsure I would be able to commit to a year of taking a photo a day I thought it might be fun to try and capture our days over summer and the kids would enjoy seeing it in a book to read through the long winter! Now I’m almost positive there will be days where there will be a picture of my feet,¬†coffee or food¬†when the kids are over having a camera in their face… but I’m already getting better at shooting with intent… here are the first 7 days!

We have baked, had a recital in our new tu-tu, jumped on the freshly made bed, visited the splashpad, rode our bikes, swam at home and started swimming lessons! rainbow cakeIMG_0859IMG_1034splashpad

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Letters to our daughters – May 2014

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Dearest Andi,

Wow May already… this year is passing by so quickly and as you like to remind me every morning you have grown overnight! You are past my waist in height already… I told you that by the time you were 10 you would probably be as tall as I am… you were very excited. You are in such a hurry to grow up! While part of me can’t wait to see where your life takes you, I sincerely hope you take your time to enjoy all that childhood has to offer… it is such a magical time.¬†You have had trouble waking up in the mornings lately and on one occasion in response to my saying you needed to get up to go to school so you can become¬†smarter you replied “I’m smart enough”… touche, however we will work on humility¬†ūüėČ

Last night was your spring recital, which you have been looking forward to for quite some time. You absolutely love being on stage and all that goes along with it (except maybe practicing the actual dance) the make-up, the costumes, the audience and of course the applause. Although you have danced on stage a few times now this is the first time you get¬†to keep your costume and it’s a good one… you should have seen your dreamy face when you first put it on… you looked like a real ballerina.

It was a big day and I’m so proud of how you handled it all. We started with a dress rehearsal in the morning then managed to go home for a nap (which you eventually took despite really not wanting to) then back to the theater for the big show! We had so much gel (you like to call it gela) in your hair you said your hair might get super glued to your car seat. Daddy and Tatey got to sit in the audience and, as instructed by you, they gave you the best clap ever. They are and always will be, along with Mummy, your biggest supporters in all that you do in this wondrous life.

To my little ballerina who knows nearly all the words to the frozen soundtrack, who believes she has 4 freckles because she is 4, and who is going to have two babies (a boy and then a girl) when she grows up, I love ¬†you to the moon and back (to which you would reply I love you to the sun and back… )

Lots of love Mummy xoxo

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Please Continue on to read¬†Laura of Shachmut Photography’s letter to her daughter and view her amazing photography¬†http://www.shachmutphotography.com/?p=792

 

Letters to our daughters – April 2014

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Dearest Andi,

Yay! Spring is finally here! Our first spring in Dallas and your first real spring having spent your first 3 yrs in Hawaii. We have been spending a lot of time outside¬†walking¬†around the garden checking on our plants and what new wildflowers have popped up overnight, sometimes you’ll take my hand and lead me around…. I’ll cherish these fleeting moments. I love to see you notice the tiniest of flowers and changes happening around you. Sometimes we sit outside watching the clouds and see what shapes we can see as they drift sometimes slowly and sometimes swiftly across the sky but always moving and changing much like you.

I am so proud of you! This month you decided to try riding your bike down the driveway, you have been too afraid to even try for the last six months saying maybe when I turn 5 I’ll be big enough. I’m not sure what happened in your mind that made you decide that you could do it but you should remember to listen to that voice…. you are braver than you know, smarter than you think¬†and there are no limits to what you can do! Your serious little face as you rolled down the hill putting on the brakes every yard was such a big moment for you and then as you neared the gate you couldn’t keep the smile off your face, you were so very proud and promptly returned to the top of the drive to practice again.

We have made a few trips to our favorite shop lately…. Hobby Lobby! You have a love of buttons… we bought a packet of 100 buttons and within an hour you had used them all to create a ¬†wonderful piece of button art. Crafts are big in the house at the moment.

This month you got to watch the movie Frozen… We have had lots pretending to be queen and princesses and even Sven the reindeer! I bought the soundtrack for you and Tate and should have seen your face when I put it on in the car your little jaw dropped in excitement, I think it was the first time I’ve ever seen you speechless! I love to watch you playing prince and princesses with Tate, you guys have been¬†getting dressed up in capes and crowns and dancing around… so cute! I hope you two continue to grow closer and closer.

To my little princess who eats tomato paste from the can like it’s cake batter,¬†is afraid of bugs, who plants strawberries for the squirrels,¬†I love you to the moon and back xoxoxo.

Mummy xoxo

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Letters to our daughters – February 2014

A letter to my beautiful girl, not because I can’t say these things to you but because as time moves forward we forget the little things, the little details, your unique quirks and precious moments that we share that make and will make you, you. ¬†So to you my gorgeous girl!

To My Sunshine,

As the seasons change, time passes, we change. The biggest change in your ever evolving world right now is nap time being replaced with quiet time… you of course adapted easily, I’m still getting use to it! About every 10 mins you come out of your room usually wearing something different or slowly adding to your accessories until it’s time for our hot chocolate by which time you have scarfs, necklaces, shoes, lipstick adorning you and no visible carpet left in your room. You are our walking contradiction… you love order and everything in its place yet your room is anything but organized or orderly.

I love our hot chocolate time, you proudly make it yourself while I get myself a much needed coffee, then we sit down together at your little table and talk. You are such a busy bee, as soon as you finish your hot chocolate you’re asking what can we do now, what work do you have for me? Sometimes you help me prepare dinner, sometimes we do some craft, sometimes you’ll help with the washing or cleaning, it doesn’t matter to you what we do, you do everything with joy. Looking upon you as you ever so carefully fold your sweaters and place them reverently into a pile while humming to yourself warms my heart to see you so content.

With a little help from daddy, you have worked out how to put on your tops which means you are now able to get yourself dressed! Although you never mention it and sometimes even deny it, you have been practicing in your room during quiet time (I know this because you often come out with your pants on inside out or back to front). With you new found knowledge and confidence I was so proud to observe you helping someone trying to do up their shoes in the playground.

My thoughtful girl, who hums you are my sunshine while contently working, wears odd socks on purpose, who gives me imaginary candy every night after lights out and gives the best super cuddles, I hope you continue to find joy in all that you do, for I know that I will always find joy in you.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,
You make me happy when skies are grey,
You’ll never know dear how much I love you,
Please don’t take my sunshine away.

Much love,
Mummy xoxo

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Please continue the circle to¬†see Lila’s beautiful letter to her daughter’s at ¬†http://550east.weebly.com/1/post/2014/02/letters-to-our-daughters-the-first-one.html