three year old William

Well, this is it, folks.  The first William update that no longer includes “baby” in the title.  Though clearly he’ll always be my baby William, he’s most certainly a real, little boy now.  He continues to grow, thrive, learn, and develop on a daily basis.  There are many similarities between his two and a half year old update and today, but since it’s been six months, I’ll update you nevertheless.

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Toddler William at three years old:

Height & Weight: 37 inches and 32.2 pounds (50th percentile for both)

Eating: William eats close to the same thing on days he goes to school, so I try to include more variety into our dinners.  Here’s some of his favorites lately:

  • Breakfast: whole scrambled egg and banana with peanut butter; on days that aren’t school days, he also like french toast or pancakes
  • Lunch: sunflower seed butter and jelly sandwich, cheese stick, grapes, and apple slices
  • Dinner: chicken, turkey, spinach / kale balls, avocado, hamburger, etc.
  • Snacks: Trader Joe’s carrot apple pouch, strawberry bar, and yogurt

William continues to love meats and eats vegetables sparingly.  He is still sensitive to dairy, so besides a cheese stick and yogurt on school days, I really try to limit it.  We do Trader Joe’s macaroni and cheese on occasion, but I limit the amount of it he eats when he does have it.  William LOVES my mom’s or grandma’s matzo ball soup; he’ll even eat the carrots, too!

Sleeping (naps): When William naps with me, he naps for an hour; at school, he still naps for an hour and a half.

Sleeping (at night): I lay in William’s room while he falls asleep, and then he sleeps through the night. Typically he falls asleep around 8:00 pm and wakes up between 6 – 6:30 am.  Before daylights savings, he was sleeping until seven most mornings, but we’ve never gotten back to that.  Of course, there are evenings he goes to bed earlier or later depending on our schedule.

Clothing: Mostly 3T. He can still wear 2T shorts / pants, and his sleepers are either 3 or 4T.  His shoe size is a nine and a half wide.

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New this year: A lot of similarities with the two and a half year old post, but his language skills is probably the biggest change.  His vocabulary grows on a daily basis, he’s curious about everything, and remembers every word and experience. He’s literally a sponge and absorbs everything.  Something new this year is being able to spell his name!  He’s been able to sing his ABC’s for quite some time now, but we’re still working on identifying all the letters. He’s doing great with the letters in his name, and often asks what certain words start with.  William will help me “read” his favorite books.  We will switch off pages, and we’ve read them so many times that he’s able to recite them word for word.

William got a balance bike for his birthday.  Right now, it’s still inside which is good for when he falls off it.  We’ll take it outside once the weather is nicer on a more consistent basis.  We’ve been ice skating a few times, and William is still enrolled in soccer practice every week.  He loves to be active.

William likes: William loves anything relating to fire trucks, trains, tools, construction vehicles, soccer, baseball, books, pretend play, fishing, music, being outside, his cousins, his Yaya and Pops, and nursing.  (Yep, still going strong!) He loves playing in his kitchen, pretending to call his cousins, or playing doctor.

All of that was the same from his last update.  In addition, William loves directing his imaginative play.  Sometimes he’s the soccer coach and he tells me what to do, otherwise he makes up scenes for us to play out with his toys.  His imagination continues to amaze me!

William dislikes: We’ve definitely hit the threes that everyone talks about. While WIlliam is very easygoing (like his momma!), he does have strong opinions about things, particularly if he’s overly tired or hungry.  William thrives off of routine, so whenever we stray from that or I get him back after not having him for whatever length of time, there is a transition period that can be rough.  In general, he’s very easily distracted (when upset) and easy to calm and redirect.

William is my little man, my love, my pride and joy.

Alright mommas, what else am I in for during the threes?

a two year old that ice skates

Now that I’ve been back at school for almost a full week, I thought I would throw up a blog post with some of our spring break highlights.  It started off well and continued with many exciting outings, activities, and play dates!  I know I’ve been saying this since William was born, but this age he is right now is so awesome.  I’ll elaborate more in his three year old post which is coming up way too soon.  Mostly, he is able to do a lot more now, partake in different activities, and really get involved and stay engaged.  The weather in St. Louis was a little chilly, but we were still happy to soak up the sun as much as we could.

