Today was Edith’s last day of school! They played a slideshow of pictures from the entire year and I cried like a baby when I saw her teacher start tearing up. Edith has made such special friends and we will really miss them this summer.
I thought the sudden change of schedule would bother the kids so I planned to leave right after school let out for the airport and head on down to Charleston, SC! We love coming here to see my parents and unplug from city life a bit. We have plans to go to the beach, the aquarium, and eat lots of good food. I am also looking forward to a few meetings I set up with some of my favorite local bloggers. Charleston is easily one of my favorite places in the world. I plan on taking a few days to get settled, relax, and then I’ll check back in here after the weekend.
I woke up on Sunday with butterflies in my stomach because this little girl had her first dance recital. The nerves were not something I expected, but as I left her backstage with all of the other dancers I had a million thoughts running through my mind:
“What if she needs me to open her granola bar? What happens if she gets scared? What if she wants a hug? What if she needs to go to the bathroom? Who is going to tell her how great she is going be before she walks on stage?”
Well, she needed all of those things and luckily she had her amazing teachers to help her with all of them. Her class was also assigned a “big girl” helper who went on stage with them. Edith called her “Princess Sadie” and she told me how Sadie gave her lots of hugs and even a gummy bear!
I may have cried her entire performance out of sheer joy. I was so proud to watch her walk onto the stage with confidence. She had a big smile on her face the whole time. It was one of those moments that as a parent you think, “Ok, I’m doing a good job here”. To watch her be independent and feel a sense of accomplishment in herself is something I will cherish forever.
Look at how proud she is showing Daddy her medal! Seriously!? My heart was exploding.
Picking her up backstage after the performance with lots of kisses.
And there was no better way to end the morning than brunch at Sarabeth’s. The staff was so sweet and handed out balloons to all the dancers who came in wearing their costumes. The perfect end to a perfect morning. Dance is something she really seems to love and I hope there are many more of these recitals to come.
Today is National Donut Day! This is definitely one manufactured holidays I can fully get behind. I’ll be celebrating by eating a dozen donuts from my favorite shop. Also, my mom is coming into town today and it is just in time because Lilah is going through a terrible sleep regression and this Mama needs a break!
Here’s a few things that caught my eye this week:
I’m going to check out this exhibit after school with Edie and grab an early dinner at Chelsea Market.
One of my favorite online shops for kid’s clothes is having an anniversary sale through the weekend of 30% off!
Edie requested I make this three different times this week and I happily obliged.
If you’re local to NYC scoop up one of the last tickets to this awesome picnic.
After having a negative experience, I found this article about eating your placenta interesting.
Reading with the girls is one of my favorite things to do. Lilah is at the age where she still mostly eats the books but sometimes she will come over to me with a book in hand saying “buh buh” (book, book). It is really adorable. Here are a few that both girls seem to enjoy right now:
Mix It Up // Edie loves learning about how to make all of the colors and Lilah loves being able to touch all of the pages. Being able to interact with the book makes it so much fun for everyone.
Your baby’s first word will be DADA // Who doesn’t love Jimmy Fallon!? While it is totally true most every baby’s first word is “Dada”, this sweet book also teaches them animal noises.
Chloe, Instead // One of Edie’s favorites. We bought this book for her when Lilah was starting to get a bit older and into her toys. It is the sweetest story about two sisters and we love the ending.
Rain // This book has some really great humor and New York references that both me and the girls enjoy.
For Just One Day // We love this colorful book about animals and imagining how life would be if we were one.
Some Bugs // Normally I don’t like rhyming books but this one is so silly and the illustrations are beautiful that even Edie picks out her “favorite” bugs. And Lilah always smiles when we read the page about “taking food”.
Julia, Child // A story about a young Julia Child and cooking? I enjoy this maybe more than the girls but it is so sweet. And