finley goes to kindergarten

I have such mixed emotions about my first baby going to kindergarten. even though she’s been a little nervous, today she didn’t show any nerves. she basically ran into her class and left us in the dust, which  was good because I couldn’t have handled her looking sad. I am really excited for her. I know she’s ready. I know she’ll love school. but i’m grieving the fact that i’ll never have her home with me all day, every day. time is going too fast for me, and that’s hard. I will miss her, for sure.

she was really excited about getting all dolled up for her first day. she actually wanted me to take pictures of her, so I snapped away….

(and take note of that cute gap in her teeth. the tooth fairy visited us twice in Huntington beach!)





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new skill

someone is quite excited that she learned how to braid. she asked me to take a picture, put it on my blog and write ‘aren’t you so proud of her?’

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finley’s 5th birthday

this week Finley turned 5. i’ve been a little wistful about my first baby turning FIVE, but i loved watching her excitement and joy on her special day. we kicked things off with her birthday date-her special outing with JUST mommy and daddy. in true finley fashion, she chose to go to dinner at red robin. after dinner we let her pick out a small gift. she made a bee-line for the princess aisle and chose a little carriage for her princesses to ride in. it was, of course, quite an exciting night for my girl who loves quality one on one time more than anything.

on her actual birthday she had a little tea party with a few of her girlfriends.

it has been sooooo long since i’ve been able to do anything crafty, so her and i had so much fun planning a girly party.

her little friends were so sweet her, and you could tell that she felt extremely loved and celebrated. that’s a success in my book!

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counting down

3 more sleeps until her 5th birthday. she’s been talking about turning 5 for months, and for the last few weeks it’s been the talk of the house.

we’re making a few decorations for her party- one of which is this ombre ‘5’ for the door. she insisted that i hang it immediately and take her picture. of course adalaide had to be in it too.