Landyn’s first day of Kindergarden

The night before Kindergarden, nerves are high. “Im nervous for kindergarden Mommy”, was on repeat. She even went as far as to bust out her writing notebook and favorite pencil to practice her letters one last time before bed. We read one extra story, sang one more song, and snuck in one extra hug. It’s funny how rules are bent and bedtimes are prolonged when emotions are high. Nostalgia tugs at your heart strings and you would freeze time if you could.

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IMG_6640backpack: Pottery Barn Kids // boots c/o Minnetonka Moccasins

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Day one was a success. She walked out to the pick up line hand in hand with a new friend. It was as if my heart was handed back over, wrapped up in a blanket. Seeing her smile and beam with pride and confidence makes it all worth it.

I’m so excited for my big girl.

Lindsay

Approaching our first day of Kindergarden..

They say it all goes so fast. You blink and your baby is off to kindergarden. Before you know it your sending them off to college, and watching them walk down the aisle.

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Landyn’s dress c/o Runaway Pony

August 5, 2009 seems like yesterday. A point in time when kindergarden seemed like some far off dream. And now the time has come to let my little girl spread her wings. I’ve been thinking about it for the past few months, trying to let it soak in. Trying to figure out just what sending my only child off to kindergarden means to me.

For me, it’s giving your heart to someone else to protect. It’s sharing your creation of blood, sweat, and tears of the past 5 years and hoping they are gentle with it. You hope that innocence is protected, love is fostered, influences are positive, and hearts are spoken to. You hope creativity is encouraged and this little bit of independence grows them.

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Landyn knows things are about to be different. We are branching out from her private preschool that was her comfort zone for the past 3 years. But change is good. She needs it. I need it. There’s already been tears and nervous feelings, and I’m sure Wednesday I will be a teary mess, but that’s what we do. I’m trying to keep my feelings inside and only speak happy things about this transition. Landyn knows that she’s always going to be okay. She knows she’s always safe and taken care of and that security and confidence is what are kids need most. Landyn knows when that bell rings everyday, I will be at the gate waiting for her. She knows she can expect to talk about her day and we will always be her guidance when problems arise.

Does this motherhood thing ever get easier?

Here’s to a successful school year full of new beginnings and growth.

Lindsay

Landyn’s Puppy Paw-ty

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a party. Can you believe our ELMO bash was 3 years ago?

My sweet little Landyn turned 5 years old last week, and without hesitation wanted a “puppy themed” party.

So a Puppy Paw-ty we had.

Southern California is in a horrible drought and hasn’t seen rain in 6 months, and it decided to RAIN the day of our OUTDOOR party. We managed though, and the kids could have cared less. It was all around an awesome day with our family and friends.

Warning: Extremely picture heavy. I didn’t want to leave out any details. 

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As an activity, I planned on having an agility course for the kids (think, dog show), but last minute Landyn decided she didn’t want any part of that. Sometimes less is more, yes? Instead, the kids had three acres to roam, a trampoline, pinata, treats, and a fun photo booth. I set up little buckets of balls to go along with the theme as well. We had a puppy adoption area where the kids could take home a puppy as a party favor. I got stuffed puppies from the 99 cent only store and put them in favor boxes tied up with ribbon. The kids loved them.

I kept the menu super simple with hot “dogs”, “dog gone good melon”, “beggin chips”, and “puppy punch”. We had an assortment of sweet treats on the dessert table and I was sure to have “doggy bags” on hand to take treats to go.

A special thank you to my amazing fiance who helped make this day happen and my last minute photo booth visions come to light. And my family that came over the morning of and helped pull the whole party together minutes before guests arrived.

Another successful party in the books.

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Bows & Arrow Photography

ALL printables including photo booth props c/o Simply Create Designs

Pinata, tassle garland, balloon with tassle garland c/o Paper Fox LA

Polka dot table cloths and paper carriers c/o MYBDPCreations

S’mores c/o The Fondant Flinger

Sugar cookies c/o Baker Mama

Cupcake toppers c/o Cakes by Angela

Landyn’s puppy leotard tutu c/o Whimsy Ranch

Landyn’s puppy necklace c/o Paige and Penelope

Landyn’s polka dot bow c/o The Bows and Ties Shop

Fabric banner and cake bunting c/o A Petite Soiree

I cant say more amazing things about these above vendors that truly were a joy to work with. A special thank you to ALL of you that so generously added a touch of your talent to make our party extra special and unique. I so appreciate all of you.

Other sources:

Chocolate Cake: Costco

Paper Goods: Target

polka dot cupcake wrappers: Home Goods

Puppies: 99 cent only store

Pink poodles: Oriental Trading Company

Picture frames: Ikea

Kiddie table and chairs: Rented from Party Pleasers in Camarillo, CA

Center pieces: plastic containers from the Container Store, artificial grass from Michaels, printable’s, and real dog bones hot glued to lollipop sticks

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Until next year…

Lindsay

Happy 5th Birthday Landyn Noella

5 years ago today, I became a momma to the most perfect baby girl.

5 years ago today my life was forever changed as I began wearing my heart outside my body.

5 years ago today, my purpose in life finally became clear and never again would I know life without her in it.

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 It’s been 5 years of pure joy because she is all mine. For better or worse we have made it through.

Happy 5th birthday Landyn Noella.

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You are strong willed like your Dad, yet sensitive like your Mommy.

You are a natural creator, imaginative, gentle, and bright.

You rule the roost around here, and love those puppies of yours big.

You are inquisitive beyond your years… Your brain is always moving.

You’d prefer a new outfit to toys, and laundry day and shopping are your favorite.

You LOVE our Joshy way more than I ever expected, and it warms my heart to see that relationship grow.

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Your Mimi, Pop Pops, and Aunt G are your whole world as is all your family. You have so many to love.

You love play dates, bagels for breakfast, dancing, and country music.

You want so badly to be a big sister, and I just know you will own that role.

You stretch me in ways I never thought possible and I am thankful for that.

I love you big girl. Kindergarden here we come.

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xoxo

Mommy

Lindsay