We had six different play dates throughout the week.  We had friends at our house and got to play at friends’ houses, as well.  William and his friends really play together now, as opposed to just playing next to each other (parallel play).  Of course, we spent lots of time with William’s best bud, Wolfie.

Just look at those studs.  William is a pro at driving thanks to Yaya and Pops.  And when I say “pro,” I mean I only had to run after him a few times to prevent the car from running into a curb or parked car.  They definitely enjoyed the ride.

I’ve always loved going out and about as opposed to staying home all the time.  However, if we’re going to stay at home, we love hosting play dates!  We had an all boy play date and dinner.

Buds!  The many other play dates were not very well documented.  It’s hard to get a picture of several toddlers together!  This one turned out great, if I do say so myself!  (There may have been some slight bribery of chocolate chip cookies, but hey whatever works!)

We played with my friend Diana’s daughter, Emily a few times, too.  They met us at a paint your own pottery place one morning.  Diana and I had high hopes of the kids really enjoying painting.  Well, William chose to paint a bulldozer and five minutes later he was “done.”  Errr… we stayed just long enough to cover the entire bulldozer with many vibrant colors.

He may not be a Picasso (yet), but at least he tried!

Sometimes I go stir crazy when we do spend a lot of time at home, but William was seriously so good over spring break.  And the few times that I may have felt frustrated with this fun toddler age (hello, trying to assert independence!), William would do something ridiculously sweet or give me the biggest, cutest grin.

Ever since my nephew Jacob had his eighth birthday party at the ice skating rink, I had been wanting to take William.  At Jacob’s party, there were some children who played ice hockey and were incredible skaters, and there were other kiddos who had never been on the ice before and had a very challenging time.  Because of this, I wanted to expose William to ice skating early, fully recognizing the fact that trying to take a two year old ice skating could be completely disastrous.  I was able to convince Julie to bring Wolf, too.

Honestly, I didn’t even think William would be able to walk in the ice skates because that is hard to do, let alone go out on the ice!  I carried him to the ice, set him down, and tightly gripped both of his hands.  The first lap around, I held on to his hands from behind, fully supporting him, while we shuffled along the ice.  That was hard to do since I had to remain bent over squating for the little guy.  William saw Wolf with a bucket, so of course he wanted one, too.  I thought that would be even harder since he’d have to keep himself up using the bucket as support.

I have never been so glad to be so wrong in my life!  I was SO impressed!  I think I told Julie one hundred different times while we were there how amazed I was at both the boys.  Not only were they staying up on their feet, they were skating, really ice skating!  Sure, they fell more than a few times, but they always got right back up!  A few more fun photos:

  1. Loving it!
  2. His legs cracked me up in this picture.
  3. Hanging out on top of the bucket.
  4. Having so much fun with Wolfie!

Kids are incredible beings!  They need to be exposed to all different things because you never know when or how they’ll excel!

Thanks to all of our spring break fun…

Little one was tuckered out by the end!

When’s the last time you went ice skating? 

beginning of spring break

One of the many, many perks of being a teacher is spring break.  Kids get so excited about their upcoming days off, but teachers do, too, possibly even more so!  William’s spring break coincides with mine this year which is perfect.  We’re just a few days in so far, and already, we’ve had lots of fun.  Let’s start off with a clean baby photo, because you know those black and white bath pictures are some of my favorites.  Even though he’s less than a month away from turning three (WAH!), and he really looks like it here, he’ll always be my baby.

So happy.  These days he’s more into showers than baths.  It’s not quite as easy to wash him this way, but as long as he wants to get clean, that’s one fight I’m not fighting.  Plus, it cracks me up because every time he’s in the shower, he makes different things for me.  Lately it’s been hot chocolate or macaroni and cheese.  That little one’s imagination is always running wild!

Friday was my first day off, so we didn’t have to rush to get to school.  William went to school for a couple of hours because they had their Purim celebration.  First, I worked out at home, and William joined in the warm up.  If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably saw the hilarious story of William doing jumping jacks and stretching.  Once he was at school, I went to Yoga Six for a Power Yoga class.

