June 2014 Letter to My Daughters

My Dear Girls!

This is your birthday month! My little girls are promoted to the ages of 2 and 5! I’m not even sure how that is possible!

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Lilly, you are seeming more and more grown up each day. It’s almost like I’m watching it happen. You had a fairy garden birthday party where your friends made fairy gardens to take home. They turned out beautiful. You are such a great judge of character because you have the most amazing friends with the most amazing parents. We spent your birthday day at the Land of Make Believe with your friend Maebh from preschool. The two of you were so grown up and responsible and fun. It was almost like a glimpse into teenagehood- the two of you riding all the rides together and giggling! My wishes for you this year is a smooth transition into kindergarten and a loving, supportive teacher and community. I’m hoping we can all find balance as I return to work in the fall as well.

Morgan, my big 2 year old going on 5. You still do everything to keep pace with your big sister. You’ve finally started sleeping so much better and it’s made a world of difference for both of us. You are funny and you know it and you are stubborn and you know it and it would be easier to make you mind if you weren’t so cute and funny. Your big sister is so patient with you so I want you to never give her a hard time. My wish for you is that you have a wonderful time with Miss Kathy and it makes me sad that I won’t be with you all day, but I know you are in the best of hands.

My girls, you are part of an amazing village of family and friends. At the fear of missing someone, those of you out there know who you are. You have blessed our lives with your love for our children as your own and the excitement my kids have when they are seeing you demonstrates the powerful and positive relationship you have in their young lives.

Here’s to wishing for a beautiful rest of summer.

I love you more than the whole wide world,

Mommy

After enjoying my pictures, please continue on in our blog circle to see Rebecca’s letter to her children.

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May 2014 Letters To My Children

My Dear Girls,

Lilly, this has been YOUR month. You had your horse show on Mother’s Day this month and we arranged to have Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, and Uncle Dave join us. You have been riding really well this session and although it’s much more a show and much less a competition, you rode beautifully and ended up being the winner of your group! You other two friends had won previous horse shows, so in some ways you just thought it was your turn to win, but nevertheless, you smiled from ear to ear from the moment you started riding until three days later. It was beautiful to see you with so much pride and confidence. It was an amazing Mother’s Day. Your gift to me was a small necklace that you picked with daddy. It was of a tiny key. You took all kinds of things into consideration- not wanting something too big or something too pokey and decided that I would just love a key. It’s beautiful and I love how proud you were to pick it for me.

This month also brought about a bittersweet milestone. it was your preschool graduation. You have had the most amazing experience there with the most caring and creative teachers I know. They really helped to establish a positive first school experience for you and I think that will carry with you the rest of your life. Through fun and art and baking and crafts, they nurtured a love of learning in you. You were part of a most memorable show that was all about America- so not only did you learn a lot of songs for graduation, but they will serve you well in your life because you already know a bunch of patriotic songs. I’m so proud of how much you’ve grown up this year and I’m also sad that it’s going by so quickly. You make me proud every single day.

My dear Morgan. If you weren’t so cute and funny, you might have been traded in by now! Just kidding of course, but your sleeping this month has been horrific. You are staying up until midnight most nights and if you do go to sleep early, you are waking for several hours in the middle of the night. You are slowing torturing me with sleep deprivation! I’m hoping we can get this straightened out before I return to teaching in september or it’s going to get ugly. Luckily you have the cuteness factor going for you. You have a lot more of your own words such as “winty” for your blanket and “nonny” for candy. You still call yourself “baby” but you are anything but. You can and will do anything that Lilly does– which includes sitting on the potty. You are really good at puzzles and you love doing them but you tend to take 5-7 of them out at a time which mostly just makes a mess! I had other things that I wanted to mention this month, but because I’m so tired from lack of sleep, I seem to have forgotten them. Perhaps swimming in the pool will help tire you out!

We have had another special fun event this month and that was babysitting our neighbor’s baby chicks while they were away! It’s been super fun to have these cute little fuzzies with us for a short time.

I love you more than the whole wide world,

Mommy

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April 2014 Letters to My Daughters

My Dear Girls,

Spring is trying to make it’s way here but it seems to be one step forward and two steps back. We are soaking in sunshine in the park on the nice days and it has been so rejuvenating.

