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First days (several months later)

Well, this is a bit awkward, but I might as well start somewhere…

The kids had three separate first days of school (which meant pancakes on three separate weekdays and therefore not nearly enough sleep).

Owen started kindergarten, which is still going remarkably well, thankfully. He was so happy to have his sweet preschool friend Reese in his class. (“We’re going to be married,” he said. “How do you know?” I asked. “Because she says so.”)

Our long suffering middle child had her fourth grade photos interrupted by a photobomber. This will go down in our permanent records.

Ava Kate ever so cooly headed off to seventh grade. She still lives at home, though we really only see her at dinner (and at the 7:20 am carpool departure).

If there’s a benefit to reporting this event several weeks late, it’s that I can tell you everyone is doing well!


It’s a big summer for Owen – he turned five in July (celebrating with a celebration at the cabin, a gathering of friends at home and a party with his Smith cousins), and in a few days he will start Kindergarten. 

We love this rambunctious, impulsive and funny little guy so much. He’s recently taken to combing his hair perfectly after his bath…”just like Liam,” our third-grade neighbor. (Owen calls the style a “mohawk,” though he actually looks rather conservative—sort of like a small, naked investment banker.)

Owen tells me that he has a girlfriend at preschool: Reese. “We are going to be married,” he says. “How do you know?” I asked. “Because she said so!” (Seems about right…) As luck would have it, Reese and Owen will be in the same class. 

Owen loves playing outside, hassling the dog and ignoring any and all household rules. He can’t wait to start his new school, though I think he’s going to miss his friends more than he realizes. 

The Tooth Fairy’s last first visit 

Our tooth fairy Ember Windwand (…what??) visited Owen for the first time Friday night! He was so excited to find dollar coins nestled in the pillow my mom made him, but he was less than thrilled by the copious amount of silver glitter left behind in his bed. And on his PJs. And in his hair. (Fairies are GLITTERY, kid. Deal with it.) 

Owen had our resident professional by his side the entire time. Olivia helped craft a super cute letter (which included a collection of four leaf clovers, of course). 

One more last “first” for our family…

Loose tooth

Owen has his first loose tooth, and not a moment too soon…

Last day! 

Sixth grade and third grade came to a close last week, and summer set forth with a trip to Gramma’s house. 

Snuggle up 


Owen: “It’s no fair that Dad gets to say ‘damn it.'”

Kindergarten Roundup 

Hard to know what to say about this little outing today…this one is so big, yet still so small. 

Owen was excited to attend roundup, but when he arrived in the classroom, he was a bit teary and very shy. As luck would have it, he found an old friend in the group.

We split off from the kids and attended our third kindergarten orientation session. When we reunited with Owen, he said he was excited to be in the same school as Olivia – “She’s in the big kids’ room, and I will be little kids’ room.” Not for long, kid. If the past few years are any indication, time will fly. 

August and Owen 

Ava started a cute little Instagram account to document these two boys – check it out at AugustandOwen. Sneak peek below…

Happy Easter! 

After many weekends on the road, we decided to stay at home for Easter. Tom and Katie joined us for brunch, and my dad drove down from Nebraska. Happy Easter to all!