It’s always a great day for the beach

March 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dear Little Bird.  Dear Little Tiger.

You love the beach.  You love the discoveries to be made.  The balls to throw.  The chasing to be done.  The sand to feel and the water to run away from.

You don’t mind the wind.  You don’t notice the rain.  You don’t even mention the sun hiding.  It’s all you’ve ever known.  This coast belongs to you.




Auntie’s Cupcakes

February 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dear Little Bird.  Dear Little Tiger.

Auntie’s cupcakes are THE BEST, right?

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dear Little Bird.  Dear Little Tiger.

This year for Valentine’s Day we had two classrooms to make valentine’s for.  That’s a whole lot of valentines to make!

Nothing says “I love you” like a melted crayon heart…right?

Drawing Lessons

January 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dear Little Tiger.

You love to draw.  Your specialty?  Spiders.  But we’ve been practicing other things.  Today – flowers.  They didn’t turn out to be your favorite subject.  Ah well, it just takes time.  You’ll get the hang of it soon enough.

Two Lost Teeth

January 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dear Little Bird,

You lost your tooth!  No, you lost two teeth!  How exciting.  I think this occasion was one of the most exciting moments for me.  Loosing a tooth seems like such a very big deal.

You handled the entire thing with so much calm and composure.  The dentist told us about two months ago that your teeth were wiggly.  I kept wiggling them to be sure he was right.

Finally, after much waiting (I really don’t like to wait long), you wiggled your tooth so much it just came right out!  We’ve never really talked much about the Tooth Fairy so you weren’t inclined to give her your tooth.  You carried that tooth around for a full week.  You proudly showed everyone your tooth.  You lost it once at the coffee shop.  You lost it once at Oma’s house.  But we always located it again.

On the night you lost your first tooth, the Tooth Fairy left a letter expressing her disappointment that there was no tooth to collect.  But she left you a lovely felt barrette anyway.

When you lost your second tooth a few weeks later, it was like no big deal.  One minute you were chewing your lunch, the next minute you were holding up your tooth.

This time you wanted to leave your tooth for the Fairy and she left you a lovely string necklace with a felt heart.

Congratulations, Little Bird.  You are growing up!

First Day of Swimming Lessons

January 4, 2012 § 3 Comments

Dear Little Bird.

Your first day of swimming lessons.  An immediate love of all things water.  Noisy lifeguards.  Lots of children.  Warm water.  Blowing bubbles.  And a happy, little girl hopping from one foot to the other because she can’t contain her joy.  All’s well.

Picture was taken when you were more cold than happy...

First Picture of the New Year

January 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dear Little Bird. Dear Little Tiger.

Happy New Year!  I can only imagine what this year will bring to us.  Fun?  You bet.  Learning?  Definitely.  Challenge?  Wouldn’t be life without it.  Love?  More than you can imagine.

Cheers to an exciting year ahead.

*In this picture you are playing at the same piano I grew up playing on.