Before the start of the school year, I set up a new chore chart for Presli. I do not incorporate the chores from the previous years because those chores are now to be expected from her. I add new responsibilities for her to help her generate new habits.
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Presli recently endured her 8th birthday and she chose a unicorn themed party! You can never go wrong with a photo booth and a piñata! (Curtesy of my super sister, Natalie!)
The balloons, sequin table runner, banner, pink streamers, and unicorn balloons came from good ole Amazon.
I printed off the photo booth props from Etsy using picture paper. Those came from Abbeygatedesigns for roughly $6.
The unicorn cake topper and unicorn confetti came from Confetti Mama for $5.
My unicorn sign is from etsy shop Polished celebrations for $4 that I printed on photo paper as well. I already had the frames.
If you have never gone to Anguilla, then you need to put it on your bucket list! Seriously the most wonderful locals and the most gorgeous water!! We went to Shoal Bay, Meads Bay, Randevous, and Sandy Ground.
At Randevous beach, we saw starfish and stingrays while we snorkeled just off the beach.
Karlas : Elite(best mahi magi I’ve ever had) : Blanchards : Straw Hat : Gerauds Bakery (chocolate croissant)
We mainly just snorkeled and one day we did ride horses on the beach(well well worth it!). There’s so much to do there but we just wanted to enjoy the blue water!
Also! Do not travel in September or October, the island closes up shop so there isn’t going to be food or much going on. The busiest times to go is the week after December – March.
How many of you moms have told your kids over and over about how they should be themselves even when the world fills them with doubt? There will be times when the magizines and social media will bring children to believe they should be a certain way to be respected in society.
My daughter has been changing lately and I do believe it has to do with girls around her. Kids do their best to fit in to feel respected, but instead they should be themselves in a wild full of shaming and doubt. I try to teach her the importance of being herself and how it is better to have people love you for who you are instead of the person they think you’re meant to be. Always always stay yourself and believe you will continue to grow into a better woman or man that way.
Overall, listen to your parents. Believe it or not, they know a thing or two about life.
Oh Jodi, you sure know what you are doing!
Mother’s Day is a day where your kids, friends, parents, grandparents, and sisters all let you know how important you are in this world. A lot of moms I have spoken to do not feel that they have meaning to this world and if you are one of those people, I am here to tell you that you are wrong. If you are a mother, you have the most powerful feeling in the world because you have brought this beautiful child into the world. Of course you suffered for hours in labor just to have that bundle of joy in your arms as fast as you could. You are their first love, their role model, and the truest friend. Being a mom is beautiful in so many ways and especially to your child. Your own mother is so proud of you for taking on such an important role in life. That my friends, is better than being a boss, a badass employee, an entrepreneur, or anything else you do in life. Priorities are kids and even for pet owners. You are moms too! Even if you are not a parent, your role in life matters to everyone. Please know that you are all special in so many ways.
Presli makes me feel very special everyday, not just Mother’s Day. I write her sweet notes in her lunch box weekly. It may not sound like much, but to her it brightens her day a little more and helps her think of me. She writes me poems, songs, notes, and pictures for me almost daily. I feel so honored that she thinks of me even just once in her busy little schedule at school. She makes me so happy each and every day. This mother’s Day was a little on the lazy side while we watched Finding Dory together. I cherish every moment I get with her even if I am a little grouchy, I try to put it aside because that’s a moment I get to spend with her. Thank you Presli for your role in life and for letting me be apart of it. Thank you Josh for slaving all day for me with food and relaxation. Thank you mama for bringing me into this world and being the most amazing role model and friend I could ever look up to. You made being a parent easier because you were so wonderful for me.
Here are some examples of gifts for your fabulous teachers!
I had Presli write her teacher a sweet little note and then I myself, wrote one for her. Your teachers work so hard to keep your children smart and happy and I love appreciating them in any way I can.
I would like to share Presli’s funny this morning.
I do not know about any of you, but Presli has a hard time wanting to keep clean! I know kids usually do not like to bathe and she throws the same fit every night for bath time. She does it, but with a frown on her face.
She achieved washing her hair last night fairly well and this morning she asked Josh to smell it while she was getting ready for school. He then said absolutely not because he knows how “well” she washes her hair. (It was not a very refreshing smell).
She expressed to us that “the thing her mom got her to sleep on did not help her memory to wash it well enough that night.” For all of you, I bought her a memory foam MATTRESS TOPPER. She declares that it is not in the least bit helping her memory.
Memory foam- Great for rest, not for memory.
I hope you enjoyed that as much as we did!
So, I just need to start off by saying that my little first grader participated in the talent show today. She has been practicing so hard and I am so proud of her for completing that challenge. All of those kids who participated were so brave for proving their talents to the school and parents. Presli is a beautiful singer and I am just so happy that she faced her fears of being in front of an audience at such a young age.