Letters to My Daughters | Fall Fun

Dear Girlies,

September and October have come and gone, and November is more than half over.  Fall is waning, but it’s been a good one this year.  We’ve enjoyed the nice weather, the beautiful foliage (it’s so much nicer here than it ever was in MS, and you love to rake up and jump in the vibrant leaves that have fallen), watching football games, playing soccer, birthdays, and all the fun little fall activities that we’ve done.

Late last month, Daddy and I took Lilah and Ellie to the pumpkin patch.  That was the weekend Mere went to Chattanooga with Nana and Pop Pop to celebrate her birthday, so she missed our trip, but she had a fun trip all her own.  We try to go to the pumpkin patch every year, and we picked a wonderful day to go this year.  We had a wonderful time seeing all the animals in the barn and the larger livestock outside, playing in the corn crib, bouncing in the bounce houses, sliding down the huge slides, wandering through the corn maze, and riding the cow train.  We had so much fun and did so many things that we didn’t make it out to the pumpkin field to pick pumpkins, but we found some nice ones in the farm shop to take home.

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Everyone had a pumpkin, even Mere.

A few days later, you painted your pumpkins.  I think it worked out so much better than trying to carve them, and all three of you got to participate so I think you enjoyed it more.

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Fall is our favorite season for so many reasons, and this year’s has been no different.  We still have a little more to experience and it’s full of events, like Janell’s wedding and Thanksgiving.

Winter will be here soon, perhaps we’ll get a little bit of snow to play in.  We’ll have to wait and see!

I love you, girlies!

Mama

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This post is one of several in a Letters to Our Daughters blog circle.  Please visit Jennifer Vititoe‘s blog and read the letter she’s written to her daughters, then follow the circle around to each of the amazingly talented members of the group.  These ladies are awesome photographers and wonderful mothers, and you definitely don’t want to miss their letters!

Letters to My Daughters | Visitors

Dear Girlies,

We’ve had a fun month!  All three of you are fully involved in all of your activities, school is going well, and all three of you have had your birthdays!

You’ve also had visits with your Aunt Janell and Uncle Bryan and Aunt Mandy.  We don’t see them very often, but it’s nice to see them when we can!  Bryan and Mandy visited first for a few hours as they passed through town on their way home.  They chatted for a bit, then gave you birthday gifts, and chatted for a bit more before needing to leave to make it home with time to rest before getting back to work.  It took Ellie a bit to warm up to “Bo Bo”, but you did and gave him and Mandy big hugs before they left.

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Your aunt Janell came up for a weekend, just to spend time with you and to see you play and dance.  She came to Lilah’s soccer game, went shopping with us at Target and played with all the fun Halloween stuff on display, gave you birthday gifts and showed you how to use them/played with them with you, watched Mere dance, and enjoyed seeing and spending time with her nieces.  All three of you enjoyed seeing her too!

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We’ll see them soon at Janell’s wedding next month, along with your Aunt Karri and Grandma and Grandpa, so not too much time between visits with the Mississippi family!

As for the rest of this month, there are a couple of soccer games left, school, Halloween, and perhaps a visit to the pumpkin patch.  Hopefully the weather starts cooling down more so we can enjoy more outdoor activities, too.

Have a good October, my girlies!  I love you!

Mommy

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Go read Kami Chaudhery‘s letter to her sweet daughters, and then follow the circle around to letters the amazingly talented ladies in this circle have written to their adorable little girls.  Seriously, these women are fabulous, and I’m so grateful I’m able to participate in Letters to My Daughters with them.

Letters to My Daughters | Happy Birthday Meredith!

Dear Meredith,

Ten years ago, you were born and I officially became a mommy.

I remember the day I found out about you, and remember the days leading up to your birth.  When you decided it was time to be born, you didn’t wait around at all.  My water broke at around 2:30-3ish that morning, and the doctor caught you a few hours later at 6:45.

I remember the first time I saw you, all pink and small and beautiful.  You cried for a little while, then calmed and started studying the fuzzy shapes and shadows you could see.

