kindergarten

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. 

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8 months

I can’t keep up. Between Jordy’s busy kindergarten and extracurricular activities, managing dishes and laundry, keeping up with an active baby and just life, blogging is the last thing I have time for. 

Lauren sprouted her two bottom teeth in her 8th month. She’s still super happy and is now sleeping through the night. There are some nights that she is fussier than usual but nothing we can’t handle. There are days where I handle the pressures of juggling 2 kids gracefully and there are some days I just am just bat-sh*t crazy!! Almost to the point that I actually think I’m psychotic! Earl, can we have another baby, please? Lol! 

I’ll spare you details but one thing I have to write down so I’ll always remember is the way Lauren cries. She purrs and sounds like a cat. One time when I was taking a barre class, she was crying and the entire studio could hear her. One of the other clients said she sounded like Chewbacca!


And how could I forget! Lauren was baptized this month! My family, aunts, uncle and cousins flew up to Seattle for it! It was so nice of them to fly from California and Chicago. I brought them to the beach house in Tahuya and they had such a great time picking and eating oysters. The weather was beautiful and I was so happy to show them how beautiful the PNW can be. 

7 months 

Lauren is sick with her first fever and I can’t help but feel so sad about it. I also have felt the struggles of managing both of my girls needs and balancing the attention I need to provide to both of them. I need to accept that there needs to be sacrifices along the way and that I’m definitely doing my best. It may not be pretty but as long as they are both safe and healthy then that’s all that matters. 

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5 years

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. 

6 months

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. 

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Our cousins Chris and Shavon finally have the baby girl they prayed for. Lauren looks so big next to Gracie!
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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! 

5 months


Her smiles pretty much sum up her bright personality.  Lauren is such a dream. She babbles so much and has a great laugh. But we’ve only had the pleasure of hearing her laugh only one time! Ugh! Her Uncle Jermaine has been the only one to make her laugh. Earl and I try so hard but haven’t been lucky enough to hear it again!!! 

For Memorial Day weekend we went to the beach house. It was so much fun spending time with the family. Jordy, Lucas and Blake had a blast on the beach and just overall spending time together. They play so well together. It was nice not having to hover over the kids and trusting them to go off on their own inside the house. 


Earl turned 37 at the beginning of the month. It was nice to have a date night thanks to my sister, Krystina! We went to Salt & Iron in Edmonds. We lucked out and got to sit outside because of the beautiful weather. 

To celebrate the June birthdays in our family we played softball and then had dinner at our house. Seriously, I love having a big family. I grew up with a big family also with lots of aunts, uncles and cousins. I’m happy our Seattle family is big. I hope my girls realize how lucky they are to have such a big and loving family. 


Jordy had her Pre-K graduation this month too! I can’t believe I officially have a kindergartner. I can’t say enough about the incredible experience we had at Blossoming Buds Preschool. The teachers, her classmates and the families we met at the school made the entire experience extraordinary! Jordy loved it there and would say “I want to stay at Blossoming Buds forever!” We are so lucky to have gone there and we will all miss that school so much. I honestly can’t wait until Lauren can start there!

I don’t have pictures of her graduation party because they’re on our nice camera. I’m in bed typing all of this, so sorry! The pool pictures above were taken at the all-school gathering the day after the last day of school. Again, we lucked out with the weather because that night of the pool party, it rained!