Tuesday, August 24, 2010

School Update

Bella is really liking her new teacher and her new school. Our experience last year doesn't even compare to what I've seen this year. The difference is like night and day and I think we're going to be really happy at this school.

Bella has already made new best friends - a girl who sits near her named Darby and a girl from a different first grade class who she went to pre-K with. She's been in a great mood everyday when I pick her up and seems excited about her new class.

I'm happy to report I've perfected my bike riding/trailer towing skills and haven't gotten in trouble with the crossing guard since the first day. Let me tell you, having a super cute pink beach cruiser gets you tons of attention, from kids and adults. I think I've heard "I love your bike!" and "Mommy, look at that cool bike!" at least 5 times a day.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

First Day of First Grade

Some nerves.

No tears.

We know at least three of the families in the class from our old MOMS Club days.

I'm biking the kids to school in the bike trailer. Got yelled at by the crossing guard.

Going to find an alternate route to school so I can avoid the mess at drop off.

The house is super quiet without Bella singing her way through the day. Matea and I have a coffee date with a friend, then I'll drop her off at school at 1:00, enjoy just over one hour to myself, and be there to pick up Bella at 2:35.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

No More Summer Funnin'

Today is the last day of summer for our family. It's kind of bittersweet. Summer went by so quickly and I really enjoyed the lazy pace. On the other hand, there's far less fighting and mess to clean up during the school year and I think the stricter, packed schedule makes me much more productive.

To celebrate the end of summer, we went on a quick camping trip to Morro Bay. Working at Carters totally put the brakes on our formerly frequent camping trips and now that I'm not working there, we've planned a few trips over the next few months. Matea was a total turd, either whining or getting into mischief the whole time. Other than that, the trip was fun and I kicked Steve's ass at checkers (which needed to be put in writing).

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Toddlers and Tiaras

Good makeup application.

Drunk makeup application.

Important Notes

-Matea slept in until 9:30 yesterday. When she woke up, she couldn't believe I was dressed. I guess it's been a lazy summer.

-We went to Ross to buy the girls some new school shoes and I got Bella the cutest little girl high heels which she will never wear to school. As a result, we're going school shoes shopping at Kohls today.

-I'm having my hair highlighted by a former beautician friend tomorrow. My home dye job isn't strong enough to cover the grays anymore and I'm hoping some lighter highlights will confuse people. Is that gray? Or is it blonde? I wanted to do one pink streak but my mother made it clear she didn't approve. Someday, I will do it to test her.

-One week from today, Bella will be a first grader. She'll be inter-mingled with all of the other big kids and I will probably have to take anxiety medication for a few days.

-I did a masssive clean up/purge in the girls' room yesterday. At the end, I was left with millions of tiny little things in the bottom of a basket. I did a quick scan for anything important like game pieces or puzzle pieces and then dumped it all into the trash. I consider that my greatest accomplishment for the day.

-Steve and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary last week with a pink champagne cake from Madonna Inn (Steve's request). As Steve was cutting the cake and serving the girls a piece, he smashed it in my face. I was shocked and laughed hysterically. Apparently, not getting to do that 10 years ago at our wedding has really bothered him.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Matea's First Day of Pre-K

Thanks Grandma for the new boots and dress:)

Jimmy's Wedding

One of the biggest heart aches in the girls' lives is that they never get invited to weddings. With the exception of my cousin's wedding when Bella was 2 1/2 and Tatey was 12 days old, I can't remember them ever being invited to a wedding. And since they play wedding all the time, they've really felt like something is missing in their lives.

On Sunday morning we went to the wedding of Steve's former coworker, Jimmy. He's a really great guy who has always been very sweet to the girls and they were super excited about going to his wedding. It was small and simple and the whole family had a great time.

Lumpdate July 2010

Matea had another follow up ultrasound on the lump in her neck. It was three months from her last ultrasound and 7 months from the time Steve first found the lump. Once again, it was pretty much the same size. Of the three measurements, one was a millimeter smaller, one was a millimeter bigger, and one was the same.

The doctor scheduled us to come back in six months for another ultrasound and just told me to check it once a month to make sure it isn't growing. He said he still feels strongly that it's just a large lymph node and if it were his kid, he would just leave it alone. But then he has to thrown in, "...but it could be something and you could choose to remove it." Gee, thanks a lot doc.

I've broken all rules and researched some on the internet and really feel strongly now that it is nothing. Matea has no symptoms of illness, no other lumps, and the one she does have isn't growing and doesn't have any blood flow to it. That said, we're still considering the possibility of getting a second opion and I'll discuss that with her pediatrician later this month.

Matea's Berry Sweet Strawberry Shortcake 4th Birthday