Life on Cottage Hill: PAGES

Thursday, August 18, 2016

the peanut's last first day of preschool!

Our sweet Audrey had her last first day of Preschool today- which means we're T minus one year from Kindergarten. What? How? Sigh. 

I want to bottle her up as she is forever.
Her voice.
Her sweetness. 
Her affection.
Her creativity.
All of her- she is to me perfection all wrapped up in the sweetest girl I've ever known. 

We love you, Audrey Paudrey Peanut!
You have no idea how much. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

class of 2028 goes to FIRST grade!

This week Jackson went back to school, entering the first grade. And in case you didn't know it, being officially in a GRADE is a pret-ty big deal. After a summer packed full of adventures I think he was actually ready to get back into a regular routine and to see his friends on more of a daily basis. While he loves playing with Jonah and Audrey, he's clearly much more mature in this stage and needs his "buddy time" with older kids. 

A few days before school began we visited his classroom and met his teacher who we had heard great things about and talking to her in person confirmed how sweet, positive and energetic she is. She clearly loves to teach and it oozes from her. I also loved the little texts she sent to the parents throughout the first days assuring us of all the fun they were having. 

Jackson was significantly less excited for our annual 'back to school' photos. He is NOT a fan of photos right now- at all. He doesn't understand why I need more when I "already have millions." Tough luck, bud, I've got decades worth of more photo needs in me ;). 

first day of Kindergarten HERE
first day of preschool, year 2 HERE
first day of preschool, year 1 HERE

Friday, August 5, 2016

sum. sum. summertime.

...playing a little catch-up of all things summer!

One thing I'm most thankful for this summer was getting to take off some extra Fridays, giving me three-day weekends for most of June and July. It's amazing what having one extra day off work does- it gives me the extra amount of buffer space I need to clear my mind and really allow myself to relax, forgetting deadlines and to-dos at the office. The babies and I took full advantage, packing in adventures. 

On my last Friday off I decided on a whim to take my three monsters to King's Island. On my own. I knew it could only end epically awesome or in many a' meltdown :). We had a blast and left the park nearly 10 hours later covered in sticky ice cream and every-treat-we-could-find with little legs exhausted and fighting to keep their eyes open. All three declared the 'wave pool' as their favorite part of the day. It was our first time exploring the water park inside PKI and they had a blast. So. much. fun. 

These three have been true water babies all summer. With the exception of a few random rainy days, they have spent every single day either at the pool, the beach or swimming off our dock in the lake. We also wove in a few afternoons at Aunt Cherie's pool filling up with crazy cousin fun, had a week of swim lessons and rented out the HVL pool one night for all of our church friends.

Dan and Jackson also competed in their first Spartan Race. 
Jackson competed in the junior race and Dan did the full edition- a 5 mile+ course full of crazy obstacles like jumping over fire, climbing robes and walls and army crawling through pits of mud. NOT my kind of race! They finished proud and muddy- really muddy. 

Throughout the summer we also had the chance to go to a few Reds games thanks to mine and Dan's companies. Reds games with babies are a whole lot more enjoyable from the box or club seats- with bathrooms, AC and endless food are at your fingertips. #spoiled

For one game, Dan was flown in by helicopter from his power plan to downtown. Seriously random and awesome. 

#catchingup round 2 to come!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

...well, hello.

This space has remained unintentionally quiet for me this summer. The reality is that as Dan said, "this may go down as one of my favorite summers of our lifetime" and we've been busy doing just that- enjoying, soaking it up.

 The combination of our sweet babies being at the most fun ages and living on the lake has created a pretty magical childhood, especially in the summertime. These three have not sat idle one day- bouncing from the beach to the lake to the pool, spending afternoons boating, playing with their neighborhood buddies, there have been nights full of roasting s'mores and catching lightening bugs, hopping from park to park playing soccer, hiking on trails and lord only knows how many miles those little legs have ridden on their bikes. 

This is summer.
This is everything I always wanted for their childhood- the sweetest memories in the making. 
This is what keeps me going when my work weeks get intense and this mama gets tired. 

Oh, and this is what makes for some really smooth bedtimes- summer certainly makes for some tired little people! ;)