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The Tooth Fairy

Well, it finally happened. Our oldest daughter finally lost her first tooth. It’s been hanging on for some time now. It seems the Tooth Fairy will finally be making a visit to our home.

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I associate losing teeth with my sweet baby girl growing up. And she’s growing up way too fast for my liking. She’s one of the last ones in her class to lose at least one tooth. She is over the moon excited to share this milestone at school tomorrow.

I will be rocking back and forth in the corner.

Summertime with Camp Galileo

This summer, Emma spent two weeks at Camp Galileo. This was the first year we explored our options for a summer activity. With Emma starting Kindergarten this year, we wanted her to have a new experience that might help with the transition. I don’t think we could have had a better fit. Galileo was the perfect mix of education, play, and structure. She had a blast in the Space and Amusement Park camps.

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Goodbye Preschool

I blinked and this year was over. Just like that, preschool is over. I have so many emotions over my daughter starting Kinder this year. When my husband said, “we will no longer be her number one influencers anymore,” things really hit home. It’s hard for me to let go, I’m just not ready. I keep thinking, just one more year of preschool. She’s so tiny, she needs more time. But, that’s not going to happen. empreschool

My sweet girl is moving on. She’s ready. I guess it’s time for me to get ready too. Goodbye, preschool. We had a lovely time.

Hello, Kindergarten!


These last few weeks have been a blur.

Looking forward, I can’t see too clearly either. Please bear with me as I try to catch up and just breath. Things around here have been exciting and moving at such a fast pace, I just can’t keep up. Here are a few highlights from the last few weeks. If I owe you an email, I promise, next week! continued Giveaway #FABsmile

I have a love/hate relationship with my dentist. I love everyone who works there, I hate going. I have always had a hard time keeping my gums healthy. Just something I’ve struggled with my entire life. I get my teeth cleaned every three months, religiously. The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every three months. Not a problem for me, but the rest of my family may need a reminder. Now that our daughter is brushing and flossing on her own, it’s important that we stay on top of her dental hygiene. has come up with a way to do so without the hassle of remembering, and they shared their idea with my family.

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Disneyland at 15 months old

Addie is now the same age as Emma was on her very first trip to Disneyland. Addie has been several times now, but hasn’t enjoyed the rides yet. This last trip, things changed. Addie is now following in her sister’s foot steps.

When we got home, I uploaded our photos. As I was browsing through past Disneyland photos, I was taken aback by how similar some of the photos were from just a few years ago. Here’s Emma below on her first trip around King Triton’s Carousel.

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Have you been to Disneyland’s Silhouette Studio?

We’ve walked down Main Street, USA countless times. Each time we pass the Silhouette Studio, I think to myself that we should have Emma’s portrait done. But we pass it by each time, in a hurry to get to something further into the park. I can’t believe it took several years of going to Disneyland before we finally stopped in this cute little shop. Little did I know, in less than a minute of hand-cutting black paper, I’d see a beautiful silhouette of my daughter, perfectly frozen in time.


The Silhouette Studio is a timeless classic on Main Street. They’ve been around for almost 55 years. Each silhouette is hand-cut. Yes, hand cut in less than a minute. It’s amazing to see. I can’t even draw a picture of my daughter. How someone can cut out a realistic-looking silhouette of her so quickly with basic scissors and paper is beyond me. continued

Happy trails, my friend

I need a tissue. Our little girl just graduated from pre-school this past weekend. For some, this isn’t a big deal. For me, it’s a turning point. I’m seeing her grow up so fast, and I don’t know how to slow it down. Because seeing her grow-up is bittersweet.

Instead of fighting it, I embraced it.

We made a cake…

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Growing up glitterless

emmaI know glitterless isn’t a word to regular folks. But that phrase was defined in our home. My husband likes our home glitter-free. Normally, I’d agree. I don’t like finding glitter stuck to my eye lid, unless I put it there. It seems like it takes forever to get the glitter out of the carpet, off the dog, out of our hair. I get it, I do. However, we have a four year old. A very creative four year old who loves glitter.

Emma’s top craft of choice would be anything with paint, glue, paper cutting, or glitter. Doug feels these items are best utilized at school or camp. Which is why we signed Emma up for her first camp this summer. continued

Now we can see

At Emma’s four year well-check, she didn’t do very well with her eye exam. I thought it might be the time of day, she was tired. We went ahead and made an appointment with our pediatric optometrist, just to be safe. After an extensive exam, we learned Emma’s left eye is very weak. This is the same eye we had checked when she was one year old. We’re hoping, with glasses, this weakness will correct itself.

Until then, our girl will be wearing glasses.

She wears them well.

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