5 Senses of our Summer

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Eek! July 1st already?! Where is summer going? Here’s a look back at my similar freak out moment from last summer. And we are enjoying similar sites, sounds, and tastes of summer again this year. Cheers to more summer fun and a great 4th of July!

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Can you believe how quickly summer is going?  I had a freak-out moment after the 4th of July weekend, realizing how my daughter would be starting 4K before we know it!

Reflecting on our summer thus far, I can’t help but think it is truly a season to experience with all five senses.  Here’s a little about our summer according to our senses:

Summer Looks Like

Trips to the zoo:

  • watching the sting ray soar through the water (and touching their smooth, slimy skin)
  • taking in the beautiful patterns of a giraffe
  • noticing the reflection of the rhino in his wading pool
  • watching the black bear bathe so comfortably
  • seeing a lion fish up-close-and personal
  • spying a small seahorse with its tail curved around a piece of coral.


Amazing Animals we saw during a trip to the zoo: Sting Ray touch pool, Bathing bear, Rhino and his reflection in the pond, lion fish, and Giraffe stretching so tall Amazing Animals we saw during a trip to the zoo: Sting Ray touch pool, Bathing bear, Rhino and his reflection in…

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Fly on the Wall: Dreaming of Kiddie Cocktails

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. I’ve been part of this very entertaining group post 9 other times and love it so much that I’ve dedicated a Fly Page on my blog.

For my 10th edition of Fly on the Wall (yay!), I join 18 bloggers who are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d hear and see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

More Kiddie Cocktails

The theme and topic of kiddie cocktails has come up in Fly in the Wall before. I wrote about it back in January, when little brother asked for a kiddie cocktail before noon. We just went to a wedding as a whole family, and Daddy O. ordered the kids their own very special kiddie cocktail (it’s just 7Up with cherry juice).  This experience has kept kiddie cocktails on the brain! The latest quotes:

  • Big sister at breakfast: Do we have 7Up? I feel like a kiddie cocktail.
  • Me: (to both my 3 & 5 year old when getting them up) What did you dream about last night? Star Wars? Big sister’s reply: I dreamed about kiddie cocktail in my mouth. That was the silliest dream ever.
Me with little brother and big sister (post kiddie cocktail)

Me with little brother and big sister (post kiddie cocktail)

Accident Pants

Sleepovers are a very exciting occasion for our kids. The kids pack up their backpacks on their own and request their sleeping bags for spending the night anywhere! We were reviewing all the things that little brother had packed in his backpack to make sure he was all set.

Little brother explained, “These are my accident pants.”

Daddy O. replied, “Let’s call them your backup pants.”  I added, “Or your just-in-case pants.”

Little brother insisted, “No, my accident pants.”

Okay, then! Needless to say, no accident pants were needed on that trip, but hey, he’s three, so accident pants are totally acceptable. Come to think of it, I pack a lot of just-in-case clothes on any trip!

Dinner Time Comments

I shared with my family before dinner, “We’re going to have something yummy for dinner.”

Little brother guessed, “Cereal?!”

My response – “I guess that WOULD be something yummy for you!” Hmmm…what does that say about my cooking?!

Random Comments from my 5 year old

  • Everyone in my family is trying to be the boss of me!! (in response, we now tell her to be a good boss of herself when getting ready in the morning.)
  • After telling me what nightgown she was going to wear, I agreed that it was a good choice because I sneaked it out of her room and just washed it. She explained, “Mom, you have to sneak-wash my clothes.” And yes, for her favorites, I do need to employ the sneak-wash method!
  • I’m cute, but I’m not fluffy (giggles).
  • Naked people don’t like company. (Let’s stick with that idea for a LONG TIME!)
  • You know what lesson I learned? (Me: No, what?) Big sister in a very serious, almost stern voice: NEVER eat soggy waffles.

Little Brother Being Sweet

Me to little brother: You give the best hugs.

Little brother: That’s because I love you.

While playing, little brother explains, “I won’t shoot you because I love you.” My three year old does not extend the same kindness to his sister!

Big Sister Being Sweet

My daughter is typically a daddy’s girl through & through, but we’ve enjoyed some good mother-daughter bonding time, and I can’t help but be so proud of how sweet she can be. I think she’s learned a lot being in school and playing with other kids, which is awesome!!

One day she was helping me clean up a game we were done playing, so I said, “Thanks for helping.”

Her reply, “I’m a helper; that’s the way God made me.”

I gave her a little hug and said, “I love that God made you a helper.”

When you’re finished saying, “Awwhh,” be sure to click on these links to buzz around other homes too:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                          Baking In A Tornado

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                          Spatulas on Parade

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                          Follow me home

http://www.menopausalmom.com/                          Menopausal Mother

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/                        Stacy Sews and Schools

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                                   Battered Hope

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                                  Just A Little Nutty

http://themomisodes.com                                        The Momisodes

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                            Someone Else’s Genius

http://gndisney.wordpress.com                                Disneyland in Kentucky

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                            Juicebox Confession

http://dinoheromommy.com/                               Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.angelaweight.com                                  Sanity Waiting to Happen

http://www.southernbellecharm.com                        Southern Belle Charm

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                      The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                   Searching for Sanity

http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com/              Eileen’s Perpetually Busy

First & Last Days of School

Hooray – the last day of school! We were all excited for the day, and now as the kids sleep in, I am taking some time to reflect a bit.  But first, the pictures – here’s my daughter on the first day back in September, and the last day in June.

first and last days of school

My big girl, now finished with 4K!

I love the first day of school picture: she’s grinning ear to ear, with a big, hot pink sticker on her shirt with her name & teacher’s name, backpack on, and ready to go!

Compared with the last day, she’s a little less excited, not as eager nor fast at getting ready in the morning, no sticker to identify who she is & where she needs to be, and a fancy outfit (of course)! Her expression says, “Mom, I got this.”

I am so proud of this little lady for how much she has grown and learned this year. Friends and family have noticed her come out of her shell more, and share more of her sweet, caring, and silly personality.

To quote a line from an awesome blogger, Deborah from The Monster in the Closet, slightly modified from her quote about her son:

My child “is not walking away from me,
but toward who she is meant to be.”

These words so beautifully summarize how I feel as a parent right now.  While there’s a wistfulness, there’s also a lot of excitement and joy to see what lies ahead for us.