This year for Halloween we did not do a family group costume, instead I let the girls pick whatever they wanted. This is what happens when you are pregnant and not feeling great, I pick my battles and what I have the energy for. Costumes this year was not one of them, lol. So Brock told me not to worry and he would handle it all. He ordered Violet a Ariel costume and she wanted one with a tail this time and Emerald wanted a Jasmine costume and she wanted one that showed her belly like how Jasmine wears it. He bought both costumes online (I think from China which took a month to get) when the costumes arrived neither of them fit, but thank goodness my mom and Brock sewed them and they ended up working out great. (I was very skeptical of the entire thing)
We started the morning off with spider pancakes (I usually try to have something fun and festive for breakfast it just adds to the excitement of the day) And yes I started them off with a super sweet breakfast, well the spiders were made out of blackberries.
Violet had a party at her Tiny Tot class and she was so excited to wear her costume and show her friends. It was really cute the class got to go trick-or-treating with the other staff offices in the building and the gym was decorated with a bunch of fun halloween decor.
Emerald had a costume parade at her school (same as last year) Emerald had to wear a shirt to cover her tummy for school so that the costume was appropriate for class. Brock came left work to come to this and so did the girls uncle and grandma, Em had a big crowd watching her in the parade.
After all the school activities we headed to Brock’s brothers house for dinner and trick-or-treating, this year the girls had a another kiddo, their cousin to go with them even if Tenley did not walk it was so much fun all of them together. I made a spider trifle all organic from a couple of boxed cake mixes and I was not a big fan, I have yet to find an organic mix that turns out well and taste good, if you know of one please drop me a comment. I also used an organic pudding mix again not so great its like there is not enough sweetness to them. Anyway, the trifle looked pretty lol. There was plenty to eat and I girls loved trick-or-treating and all of the candy they got. (I still have a bag of candy from halloween in the pantry that i should probably throw out)
This year I felt like most things I have been pretty low key about especially since I have just not had a bunch of energy growing a tiny human and all. Maybe next year we will go back to a family themed costume, you will just have to stick around and see.
Well I know I am beyond late getting this post up but I’ll share later why I have not been posting for the last few months. Anyway Emerald started Kindergarten in August and Violet started TinyTots in September (and she is already on winter break)
Emerald was so excited to start school. I think she really missed it during the summer. Well the first two weeks she was an early bird which meant she had to be at school by 830am which was so not fun after having the summer of no early mornings. During those first two weeks they assessed the kids to group them for early bird and late bird (which gives the teacher one hour in the morning with only 10 kids and one hour in the afternoon with only 10 kids) well she ended up as a late bird since she can read a little. The late mornings is nice but after two weeks of early mornings we were all used to getting but we made it work. She likes her teacher a lot which helps and says everyone in her class is pretty nice except one kid who seems to be a handful in general and not nice to anyone. Well we already had her first report card and she did wonderful and the teacher said she is such a joy to have in class. Awe my sweet Emerald we love her so much.
After Emerald was in school for a few weeks I started watching my nephew a couple times a week which added in another aspect of changing times and schedules around. But as moms we know how to adjust and make things work.
Next was Violet she started Tinytots which is thru the city and she absolutely loved it. She was so excited that she was finally big enough to go to school like Emerald. She went to school only two days a week and each class is only one and a half hours which I thought would be good since this is the first thing she has done totally on her own. It look her a week to remember her teachers names a ver a month to learn the kids names in her class which one she kept calling “Salami” and I later found out her actual name is Lelani. When you are three some names get mixed up. Well the class was only eight weeks long and then the get a winter break and don’t start up again until January. I’m hoping she likes it just as much when she goes back.
Well I’m working on the next few posts since I am so far behind!
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.