Lilly, what is going on in your life this month is that you are riding Minnie again. Lessons with Tara started up and automatically Thursday is your favorite day. You have such gentle but firm command of her and you seem wise beyond your years and you learn the ins and outs of horsemanship. You are growing bigger- both physically and emotionally and seem to be so ready for kindergarten in the fall. I’m not sure how that happened. You have remarkable patience with your baby sister- who is fluctuating between impossible two year old and your best friend. Nothing makes me happier than looking in on the two of you laughing hard belly laughs or quietly playing together. You were worried that Morgan wouldn’t know what to do at an Easter Egg hunt so you filled our eggs and set up a practice round for her in our yard. Then you brought her out and helped her find the eggs. It was the best hunt ever.

Morgan, you are becoming more independent than ever! You don’t want to sit in your high chair anymore and insist on using Lilly’s chair. Luckily Lilly accommodates you by taking a big chair. You insist on certain songs in the car with your favorites right now being “Hellos”, “Jumpin’ Josie”, and William Tell’s Overture. You put up quite a fuss if we don’t have your exact song on. You also are coming up with your own songs– like when you were caught “feeding” the cats, you have a song that goes “Kitty Cat Kitty Cat No! No! No!” We think the “No” part is actually at yourself since you aren’t supposed to be down there! You keep track of where everyone is all day with the questions, “Daddy work?” “Lilly-ya school?” “Baby home?” because you know who is in your world and you want to know there whereabouts at all times.

I am loving that we are getting out fishing and hiking once again. Looking forward to summer.

I love you more than the whole wide world,

Mommy

Please continue on to read Rebecca’s letter after you get a chance to check out my images this month.

Morgan… because I always want to remember what it is like to look down at you while you hold my hand. 

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March 2014 Letters To My Daughters

My Dear Girls,

March brought one of the most exciting trips of your young lives. We took you to Disney! Lilly, you have been asking to go to Mickey’s house for well over a year even though you didn’t really know what that meant. We told you that we could go when Morgan could walk and when Morgan took her first steps, you pulled me aside and said, “So, do we go to Mickey’s tomorrow?”

The trip was pure magic from the time we left until the time we got home. Everything was perfection. You both loved meeting the characters, although Morgan, you refused to smile for our pictures with them! Highlights include meeting both Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. When we were lining up to meet Peter Pan, the cast member in charge asked us how much we wanted to meet Peter Pan and I answered “more than anyone else in the park.” She made us her last family for that time. You were so excited to put on your Peter Pan outfit and Peter and Wendy spent tons of time with us. When we were done taking photos, Peter and Wendy took you by the hand and skipped through the park with you chanting “We’re looking for pirates, we’re looking for pirates.” People in the park stopped left and right to take your picture with Peter and Wendy. It was one of my most favorite moments of the whole trip. We also met Tink twice because the first time we met her, Morgan was asleep and there is no one that you like more Morgan than “Beat Bell” as you call her.

We ate with the princesses at Cinderella’s Castle and again at Akershus. We also ate with Mary Poppins and then Mickey at Animal Kingdom. You girls both LOVED the rides which is why we knew that we would have a fabulous time. Of course we did the regulars like It’s a Small World and Peter Pan’s flight, but Morgan, your absolute favorite was the “dup downs” which is what you call horses. We rode the carousel at least 10 times which was easy because there was no wait. Lilly, your surprise favorite was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. It was my favorite when I was a kid, but I was much older than you when I rode it! You probably rode it at least 8 times doing rider switch with Daddy and me.

The trip was pure magic and I can’t wait to go back again with you in a few years when Morgan is older. Morgan’s phrase of the week was “Happy Day!” and indeed it was. “Happy Mickey, Happy Beat Bell, Happy Mommy, Happy Daddy, Happy Lilly-ya, Happy Day!” Watching you live for a week in between fantasy and reality was so special and amazing.

Spring is finally arriving here and I’m looking forward to tons of time outside with my girls as we get ready for summer.

I love you more than the whole wide world,

Mommy

Please enjoy my pictures then go on to visit my dear friend Melinda’s beautiful letter to her children.

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February 2014 Letters to My Daughters

My Dear Girls,

This month has quickly become the snowiest month of your young lives- and possibly might be on record to be one of the snowiest ones you ever experience. It has been fun being cooped up with a winter wonderland falling all around us. You both LOVE to go out in the snow but honestly, the last storm brought us so much (over 18 inches on top of the 10 we already had) that it was too much for you to move around in and play in! A week later and a few 50 degree days has reduced the snowpack to a manageable amount and you are both back to sledding and playing. Here is just a quick snapshot so that you can see just how little you were compared to the snow piles at the end of our driveway– that yes, we shoveled and snowblowed. No plows here!