You came home with us a couple days later, and we started figuring out how to be a family. Feeding you was the easy part, figuring out why you would scream for hours every night even after you were fed, bathed, changed, swaddled, worn, swayed and shushed, driven around Starkville multiple times, and whatever else we tried to calm you was not as easy.

We loved watching you figure things out, from rolling over, to sitting up, to walking, to reading (which we figure out you could do very well when you read the poster for Bridge to Terabithia at Blockbuster one night.  You were about three, and we figure you’d been able to read for a while before that but cleverly didn’t let on).   We loved your first dance recital (you were the cutest, bossiest little bumble bee on the stage!), the artwork you brought home from school, and watching you grow into a beautiful little girl.

And now, at ten years old, you are still beautiful, still very clever, and starting to realize your many talents.  You still love to read and dance.  You’ve discovered crafting, and will spend hours crocheting outfits on your doll and making bracelets for your classmates.  You were introduced to theatre over the past summer, and were bitten by the acting bug. You’re enjoying school, even if it seems to be a bit boring at times.  You enjoy riding your bike and playing with friends.  You definitely have your own sense of style and aren’t afraid to rock it.

I have enjoyed being your mommy for the past ten years, and am looking forward to seeing how you grow in the upcoming years.

I love you!

Mommy

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Letters to my Daughters | September

Dear Girlies,

Summer break is over, and we’re still adapting to our new routine.  School and extra curricular activities have been in session for a little under a month, and so far, so good!

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Other than our usual day to day activities, not too much else has happened.  We’re usually busy with something…soccer (two practices a week + weekly game), dance lessons (twice a week for Mere, Mommy and Me for Ellie), school activities…but we’re back into the school year grind.

So far, you’ve enjoyed the school year.  The two of you in school seem to like your teachers, and seem to like being back with the kids in your classes.  Ellie misses you when you’re at school, but is slowly getting used to being the little girl in charge while you’re gone.  I hope you both continue to have a wonderful school year, and that you end the year with knowledge beyond the basics they teach you in the classroom.  🙂

I apologize for this month’s letter being so short.  There haven’t been too many things that have happened that I haven’t planned other posts for, and I’m writing a letter to each of you on your birthday (Ellie, your birthday letter is here).  I’ll try to do better with next month’s letter.  😉

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I love you to the moon and back,

Mommy

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Please visit Jessie Wixon | Jessie Wixon Photography‘s letter to her daughters, and then follow the links around the circle.  I love reading everyone’s letter every month, and am so honored to be able to post along with these amazingly talented women.

Letters to my Daughters | Happy Birthday Ellie!

Dear Ellie,

You are two years old.

Two.  Whole.  Years.

I have no idea how that happened.

I remember the day you were born very clearly.  Your birth was different than your sisters’; you decided to come a little more gradually.  I’d been having painless contractions off and on for a few weeks before you were born, but the night before I was able to time them.  I gave up trying to figure out if they were just Braxton Hicks contractions, or if they were perhaps beginning labor contractions and went to sleep.  I didn’t notice them the next morning when I woke up, but I felt differently.  Your grandmother says I was grouchier than normal, and that she thought something was going on when I fell asleep on the couch soon after I got up from bed.  I thought I was just tired.

Contractions woke me up from my little cat nap on the couch.  They weren’t terribly painful, more achy.   I realized that you were ready to meet the world about half an hour later when they became stronger and faster.  I texted your daddy telling him I wanted him home, got my water bottle, and made sure your sister was ready for school.  Daddy got home very quickly, and he put all of our stuff in the car.  Grandma realized then that you would be born soon, and helped make sure we have everything we would need at the hospital.  Then we dropped Lilah off at school, and drove to the hospital.

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And now, two years later, you’ve become a sweet, smart little girl who’s quickly figuring out how things work and what things mean.

