Your birthday is in 4 days. You will be 4 years old. I asked you what kind of party you wanted to have and you replied, "a strawberry party". So that is what we are doing. And if anyone asks what you want, "strawberries and grapes".
About 2 months ago, I made a life changing decision. With support from Daddy, I decided to quit my job as a cardiac nurse to become a school nurse. This is a very big change for me, and I will admit, I'm a little nervous. But I know it will be the right decision. For me. But especially for my family. You and the boys. Because I started to see how quickly time is passing. And it's time that I can't ever get back.
I have been home for the Summer now the past 2 weeks with you and your brothers. It has been great. There isn't as much time as I had originally anticipated. But I've learned to let go of some of my expectations and just live and more importantly, relax.
This time off (and being home and always together) has been a transition for all of us, and you've become very attached. Especially at bedtime. I'll take the blame for this as I have not been very strict with this and have gone to bed with you (or at least laid down with you until you fell asleep) more often than not, thereby encouraging this bad habit. I keep telling myself that I will have time at the end of the summer to work on getting you back to a good nighttime routine.
Baseball season has finally wrapped up and this has freed up some time for us. We spent a weekend in a hotel in North Carolina for Cameron's All Stars tournament. You were in heaven with all the other kids. You love going to baseball games. You get filthy dirty, you rarely wear shoes, you love the "session stand", and you especially love all the attention from the older girls (letting them dye your hair, paint your nails, and put makeup on you).
You are such a busy little kid. You'll insist on getting in the pool or hot tub, but after less than 10 minutes, you are done and ready to go back inside. You don't do one thing for very long before you've moved on. My house is always in a state of chaos. You ask the same questions repeatedly, always wanting to know what we're going to do, where we're going today, who's going to be there.
These days, you are coloring a lot, and we spend time together doing this. But I've had to take away your markers today because, after telling you over and over again, you not only colored on your stuffed animals, but yourself.
You also love play-doh and playing with your babies. You always ask to play with my phone. You like to watch youtube videos. You will play songs and dance for me and Daddy. You can rock some Whip & Nae Nae and your favorite song is Chandeliers by Sia.
You are starting preschool at Barefoot Kids in the Fall. I'm excited to see how much you'll grow and how much you'll learn. I'm not looking forward to the those first few weeks. It's going to be an adjustment, especially after the time we've had off together. And it's another milestone that I'm not sure I'm ready for. It's cliché, but time has flown by. Some things are getting easier, and I welcome that. But with this, it just means you are getting older and more independent. We have 4 more weeks home before it's back to the real world.
Happy birthday, Baby.
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, wine, video games, and bath time. I started this blog because I am passionate about photography and journaling, and because I wanted a place to write it all down, to rememeber little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.