Thursday, May 23, 2019

Patrick & Rosie's Last Day of School


Today was the big kids LAST day of school.  SIDE NOTE: I need to get darker expo markers cause HOLD LIGHTNESS on the writing!!!  GAH!  Oh well.  Squint hard and you can read it.

DONE with Kindergarten.  DONE with 3s preschool.  ONE year of preschool left for Rosie and she'll be in Kindergarten (WHATTT??!?!) and Patrick is basically a teenager now as he'll be in FIRST GRADE (HOW?!??!) come August.

I cannot CANNOT believe it.  I feel like I was just penning their first day of school posts (Patrick's here, Rosie's here)!  Crazy CRAZY how fast this year went for them.  And heck, for us.  It's been an insane whirlwind of a past 9 months for our family...way more than any kids their ages should have to experience or deal with, but they have...and done so with grace and taking things in their strides.  They truly are amazing kiddos and I am so proud to be their mama!

Patrick had a half day, Rosie had a full day!  And I realize I usually write separate posts for them for their 'firsts and lasts' but since they were on the same day, I am saving you two posts to read (you're welcome!) and just doing them together :)

My oh my how these kids have grown since August!  I feel like they've both matured, really developed their own little personalities even more, and just become even cooler than I thought they ever could be!

Both of them absolutely LOVED school this year (a big thanks to their teachers!!) and I think are truly sad to see the school year go.  Fortunately they'll have a lot of routine this summer with camps and such, and I'm sure before we know it 10+ weeks are gonna sail by and all of a sudden I'll be blogging about the beginning of the school year!

All in all, these two had a great year of school, wonderful last day, and are ready to greet summer (and the pool!) head on!!  I hope they never ever lose this love for learning and school...because if I could bottle up their little school-lovin' selves as they are right now to keep them forever and always, I SO WOULD.

Happy summer vacation friends!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dancin' in the Alley

Every Wednesday Rosie has dance class...and for most of them, I take her!

I actually love Wednesdays cause I usually try not to book any shoots and just enjoy an hour with my biggest little lady before letting her pick what she wants for dinner (always Chinese!!) after her class.

Tonight we had a little photo shoot before her dance class in my most favorite alleyway in downtown Kirkwood!

Truly, I had a shoot RIGHT before dance class in this same alleyway...two of my favorite gals to snap, Ellie and Kenley (who also do dance with Rosie!), were coming for some dance pics before class so naturally I had Rosie take some pics before theirs!

I mean, Ellie and Kenley's turned out freaking ADORBS.  They are two of my most favorite gals to snap and they always are so darn cute for their pics!

But before we did theirs, I got Rosie to let me take a few of her too!

She is such a hoot.  But I think she was really loving it!

So much sass.  So much cuteness!  I cannot handle it!  I can't wait till Annie does dance...assuming she wants to.  Cause those will be some adorable pics of them together!

I do want to add this pic...

I snapped the bottom one with my iPhone, and top one with my big camera.  Now, I LOVE my iPhone for pics...but dang.  It has nothing on my big camera!  Sometimes it's worth hauling that beast out with you to take some better pics.

Okie dokie!  That's all I've got for this little Wednesday dance class update :) It's the big kids last day of school tomorrow (OMG HOW?!?!) and I cannot wait to share some of their last day of school pics with you!  Hope everyone has a good rest of their week!!!

Monday, May 20, 2019

13 Weeks 🌈

Just ONE more week till the second trimester! CANNOT BELIEVE IT.

This pregnancy truly is FLYING by.  And I'd be lying if I said I wasn't grateful for that...I want it to sail by, keeping with the good reports I've been having, and get us to November to meet this sweet little rainbow babe.

Rosie is clearly SO EXCITED for this new babe!!

I had an appointment with Dr. Jen and another ultrasound on Thursday and it all went well!  Baby is still measuring perfectly, looked wonderful on the ultrasound again, was kicking and moving up a storm -- I'm betting in the next couple of weeks I'll start feeling some flutters!!  Dr. Jen said we'll set my c-section date sometime in between 37-39 weeks, and we'll set that after my 19 week anatomy scan in July.  So that's exciting.  I cannot believe we're getting close to that point!  I see her again next week for an appointment and hopefully she'll pop in the ultrasound machine again too to take a peek :)

Not much else to report other than I am like 99% convinced this is a girl (look up nub theory at 12 weeks...cause this babe is spot on for a girl for that!! but those are obviously 'theories' and can be wrong too...but, just mentioning it cause my old wives tale of high heart rate has been true for all 4!! And this babe's HR is always above 170s!!) and I'm back to feeling nauseous and such A LOT.  I'm also SUPER tired and literally wake up every morning craving a nap!  HAHA! But I'm so loving my schedule and making it that I can usually work in a nap almost every day so yay for that.