You’re already asserting your self and your preferences in food, activities, and even fashion.  You’re beginning to realize that you are your own person, but you still love to cuddle and be carried.  Toddlerhood is an interesting time that, thankfully, you won’t remember too much about but the things you’re learning and experiencing now will help shape you later on.

We didn’t do much for your birthday this year.  We went to visit your great grandmother the day before, and weren’t sure we were going to be back home.  So, we didn’t plan anything special.  Sorry.  We met your Nana and Pop Pop at a local buffet restaurant for lunch, then went back to their house to visit for a while.  Nana had a cake and candles for you, and we all crowded around their table and sang to you while you just looked at the candles funny.   Ellie birthday

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I think you liked it.  🙂

And now, sweet Ellie, I’m going to write down the things you are doing and like the most. Maybe one day you’ll find these things neat.  🙂

I love you, my little two year old!

Mommy

Ellie at Two Years:

Words: Mama, Dada, Lilah (sounds kinda like ryra), Mere Mere (meh meh), Pop Pop, Nana (only when she’s not listening), mine (you use that one a LOT), stuck, shoes, hat, duck (used for all birds, but you know a duck when you see one), phone (sounds like bone), bowl, cup, butt (also used for bus and bug), Cat/Kitty, doggie, stop, gone, cheese, apple, nana (for banana), juice, thank you, no, that, this, what is it, what’s that, book, ball, mouse, ow/owie, and several others.  Plus, you’re learning more every day.

Food: Cheese, apples, carrots, sweet peppers, broccoli, pasta, tomatoes, pickles, hot dogs, green beans, chips and salsa, guacamole, roasted brussels sprouts, crackers, cookies, chocolate chips, jelly beans, apple juice, salad, pepperoni, tater tots, french fries, and lots more that I’m just not thinking of right now.

Activities: Dancing (you’re in Mommy and Me at the dance studio this year), drawing, singing, reading books, playing with Lego, cuddling, rolling/kicking/throwing balls, going on walks, climbing on things, playing with your sisters, playing toddler apps on my phone

Color:  You don’t seem to show a preference yet, but you did pick out some nice sparkly pink sneakers at Target the other day.

Stats:
Weight: 22.5 lbs
Height: 33″
Teeth: 15.5 (one of your canine teeth just broke through)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde, wispy, gently curly, to your shoulders

Letters to My Daughters | Summer Days

Dear Girlies,

Summer is fully upon us.  The weather this year has been easier than last, but it’s still summer in the South.  It hasn’t slowed you down one bit, though.

This month, I was planning on posting a “Day in the Life” sort of thing, photographically chronicling a typical day around here.  However, we don’t have any sort of schedule other than camps and clubs, so a typical day for you all can include watching TV, arts and crafts, having picnics in the back yard, playing dress up, building with blocks and LEGO, riding bikes, running amok with the neighborhood lot, naps, catching fireflies, playing in the sprinklers, swimming at the neighbor’s, playing games, and much more.  So it’s hard to photograph your entire day.

Instead of a summer day in your life, I have numerous photos from several days over the past couple of weeks that show what a typical day may include.  This isn’t possibly everything you’ve done or will do this summer, but it’s a good bit.

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Summer break will end for you, Mere and Lilah, in just over a month.  Pretty soon, we’ll be shopping for supplies and new clothes, finding out who your teachers for the year will be, and getting back into the school day routine.  But until then, we’ll just take it easy and enjoy the time off.

~Mommy

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Follow the link to the letter Laura Mood | Everyday Blessings Photography has written to her sweet little girl.  Then, follow the rest of the links around the circle.  There are some wonderful mommies in this circle, all with beautiful daughters and wonderful words to them.

Letters to My Daughters | Dance

Dear Meredith,

When you were little, you liked to dance.  So, I signed you up for dance lessons.  You loved dance class and your teacher, Ms. Allison.  Your first recital was awesome, and you were the cutest little bumble bee on the stage.

When we moved, you stopped taking dance.  We tried a studio that some of our friends here recommended, but for some reason you didn’t like it and chose to stop taking classes.

But you didn’t stop dancing.

