Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sibling Love

The other morning the kids woke up and climbed into bed with Zach to read books.  Briggs got in trouble and Zach told him that he couldn't pick a book to read.  Briggs cried about his consequence.  Suddenly, Staley got up, walked out of the room, and came back with a Thomas the train book from Briggs's room.  She said, "I don't really like Thomas books, but I'm kind of interested in this one.  I am picking this for my book."  Then Adelie left the room and came back with one of Briggs's favorite shape books.  She said, "I don't really like shape books, but I'm kind of interested in this one.  I am picking this for my book."

Today was Staley's first day of school.  I left work early to pick her up on her first day.  When we got home, Adelie was waiting in the playroom.  She had decorated the playroom with streamers, turned on some music, helped Grammie make cookies, and had set the playroom table with cookies and drinks.  She had planned the whole thing as a first day of school party specifically for Staley. 

I love my children.  I love seeing my children love each other.  And just when I don't think I could possibly love them any more...

...I do.

First Grade

Today was Staley's first day of first grade.

Staley is so excited about this year.  She was very excited to get Mr. Garber as her teacher because "he's the only boy teacher in the whole school."  Of course, that's not including the PE teacher and the music teacher and the special ed teacher and the school counselor, but who's counting?  Staley got up easily this morning, got dressed quickly, and was ready for school with time to make a first day of school sign to hold up in her picture.  I'm not counting on that kind of speed every morning, but it was definitely a nice start to the year.

I walked Staley to school before heading into work this morning.  When we got to the front door, she said, "You don't have to come in with me."  I told her that, since it was her first day, I wanted to walk with her to her classroom.  She consented.  After she hung up her backpack (and posed for the obligatory picture), she said, "You don't need to walk with me to the gym."  However, since it was on my way out, I insisted and made her stop long enough for a hug and kiss before heading in to sit with her friends.  I love that she's excited about school and so confident going into this year, but it also makes me a little sad seeing her grow up so quickly.

I have no doubt that this will be another wonderful year of school for my little girl.
Hooray for first grade!!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Life Well Lived

Yesterday we celebrated a long and full life of Zach's grandmother who passed away at the age of 94.  Her memorial service was the perfect way to remember her.  It was a service filled with love, laughter, and fond remembrances.  Her family was her first love, so it was only fitting that her family was central to the service.  Her great-grandchildren read scripture.  Her grandchildren shared memories, musical gifts, and read some of her original poetry.  Her sons told stories and played music.  It was such a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman.  I'm sure she would have been pleased.

Last night as we were putting the kids to bed, Adelie was saying her bedtime prayer.  This was what she said:  "Dear Jesus, Please help us to remember Great Grams really hard and please help people keep her in their loves.  Amen."

I know her family and friends will remember her really hard.

  And I know that each time we think about our loves, she will be right there in the midst of them. 

We will always remember and be thankful for a life well lived.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Best Day

Yesterday morning Staley burst into my room and declared, "Today is going to be the best day of my life.  Well, so far. I might have a better day sometime in the future."  I did not think to confirm the best-day-of-my-life status at the end of the day, but it was indeed a full, exciting, and wonderful day.

Since Uncle Ethan was in town for the week-end, we started our day with family brunch.  Yummy food, great company, and play time with cousins made for a fun start to our big day.

Adelie and Zach then slipped away so that Adelie could celebrate the birthday of a pre-school friend at her waterslide birthday bash.  So fun!! 

Staley then went for her much-anticipated haircut.  I generally only take the girls to get their hair cut about once a year.  Each time I take Staley, she asks for a short haircut.  We've gone progressively shorter each year, but I've always made the final decision on the length.  This year Staley once again asked for a really short haircut.  Instead of trying to talk her out of it or overriding her decision, I decided that if she really wanted a short haircut, then a short haircut she should have.


...and after!
Staley LOVES her new haircut (and the glitter that Ms. Tianna put in her hair after the haircut.)  I love that my daughter knows what she wants and pursues it.  And I think she looks adorable!

As exciting as the day was already, we hadn't even enjoyed the main attraction.  Last night was opening night for Staley's summer Stage Kids production of "The Little Mermaid, Jr."  Staley was the seahorse and was so excited to have an individual line and a solo laugh.

She delivered her line and her laugh with gusto!

It was a wonderful production and, of course, was one of the highlights of Staley's summer.

Staley has so much support, and was so excited to have aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents and siblings and friends all in the audience to watch her.

Since Uncle Ethan is also an actor, she was especially pleased that he came down from Chicago to watch her perform.

She had more supporters come watch her at her next performance as well.

Brunch and parties, haircuts and performances.  From beginning to end, it was a wonderful day for our family.  And for Staley, it just might have lived up to the hype.!!!  Well, at least for now anyway.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mama Said...

The other night during a storm, the girls were asking about why we shouldn't be outside when there is lightening.  I was explaining about how when lightening is really close, it can hit the ground and if you are by it, you could get really hurt.  One of the girls asked if you could die if lightening was by you and I told them that yes, you could die if you got hit by lightening. 

A while later, Zach was putting Briggs to bed.  Very seriously, Briggs told Zach, "We might die in the thunder.  Mama said."  Zach reassured him and said, "Don't worry, buddy.  We're safe inside the house."  Briggs responded, "Mama didn't say that."

Sometimes I feel like there's a fine line between being honest with your kids and scaring them.  Looks like I didn't walk that line very well this time.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Favorite Moments

I love when I can sit on the couch, relax, and get some things done while listening to my girls play and giggle together in the playroom while Briggs naps.