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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The night before Kindergarten...
Me: " Charlie how are you feeling about starting Kindergarten tomorrow?"
Charlie: "I'm a little worried." (a word he has NEVER used)
Me: "Worried?"
Charlie" Well, nervous." (another word he never uses)
Me: " What are you nervous about?"
Charlie: "Going on stage." (his eyes welling up with tears)
Me: "Why are you going on stage?"
Charlie: "For the talent show.  I really want to do it but I'm just not ready for it yet, not tomorrow."

Apparently, he thought there was a first day (or daily) Talent Show.  Bless his little heart.  Though it made for a good laugh (to myself, I took his concerns very seriously).  Which I needed, because my Mama heart broke a little this morning sending him off to all day kindergarten.   He, of course, loved it, and joy of all joys, he discovered they sell Cheetos in the cafeteria, both Baked and Regular varieties apparently, all is right in his world.  Terrific! ;)

Honestly, I'm so grateful he will be spending his days in a bright and cheerful classroom, with good friends, and the sweetest teacher one could ever hope to have for their first year in elementary school.   I'm sad to say good bye to the stage of life where I went about my days with a little shadow alongside me.  It was far too quiet in the house today and the clock ticked slower than it ever has before.  It made me so happy to see smiling faces from both my boys at pick up and to listen to their non stop chatter on our walk home.  Andrew's start to 6th grade was also a success! Yay!  Here's to good beginnings, even those that tug at the heart strings a bit!!

^^This will be the only year they attend the same school.  So grateful that Andrew is there to watch over his little brother! ^^

^^ Happy to have a good friend by his side on the first day!^^

^^ Couldn't wait to be the first one in!^^

^^ I had to take this shot after school.  Payton is in Jr. High this year.  They'll be back together again next year.  I can't get over how grown up they look here. ^^

^^After school.  C was itching to get that collared shirt off his body.  He changed the second he walked in the door.  Into his "sporty" clothes. ^^

^^Nana came for first day pick up. Still can't get over how old Andrew looks!!^^

^^Looking for his Mama! :) ^^

Inspiration | Pretty Hampton's Home


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon exploring a fabulous new playground in the sweltering heat and humidity we are experiencing this week in an attempt to squeeze in a few more summertime activities before the boys head off to school tomorrow.   While Andrew was conquering climbing a rope tower and C was off playing Power Rangers with a group of new friends, I took a peek at my phone and just about squealed at the sight of this wonderful, cozy, and fresh Hampton's vacation home.  I think it actually cooled me down for a hot second!   I couldn't wait to pull it up later on my computer and get a better look.

It has been AGES since I've seen a home in a magazine where I'm compelled to pin pretty much every single shot so when I stumbled on this Sag Harbor home I got very excited.   I'm saving the images for that day when we are able to buy and decorate our vacation home in New England.  ;)

The home was featured in the latest issue of Lonny.  You can read all about it here. Enjoy.

^^ the wood table, counters and beams look so good against all the creamy white ^^

^^ I love the way crisp white walls and trim look in photos, but I think the only way I could make that work for us is in a coastal home.  Blue and white always works. ^^

^^Nautical painting, antique table, basket + topiary = perfect styling!^^

Check out the entire article here, all 21 images are gorgeous!  My minions are stirring so it's time to shut the laptop for the day for me.  Back soon.  Lots more consistent blogging (plans at least) in the near future! :)

Happy 12th Birthday, Andrew!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

On the 9th we celebrated Andrew's 12th birthday!  We started the day off eating crepes with lemon and sugar for breakfast followed by a bike ride with just him and I.  The afternoon was spent canoeing with Jimmy and we ended the day with a simple family party (with my parents) with Mama burgers and chocolate cake (birthday boys request) for dinner.

Twelve.  The last year before he is a teenager.  Don't even get me started.  I'm a string of cliches about how time has disappeared right before my eyes, that just yesterday I was watching him walk for the first time, all wobbly legged with a look of pure disbelief on his face.  While I would love to have just one day back with my chubby cheeked little boy, in his elaborate dress up clothes, playing in his make believe world, I'm really loving this age more than any other with him.  He's mature enough to have great conversations about pretty much any topic, he has intelligent observations of the world and makes me see things differently, often for the better.  He genuinely seems to not just love his parents but like us and he willingly chooses our company (I'm sure this won't always be the case).  I'm often struck with pride when I observe the ease of which he interacts with other adults in conversation and the manners he displays.  Something I've realized isn't a given at this age.  Now, he is a 12 year old boy, so he can be ridiculous and act immature at times too, I don't want to give the wrong impression, but more often than not he is pretty darn remarkable.  I love the young man he is becoming.

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