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A kitty party ... but NOT Hello Kitty Mommy.  That was the request.     She waited a few weeks to celebrate so that her cousins could be in town for the bash! She's been lucky to have a set of cousins with her for two years running now. For me, this has been a year of chosing simplicity in these types of events as I have less margin to plan and prep with my current job. But one thing I've learned is that my kids feel celebrated and special with even the simplest of days and I want...

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At five you are showing lots of your fun, spunky, silly personality. While you aren't as outgoing in a crowd or around new people as your brother is, when you are comfortable you are a character. Your facial expressions and your eye rolls constantly cause us to crack up around the dinner table. You are thriving academically. You are a leader in your class academically and socially ... and maybe a wee bit bossy. You have a best friend named Romina and you have seamlessly integrated into your clas...

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Pre-Kinder Teacher: Mrs. BergerMiss IndependentRaces down the path to school holding her brother's handSkips off to her classroom without a backward glance or even a goodbye kiss for her mamaShe's off and she's ready!Quickest new friend: Romina who lays by her at naptime and always tries to get her to talkQuickest to become the teacher's pet with her love for cuddles and desire to do everything perfectly (also her love of tattling on anyone doing anything wrong!_Ahead of the game with her letter...

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  Our baby has graduated nursery school and is on to preschool at AAI! Her final class performance was called "Fairy Dreams" and was about what each kid wanted to be when they grow up. Eden got to be the fairy, which made her super happy, and she danced and sang with confidence that we haven't seen in other performances.   Eden we are proud of how you have loved your teacher and your classmates well. We are proud that you have been a leader in helping and obeying your teacher. We can't...

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Eden has been asking to take ballet classes for almost a year now. The plan was to start in January but I just couldn't figure out how to manage work, rushing off to class and then home for dinner before Nate leaves by 7. We don't have any margin to eat late with his work schedule if we want to eat together so it just didn't happen. This summer I was determined and I'm so glad I made it happen! I *think* it gave me enough motivation to find a way to keep it going this school year. Eden you kind ...

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  It was the teeniest of teeny cuts. (The hair on the floor is Canaan's.) Her hair (at 4.5) still hasn't grown enough to warrant a real cut but my hairdresser suggested trimming the straggly ends to hopefully promote some more growth! Of course she felt super special and big for getting her first haircut. Add new comment...

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Alouette had their annual Cuentos con Chocolate, where Grandma's are invited to come read stories, wear pjs, and drink hot chocolate with bizcochos. As is becoming our annual tradition, Eden brought her mom instead of a grandma. But she was thrilled nonetheless.          Add new comment...

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This girl has gone baby bonkers!   For years she overlooked any baby doll given to her. It would get a cursory play the first day and then end up at the bottom of her toy trunk. Until four (or maybe 3.8). Now she can't enough of the babies, either real or in doll form. She pretends to be pregnant constantly, loves to act out the story of Mary and Joseph, and is known to ask anyone about a belly they might have (whether pregnant or not - yikes!) The truth is she only likes real babies til th...

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  On Eden's actual birthday we took cupcakes and a pinata to her Alouette class. But first she had breakfast and a photo shoot with her brother at home. It was also a parent participation day at Alouette so first I went and made a Christmas craft with Eden and then Nate and I returned to celebrate her at craft time. Probably Eden's most favorite birthday gifts were her two ballet outfits and her first pair of ballet slippers. She wore these in rain and shine, modesty be darned! We even let ...

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