About year ago, I watched you dancing in the living room, and asked if you wanted to take lessons again.  You said you were going to ask me later on if you could, so I started looking for a studio that had space and would place you by your ability.

The first class you tried was going too fast for you to keep up.  It had been a while since you had taken a class, but the instructor saw your ability and suggested trying a lower level to ease you back into form.  You were horribly upset.  You’re so ambitious and strict with yourself that you’d thought you’d failed and didn’t want to consider anything different.  You tried to tell me that it was not big deal, and that you really didn’t care. But you did.  You were so upset, and people usually don’t get that upset over things they don’t care about.

Once you realized this, took a breath, and let go, you went back and tried again.

And you danced.

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The Spring Recital was a couple of weeks ago, and I was so happy to see you, my little dancer, up there on stage.  I loved watching you during the Christmas ballet, too, but the big recital…you made it through the year.  You enjoyed it, and have learned from it.  You set your sights on the next level, and you got there.  Next year, you’ll be in the class level you originally tried this year, plus you’ll be able to take a couple of other classes.  You didn’t fail at all….you met Disappointment, you shook its hand, and you left it behind.

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You’ll run into Disappointment again, many times.  Always remember that at first, Disappointment makes you miserable, but what matters is how you deal with it.  You can let it get to you, or you can find a way around it.  There are many roads to get somewhere; some are well paved highways and others are paths of trampled grass.  Don’t discount any of them.

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When you feel sad, dance.  When you’re happy, dance.  Just keep dancing.

~Mommy

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This month, follow the link to Laura Mood’s post to her daughter.  Then, follow the links around the circle.  Over the past few months, these talented ladies have shared beautiful images and letters to their little girls, and you’re missing out if you don’t visit their pages.

Letters to My Daughters | My Lilah

Another month has gone by, and it’s time for a new letter to my girlies.  This month, I’m writing to my middle child, Lilah.

 

My Lilah,

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My goofball, Lilah.  My Monkey, Lilah.

I love you, your smile, your tenacity, your creativity, your benevolence, you.

Even when you’re driving me out of my mind when you’re monkeying about on the furniture, being completely obstinate, and brimming with bold sass. Of my children, you definitely challenge my patience the most, but that’s not entirely a bad thing.  You are most definitely comfortable with who you are, steady on your own feet at just 6 years old.  I hope that doesn’t change much as you grow older.  You’ll need your tenacity, your ingenuity, your sass and spitfire, and self confidence to carve your niche in this world.  If the past few years are any indication, you’ll navigate it with aplomb.

You are my little ball of energy, my extrovert, my athlete.  I freely admit that you these traits are completely opposite of me, and I usually have no idea how to handle it.  So, after observing your talents and interests, I determined the best outlet for your endless energy and enrolled you in gymnastics.

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As far as I can tell and from what you tell me, you enjoy it.  You’re learning how to tumble, and learning beam, bars, and vault.  You get along well with the other girls in your section, and I can see an improvement in the way you move and carry yourself.

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Swinging around the bars seems to come easily for you.  You hop right up there and start spinning around with little help from your coach.

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Vault!  Running, jumping, climbing on, jumping off…some of your favorite activities.

Since the weather’s been nice, you’ve been playing outside more.  Probably not as much as you’d like, or how you’d like (you beg to ride your bike alllllllllll the time).  Now that the school has redone the playground and added new equipment, and now that summer is only a couple of weeks off, perhaps we’ll visit it more.  We went the other day for a little while, and you played until you decided you were bored.  I think it was because I was paying more attention to Ellie than you, so maybe we’ll go just you and I sometime soon.

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That face, the one on the bottom…you give me that one All. The. Time.  Tenacity…you has it.

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Monkey child.  If you can climb it, chances are you will.

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You totally dressed yourself.  You have your own style, your own ideas, and you’re not afraid to own them.  Don’t let that get away from you.  There will be times where it will seem like dancing to your own song isn’t cool or important, but it is.  Always.

