(Originally posted 2.21.16)
Dear Baby Princesses,
I wanted to make sure I documented one of our favorite rituals.
The way our schedule is right now, I leave the house before anyone else is awake. So when you are on your way to school, Daddy calls me and we all talk for a few minutes. BP2 gets especially excited these days about telling me what everyone had for breakfast. And ever since BP1 was a baby, Daddy has done the same dialogue with you when pulling into school. Now the two of you can fully participate and often do the "asking." Here's how it goes:
Where are we?
We're at school!
What is school?
School is for fools!
What is (content here changes daily, but often includes Mommy, Daddy, BP1, BP2, various other family members, stop sign, school bus, teachers, teachers' cars) . . ?
TOO SCHOOL FOR COOL!!
BP1, I can't believe that next year you are going to be getting on the school bus and the ritual will be changing! But you are ready, and I know you're going to love going to "big kid school."
Time is speeding by. A little more than a week ago I came to school on February 12, which is when your classes were both celebrating Valentine's Day. I was the mystery reader in BP1's class! BP1, you were so thrilled and sat on my lap while I read three books. Later, you said to me "Mommy, I never thought you would be the mystery reader!" "Why not?" I asked. "Because you always have to work" you replied. So, that broke my heart a little - even though I know that you meant it as simple fact, and not a guilt trip. I have to believe that the way we are raising you is good overall, because it' the right thing for our family. But that doesn't mean I don't have moments of doubt. I do hope you know that you are and always will be more important than work. Maybe I just need to do a better job of showing you that's the case. In any case, I made it back to school in the afternoon for BP2's party as well, which was adorable. I know you would have been fine without me there, smallest princess, but you're quickly getting to the age where you'll actually notice whether or not I come to these things. Again, please know I always want to make my princesses the priority.
I just got back from an amazing trip to Puerto Rico with Aunt M and Aunt R to celebrate our 40th birthdays. Again I'm reminded of how friendships are some of the most important and influential relationships in our lives. I know you both have such big hearts and I hope you are fortunate enough to find friends who will give you the kind of love that you give to all of those around you. I missed you while I was away, of course, but I certainly was able to relax and enjoy vacation and I know the two of you loved your extra time with Daddy.
That's more or less it for the moment, sweet girls. You both continue to grow so fast. One recent moment I loved was during our bedtime routine. Usually, after book, the the two of you hug each other, then each of your parents. The other night, BP2, you wandered out of the room (towards your own, to get some water) without hugging me. You got as far as the doorway before turning around, coming back, wrapping your little arms around my neck and saying in your singsong voice "I forgot!" So cute. And BP1, here is one from you that's a little outdated but still one of my favorites: "I really love my hairbrush, Mommy. I named it Sara Bareilles."
Love you both so much. Hope you are enjoying your Sunday afternoon naps!