I realize I've seriously neglected this blog and I really have a lot I want to get in here because the girls have been busy, busy, busy!
We had our last ECFE class last week. The girls gained so much from this class and I did too. They loved their teachers and made a lot of friends that we have really gotten to know. We had lots and lots of playdates outside of school during the session and we're so happy we've got so many new and wonderful friends all within Richfield and Bloomington! The girls just blossomed in school and have really enjoyed having friends over to our home and going to their houses too. What an incredible blessing to all of us!
Here's a picture of the girls class that Daddy took when he brought them to school a couple weeks ago so I could work.
So a group of us decided we should put the kids in summer preschool! It's through the school district in the same school ecfe was in (only 3 miles away), two days a week for 2.5 hours......yeah, that's right, two and half hours alone twice a week!!! Woohoo!!
The girls best friend, Amelia, is in class, their friend, Adam and another friend Hayden. They LOVE it!! Rasa wakes up on school days before Royce even gets up and is dressed and ready to go before 7 am! I couldn't be happier with the teachers and what they spend their time doing. Its wonderful!
We are still getting together Wednesday's with the old class because we all got so close we want to see each other all summer. This morning we spent the morning with them at a really fantastic park in Bloomington and took the kids for a nature walk to a wading stream. The kids loved it. They loved finding snails and throwing rocks in the water. We're excited to go back again with Daddy.
Amelia's Mom, Kaitlin and I have become friends (after all between ecfe, preschool and playdates we were seeing each other four plus times a week!). They live super close and we all love hanging out together during the day. Kaitlin has a one year old boy who Rasa is in love with and everyone gets together so well it's almost like a break spending the days together. We plan on seeing each other a lot all summer!
Along with Kaitlin, Hayden and Adam's Mom's, Shelly and Amy and all are all having girls night out next week. We all have a lot of fun together and it's nice to have their friendships. We really couldn't be happier in this place right now. It was an adjustment, for sure, but things have really been one blessing after another this past year and the best part is being able to watch the girls build new relationships with new kids and their parents and have a community of people they enjoy to be around.
We've really gotten to know our neighbors as well and both sides love their visits from the girls. It feels like home....FINALLY!
On a business note: I landed a commercial photography gig for a company called Gibout Toy's. I had a lot of fun shooting this project and while it was a ton of work it was amazing to work with the girls in the studio and wrap this thing up. I love that they can watch me work and run my business and part of me hopes it will plant a seed for them to know that they can make what they want out of their lives and do whatever feels good to them. It doesn't have to be a cookie cutter job or something that isn't fufilling to them. It's always going to be tons of work but it is possible to balance it all.
Here's one of the final images this company used to do an 8x8 foot banner of for the 2013 hollywood celebrity and vip only toy fair!