You have just a few more days of being a kindergartner left.  Soon, you’ll be a first grader, and then more.  Even though it seems I get annoyed with the things you do and how frequently you test your limits, I look forward to seeing the awesomeness that’s within you blossom.  I know I need to be more patient with you, please be patient with me.  I’m learning from you as much as you are learning from me.

Always remember that I love you.

Mommy

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This month, follow the link to Kerry Varnum | Kerry Varnum Photography’s letter to her beautiful daughter.  After reading her words and seeing her awesome photography, follow the links around the circle of amazingly talented, awesome mothers writing to their sweet little girls.

 

Letters to My Daughters | 18 months

Dear Eleanor,

You’re 18 months old!  A whole year and a half!

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Your personality is blossoming more and more every day!  You’re trying to communicate with us, and you get so frustrated when you can’t.  The time is coming when you’ll be able to tell us what you want or need; one of these days you’ll figure out that you can say words and sentences and getting what you want will be a little easier!  😉

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We got you some new pink shoes and you LOVE them!  You HAD to have them when we found them in your size (you wanted us to put them on you right there in the store!), and you love wearing them around.  Even over your footie jammas.

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Your new pink shoes on your footies! Please note the toys and stuff on the floor. That’s all you. 🙂

Other than your new shoes, some of your favorites right now are:

Foods: Cheese, grape tomatoes, mini sweet peppers, watermelon, pickles, whatever Mommy is eating
Drinks: Ice cold water and breastmilk (yes, you’re STILL nursing.  All day AND night.  It’s good for you and all, but you can cut back anytime now…)
Toys: Blocks and Duplos, Busy Bee, Laugh and Learn Puppy, Little People stuff
Activities: Cuddling, playing outside, drawing with crayons, climbing on things

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I love you, my wee little girlie!  Even if you don’t let me get a good night’s sleep, run off with my cell phone multiple times a day, lure me into the kitchen just so you can play in the fridge, lure me in the kitchen so I get you a snack that you take one bite of then start whining for something else, unfold the laundry right after I’ve folded it, and cry because…well, most of the time I don’t know.  I love you no matter what.

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You and the remote…the other thing you love to run off with!

 

~Mommy

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This month I’m linking to Emily Jackson | Cat and the Fiddle Photography‘s beautiful words to her sweet little girl!  After you read Emily’s letter, please continue around the circle of wonderfully talented ladies and read the letters they’ve written for their little girls.  Last month’s letters were amazing, and this month’s are sure to be as well.

Letters to My Daughters | My Creative Girlies

One of the many projects I’m working on this year is something called Letters to my Daughters. At least once a month I will write a letter to one or more of my awesome girls chronicling something awesome they’ve done, mommy gushing over them, imparting some random bit of wisdom, or just because.  At the end of the year, I plan to make them a book of these letters…a keepsake and photo journal of their childhood.

I’ve joined a blog circle of other fantastic, talented mothers also writing Letters to their daughters.  I look forward to reading their letters and seeing their beautiful children.  This month I’m linking to Laura Mood | Everyday Blessings Photography .  Please take a moment to read her words to her beautiful daughter.
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Dear Girlies,

Earlier this week we sat down and made letterboxes for school Valentines.  As always, I enjoyed watching your creativity with the materials you were given, and seeing the final products that reflect your personality and vision.  You have been blessed with creativity and the abilities needed to take your creative ideas and bring them to life.  Use these blessings often, and use them to better yourself and your world! Don’t ever stop being imaginative, and don’t ever stop creating – even when it seems pointless, or you think it’s terrible, or you think no one likes it.  Just keep writing, or drawing, or painting, or singing, or dancing, or however you feel like creating. Have fun with your art, express yourself through it, and enjoy it.  CREATE FOR YOURSELF, and let your personality shine through in your work!

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And little miss E, you’ve got the world ahead of you!  You’re creative, too…you love to dance and draw.  I’m looking forward to watching you discover and develop your talents!

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I love you, my  talented girlies!

~Mama