It is Summer

Kids are out of school. We celebrated their last day of school in the same way we have since Michael’s last day of his first year of preschool, new books!



Pool is up. Kids are die hard pool hands and brave the hose-water-cold water and just keep swimming.


Lucy is happy because the day are longer so her before bed potty break isn’t near as scary.


Summer is good. Life is good.

Last Day of Preschool

Last Friday was the last day of preschool for Elise and for the rest of us. No more preschool.
We have been going to the Y preschool 3 days a week for the past 5 years straight. Michael started going to preschool there when Elise was just a few weeks old and now Elise is celebrating her last day of preschool. Time flies.

Starred Photos81*if you look closely in the reflection of the door, you can see me wearing Elise in a sling and PJ standing next to me.

And somewhere between Michael’s First and Elise’s Last day of preschool Patrick had 2 First and Last Days.

We have gone to 20 teacher conferences, 10 Holiday programs, 10 graduations, 5 First Days of School and 5 last days of school.

It was the essence of bittersweet handing in my ID card knowing that this fall I would not be using it again. All three kids (and just to be clear three is all we will have, three is the limit) have graduated preschool. I will have 3 school age kids next year!

Here are a few photos of Elise on her last day of Preschool. I threw out the teacher handout before reading that said the last day of school was Super Hero day. So while all the rest of Elise’s classmates were in Super Hero t-shirts, masks and even Halloween costumes, my kid showed up in the dress she chose herself and the tiara she insisted on accessorizing with.

First Day of Preschool 2013. Last Day of Preschool 2015.

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It has been a wild, fun and exhausting ride. I think our van could drive to the Y Preschool on auto-pilot at this point.

I am so proud of Elise. She is ready for Kindergarten in the exact opposite way the boys were ready. The boys hated writing, coloring and cutting and Elise is a pro, and colors and cuts all day long. In fact TIm bought a new toner printer last year because I was printing out so many “Coloring Pages” off the internet that regular printer ink became more expensive than just buying a toner printer! The kid colors all day and she is good.

The boys went into Kindergarten knowing all their letters, shapes, number and colors. Elise… not so much. She struggles with letter and number recognition. I know she will get the eventually but she definitely has some catching up to do in this area.

The area that she is most different from the boys is maturity levels and social and classroom skills. Maybe it is a girl vs. boy thing or maybe it is just Elise vs her brothers thing but she couldn’t be more ready to be in a kindergarten classroom. She wants to learn. She is good at following directions and she is great socially with her peers.

I am going to do my best to savor this summer with her before she starts full-time school. Because we are so alike she is quick to get on my nerves but it seems like once you send your kiddos off to Kindergarten everything warps into light speed. For example…. Michael is turning 9 years old this summer and starting 3rd grade next fall… when did that happen?!

Wasn’t I just writing a blog post about Michael’s First Day of Preschool?

More photos of Elise on her last day here. 


Park Time

It is spring and we are spending as much time outside as possible.


Someone brought their pet duck to the park. It was an instant hit with Patrick and Elise!



That’s all really. We have all been sick so we haven’t had a whole lot of fun lately so yesterday’s simple trip to the park on a warm sunny day was an easy choice as the highlight of the week.

Oh shoot. Nevermind, bad patenting. I forgot about Elise’s Preschool program and graduation this past Friday. For the record, that was the highlight of the week. More on that later. Uffda. I am ready for summer and to get these kids out of their petri dishes of schools so we stop catching every bug that comes through our town.

My Girl

We have just five more weeks together of Mom and Elise time. Elise goes to preschool on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays and Thursdays are Mom and Elise time. We have five weeks left and that is it. At the end of those five weeks it is summer vacation and after this summer she is off to all-day, 5-day-a-week Kindergarten.

The girl can drive me crazy faster than either of the boys. That said, I only have 5 weeks left of this special time with Elise… I need to stay conscious of that and make the most of it.

This past Thursday we took a long walk together down a new to us walking path. She let me take a few photos. This is one of my favorites.