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Lilly, your big moment to shine this month came when both mommy and daddy got the stomach flu. We were both so sick and thankfully, you only got a mild case and Morgan somehow avoided it all together. Either way, during the brunt of us feeling ill, you demonstrated compassion far beyond your 4.5 years on this earth. You took care of Morgan by getting her snacks and drinks without hesitation or question. You asked how we were feeling and if we needed anything. You genuinely worried, mothered and cared for the rest of your family. I saw an especially beautiful dimension to you that day and it makes me so proud to be your mommy because I know what a great person you are turning out to be. I love you and I thank you deeply for your love and help.

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Morgan, this has been your month! You have been frustrating at times to deal with partly due to the fact that you were frustrated yourself. But this last month has brought about tremendous growth in you both physically and verbally. All you want to do is participate in family life and keep up with your one true star, your Lilly-ya. You couldn’t do it before, but now you can. You can readily communicate with us and can say just about any word that we ask you to say– it may not come out correctly, but the intonation is there. You are so proud and pleased with yourself and you understand complex directions like “Go get your blanket and put it on your bed.” The only thing that you love more than your Lilly-ya is going outside. When you here the word “outside” you are the first to get your boots, coat and hat and start to put them on. These last couple days have been warmer and it has been so nice to be out for a while without being so cold.

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I love you both so much and I’m looking forward to enjoying the start of spring with you both.

I love you more than the whole wide world,

Mommy

Please enjoy some pictures from our valentine’s day mini session that we held in our kitchen! After, please go on to visit my friend Joanne’s blog. A big thanks to her for helping out with the blog circle organization this month!

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January 2014 Letter to My Daughters

My dear girls,

It is now a new year and so embarks a new journey for us as a family. I know this is the new calendar year, but being that your daddy and I both work in schools, I think I feel a stronger connection to September being the start of a new year. I’m also proud that I now have 12 letters to look back because it does all happen so quickly.

Lilly, you are turning out to be the sweetest, most considerate, thoughtful and loving little girl. You will share ANYTHING. You last bite of cookie, a handful of M & M’s, anything at all. And you aren’t stingy- in fact, you often give the other person the bigger or better piece. I hope you are always this generous and giving. You are also so understanding– just tonight when we went to read stories, Morgan was just way overtired even though it was early. We only got a chance to read one story (instead of our usual 3) because she was just screaming. You didn’t complain even once and just gave her a hug and kiss and told her to “go get some sleep, sweetie.” You are truly amazing and have a patience with her that surpasses anyone’s expectations.

Morgan, you have become a little girl. You are talking more and more and lucky for us, Lilly is the bees knees in your eyes. You are her number one fan and Lilly is the perfect role model. When she is at school you wander around a bit lost looking for your “Lil-wee-yah.” For every bit of Lilly’s hesitation, you have very little. You are strong, opinionated, willful and spirited. Because of your personality, you seem much older than you actually are. You think that if you continue to yell “weee” (which is please) you can have whatever you want. And for all of your independence, at night you just want to be next to someone. I put you to bed in your toddler bed and about an hour later you are up. I love snuggling you but would like just a bit more at the early part of the night. As I write this post you are curled up next to me in bed– your feet touching my feet and always making sure you are in “contact.” I’m trying my best to embrace it because I know you will only be this snuggly for a bit longer.

I love you more than the whole wide world,

Mommy

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Please continue onto my friend Katie’s blog and read her beautiful letter!

December Letter to My Daughters

My Dear Girls,

I can’t believe that a year has gone by so quickly. It seems that just yesterday I was learning how to add these blog posts. The end of the year is a good time to reflect on how far you have each come in so short a time. I know that raising two wonderful little people like yourselves can be exhausting but it is also the most rewarding thing that I do. As a friend has said, “The days are long, but the years are quick.” That is so true. I’m glad that monthly I’m slowing down to remember some of the important things each month. My new year’s resolution is to get these letters and pictures printed in a book for each of you and hopefully one day you will have a great collection of not only pictures but what you were doing at each month in your lives.

Lilly, you have grown up so much in a year I can’t believe it. Just one year ago, we were just starting your first activity without me- a ballet class at the YMCA. You needed so much reassurance and needed me to stand at the window and watch so that you know everything is ok. Just the other day we went to a bouncy house place and you ran off to play with your friends without looking back. You have grown so much in preschool and I really think you will be ready for kindergarten next year- even if I’m not ready to send you. You were a cardinal in your school show but you told me you were a “red bird.” Your song was “Feed, feed, feed the birds in the wintertime! When the days are dark and cold, food is hard to find.”

