Emerald finished her first year at school! We made it through TK with her loving going and only missing a few days here and there and only a couple times of getting her to school late. She is so excited for the summer break before she starts Kindergarten.
We have tried so hard to book the Summer full of fun things for the girls. Summers are now becoming a treasured time to spend with the girls since Emerald started school. Right after the last day of school Emerald came home to a few little goodies I had picked up from the dollar section at Target and a sign I made saying how excited we are to spend the summer to party.
The first weekend was Memorial weekend and the girls got to be in a parade that my parents retirement community put together. The girls had so much fun.
We of course cant forget the last time we get to go to disneyland before our passes expire for the summer. The last time we were able to go and Lolo (the girl’s grandma) was able to come with us, unfortunately Brock had to work and was not able to join which Violet was so sad about.
Our first big trip for the summer is one to Florida where we’re going to see all of my siblings and their families. ( I will have a blog and pictures coming soon for this trip) The girls are super excited about this trip since we don’t get to see their cousins that often. We also have several weekends booked with camping and weekends at the beach. I’m also planning on switching the girl’s bed to bunk beds so Violet will be moving out of her toddler bed😬. ( I will write something about this too since there will no longer be a crib in our house/sad moment for mommy)
We also got to just participate in a picnic that one of the moms put together for Emeralds TK class to get together during the summer it was so sweet. They had a pinata and even a face painter and we did a potluck picnic.
This school year has been such a fun year for Emerald. She was so lucky to have such an amazing teacher. Miss Creekmore really was one of the best teachers for Emerald. I also love how her teacher at the end of the year made books of all the different special projects that the kids had made throughout the year. She also gave each of her students a special award describing each of their personalities.
While Emerald was at school it was so nice getting to spend one-on-one time with Violet and I am loving watching these girls grow up. Sometimes I battle between being sad that they’re getting older and being happy and excited that they get to have so many wonderful experiences. It is so much fun getting to be there Mom.
I love holidays and getting to celebrate with family and having good food! We started with Easter prep of dying eggs which the girls love doing. We did this on Tuesday evening which meant Emerald got to bring Easter eggs for lunch the next several days, which made my lunch making days easier and made Emerald so happy. She said all the other kids asked why she got a special lunch 🙂 The other prepping I do is decorating the house the week before, this year I tried to keep it pretty simple and did not buy any extra decorations like I normally do. I am trying to keep things simpler and not stress myself out and go over board (Im a little extra sometimes) I even kept the girls easter baskets simple, I used the same baskets from last year and filled them with little goodies I found at the 99cent store (cheap and easy) The last thing I could do to prep a few days early was the decorations for the cupcakes I was making to take to both of our families.
The Friday before Easter this year was passover which we go to Brock’s great Aunts house to celebrate. His aunt takes care of everything which is so nice for us all we have to do is show up and clean up after.
The next day Brock took the girls to my parent’s house to swim and I got a few hours of pampering! I love getting my hair done I always feel so fabulous after and like I can take on anything life hands me. That evening was a lot of food preping for Easter. I try to bring the same things to both families so that we just double up the recipes, which has made going to both Brock and my families for Holidays much less stressful. Every holiday I feel like all I do is work hard and I never get to enjoy it so I am trying really hard to not overextend myself and PREP so that I am not rushing the day of to get everything done. So Brock helped me prep Saturday night by making and decorating (and eating) the cupcakes and dipping strawberries in orange chocolate to look like carrots, and making lemon bars also diced and sliced everything we could for the next day.
The next morning the girls were up and ready to see what the Easter bunny had brought them, so we started with their easter baskets and while they were playing with everything from their baskets I mixed the crustless quiche together and got it in the oven (we made two, one for breakfast and one to take to Brunch with Brock’s family) and Brock hid the eggs outside(the girls had no idea he was even gone). Then while breakfast baked we took their now empty baskets outside to collect the eggs (that I had filled the night before with little candies) I took a few funny videos that showed how clueless Violet was at first with collecting eggs but she caught on pretty quickly after that. Although our girls are too sweet they kept giving each other their eggs to make sure they each had the same amount and the same colors. What can I say we are raising very considerate little ladies.
After the egg hunt and opening all the eggs and putting all the candy in a bowl although they of course wanted to eat it all before breakfast . . . we had breakfast of crustless ham and cheese quiche with our “carrot” strawberries, so delicious. After breakfast Brock made two potato and pear gratin (one for each family meal) and I got the girls and myself ready. By the time I got all of us ready Brock had already got the dish in the oven and had cleaned up! Woohoo! Next was loading up the car and heading to have lunch with his family first. We took a family picture first thing before those kiddos got wild from all the candy they had been eating. We brought the quiche, potato gratin, lemon bars and cupcakes (ok so I do go a little overboard on making several items, but I love cooking and baking) The girls had a great time running around and playing especially since it was a beautiful day. Their grandpa gave them each an easter basket that they of course tore right into. Next stop my parents house. We brought fresh green beans with parmesan cheese, potato gratin, lemon bars and cupcakes. So I really did get to double up on pretty much everything but green beans.
