Well, the time has come to move blogs. One day I plan to pick things back up here with their original intention, blog posts on teaching, but for now, that is just not where my passion for writing is, so a change was needed. If you have been reading this blog for some time you will realize, Olive Everly is the same blog you have taken time to read, but I just needed to have my blog "make sense" to me, so I hope you join me in my newest online venture. I am excited to embrace the mom blogger status, and I know that one day I'll come back to the place where my love for blogging began. But for now, I'm going to write my heart out about my daughter, and not feel guilty for never posting about my classroom anymore. I tried, it just didn't work anymore, but one day it will.
There are just those things that you always imagine doing once you become a mom. For some, it may be the first tea party, for others it may be a sporting event. For me, taking my child to Fairytale Town was one of "those moments". I had the amazing idea to take Everly to Fairytale Town on her first birthday. However, my child was born in November, and her birthday fell on a Tuesday, so the place was closed due to "winter hours". Sad face. However, something glorious happened, they were open on Veteran's Day, and our family had the day off together, so mommy dreams do come true! Here are some glimpses of our first trip of many I'm sure.
sorry, two parents with a camera = too many photos
We loved our visit. They have a few new additions to the town since I've been and we enjoyed all of the friendly animals, freshly painted characters, and next time, we will be taking on more of the slides! Even so, this place still has a very classic feel about it, and it was such a great way to spend the day.
Well, I will keep this short and sweet because I have family to get to, but today, I have to say goodbye to someone very special to my family, our Uncle Craig. His passing is sudden, and exactly the way he would have wanted it. He joked that his body was done here on Earth, and he was ready for what was next, but for those of us around him, we are not ready for him to be gone. Craig welcomed me into the family immediately, and he is the reason for this blog. When I first started teaching Craig would listen to hours of my stories from the classroom and always said that I should write them down, and one day, maybe write a book. Well, I took that advice and started this little blog. And as silly as it sounds, I love this thing. It has morphed recently from my profession into the greatest diary of my daughter, and I am so thankful that I have chosen to record my life in this way. So for now, we will allow ourselves to be sad, try to pick up the pieces from his passing, and remember what an amazing son, father, uncle, and friend he was to those around him.
I hope wherever your energy is now is as amazing as you hoped.
Last weekend we celebrated Everly's first birthday with friends and family. Besides the chilly wind that decided to also join the party [mind you, the day before was 78 and sunny], the day was perfect. We put on sweaters, bought a new outdoor heater, and enjoyed the day. Because I'm a working mom, and I knew I wanted to enjoy the party planning process, I think we literally started doing little projects in August. That would be my tip for success and enjoyment, start early, and allow yourself a week to decorate. And if it wasn't for our families, we would have never been able to pull off a party of almost forty! It was an all hands on deck situation to make sure we got everyone fed and happy - so thank you to all of Everly's grandmas, grandpas, great-grandparents, aunts, and great aunts that helped make the day possible! And because I am one insanely lucky mama, our friend Sarah and her family also joined us for the big day, and brought her camera. Enjoy...
Thank you again to everyone who helped us celebrate ONE! Everly is so lucky to have such amazing people in her life. She soaked up every minute of her birthday party and could not have had any more fun!