Ah! I just realized that my last picture for you guys was in September. Surely you must think this is more of random thing than every Tuesday now. And here it is Wednesday and I'm getting this out. Well... Happy Taylor Tuesday/Wednesday then. With Taylor in school, it is rare to have her all to myself. Last week her school got out early and we had a little time together before having to pick Lizzie up from school. Her class met up at the park for a little bit to play. Both girls love this spider web at the park and immediately crawl to the top. It was a gorgeous day and I couldn't resist a picture of our girl.
On Mondays Lizzie and I go grocery shopping. She loves to go with me. Not sure if it's the slice of turkey that the deli ladies always give her or the dum-dum that I often have in my purse for her, maybe both. On this particular grocery trip she declared a little bit of everything from her wardrobe. A dress, cowgirl boots, jacket tied around her waist(in case she gets cold), bandanna for a face mask, and her purse full of random stuff. I'm pretty sure there are a few coupons in that purse in case you need one for cat food or fruit snacks. A girl's gotta have her priorities on what coupons to clip.
Taylor had been waiting for months to loose her first tooth. Almost a year ago the dentist said that two of her bottom teeth might be loose soon but nothing for months. Taylor even wrote two letters to the tooth fairy wanting to know when her time would come. Then she came home from school Friday mentioning that her bottom teeth were sore. Wiggling teeth grosses me out. I know I have many years ahead of me of children loosing teeth, but I just can't stand to watch it happen. Taylor's tooth was so loose this morning that she barely ate breakfast for fear of losing it. Luckily it fell out before lunch at school so I didn't have a starving kid on my hands. Props to the school nurse for having fun little treasure boxes for when you loose a tooth. Taylor went to bed tonight with a letter proudly displayed for the tooth fairy and her tooth tucked into her tooth fairy pillow.(I bet the tooth fairy loves that she doesn't have to find that itty bitty tooth under her pillow tonight) While she dreamed of fairies Chris and I were busy googling the going rate for a tooth. I heard that our fairy left $2(big money for the first tooth) and a Rainbow Magic Fairy book about the Tooth Fairy.
Here's our girl with her new smile(and sassy new haircut).
I usually have sweet photos of my Taylor, but this one made me laugh. Taylor asked to get her hair cut and I think she got a case of the sillies with this sassy new hairdo. She walked around all day flipping her hair and asking if I thought it was cute.
Of course it's cute, it's on her and it was not done by me. We all know how I can butcher her hair.
I struggle to decide between the plethora of pictures of Lizzie for you each week. That crazy kid always has something funny happening. It helps that I have several hours a day before and after preschool and a few days during the week when it's just the two of us. I needed a few things from the mall one day and bribed her with Chick-fil-a. Little did a know that I would get a show with lunch. After watching her go through a few faces I grabbed my phone and started taking pics. These all occurred in about 30 seconds.
I took Lizzie to the park last week to feed the ducks and geese. They practically chased us to get the bread and Lizzie kept telling them to be patient and they would all get some. Then she turned to me and said "Mommy, if I feed them they will come close enough for me to hunt." I think she's ready to go hunting with her Daddy!
Let's pretend it's Tuesday for a few minutes so I can be on time for this. My laptop and I are not getting along very well right now, so I am going to try to get this done before it decides not to play nice anymore. Taylor started 1st grade last week. How did that happen? How did my baby girl start changing into this beautiful young lady? I can see such a difference between last year and this year. She has a bit more confidence walking the hallways at school and such a different view on learning now that she can read. Last night she told us that her favorite way to study science is to read about it. She loves her teacher and enjoys going to school. I can't wait to see how this year goes and how our girl does. I promise to try and keep up with my Taylor Tuesdays so you can follow along too.
Lizzie got new tennis shoes for preschool and couldn't wait to wear them. I tried my best to make her wait until school started but she just had to wear them for her day with YaYa. She also wanted her "sporty" outfit to go with her new shoes. She decided to sit at the curb and wait for YaYa to come pick her up so that she could see her shoes when she pulled up.
I have the best of intentions to keep up with this but keep failing. But that doesn't mean I won't keep trying. I took this picture of Taylor on the 4th and just knew it would be perfect to share. I know you can only see her outline, but she moved to sit up on a concrete block so she could be that much closer to see the fireworks. I loved looking up and seeing her in shadows surrounded by the sunset. She just wanted the best view possible, but I think I had the best view being able to watch both the girls enjoy the wonder in their faces during the fireworks.
Darn tears betrayed me again, but thankfully my sunglasses kept Taylor from
seeing them. I made it through graduation without them falling, but dropping
her off for the last day of school tugged at my heart. How is she already done
with kindergarten? My baby girl will be considered a 1st grader in just a few
hours. We are so excited about summer around here, but I need time to slow down
and let me enjoy my girl while she’s still little. I say little, but at 6 she
is growing like a weed. This year has been a huge learning experience for our
house. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to sometimes to get everyone up,
dressed, fed, lunch made, and out the door by 7:30, but we were never late no
matter how many times I yelled at Lizzie that we were going to be late. I know
that working moms do this all and do it much earlier in the day. But in our
house we’ve been able to sleep in a little later and preschool didn’t start
until 9:30 so mornings could be a bit lazy. I am thankful for summer and the
ability to stay in our pjs past 6:45. Well there was that one morning that I
overslept and had to do the car drop off in my pjs but they were cute and I
prayed that I wouldn’t have to get out of the car for any reason. We also
adjusted to reading and math homework each week. There were a few Thursday
nights that we were rushing to get it done, but it got done. Taylor grew from
this shy girl to a bubbly girl that made friends with all the kids in her class,
was brave enough to volunteer to be the first presenter for her research
project, finished a year of Daisy Girl Scouts, scored her first soccer goal in
co-ed winter soccer, finished a year of gymnastics and almost mastered her
cartwheel, fell in love with edamame, and most importantly… learned to read. We
have watched Taylor go from sounding out words in the books sent home from
school to realizing she can now read signs, things on tv, books at home,
instructions for games, and I find her trying to read my texts. I love that she
made that jump this year and we have enjoyed seeing that excitement as she reads
Congratulations my sunshine on finishing your first year of
school! We can’t wait to see what each new year brings and I know there will be
more tears each year that I realize you are growing but it’s only because my
heart is full of love for you!