The Transition to Kindergarten: How We Prepared and What It Was Actually Like

(first day of school outfit pictured above!) While she was only two years old when we moved, I would be lying if I said that Kindergarten didn’t play a part in our moving back to Austin from Los Angeles. Hearing people in LA describe the point and charter system, the means of transportation that got their kids to and from school every day or the prices of the homes in districts zoned for “good” public schools was dizzying. Let the record show, I actually think LA is an amazing place to raise kids! I was just imagining …

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Life Lately: Ever’s Second Birthday

With Parker, her first birthday felt so significant. Our first trip around the sun as parents was complete and it felt like a remarkable accomplishment. We had catered food, margaritas and a backyard bash full of friends and family from out of town who had made the journey to mark the milestone with us. Ever’s first birthday was a bit of a blur. We had been traveling all summer and still felt like we were settling into our new home. We did a breakfast with family and went to the children’s museum that afternoon with just a couple …

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We asked 20 Kids What They Wanted in Their Lunch Boxes and This is What They Said

Today is Parker’s first day of Kindergarten. First. Day. of. Kindergarten. I have this vivid memory of me pushing her in a stroller around our old neighborhood in LA when she was about this age and thinking, “I wonder what we will do about schools…?” which was quickly followed by the thought that it was sooooooo far away. Yet here we are. Gone are the mornings of letting her sleep in, leisurely taking breakfast in our pajamas followed by slow time on the front porch searching for rollie pollies. Nope, this morning we …

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All the Best Backpacks, Lunch Boxes, and Water Bottles for Back to School

It’s sort of a point of contention that I didn’t cry at our wedding. We laugh now, but I’m definitely not historically the most sensitive one in our relationship. That said, I cried at Target this weekend. No I didn’t weep hysterically, but big crocodile tears welled up when I rounded the corner from dry goods to school supplies and spotted a sign that read ‘College Essentials’. Today it’s Kindergarten, tomorrow it’s college. At least that’s what my brain translated to my vulnerable mother …

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