Morgan, you have also grown up so much but in a different way. At this time last year, you were sitting for the first time. Now you walk, run, spin and try so hard to jump. You do EVERYTHING that Lilly does. You are the master of imitation and you watch people around you intently. You remember very specific things like that Grandma gives you yogurt raisins before you leave and you pointed to the cabinet and said “nummy” to make sure that she doesn’t forget. Lilly or “Lilly-ya” as you call her, is the light of you life. You don’t sleep– at all. You have been up the last couple nights from 2am until 6am which is making both of us pretty cranky. I’ve decided that payback will be worth it when you are a teenager and I will be waking you at unreasonable hours like 10am!

Lilly’s new line is “I love you more than the whole wide world” and that is how I will close my letters now.

I love you more than the whole wide world,

Mommy

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November Letters to My Daughters

Dear girls,

Since this is the month of being thankful, I’d like to mention a few things that I’m especially thankful for.  I’m thankful that you were both born healthy. I could go on and on but I think it speaks for itself. I’m thankful for the “village” that is helping to raise you. We have some pretty incredible people in our lives that are helping to shape you into the fine young ladies you are becoming. This is certainly not the whole list, but this year you have been especially impacted by Aunt Allie, Grandma and Grandpa, Clara’s family, Amelia’s family, your cousins, Miss Dottie, Mr. Joe and Miss Tara. You have also been blessed by some fantastic animal relationships which is also not limited to these few but they have played a large part in your compassion for animals this year. This does include our two cats- Kona and Lani who continue to misbehave but really love your girls– especially Lani and Lilly. You’ve also become dog lovers with the relationships you have developed with May May, Lola, and Jasper. And Lilly you have had an extra special relationship with a very special horse Minnie who has introduced you to your love of riding. I’m thankful that you both have a love of the outdoors and will play in the woods or our yard in just about any weather or temperature. I’m also thankful that you will eat just about anything. You love gardening, our CSA and just about all fruits and vegetables. I am thankful that I don’t have to make a “kid’s dinner” and that you will happily eat or try all that I make for you.

We have had a special month and I’m thankful that we had the opportunity to visit your aunt and uncle and cousins in Oklahoma. You have had such a great time playing and visiting with them and it sad that we don’t live closer.

I love you and I am looking forward to spending the holidays with you.

All my love,

Mommy

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October Letters to My Daughters

My dear girls,

Lilly, this month brought to an end your two favorite things outside of preschool. You have your last nature camp and your last fall riding lesson. According to the naturalist, you are the least squeamish and most enthusiastic about nature. I love that about you. I’m so glad that you want to do winter nature camp. As for riding- you have really figured out how to post. You rode for your “competition” and did wonderfully but I think where you were really at home was the long trail ride you went on for the last class. You volunteered to ride Cowboy and not Minnie and I was proud that you were comfortable with riding a different horse. You look so confident when you are riding.

I also want to take a few minutes to document someone else important that has entered our lives. Many children have imaginary friends, but you have an imaginary daughter. Your daughter’s name is Maggie and she’s 24. She lives in North Carolina (by Matthew and Timmy). Her birthday is September 24 and lucky for us she visits often- which is good because she is going to have a baby any day now. The baby is a boy and will be named Michael but will be called Mike. The details that you provide about Maggie are stunning. She seems like she is a wonderful person and I hope that one day when you have a daughter of your own, that she is like Maggie. I also love your imagination and I feel honored to be a part of your special relationship with your daughter. I also love that you only share Maggie with me and Daddy. When I ask if you talk about Maggie at school you say “No Mommy– then all the other kids would want to have daughter’s too!” It’s truly an amazing thing to witness.

As for Miss Morgan, you are becoming more independent by the minute. You have a few more words- Mama, Dada (and Dada-do), Nana (for food mostly), Papa, Toes Up, Toes Down and Belly-Butt (for belly button). Lilly is still your sun, star and moon. You do everything that she does- mostly correctly. Lilly draws on paper, you like to draw on the floor. Lilly uses a fork and therefore you use a fork. You run right into her preschool and I think would be happy to stay if they would let you. You are trying hard to jump and you love to take the tops to the pots out and crash them together. Sleeping is still an issue. You are struggling to stay asleep at night and have a hard time going down for naps. I’m hoping that this will work itself out soon because you have cut two of your four molars. This too shall pass and probably as a teenager I will be wondering how you can sleep so much!

I love you both so much and I’m loving our fall days together.

Love,

Mommy

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