Another mama milestone: Pre-school graduation

Well, today marks another big milestone for me as a mama.  My oldest graduated from pre-school (tear).  She clearly didn't recognize the significance of the day as she was shocked I was actually going to attend the graduation....and nearly fell off her chair when I told her I'd be sitting with daddy, and mommom and poppop and grammy and Blake.

Not only could I not be prouder of my sweet little thing, but looking back on these three years of pre-school I am so grateful for all that she's learned.  Of course, she's learned her ABC's and her numbers, how to spell her name, memorize her phone number and where she lives...but equally as important is that she's learned how
to make friends, to stand up for herself when it's not always easy, to get along with everyone, to be kind and compassionate to others, and to trust that I will come back at the end of the day.

She's learned that mommy doesn't know everything and she can actually teach me a thing or two.  (Hello, 8 syllable dinosaur that I still stumble over...)  She's learned that learning can be fun and exciting.  She's learned that she LOVES singing and painting and that dress up is perhaps the best free time there is in her little mind.  She's learned that there will be disappointments, but there will be even bigger and better triumphs.

For as much as she's learned, I've learned and grown so much as a mom just having her in pre-school.  I've learned how to get involved and when to say "no" I've got too much going on already.  I've learned the importance of making three hours super-duper-ultra productive.  I've learned that there are gossip, cliques, and hurt feelings among the four year olds and the four year olds'
moms.  And I've learned shorts are an essential part of every little girls wardrobe.  I've learned how to ask questions to pry even the tiniest bit of information out of a tired preschooler who needs nothing more than lunch and a nap.  Most importantly, I've learned to strap my wiggly and wondering two year old son in a stroller during EVERY pick up and drop off and that 3 days 2's cna't come soon enough. (I kid, I kid...okay, not really).

With kindergarten now just a few months away my yet-to-be five year old can't wait to start the next chapter...


Construction/Work Zone birthday party theme ideas (LOTS of pictures)

After weeks of prep for my son's 2 year old birthday party, the day has finally arrived...of course, it looks like the rain has too.   Whatever...nothing's gonna rain on our construction birthday party because the party must go on.

I searched pinterest and came up with some ideas on my own for the decorations, favors, and party activities and I'm so excited with how it all came together.   I have tutorials for everything on our sister blog, Two It Yourself, so just click the links for whatever you like and get the tutes.  In the meantime, check out all this fun construction party stuff.

Usually favors are handed out at the end of the party, but we did it a little bit differently.  Each guest joined Blake's Work Crew -- with a construction hat and personalized tool belt -- as soon as they arrive.   I had left over drop cloth material from my upholstered headboard project so I made each of the 25 guests (WTH was I thinking with 25 1-5 year olds???) a tool belt complete with a personal Home Depot-inspired logo.  Aren't they just adorable!!  I ordered the hats for $4 a dozen.  Tutorial for DIY kids tool belt is here. 

For decorations, I made construction zone bunting that reads "Blake Digs 2."
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