I almost felt silly writing this DIY because it’s so easy. But then I remembered that not everyone was blessed with crafty wherewithall and perhaps I could give confidence to those of you just trying to bling out some party food. Pop over to Project Nursery for the full tutorial, if you wanna call it that. It’s like 4 steps. ;)
The morning light on the first day of school is always da bessst. Songbird and Bug put on their special outfits (plaid game is strong this year I guess), eat their special breakfasts (cinnamon-sugar toast and strawberries), and walk out to our special trees for the obligatory photo op.
First up, shots with backpacks.
Songbird, the 2nd grader.
And Bug, Mr. Pre-K.
Ok kids, now headshots (since I refuse to buy overpriced official school photos).
One together, please.
Very nice, thanks guys. Now a pose of your choice.
Yup, perfect. Happy Back to School everyone!
This is the first year my kids have shown an interest in the Olympic Games. Somehow their competitiveness in everyday activities has also increased (who can carry the most mail, who can pee faster, whose cannonball splash is bigger). Related? Probably.
These DIY Olympic Medals are perfect for encouraging all kinds of athletism, or at least for directing their new competitive drive down the right paths.
Find the full tutorial over on Project Nursery’s blog HERE.
For months Songbird had begged us for a “real” pet—caterpillars and yard toads were no longer fulfilling our animal lover’s heart’s desire.
She found her match last year in a copper-colored hamster named Penny.
The whole family grew to adore Penny’s sweet disposition, late night hamster balling, occasional jailbreak escapades, big ears and curious whiskers. She was quite the traveler; tagging along on trips to Georgia, Washington DC, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. Songbird demonstrated maturity in her care and commitment to Penny, taking on the feeding and cleaning responsibilities without complaint.
So it was with great sadness that, just hours after last seeing her healthy and active, Songbird discovered Penny had passed over the rainbow bridge last night. No sickness or trauma, it was just her time.
Losing your first pet is hard.
This afternoon we held a memorial service. Penny was placed inside a beautiful box and Songbird fashioned a white cross from popsicle sticks. With the “Enya” Pandora station playing in the background, we all dressed up and shared our favorite memories of Penny; stories of creating cardboard labyrinths, her love of broccoli, peeking her nose from dollhouse windows, and sneaking her past hotel front desk clerks.
In our yard is a flower box that Songbird built with her grandma. Every spring she picks and plants – caring for her patch all season. Since “Penny’s favorite color was yellow,” we decided that it was most appropriate to bury her beneath Songbird’s marigolds. That way, her body will feed the garden and she’ll never leave us.
It might seem silly to mourn for a rodent. But, I’ve heard it said that as parents we should listen earnestly to anything on our child’s heart, no matter what. If we listen to the small things when they are small, they will trust us with the big things when they are big. Because to them, all of it has always been big stuff.
Rest well, sweet Penny. You will be missed. (At least until we get a dog.)