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“Holly Antoinette”

It was a little tough to send Holly to school this year. We’ve only been in Spokane for 2 weeks and I feel like we know very little about the school. I was nervous! Holly was nervous! Imagine my relief when I picked her up at the end of the day, asked her how her day was and her response was an enthusiastic, “It was great! I had fun!” Phew! It all went well. She’s still our happy Holly. Here’s some photos of my big girl on her big day.

Can you see Greta making faces through the door window? Honestly! Greta is turning into such a class clown. She’s discovering she likes to make people laugh and does she ever make us laugh! Love these two sisters.

Greta starts preschool tomorrow!

We celebrated Holly’s 6th birthday this weekend. Six years old. That feels like the big leagues or something. It’s very grown up, very much passed the “toddler” and “preschooler” age. Holly is full of energy and a generally very happy child. She loves reading “Biscuit the dog” books. She loves playing with her sister - the intensity at which they play is impressive. Every day, Holly and Greta are thrilled to be together and they play with passion. It’s adorable and I’m in awe of their amazing sisterhood. Holly’s Holly! She a wonderful kid! It was a fun, busy weekend. We went to the San Francisco Zoo on Friday. It’s an okay zoo. The most recent zoo we’ve been to is the San Diego Zoo. If that’s the zoo that I hold as the standard, I think I’m going to be very disappointed every time we visit a zoo. It was fun and I’m glad we went. I don’t plan on visiting again. On Saturday evening we had a very small birthday party. And now it’s over. But the entitlement lives on.

Holly’s first lost tooth seems as good as any reason to start blogging again.

Being a mom is so fun! It was so exciting to first discover the loose tooth and then to have it come out. Throughout all of kindergarten, Holly watched her classmates wiggle their teeth and loose them and as any child can tell you, especially Greta, it’s agonizing to want to loose a tooth! One day Holly’s tooth became noticeably more loose. I still didn’t think it would come out, but she worked on it for a while until she pulled it out herself. I’m convinced that it was painful - there was a good amount of blood before it even came out. But Holly was determined to finally lose a tooth!

The night the tooth fairy came. As Conor and I tucked Greta more snuggly into bed, she woke up, disappointed that the tooth fairy had not come. Little did she know…

Holly’s not big on smiling with her teeth, but when I catch a glimpse of the hole in her smile, I think it’s completely adorable!

Holly celebrated the 100th day of school this week. This means we’re well over halfway through (about 80 days left of school) - bring on summer!

Holly loves school. She is always excited to go, she has never asked to stay home. She is so happy! She has lots of little friends and is doing really well. I started to teach her how to read this month - eek!

For her 100th day project, we counted out crayons and hot glued them to a canvas and then we melted them with a hair dryer. It was fun to make and we all felt really proud of it.

When I look at pictures of Holly from the first days of school, I see how much she’s grown up and changed. For one, her skin is no longer browned by the sun and her hair is longer and much less blonde. She looks older. I feel as though time has sped up even faster than it was moving before school started!

I’ve had the fabric to make this dress for a couple of months, or I thought I did. I didn’t realize the main fabric is a knit… I went to cut it out last month and I didn’t have the right fabric. Not really a big deal. I used a plain navy blue knit and a bunch of pieces from Leah Duncan’s Meadow collection. The pattern is Figgy’s Stellar Dress, and I cut it out in an 8/9 length, which was barely just right… Holly will need to wear leggings under it in about 1-2 months. Sewing with woven and knits combined really intimidated me, but the instructions were clear and I didn’t have any problems. I like that the dress has some personality and I liked using all the different prints. It seems to be a comfy dress for Holly - she was riding her bike and running around in it. I think it’s a success…

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