Category: D Monthly Updates

First Day of Preschool Letter

How can it be?  How can the boy that made me a mother be in school?  Time is not a mother’s friend.  Time goes by too fast.  As I sit here before your first day at school I am a mix of emotions, but mostly I want you to know just how proud we are of the young gentleman you’ve become.

Dear Raymond,

You are a bundle of excitement that can not be contained today.  You keep asking when we are leaving for school and are most notably thrilled to play with your friends.  I am awash with emotions.  I am beyond thrilled that you will be in a safe environment with children your own age, learning and playing.  Socialization is incredibly important.  You long to be independent and we hope that you thrive in this new school.

I am hoping with all hope that the steps we’ve taken to keep you safe will endure.  That peanut butter hands do not find you.  That you will not be jammed in the leg by a life-saving medicine by your teacher. A teacher who is doing everything in her power to keep you safe.  I know that without a doubt.  I am hoping if that happens that one or two Epi-Pens are enough. It has to be.

I am hoping that the classroom parents are understanding and not hurtful.  How in the world is a cupcake worth more than a child’s life?  As a former teacher I KNOW how important being in school is, truly.  I am just hoping that we’ve made the right decision for you.  That we do not look back on this day in tears.


You are a bright young man.  You care about other’s feelings and make sure that they are tended to.  You do not understand hate.  It is incomprehensible to you that other’s can have such biting anger.  May that ignorance to the harsh world endure a bit longer.  May you always question the cruelty of others.

You love singing and dancing.  You are going to relish the time to get up and get your boogie on.  May you always dance with your heart wide open.




You are going to LOVE school.  You already love school.  Back to School Night was a hit in your eyes and you keep talking about your teachers and what you are going to do.  I can’t wait to hear about what you learned today, about your friends, and about the fun.  Life should be a little bit more fun.

Love Always,


Three Years Old: Birthday Celebration




























Usually I am all about the “perfect” Pinterest-Worthy set-up for birthdays… but this year, at three it was his choice.  He picked out every little detail and loved all of the surprises we planned throughout the day.


The night before I put up all of the decorations, got out all of his favorite goodies, and baked him an allergy-free cake.  When he woke up in the morning he literally “ooohhed” and “ahhed” downstairs and took his time looking at everything that was for HIS birthday.  He remembers clearly when Em had her first birthday and was so excited that his big day was finally here!

We jumped right in the car and headed to go on our coffee date.  A cup of whip-cream befitting a king was bestowed upon him at Starbucks and he proudly showed the other patrons before slowly devouring the cup.  After licking the cup clean we hit the rode to the zoo.  One of his most favorite places in the whole world.  We looked at all of the animals, rode the carousel, played with the sting rays, and visited his favorite of the day, the rhino(changes weekly).

On the way home, we told him we would go to Chipotle and he screamed in glee! One of the only places we can eat(allergy-friendly) and his favorite food of all time.  He kept saying what he was going to eat, his order, over and over until we arrived.

He proudly announced that it was his birthday and relished in the attention during lunch.

When we got home after Em napped we opened presents, blew out candles and ate way too much sugar!  I loved that he picked out the plates, the napkins, the cake, the type of cake and frosting, and all of the colors.  Such a special day for our little man.

The next day he proudly proclaimed that he was now, in fact, a big boy.  Big boys go potty on the potty(he does), and walk instead of being carried as he explained to me.

Love my big boy.











Be still my heart. Our little man is THREE today.

Happy Birthday Raymond!

Love you with all our hearts,

Mom + Dad + Em

Munchkin Meals: Baby & Toddler

Time for another Munchkin Meals thanks to Brittany over at A Healthy Slice of Life! On the first Thursday of every month she hosts a Munchkin Meals Link-Up Party- which enables me to look through tons of great meal ideas to change things up with my Toddler and now our sweet baby girl.  


Munchkin Meals: 23 Months & 6 Months + 27 Months

The Toddler: 
28 Months Old
36 pounds
41 Inches Tall
Clothes Size: 3 & 4T shirts- 3T shorts- Size 10 Shoes

Food allergies: 

Sitting proud in his Nuby Booster Seat.  Loves being up at “our” level.  

This is one of our weekly staples that I wanted to showcase.  Homemade burrito bowls! 

I make a large batch of rice with cilantro, add in ground turkey with spices(or ground chicken), corn and depending on the day a mix of black and pinto beans.  We always offer at least one green vegetable with every lunch and dinner.  

What we typically go through in a week for his meals?

1-2 lbs of Chicken(ground or grilled)
1-2 lbs Turkey(sliced)
4 Cans of Beans
6-7 Bananas
2 Cucumbers
3 Green Peppers
1 Zucchini 
A batch of fresh-in season fruit
1/2 Box of Rice Chex
2 Gallons of Milk
Box of Rice Mac & Cheese
Box of Scooby Snacks- Gluten/Egg/Nut Free snacks from Whole Foods-lovingly called Scooby Snacks
1 Bag of Popcorn
Large Bag of Homemade Mix: Dried Apricots, Blueberries, Raisins, Coconut, Rice Chex

Depending on what is on sale we will get some treats like frozen yogurt, pudding, or ice cream- of course all allergy-free.  Love making sure he gets a sweet treat every now and then!

Allergy-Free Cookies- a sweet treat indeed! He LOVED helping me make them-especially testing if they were ready or not!

 Sweet Em

7 Months Old
16 lbs
28 Inches
Clothes: 9 Month Onesies- 12 Month Pants- 12 Month Footed Sleepers

Food allergies:
Gluten Intolerance 

Blurry MESS

Pureed Goodness: Pears, Bananas+Apples+Pears, Banana+Plum+Grape, Sweet Potato, Carrots. 

All of the pureed Baby Food is with a mixture of brown rice.  I make a weeks worth of food every Sunday afternoon.  Our little girl will go through all of this, plus some finger foods and her favorite snacks: Mum Mums in one week.  She is still exclusively breast-fed and we are working religiously on trying to have her take a bottle.  At this point I am actually gaining more ground with a sippy cup full of cold water.  The temps get in the 120s here in the summer and I would love to be able to supplement some water in during the day so that she doesn’t get dehydrated. 

Swinging in the Sunshine

Thank you Brittany for continuing this tradition! I LOVE the Munchkin Meals Link-up! 

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Thanks for following along!


Big Boy Photoshoot

Working on photo-shopping a T-Rex into the background…. will be putting a print of that up in The Toddler’s room!

Waving “Hi” to the other kid at the park!
After his brand-new big boy haircut, The Toddler needed some new pictures.  He didn’t- but I did!  We got him some Hot-Tot’s Hair product-he is allergic to every product under the sun-except for them- lucky we saw that product on Shark Tank!  Watching Shark Tank on Friday nights together as a stay-at-home date isn’t all that bad when you find products that positively impact your own child’s life!

We got him dressed Saturday morning-did his hair for the first time… ever, and set out to our local park to take approximately two minutes of pictures before he made a mad-dash to the big toy!  Thankful for my fast shutter-speed and new big-girl camera!  The gift that keeps on giving when it comes to having quality pictures of  kids!

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