Friday, October 11, 2013

Firsts

There are a few monumental occasions as a parent that I put on a mental list. List of things to remember.

First time you hold your baby in your arms.
First time you leave your baby with someone.
First smile.
First laugh.
First sleep through the night.
First steps
First words.
First school field trip.
 
It was worth the wait. Attending my kids' first field trip, I mean. Seriously. There was a whole year, in 2008, when I didn't know if I'd ever be able to have a child and now I have four. FOUR. Let that sink in. Does that make me sound old or what?!? When I heard Aiden, Isabella, and Connor's preschool was going to have a field trip to the pumpkin patch, I booked my sub before I finished reading the flyer. There wasn't even a slight chance I was going to miss that! Because Mr. Howard couldn't come with me, I enlisted the help of my brother. I was so thankful he could come with us to help!
Mr. Howard's mom had planned on making pumpkin shirts for the kids, so I asked if she'd get them to me before their field trip and boy-oh-boy were they cute!! You can order your own pumpkin shirts by Grandma N Ellie Handmade Clothing too. They make the perfect fall shirt and I'm going to have the kids wear them all the way until Thanksgiving too!

The field trip was at Bishops Pumpkin Patch and my favorite thing about it is how much they have for the kids to do! They had this adorable pumpkin cart that Aiden and Izzy could get in and steer.
Isabella thought it was hilarious that she had a wrist band on her arm and played with her "pretty jewelry" the whole time we were there.
Connor was SO SO excited to have Uncle Colin on his field trip. His excitement rivaled my "Holy Moly. Remember this moment. You're chaperoning your kids' first field trip!" moment.
The moments on my mental "must remember" list:

Pumpkin patch giggles and smiles with my oldest.
Pumpkin patch cuddles with my youngests.
Pumpkin patch running and playing.
Pre-hay ride jitters with preschool friends.
And during hay ride excitement.
Little Sister/Big Brother photo ops while little brother runs in the hay in the background.
Family photos on the back of the hay ride trailer.
Sharing the experience with my own brother.
Watching my own little brother with my littlest son on the train through the pumpkin patch.
Post train ride tantrums and "I don't want to get off the train" sadness.
Songs sung in front of all the parents in Spanish and English.
Laughter. Lots of it.
And, most importantly, overwhelming feelings of being truly, TRULY blessed. 

8 comments:

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So cute!! Love it all!

Mrs. Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Mandy! I've been thinking of you! Hoping your new work/mama balance is getting easier to manage!!

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Ahhh memories last a life time. Love watching my family create their own memories.

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Love you, Mom!

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Love the kids shirts!!

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Thanks Amy!!

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Call me silly, but I love how excited you are to share the moment with your brother. :-) I love adult sibling relationships!

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Oh me too!! I love having him closer so that I can have a relationship with him again!!

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