Thursday, June 18, 2015

Preschool wrap-up

So now it is officially June, and sadly our Preschool year has come to an end :( I think I mentioned in passing that after Christmas we enrolled Evie in a preschool program a couple of times a week. Well, it was probably my favourite decision this year! It gets not only Evie out of the house, but William and I as well out of the house for at least a couple mornings a week. Most days William and I just wander the mini mall or dollar store but, because we chose a co-op preschool, we occasionally stay and have fun!

It is so great for her, and for me, to go out and visit with people our own size and to just get out of the house. All the parents and teachers are so nice and I have a last participating, everyone is sweet and loves to chat and there is a real group parenting mentality. Because we as parents rotate in and out of the classroom, all the kids are happy to ask any of the "tall people" to help with anything, and everyone is always available to any of the kids. If you are elbow deep in play-dough when your kid wanders away, you can be confident that there is someone in the other centres who will help them out there. There is a classroom teacher in place who creates all the curriculum materials and deals with any inter-child situations, and she makes an excellent captain of our collective ship.

I think it is great for Evie to be socializing with theses same kids on a regular basis. I have definitely noticed an improvement in her language skills since she started attending. I haven't noticed her talking with them all that often, but I guess the chattiness of some of her classmates has been a "silent" influence on her. Thankfully her class is made up of rough and tumble boys for the majority. They don't take any guff of her and she is slowly become more aware of her own very physical presence and is learning how to play more gently and not impose her will on her friends quite as frequently.

Not even a week out and I am already missing preschool, after a full day at home, I wake up wondering where we are going, and what we can do for fun! We are spoiled with having a given source of fun and entertainment, I am not original enough to come up with fun on my own! Though I understand the logistics would be terrible, I really wish preschool could last all year! I will really miss seeing all those grown-ups regularly. I will also miss the guilt-free Evie-free time at least once a week. William and I enjoyed a little free out and about time, without Miss Business in tow to keep us on high alert all the time!

I can't wait to get back in the swing of things in September and reconnect with our friends! We are even thinking about enrolling William in the Toddler class when he is old enough in january (how can that be happening!). So while I do not wish the summer away, I am still looking forward to the fall a little bit!

May Baby Bundle

It was a warm spring day when the Smith Family set out on their latest quest. J. Montana Smith had been called away on a super secret mission in an unknown location, so Erin and the kids were tackling this last one on their own. They were on a mission to find the hidden Baby Bundle!
So Jr explorer and Erin set out on their quest, with Baby explorer in tow. They crossed vast grasslands and dodged vehicles and even had a near encounter with a miniature tiger! Eventually they arrived at the Vault of Mail and were able to recover The Baby Bundle. But it was sealed in a nearly impenetrable container! However once we returned back home, Jr explorer was able to free the artifacts from their container, and now they are available for all to enjoy!


Our May Baby Bundle came with some swag for the non-AppleCheeks wearing contingent of the household. As much fun as it is to get another AppleCheeks item for William, it is always great to spread the love around! Evie and I each got a Knot headband in the The Baby Bum custom printed Rainbow AppleCheeks logo printed fabric. Now we get to play matchy-matchy and rep our favourite brand, all at once!
There once was a time I wore headbands quite frequently, but I somehow fell out of the habit.  Now that we are living the BabyWearing lifestyle, a side braid has become a staple hair-do, in a effort to keep my hair out of little pinch fingers. I discovered that hairband make perfect finishing touch to a hairstyle that sometimes still needs a little something. Of course Evie is completely enamoured of the idea of being "like Mommy" so she loves when we can wear our hairbands at the same time and match each other.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Post Safari AppleCheeks colour chart.

As we all know AppleCheeks released two gorgeous prints this week! This of course makes the old chart obsolete, so I bring you the newest version of my signature AppleCheeks colour chart. I also threw in a bonus download of my sz 2 sac chart and the Limited Editions chronology.