{Aubrey's Last Day of Preschool}

 ::last day::

my oh my how did this day sneak up on us so fast?
seems like only yesterday we were picking out that birdie backpack and buying the matching lunchbox...even though we knew we wouldn't need it till first grade!:)

adorable story about that dress...as soon as she heard there was going to be a "party" on the last day she ran upstairs and said "i know exactly what i'm gonna wear then...my fancy party dress!" oh my. i can't lie...there was a part of me that wanted to talk her out of it...and i may or may not have tried...but she was set on it and i thought...why not...who cares if it's 90 degrees out and i know she'll be sweaty....or that they'll be eating shaved ice and it will probably drip and stain...who cares if it will be hard for her to climb and run...make the sweetie happy! we did decide that we would bring a more casual outfit to leave in the car...just in case!

she was telling me some big story about this being my last day to walk her into preschool...or some other heart melting thing like that!

i could just squeeze this little one to pieces!

and so could her sisters !
(daddy too of course...he was at work!:( )

preschool teachers: mrs. r and mrs. b
best friends: isabella, alysa and rachel
bestest friend: rachel
favorite field trip: curtis orchard because we got to go on a walk
favorite memory: when the snow-cone truck came and we got to pick our own flavor
favorite part of the school day: free choice time
most challenging moment: sitting on my rug and staying there
toughest to say goodbye because: i didn't want to leave my friends
thoughts about kindergarten: my mommy doesn't get to come in when she drops me off and i'm sad about that. (sniff sniff)

we took our last drive down the "tunnel of trees" road...playing lots of eye spy and "i'm thinkin of a character" games.

there was some sadness that morning, and as fate would have it we met her best friend in the parking lot.

sweet, sweet teachers.

this makes me laugh...i think it was something like..."mom i'm sooooo hoooooot...can i change?" ha

and there is something about these next three shots that i just love!
the concentration?
the wild hair?
that crooked smile?
that smile as she runs to line up for the last time...?

aubrey wanted me to include this last one because she said it was the very last picture she took at preschool. i think she has a softie heart too...like the rest of us girlies!!:)

it was such a wonderful year for her. she grew so much and learned so much and for that we are forever grateful.
kindergarten here we come.....


{Memorial Day Weekend}

summer planting
snow cones

happy memorial day!


{Happy Mommy's Day}

happy day to you.
hope your special day was filled with love!:)

this was a unique kind of mother's day for us.
dave had to leave for a business trip on sunday so we started mommy's day on saturday and then carried it over to sunday morning...works for me!:)

i have really been into my flowers and plants this year.
i guess the girls are all finally at that age where they can all help with the care and upkeep of it all.

my mom used to alwasy tell me..."you need some plants in your house", to which i would alwasy reply..."i have enough living things to care for at the moment!":) haha i guess my living things are growing up a bit and i have more time to devote to the green things!:)

dave painted pots with the girls and they came out beautifully. 

  if i could pop into that picture to kiss those lips i would!

the evening was absolutley perfect for dinner outside!
riley and jane are playing hand games and so is aubrey...with her imaginary little sister!
yes that's sweet.
yes that's imaginative and creative.
and yes it still makes me sad...why isn't there one more little girl sitting in that empty chair...
anyway...moving on...

dave makes some amazing mexican food!!
and pretty awesome sangria too!

and yes we meant to snap a picture of the two of us...but forgot!
riley took the camera and ran...at least someone is using my big camera these days. :)

sunday morning i had a yummy breakfast and some beautiful gifts waiting for me!

homemade cards and gifts and potted preschool plants.

after soome last minute planting...we headed out for lunch with dave before he boarded his plane. and we even managed to remembered to sneak in this pic!:) thanks for a beautiful weekend baby!

later, the girls and i went shopping. i told them they could each pick out an outfit for me...that was FUN! and they are actually very good at it!!:) if only i had all the money in the world to actually buy those three outfits!! but it was so much fun for them and me!

so thankful these three call me mommy!!

happy, happy, mama's day!