Category Archives: Firsts

Breaking News!

We interrupt our regular scheduled programming (which hasn’t been regular at all, I know) to bring you this:

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Oh yes. That happened today.
I was folding clothes and Mia comes up to me and says “Um, Mom…I was playing…and then this happened…” and she opens her hand and shows me her tooth. Now, it had been wiggly for a few weeks but we had not gotten anywhere near the twist it and tug it until every one just wants to get their fingers in there and just yank it already phase. But, maybe this way was better. Less drama and anticipation.

She was a little worried at first so I asked her if she wanted to call Daddy. Instantly, she cheered up and was so excited about telling him. Then, we took pictures, of course, which helped get her mind off of what had actually happened and celebrate the fact that she had a missing tooth.

But when you do that, you get this…


Silly kid. He saw that Mia was getting her picture taken and said “Picture me too” so I took the picture and then when he saw it, he giggled and said “Silly face.” Silly face is right.

So, enter turbo tooth fairy mode. We weren’t even ready for it. Luckily, tonight was Awana and I needed to do some grocery shopping anyway so I stopped in for a few supplies.

Mia drew a picture and had me write her note to the tooth fairy.


She did ask this afternoon “Now, is she really real?” “Uh…well…” “Well, she’s a fairy…and I don’t know if we have fairies in this town”. We don’t do Santa or Elf on the Shelf so this make believe thing is all very new to me. She seemed very excited about giving it a try, though, and at first was hoping for a new bike. I convinced her that the bike is way too big for a little fairy.

She was very concerned about not falling asleep in time (tooth fairy only comes when little girls and boys are asleep) because sometimes she takes too long to fall asleep. I told her it would be fine, that she wouldn’t come until much later but then she was worried that then if it was too late the tooth fairy would fall asleep and forget about her. Then, when we were picking where to put the box, she said “Oh, if we put it there she’ll have to get really close to me.” Wow…the anxiety level around all of this is even worse than losing the tooth.

She’s very proud of her missing tooth though. In the shower tonight she was washing her hair and said “I’m such a big girl. I’m washing my own hair and I have a loose tooth. Oh wait, no I don’t. I have a missing tooth!”

Well, the tooth fairy has done her work and hopefully it matches expectations. Somebody was hoping for a bike less than 12 hours ago. Going rate on teeth is steep these days! Instead, she’s getting: fairy toothbrush and toothpaste, a $1 bill, a note from the tooth fairy with glitter glue (so help me, I said I wouldn’t do the glitter…I’m creating a monster), and a pouch to put her tooth in since she wanted to keep it.




I can’t believe I have a kid with a missing tooth. It just seems like yesterday when she didn’t have any teeth at all!

First (& first last) Day of Preschool!

This is how my days have been: I totally thought I had posted this last night and then realized I had only written on my to do list and not actually done it. There’s so many things that I wish that actually did happen to, like “clean out garage”…

Yesterday the kids started preschool. It’s not really that different from the usual for us since it’s at church where we go year-round, but the preschool program officially kicked off this week.

For Finn, this is probably the First Official Day of Preschool – even though he’s been doing this kind of thing for a while.

For Mia, this is hopefully 🙂 the Last First Day of Preschool since she’ll be a big kindergartner next year. No, I don’t want to talk about it.


The night before she said that she was “a little nervous” but she was ready to go make friends. [She doesn’t have the same teachers as last year and her class from last year was split up and a lot of old friends are in a different class. I thought this was going to be harder on her than it was. She said she would be just fine with a new teacher and new friends. Why do we not give them enough credit?! I really think I was more bent out of shape than she was. Stinks when your kid deals with things better than you do. Ha.]





And are we really surprised by this. Mia, ready to go. Finn, already tearful about the whole school thing. Actually, he really wanted to eat the yogurt he had just found (and that he’s holding). Once again, food is very important and should not be interrupted for such trivial things as RECORDING MILESTONES.

I thought this picture would be the perfect summary of the first day of school. Mia ready to conquer, Finn really not wanting to do it at all (drop-off is still hard with him). But nope, apparently even in a new room with new teachers, Finn had the best day he’s ever had. I’m so glad. And once again, I was pleasantly surprised.

So, we’re off on another school year. We’re actually shifting my work days so that the kids can do both days of  preschool vs. 1 day preschool 1 day staffcare. I think it will help for both of them to have that consistency of same class both days (for Finn since he does better with the same teachers who get to know him and for Mia since this is her last year).

And next year, when we take 1st day of Kindergarten pictures, I wonder if Finn will sad too. It’s going to be tough on him when sister is gone to school without him.  Those two are best buddies. But we’ll worry about that next August…

Father’s Day Weekend

We had a great weekend celebrating Dad. We decided to do our usual “let’s avoid crowds and not eat out on the actual day” thing and went out to dinner on Friday and when we do that, it just stretches out the fun. And really, why wouldn’t we?


Before picking Mark up at work, we needed to run in and get his gift at the big “construction” store, as Mia calls it. In fact, the whole thing was pretty much Mia. She suggested we get Daddy a new drill since his isn’t working anymore. We might have a super gift-giver in the house…Mark was way happy with what he got.


Then it was off to dinner. We always try to take lots to do while we’re waiting for food. Helps keep the wiggles to a minimum.

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Of course then we amp it up with sugar at the end!



Our town hosts a fishing derby for kids 3 and older so Mia and Mark went fishing – and met up with Jane and Ava with their Dad, Scott – while Finn and I enjoyed the morning together at home. Jenny went with her family and got some great pictures. Thanks, Jenny for documenting Mia’s first fishing experience!

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We stayed home all day Sunday and had a fun, relaxing day. Unlike Mother’s Day, nobody was injured so no matter what else happened, I would say that made it a good day. The kids and I got up and made breakfast for Dad – complete with dress-up fun.

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Crème Brûlée French Toast.

At breakfast, the kids gave their crafts that they had worked on at school. Finn was so intrigued by seeing his footprints again and kept putting his feet over them.


And this has to be my favorite thing about Father’s Day this year:


A Father’s Day questionnaire filled out by the kids (click on it to read answers). Mark took being 57 years old amazingly well. Also, Mia really knows her dad… Finn? Well, the ones that are filled out were almost all chosen from multiple choice options given to him. I wrote down the one that got the most enthusiastic response. Poor kid, I tried to work on that thing for 3 days. Anytime we were alone I would ask him another question to see if he would answer it. By day 3, he would hear the beginning of the sentence, look at me, and say “noooo, don’t….” Ha. Homework is going to be F.U.N.

We had fun celebrating and I think Mark felt loved. And after all the wonderfulness of the weekend, it was back to Monday: rain at drop-off and pick-up, stacks of laundry, and Finn walking up to me holding his hand out and saying “stinky?” Is it time for Mother’s Day again?