The first thing we do at my parents house is always the egg hunt, that way it is still light out since we don’t meet up until the evening. We start with all the little kids. (this year there is only three since both my bothers and their families live out of state)
The girls had a great time collecting the eggs and getting all the fun treats my parents hid for them and this year they did candies, magic grow pellets, and little toys. While we were helping the girls with all of their loot my dad went back out to hide eggs for all of us big kids, Brock and myself and my sister and her husband. They always do egg hunts for us in their neighborhood with money in the eggs. They leave a lot of the eggs empty as a trick (happy April fools day) well guess who found all of those, yup that would be me! I ended up with a total of ten cents! Yup you read that right I was the big loser I got one egg that had a dime in it and the rest were empty. Thank goodness Brock was the big winner and got lots of dollar bills.
After the egg hunt it was dinner time and we were all stuffed by the end of the day but still finished with those yummy desserts and we also had a gluten free cake my parents made (yes we love dessert and sweets!) Well we were all exhausted by the end and had to head home because Emerald had school the next morning. It was a long day but a wonderful day! A few days later and all of the decorations are put away and only some of the Easter candy remains, but we are on to the next family fun filled days.
Colds, Flu and Pneumonia . . . such a fun holiday season in our little house. We were hit with the cold/flu bug hard over the winter break which was not so fun especially since Brock got a week off of work and he spent most of the time having to care for the rest of us. Emerald’s last day of school was December 22 and she loved it because she got to wear pajamas to school that day and thought it was the best thing ever. The following day we tried to rest a little so that we all would have energy for all of the Christmas activities we had planned. We met up with Brock’s family on Christmas Eve which was pretty low key, just hanging out at the house together which was so nice since I was not feeling amazing and I just kept thinking it was because I was tired.
For Christmas and we tried to limit how many gift we gave the girls this year, so Emerald got a Bike from Santa and Violet asked for a tablet from Santa, (I mean she is two years old and she wanted a tablet), anyway they also got a five other things from us nothing crazy, (because we gave them a kitty, Jazz a few weeks prior). Brock worked with Emerald riding her bike while I finished up breakfast which was cinnamon rolls that I make from scratch (I made extra to take to Brock’s family)
After Breakfast we headed over to Brock’s family where we stayed for a few hours and the girls got a few little gift and we had lunch then we left so that the girls could nap in the car while we drove to my parents house (yes we are crazy and do two places on Christmas) we are pretty lucky that our families are only about a 30 minute drive away from each other. Anyway it was more gifts there too but was so happy my parents this year did a trip for the girls instead of a million gifts that they really don’t need. So they gave them a vacation to Sea World which the girls LOVED they each got their own vacation with Grandma and Papa which they already cashed in on. My parents ended up taking Emerald the following week since she was on winter break from school.
By the time we finished gifts and dinner it was time to head home and I was completely exhausted. The following day I kept telling Brock I was having a hard time breathing he thought I was being overdramatic well I went with my instinct and went to urgent care, they did an X-ray and sure enough I had pneumonia! So I started antibiotics in hopes of winter break not being completely wasted at home I rested the following day and was so glad that Brock was home to help with the girls but was so bummed we did not get to do everything I would have liked, but such is life. Well that week was a bit of a blur for me being so sick. Brock took the girls places with his mom and I stayed home dead to the world. During that time the girls got to go see the horses that were going to be in the Rose Parade and Emerald even got to help with the City of Burbank float and glue on some flowers, she was so proud of herself, so cute.
I made it to my cousin’s and her families going away party, they are moving out of state and we are sad to see them go but are so excited for them and the new adventures they get to have doing such a big move. Next was New Years and we decided on New Years Eve to stay at Brock’s families beach house in Oxnard and the rest of his family came too I still was not a hundred percent but did my best to hang in there plus a little wine and champagne never hurts 🙂 This meant we got to spend New Years at the beach and it was a beautiful day and even though it is crowded staying at the house I was glad we got to have a wonderful day at the beach.
Well Brock was back to work the next day and I had to fend for myself with the girls so we had one day of resting and a zoo day to fill the time before my parents came to pick up Emerald for her Sea World trip, they took her thursday thru Sunday and originally my mother in law was going to take Violet for a couple days but she came down with the stomach flu so I did my best to fill the time with pony rides and ice cream.
Thank goodness after that Brock was back to being off for the weekend and I was gradually getting better (this sickness lasted forever!) While Emerald was having the time of her life with my parents in San Diego we tried to make our time with Violet really special we let her pick everything to do and she of course picked the zoo and getting ice cream at Costco (yes my kid loves Costco and trader joes, mostly because both those places give kiddos treats while you shop)
And the next day was Sunday and we picked up Emerald from my parents and celebrated my sisters birthday at the same time. The next day was back to a regular routine of school for Emerald, although that of course proved to be soooo difficult and it is now thursday and we finally made it to school in the morning with out yelling, crying and fit throwing . .. waiting for the days to get easier and for me to feel completely like myself again. As a mom I have learned I am way stronger than I ever thought and can handle more than I ever wanted too lol.