Anyways, I'll leave you with a few bump snappies from this week...and then my lovely predictions!  Onto week 14 and the second trimester friends! WOOT!!

Current Gender Prediction?GIRL
Baby is the size of...McDonalds fries
Cravings?Pizza rolls with chocolate milk
Overall mood?Tons of nausea (is back!); so tired!
Rings on or off?ON!
Linea Nigra?Nope!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Hooray! It's Friday!

I want to note that my excitement over the weekends and such is not nearly to the caliber that it use to be when I was teaching.  Actually my weekends now are my heavy work times and Mike is rarely off on them so I actually look more forward to midweek slowness and when he's off during the week! HAHA! Oh, how times have changed! 

The big kiddos wrap up school next Thursday (WHATT?!??!?! where did this year go?!??!) and they've got big plans at KiKi's Lake next weekend for Memorial Day before having a week off (can you say pool everyday?!?!? haha) before summer camp starts!  I enrolled them in camp for like 6 weeks everyday and then Patrick gets to go to a special reading camp at school a few days a week and then they have vacation bible school the summer is definitely busy and activity-filled but it's GOOD FOR THEM -- keeps them busy, engaged, and gives me some free time during the day still to get pictures in!!

So this week felt like it whizzed by... I want to first note these two amazing shoots I had: Ruby June's birth story and sweet little Penny's 'baby boudoir' shoot.  Both of these literally made my week and I just LOVED sharing pics from them!  Cannot wait to get back to snap Ruby's newborn pics next week!!!  I really REALLY love my job.  It's the best EVER.

Okay!  So what have we been up to?!  Well I left you with my 12 week update on Monday and I actually got to see Dr. Jen and have another ultrasound on Thursday this week!  That was super awesome to see and this little bean (who I'm even more convinced is a girl!) was wiggling and moving up a storm on the screen!

Rosie was clearly LOVING seeing her new sissy or bro in pics too :) 

I will never ever get sick of the extra appointments and ultrasounds I get for this babe. Truly the BEST EVER. 

So a few brags on the kiddos...Rosie is quite the artist!  These drawing blow me away!  Maybe I'm biased but I think they're pretty darn good for a 4 year old, huh?!?!

She also has been looking about 12 years old lately, especially after dance class!  Which I swear Clark stopped by to say hi cause CHECK OUT THAT RAINBOW.

She's also still super dramatic.  Clearly.  haha!
So Patrick struggles a bit with reading (I think it just needs to CLICK...and it will for him!  We keep working at it a lot :) but one thing he's a whiz with is math!  He's sooooo good at it and is always asking us to ask him math problems.

Gosh he's just too cute!!  And the spots on his chest are lovely warts that come, blister, and go away.  Ick.  Hope they're on their way out soon!  Poor dude!  Rosie calls them his polka dots. HAHA!

We did a MOD date with my parents this week and got a surprise that uncle Ben showed up!  Clearly he's one of Annie's know, after she had to supervise pizza ordering from Gramps' shoulders. HAHA

MOD is clearly a favorite around these parts.  So glad we all live close and can dart up there at the drop of a hat it seems!
Annie and I had a damaging grocery shopping trip earlier this week -- I think we stocked our fridge and pantry through the rest of the summer! HAHA!  Annie clearly was enjoying it though.

She is such a little hoot and her speech has just BOOMED.  I swear she says more and more new words and phrases every single day!  I love listening to her speak and her voice is just the cutest!  I am SO SO SO BIASED. haha

Annie got a special treat this week: date with mom and dad both (!!!) to the Zoo!  Nevermind we stayed like 56 minutes cause HOLY CROWDS (also hot) and I don't do that crowd life...but girlfriend had a great time!  She did tell us nearly every animal was 'too scary' (her new phrase it seems) but even so I think she enjoyed herself.

We then hit up the library for a minute to get new library cards for everyone! Exciting day indeed :)

I had a photoshoot one night this week and the kids came and I snapped a few pics of them afterwards...Patrick was super cooperative with pics...

The girls?! NOT SO MUCH.  Ohhhhh, sisters!

Speaking of, on Fridays they're both home with me while P is in school so we had some errands to do before going to spend the rest of the morning at the pool.

They were wonderful and lovely together at the store and so sweet and cute...hence the pics.  

Then, when we got to the pool: demon sisters came out who stole toys from each other and tried to bite and yeah.  SUPER FUN.  Needless to say we cut our pool trip short.  Cannot wait to see how this relationship continues to go as they get older.  HAHA

And that's about all I've got friends for this quickish little week recap.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!! I'll leave you with this facepainted Patrick video from his fun day at school this week :)

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