Happy 6th Birthday Girls!

Today my baby girls turn 6. Last week they started first grade. They are big girls now, I no longer have babies in the house.

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Last year we celebrated the kids’ birthdays with a big birthday party. This year is more low key. We went to Build-A-Bear and will take them to dinner tonight. They are just as happy with that as with the big party!

Happy Birthday Lila!

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Happy Birthday Mia!



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My Little Shadow

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Happy birthday ladies! We love you!

When Did The Girls Get So Big?

This morning started out the same as any other morning. The kids woke up, had some breakfast, and chaos ensued when trying to get Ethan ready 10 minutes before he had to run out the door for school.

The girls and I worked on their homework and practiced sight words. We read a book and sang a few songs. They helped me pack lunches, and then we went upstairs to get them ready for school.

They picked out their own outfits and got dressed by themselves. They told me how they wanted to wear their hair. They put on their socks and shoes. And then we went out to check to see what was growing in the planter box they helped me plant.

When they turned back towards me, this is what I saw:

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When did they get so big? Weren’t they just this big?

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Almost five years ago to the day.

I keep thinking that I want them to grow up, and then I am surprised on a daily basis by how fast they really are doing it. I look at the picture I took of them this morning, and I don’t see babies or toddlers. I see beautiful little girls. Independent little girls who can’t seem to get enough learning and information or feed their curiosity fast enough. I’m so proud of them.

I know I wrote about this same thing recently, but I just couldn’t believe it this morning when those big little girls turned around this morning.

It all just goes so fast.

Happy 5th Birthday Lila & Mia!

This past weekend, we celebrated all three of the kids’ birthdays. The girls’ birthday and Ethan’s birthday are only 6 days apart, so we threw one big party for all of them. With over 50 people (30 of them kids!), it was quite the celebration and both of the girls proclaimed that it was the “best birthday ever!”

The ginormous water slide we ordered to keep 30+ kids busy.

The ginormous water slide we ordered to keep 30+ kids busy.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time now, you’ve watched my girls grow up. From their first birthday party and me posting about their birth story, you’ve also watched them turn three (I somehow skipped them turning two) and also turn four.

And now they are turning five! They are in kindergarten and no longer little girls…they are big girls now. I couldn’t be prouder of them – they can both swim without floaties and ride bikes without training wheels. They can write their names and are learning to write all of their letters and numbers. They have grown up way too fast.

Happy 5th Birthday, My Sweet Girls!


Happy Birthday Lila!







Happy Birthday Mia!






My Little Shadow

Explaining Time To Kids

My girls love their cousin Sydney. Sydney is exactly 1 month older than they are, and they are all best friends. If the girls don’t see Syd every day they start asking when they can see her, and she does the same to my sister.


Mia, Sydney, and Lila – BFFs forever

So when my family made their annual camping trip to King’s Canyon this past week (we decided to vacation somewhere else this year), the girls and Syd had a fit over being separated for a week. Sydney asked if the girls could go with them (of course I said yes enthusiastically and my sister said no vehemently). The girls asked if Syd could stay with us. They do not like being apart.

The day she left, the girls asked me how many more “sleeps” they needed to do before she would be back. They asked me just about every hour. So I told them we would mark it on the calendar so they could look and see whenever they wanted to.

I’ve talked before about how difficult it is to explain time to kids. But wow! This whole calendar thing turned out to be way more difficult than I thought it would be!


Sydney left on the 10th and was supposed to come back on the 16th. So on the 10th, I put an X. Days 1 – 9 were left blank because we’d already passed those days. Then I put a little heart on the 16th.

Lila: Mom how many more sleeps?

Me: Let’s count. We are on this day (the 11th) so we have to sleep 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 more times before Sydney comes home.

Mia: But what about those days?

Me: What days?

Mia: Those ones (pointing to the days before the 10th)

Me: Oh those days have already passed. You already did all those sleeps.

Lila: When?

Me: Before Sydney left. This day (pointing to the 4th) was the day we watched fireworks and had Sydney’s birthday party. This day is the day we went to see Rio 2.

Lila: So we don’t have to count those sleeps or we do?

Mia: No we do have to count those sleeps too! The days happened but not the sleeps.

Me: Yes the sleeps happened already and no we don’t count those sleeps. There’s only 5 sleeps.

Lila: But how did we already do those sleeps?


So the solution was simple of course, we just put Xs on the 1st through the 9th. Problem solved. Sydney, I’m sure the girls are going to want to see you today…I know they missed you!

Time Flies (It Really Does)

I just got off of the phone with the school. It’s already time for me to be schedule an appointment to register Lila and Mia for Kindergarten for next year. How is that possible?


How did this happen so quickly? Didn’t we just bring them home from the hospital?


Didn’t Lila just learn to say Daddy?

Wasn’t it just yesterday that they figured out how to crawl through the doggy door?

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It seems like it was just last week that they were locked down in baby jail.


 Didn’t we just celebrate their first birthday?


No, kindergarten isn’t possible yet. They just started preschool!

It’s really a weird feeling. I mean let’s be honest, raising three little ones so close in age ain’t no joke. It’s HARD. And since I’m being honest, I’ll also tell you that I’ve been dreaming about all the kids being in school all day since they were just babies!

But now that time is almost here, and believe it or not, I’m kinda wanting to reverse time. To have them little for just a bit longer. Ethan is only in first grade, and I see his independence coming through. He loves his mommy, but he also is becoming his own little person.

And I think it scares me that as they grow they’ll need me less and less. That I won’t be the center of their world. That someday, OH MY GOD, someday they’ll be out of the house starting their own lives.

Now I’m crying. I don’t think I’m ready for this whole no-more-babies-now-I-have-big-kids stage.

Time flies, it really does. It is going too, too fast. I want it to slow down, throw time in reverse, and enjoy my babies being babies for just a little bit longer…