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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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  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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  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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This girl was ready to rock it! Being in the oldest preschool class, knowing her classmates and many teachers she was beyond excited to start back. She was excited to be a "Pulpo," (octopus) instantly loved her teacher who she nows calls "Diany" or "Dianita." She felt a little lost at the beginning of the year because her two best friends (Ari and Anto) left to start preschool at their elementary school. She was one of three girls in a class of 15. But she adjusted quickly to playing with the bo...

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Months ago Eden and I came up with the Strawberry theme for her birthday party. I can't remember who suggested it but she was excited and I was excited about it. What I couldn't decide was whether to invite her whole nursery school class to this or not. It seemed dumb to create a big event for just a few friends (her non-school friends) but I also remembered the stress of catering to 45 people, many of whom were parents I didn't know well. Ultimately I decided to do the mini party at her prescho...

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Two days after Eden's real birthday we celebrated with her classmates and teachers at Alouette. Nate and I got there early and enjoyed watching Eden front and center in Christmas program rehearsals while we set up. All her classmates knew it was her birthday and wanted to introduce themselves to us. We served white chocolate and sprinkle covered strawberries, strawberry and cream cheese sandwiches, cheetos (a bday must here), and chocolate/strawberry cupcakes. Eden loved it all. She loved the fo...

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At three, Eden, you are silly and cuddly. You wake slowly and love to stay in your bed with your blanket. You just might be an infinitely analytical, reflective thinker like your mom and Nona. Your temper is fierce and you let it be known with loud protests against your brother. But your love for him and us is great too and you can't stand the idea of missing out on a hug or time together. One of your farvorite things to do with me is "soft kisses" when you gently kiss me and then we both must e...

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