Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Favorites - April 24th

So happy to see Friday!  

I didn't even get to write last week because of the crazy, but I don't think I could have made up these last 2 weeks.  One kid who turned 4!!!  One kid with a terrible stomach virus - poor kid wasn't herself for a full week after.  One kids had a severe allergic reaction after eating ketchup (in retrospect, the 2nd time she had a reaction to ketchup).  NYS Assessments with tons of opt-outs from parents, trying to send a message to Albany.  All of this fresh off Spring Break.

I am exhausted and grateful it's the weekend!  Happy Friday!

ONE - Grey's Anatomy
Wait, WHAT?!?!?!?!  I usually never watch shows live, especially my beloved Grey's Anatomy.  I DVR them, and then when I have 2 or 3, I binge watch them early on a Saturday or Sunday morning when everyone is asleep and I can really watch and enjoy it.  Luckily, last weekend I had caught up, so last night when I sat down at 9:00 to watch TV and started seeing some spoiler alerts on Facebook and People.com, I knew I had to watch it right then.  All I can say is wow.  Beautifully written. Heartbreakingly sad.  I just can't believe it.  I did not see that coming.

TWO - Birthday Girl 
Our sweet Lily had a birthday this week.  She turned 4 and she couldn't have been happier about that little fact.  This year she finally truly "got" it and was SO EXCITED.  She talked about her birthday for weeks.  She loved every little bit of it.  She wanted a Frozen bike for her birthday and she was so excited when she got it.  
She put her new helmet on and rode it around and around the house:
She designed and decorated her own cake (chocolate cake with chocolate icing, topped with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and Oreos with a number 4 candle on it).  
At the end of the night she told me it was her best birthday ever.  I hope I can always help to make her birthday the best birthday ever. 

THREE - Signs of Spring
We have had a few beautiful days temperature-wise was spring slowly tries to arrive.  Today it's only in the 50s, so we're not quite there yet with short sleeves and open-toe shoes, but we're getting there, slowly but surely.  I was happy to see the daffodils have sprung.  
The days where we have had some warmth and sun just makes me feel better.  A beautiful spring day is just good for the soul. 

FOUR - Taking a Stand
You may or may not have heard that the parents in the state of New York are trying to take a stand against the state tests in grades 3-8 by opting their children out of the tests.  You can read about it  here and here and here.   It will be very interesting to see how the effects of thousands of students not taking the test plays out over the next few months.   I could talk for days on the subject, but I will just say that it's been a stressful two weeks, and I'm thrilled that today is the last day.   I'll can't wait to get back to teaching and a normal routine next week.  

FIVE - Nail Polish
I've never been much of a nail polish girl.  I rarely paint my fingernails because I always seem to chip them quickly, and I have trouble finding time to paint them and let them thoroughly dry.  But, for some reason the last few weeks I've been inspired.  I bought myself a few fun new spring colors to try and I've made the time on the weekend to paint my nails.  So far I've tried Essie's Bikini So Teeny (LOVE!) and Madison Ave-Hue.
bikini so teeny - blues by essie  madison ave hue - pinks by essie
I forgot how much fun it is to shop for nail polish and paint my nails.  It's been nice to have pretty nails for once.   

Happy weekend!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday Stories - Baby Lily

In honor of Lily's birthday this week, I found some pictures from Lily's first summer.  She was 3-4 months old in these pictures.  I feel like she looks so different as a baby than she does now. 

Sweet, happy girl:
Lily loved the pool:
She took lots of naps in her bouncy seat:
She LOVED to be swaddled in a blanket like a burrito:
She loved her gym:
 She loved bath time too:
Looking at baby pictures of Lily this week made me so emotional.  I can't believe this sweet little baby is 4 already . . . just one short year away from Kindergarten!