It was such a crazy big deal when Jordana started kindergarten this year. It was such an adjustment and such a heart-wrenching but exciting milestone. My best friend isn’t attached to my hip anymore and my little girl is now a big girl. She has gained so much independence in such a short amount of time.
One of the biggest challenges was adjusting to her new schedule. We chose a school that is not in our school district and the commute to and from school is very long. The school is worth it and Jordana is thriving and enjoys school. She looks forward to going everyday. It is not a battle to make her go.
The battles we did face, I’m happy to say, we are not facing anymore. Getting up early, getting all of us dressed and eating breakfast in a timely manner were all big changes that made our mornings a complete nightmare. I’ve learned to wake up a lot earlier than I initially planned. I’ve also learned that making her lunch the night before and setting her clothes out are helpful. And, preparing something quick and easy for breakfast is key! Also, allowing Jordy to dress herself and making her accountable for that task has been life changing. We are also now at the point where she can prepare her own breakfast depending on what it is.
In the beginning we wanted her to participate in everything such as cross country and soccer. We also have swimming lessons and we talked to her about ballet classes. Luckily, Jordy was able to decide for herself that she was too busy and said we would hold off on ballet classes! Ha! We will probably restart that in the winter when cross country and soccer are finished.
We are so happy Jordy enjoys school. This new community we’re now a part of is exciting and the families we’ve connected with are super sweet.
I thought the hardest year was when Jordy was 3. I must say that 5 is also challenging. My patience is shot. I think the combo of a new baby and a 5 year old is definitely nice because Jordy is very helpful but she talks soooooo much and asks so many questions. Although, we think that being curious and asking questions is a positive thing, I wish she would just say “ok, mommy!” when I ask her to do things. I constantly have to explain every single thing and there are times when I don’t want to.
Jordy is starting kindergarten and it’s crazy to think that she’ll be in school full time. I have so many emotions about it but I just pray everything will go well and Jordy will turn into a great, well rounded and kind person who will contribute greatly to our society. Too much?
Obsessed with snapchat!
At Remlinger Farms. Mallory and Jordy are so grown up.
Lucas and Jordy are best of friends/cousins and have grown so close.
And of course Chloe and Jordy at golf camp.
Lauren is getting so big and it’s amazing how fast things are moving along. The big milestones she’s been working on are sitting up on her own and loves to eat. This month my friend Pam and her family came up from California to visit. We went to Whidbey island for a day and traveling with 5 kids was easier than I thought. Getting to Whidbey was only a 15 minute ferry ride from Mukilteo. There was barely any time to even use the bathroom on the ferry!!
We also went to Music in the Park once this summer. The last time I went there was with Noelle and Jordy. It’s still hard going to places I took Noelle but at the same time uplifting knowing how much I still hold onto those memories.
The first time Lauren visited the library.
Our cousins Chris and Shavon finally have the baby girl they prayed for. Lauren looks so big next to Gracie!
This month we went full throttle with the solids. She has had green beans, applesauce, pears, bananas, oatmeal, carrots, sweet potatoes, and avocados. Just like with , Jordy, I make Lauren’s baby food (with the exception of the oatmeal). Let’s see how long that will last. Although Lauren loves to eat, solids make her very constipated. We give her probiotics and mix everything with pear sauce, yet she still gets super constipated. Any other suggestions?!? We’ve tried prunes too!
Nothing has changed since Kathleen, Pam and I went to college except for the fact we’ve birthed 6 babies!