End / Beginning

So we ended the first quarter of school last week, which seems like the perfect time to revisit the first day of school, right?


You guys, this wee one started KINDERGARTEN! I don’t know how she’s big enough for this (or how that hair fits into her classroom but I digress.)


Marion is now a big, worldly, experienced and totally in control second grader. I do love though that she’s rocking on her feet in this picture. She wouldn’t admit it, but she was nervous.

After two years apart, they’re back at the same school and all is right with the world.

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Seeing that I just renewed the blog, I should probably renew my efforts to actually use it. 

So here goes …


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Starting School – The Graham Version

In truth, this is the back to school I was most looking forward to🙂

This little boy being in “school” now means every Wednesday, I’m freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

Because you know,

Keeping up with this guy

Requires no energy on my part at all.


Marion came along to help with the adjustment.

And clearly, he’s smitten with Ms. Lisa.

(The bubbles helped a bit too)

He had such a fun day – ate all his lunch and even took a nap!

But by far, the best part of his day was being reunited with Bowie

They missed each other just a little bit I think🙂

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Back To School – The Eliza Version

Beans grew up over the summer, didn’t she? She’s off to pre-k this year, complete with back to school outfit from The Gap that she picked out herself and make her seem so much bigger than an almost five year old.

And just like that, she’s bored with school already.

We ran in to the same problem with Eliza that we had with Marion. Last year, she smarted out of the preschool class and so spent from January – May in the pre-k class. But she doesn’t meet the age requirements for kindergarten with her late September birthday, so she is back doing a full year of pre-k.

So far it seems like a huge mistake on our part. The kids in her class are super young (one girl just turned four this week) and Eliza is very aware that everyone she went to school with last year is in kindergarten now. She’s rushing through her work and flipping it over to color on the back of the page because she says it’s “so easy” for her to do. We keep playing up it’s her chance to be her teacher’s big helper and she can show the younger kids how the Zebras do things in the classroom, but Eliza is pretty savvy and realizes we’re placating her.

In the meantime, we’re working on some stuff at home to be more challenging academically and hoping this was the right choice for her this year.

Parenting, it never gets easier, does it?

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Back To School – The Marion Version

And just like that, we have a first grader!

Sitting with her classmates for morning assembly.

I knew these two would be in full on sister-missing-mode so I planned a fun day for us.

They really look like they are missing her, don’t they?

My day did not include having to climb up here after them though.


Learning to slide with sissy.

And when Big is away, Little will commandeer her Mystery Machine for lunch delivery.


Being without big sister is exhausting.

Yay for a successful first on-campus day of first grade!

We also had a wonderful first day of homeschool first grade too.

Graham even tried to learn his phonograms. And by learn, I mean eat.

Three weeks in to school now and she’s still not sure if her favorite subject is cursive or Greek. I love my nerd🙂

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Jedi Training Camp – Day Five

Without a doubt, this was my most favorite Disney experience. It was just so awesome.

My (not so) secret reason for wanting a pre-park opening reservation at Hollywood & Vine was so that we could be the first in line to sign up for the camp.

We were number four.

Close enough, right?

Side note, any time the girls wore a costume, we had a change of clothes on under it. At least a tank top and some britches. It made for an easy change when they got hot or just wanted something different. And the extra layer kept them in the costumes longer because they didn’t get itchy or scratchy.

And I got ridiculously cute photos like Princess Sophia in a Padawan robe.

Presto change-o!

Seeing if they could follow directions.

And they couldn’t.

It was a bit like herding cats.

Cats wearing robes.


This makes me so excited for Stars Wars Land. I digress.

Oh my stars. I love her.

She was so brave. I know she was so nervous but she so wanted to do this.

Marion on the other hand, despite watching youtube videos of it previously and us talking her through the whole process had no interest at all in it.

Getting her light saber.

Y’all. Let me take a minute to say how awesome the Jedi master was. Master, trainer, stand up comedian. He was hysterical. He was quick on his feet (as you have to be in dealing with kids) but never got ruffled and perhaps most importantly, no one got injured! Even if you don’t have kids participating, it’s worth it to watch him in action just for the laughs.

Use the force. Of gravity.

There it goes!

So serious!

Darth Vader!

Time to battle

She laughs at danger!

Look at my Beans!

Love love love

The final blow

Getting her certificate of training completion

Fantastic job my little Jedi!

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Hollywood Studios – Day Five

We had another pre-park breakfast reservation to start off our day at Hollywood Studios.

It was at Hollywood & Vine with the Disney Junior characters

Princess Sofia!

Gotta be honest, the bobble heads and arm sock things were really weird.

The girls were like, who is this guy?

Graham felt a little differently🙂

So such feelings about Doc!

Doc Marion and Doc McStuffins

Everyone loves Jake (even though he seems to be looking over my shoulder for some reason…)

The most fun part about breakfast was the dance party and parade. They had them about every fifteen minutes and while it meant the kids didn’t get to eat much breakfast, they had a bunch of fun.

Fun sums up this breakfast the best. I think it was the most fun meal we had. The characters were fun, the wait staff was fun, the whole thing was just fun. And the waitress was a doll. She automatically brought out my coffee in a to-go cup, God bless her!

Now I’m going to go on and skip over the next part because it deserves it’s own post.

So we’ll just say…later on in the day…

Graham needed a nursing so Josh took the girls on the Star Wars Tour

Resulting in the ultra elusive daddy and girls picture

At this point in the vacation, I have to be honest, my planning failed me. I just didn’t do the research into Hollywood Studios and went on a wing and prayer for our fast passes and yeah, it just didn’t happen. Graham was having a bit of a grumpy day (and let’s be honest, who can blame him.) The park was way more spread out than I had anticipated and little legs were tired. The sun was blazing hot and there is zero shade. So. I kind of view our day at Hollywood Studios as a bust. Josh totally doesn’t agree with me about that and I guess his opinion matters too🙂

We tried to go see Hiro and Baymax but the line was incredibly long and they only come out for a short period of time. So this is as close as we got.

We did see these two guys walking across the park though

And the girls got a friendly wave (and Eliza’s rodent fascination continues)

We were not going to miss the Indiana Jones stunt show (and thankfully there was no wait)

I could go on and on and on about this. To sum up though, don’t miss it.

Just don’t sit too close

Because, well, you know what happens. And that fire gets really, really hot.

It’s kind of neat when it’s over because the stunt men and women just hang out and rehearse for the next show and you can watch them.

And then we were all ready for a nap!

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