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Fun Run!

This year we had two runners in the annual Montclair Elementary fun run fundraiser. Not an easy task in 85 degree weather!

I snapped a few pics of Luca before joining him for the remainder of his laps.

Enjoying a well-deserved treat afterwards

Then it was Autumn’s turn – all smiles and excitement!

Warming up…

And off she went, first one out of the gateShe kept herself cool by pouring water on her head every time she passed the water station, and of course by enjoying her ice cold popsicle at the end

So proud of you both!

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We don’t know how, but somehow our little baby is starting preschool today! After weeks of asking if it was time to go to school, Mia was eager to carry her bag and pose for her first day of school picture.

Proud big brother and big sister supporting our little chickadee on her first day

And some love from Daddy and Mama

Finding her cubby

And she had a great first day! Well done Mia Mae! So proud of you!

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Autumn started kindergarten today!

And Luca, the old pro, started 3rd grade.

Mia joined in on the love, stay tuned for her big day next week…

Autumn was so brave, she jumped right in and never looked back!

Meanwhile at home, Mia and I made fresh chocolate chip cookies to celebrate the big day.

All smiles getting off the bus. Good job kiddos! Here’s to a great school year!

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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



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!




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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