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It was Autumn’s dinner theater.  This year’s theme was Country Fair Jamboree!  She has been practicing for so long and knew all her songs and dance moves.  It was pretty amazing to see her perform.

Our entire family was ready and won the blue ribbon for best dressed!

Autumn had a special singing and dance solo, the barnyard boogie, that we’ll post later once we get the video.

There was an auction for the special painting project her class made.

I put Luca in charge of the bidding paddle soooOoo we came home with it

and a giant balloon cow.

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Back to School

Luca’s first day of first grade

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And Autumn’s first day at her new preschool

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Fun Run

Luca’s school had its yearly “Fun Run” today.  As soon as he saw me he gave me a big grin and a wave.

Hey somethings changed from this morning!!! Luca lost one of his front teeth!  He said he took a bite of his apple and it stayed stuck in the apple. Missing front tooth super cute.

Time to get started.  Go Luca!

First lap

Lots of high-fives (the red tail hawk is the schools mascot)

Lots of kicking it with friends

and lots of fun

Love you buddy

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Fun At the Playground

   
    
    
    
   

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Lunch Time

We make Luca’s lunch every night and he gets a pretty healthy selection of fruits, veggies, and some sandwich or pasta all packed into his cool lunch box.  While a lot of parents do the same I think I can say Luca has the coolest lunch notes in kindergarten!

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Luca Lee it seems like only yesterday your mom and I brought you home from the hospital to our little condo in Pasadena.

We blinked and now it’s your first day of kindergarten

We all love you so much and your sisters were so proud of their big brother

Ya we know… you’ve got this

See you at the bus stop!

Welcome home our lil kindergartener

p.s. super secret first day of kindergarten surprise! New kicks like daddies.

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New Beginnings

Ever since Auntie Libby had the nerve to have her own beautiful little baby and become a mama we had to start figuring out a new plan for childcare. What does one do after a member of the family has been caring for your children since they were born? We considered many different options, and after a lot of discussion and consulting with friends and coworkers, and hours of google searching, we came upon a lovely daycare center not too far from our house that ended up being a perfect match. And so we decided to make the switch to daycare. 

Because Autumn is getting to be a big girl now (almost three!), she qualifies to be in the preschool room. Over this past year she has carefully observed her big brother going to preschool and has become more and more excited about being able to attend preschool herself. However during the past few weeks she has developed a growing anxiety about either Chris or me leaving for work or going somewhere without her, and sometimes it’s been so much that she needs to be within arm’s reach of me all day long. Eventually, if we mentioned preschool, she would begin to cry, clinging to me and begging me to stay with her. So naturally we began to worry about how she would handle the first day of preschool. We talked a lot about all the fun toys they have at school and how nice her teacher is. And we read one of my favorite stories, about an elephant mama who goes away and then comes back, called Meet Me at the Moon by Gianna Marino. And then, miraculously, the night before our first day, Luca and Autumn decided all on their own to role play going to preschool. I handed them their imaginary backpacks and lunch boxes, they waved goodbye, and drove in Luca’s imaginary car to preschool. Autumn didn’t even bat an eye, and had a great time. As she put it in her own words, she “calmed down.” And guess what – that’s exactly how it went yesterday, on the actual first day of preschool. Despite the typical first day chaos and disorganization in the classroom, both Autumn and Mia got straight to work enjoying the toys and making themselves comfortable. Autumn looked at me and waved, saying, “bye Mama!” When I kissed her goodbye she told me she could calm down. And then I left. I was totally late to work, but I felt so much better knowing both my girls were happy. And when I picked them up at the end of the day, there they were – still happily playing away. What a relief for this first time daycare mama! I know, I know – who had the real anxiety problem here? Autumn or Mama?…😀

Successful first day:  
Mr. Monkey Moo also had a big first day yesterday – summer camp! We ended up with a one week gap between preschool ending and kindergarten beginning with no one available to watch the monkey. Not to worry though, turns out his gym was offering a final week of summer camp at just the right time. Sounds like a great way to finish off the summer – a whole week of gymnastics camp!

Ready for a day full of tumbling, swinging, jumping and flying!  
Needless to say, everyone in the family, including Mama and Daddy, passed out right away last night. 😴😴😴

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Luca had his preschool graduation ceremony tonight. He won several awards and recognition especially for his love and care of nature and animals. The teachers had lots of kind words to say about him and how much he’s opened up over the last year. I personally want to thank all the family and friends in Luca’s life. If you see him every day or only interact with him a few times a year he remembers everything and it means the world to him. He’s learned by watching all of our friends and family. He mimics us, studies our interactions, and watches everything we do. I think it’s easy for me to say one of the main reasons Luca is such a great kid is because we have such wonderful friends and families. Thank you all.

Enjoy some pictures and videos. Sigh… and I am debating if I’m going to post quite possibly the most embarrassing video I have ever been in, and I attest by the pictures of me I know are out there it takes a lot to embarrass me. The things we do for our kids.

They had to go down the line and give their name.  Luca said, “I’m Luca B!!!”  And then struck this lord of  the dance pose. I told you he’s always watching (Aunties!!!)

Now graduated he turned his tassel to the other side 🙂

The Graduates arrive (Luca’s arm apparently stuck at a 90 degree angle)

A graduation rap

Some kind words from teacher Marci

Luca talks about the polar bears he rescued

The kids rap and Luca dances about Snakes

So that was the graduation…. oh but yes… one last thing. Luca won several eco challenges this summer and ended up with the most “energy credits” in his class.  As a “reward” our family got to perform our eco challenge rap in front of everyone at the graduation.  SoooOoOOoO here’s the winning eco challenge rap video.

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Eco Rangers

Luca’s auntie lent him a camera and from the time he could walk he’s been taking pictures.  He loves taking closeup pictures of his trains, toys, and people.  His favorite subject has always been his sister Autumn.  They both love it.  We’ve been saving the pictures and will have to do a post with some of his photos over the years.

That brings us to this weekend.  His preschool had an Eco Rangers challenge.  Luca needed to capture 5 pictures of wildlife.  I lent him my camera and let him loose.

His first pictures were of some geese at his swim class. He was very quiet and stayed very still as they walked up to him.

 

After that we waited in our backyard for the wildlife to come to us.  We have lots of flowers, plants, and bird feeders so it didn’t take long for Luca to snap some good pics.

One of our favorite and most common visitors. A Chicka-dee-dee-dee

 

Luca was playing with the zoom and caught some cool bee pics

 

This crow stopped by for a moment to see what was going on then took off

Finally captured the elusive humming bird.  They had been buzzing by us all day.  This one finally hung out at the lavender just long enough.

 Luca B. The most wild of them all.

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The Luca Bunny

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