The class was tough, both physically and mentally, but it was just what I needed.  The next day I was incredibly sore, possibly from a combination of my morning at-home workout and yoga.  I certainly felt it!  I love feeling sore, especially in the beginning of a new workout routine, which hopefully this is what it is.

I met William at school for his Purim parade.  After, we headed home, ate lunch, napped, and played before going to Jacob and Audrey’s house.

I know I’ve said it before, but they sure are more like siblings than cousins.  They love like siblings and fight like siblings.  William and Audrey got into a little tiff, and Audrey pushed William.  It won’t be long before he’ll be the same size as her as he’s rapidly catching up, but Jacob immediately went after Audrey.  Big brother protecting the little one.  Once the situation was diffused, it did make Stephanie and I smile a bit… and become slightly worried for what the future brings when they all get bigger and stronger.

The beginning of spring break continued with a night out for me… which meant a nice, big coffee early the next morning for William’s soccer practice.

We’ve moved up a level in soccer.  For the last several months, William and I have done the parent – toddler class together.  Now, William is on the field by himself with me on the sidelines.  Some classes have gone better than others.  Sometimes all he wants to do is come with me and other times he’s very independent and a great listener.  He’s on the younger side of the group, so I think this will continue to improve if we stick with it.  It’s definitely hard not to quit and give up though.

The rest of Saturday went by quickly as I stayed very busy.  I ran errands, went grocery shopping, did laundry, even squeezed in a shower, all before picking up Diana for a “sprinkle” to welcome her second baby that’s on the way!

It was a surprise even though the kind host who took us to the room didn’t get that memo.  “You’re here for the private party?” he asked.  “Ummm yeah,” I quickly replied hoping Diana didn’t catch on.  Then, if that wasn’t enough, he added, “For the baby shower?”  Thanks, bud!  Diana caught on and was surprised anyway to see everyone.  Much to my dismay and like her first child, she refuses to find out what she’s having.  Guess we’ll all be surprised in the next month or so!

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Following the sprinkle, my friends Julie and Sara came over for a makeup party.

Another fun evening didn’t stop me from getting in my morning workout!

Best part about working out at home is definitely little man joining in and both of us rocking the jammies.  Although William definitely gets the win for that one.

On Sunday, we went to a birthday party at one of our favorite places, Miss Kelly’s!

Monkey man had fun swinging and running around.  We celebrated Leo’s third birthday who is also a fellow Paw Patrol lover, like William.  William made him a birthday card and meticulously put 100 different Paw Patrol stickers on it.  When we arrived at a party, a girl asked if she could take his gift and card.  She took the present, but William told her, “No, I want to give my card to Leo (We-o) and tell him about all my stickers!”  And he did!

Ended the weekend with a big family dinner at my parents’ house.  I’m always grateful to be surrounded by so much love…

….especially with this little guy – my favorite!

How was your weekend?

Check out my happy baby!

Today is March first which means… NEXT MONTH MY BABY TURNS THREE!  Where in the world is time going?  I thought I’d whip out a quick blog post with some updated pictures of my little man since it’s been over a month from last time I’ve shared any.  Someone actually commented to me, “Where are all your pictures of William? He’s growing up and there hasn’t been anything on your blog!”  Ha!  (For the record, I’m always posting pictures and stories on Instagram – follow me there at @itzlinz!) Here are some of my favorites from lately.  Check out my happy baby!

Seriously, the happiest!  The weather in St. Louis has been unseasonably warm this winter, but I’m not complaining.  We’ve spent so much time outdoors and have begun having “picnics” outside on our front porch for dinner.  In between bites of food, William fills up the watering can with rocks, jumps off the front step doing cannonballs into the swimming pool, makes campfires, and blasts off in pretend rocket ships.  William amazes me more and more everyday with his wild imagination and extensive language skills! #mombrag

Here he is in his perfect and adorable Valentine’s Day outfit:

Obviously, I was his #1 Valentine!  And he was mine.

While William is always on the go, this next photograph was captured during a brief moment of stillness:

Black and white photos are so classic.

William had his first dentist appointment!  He did GREAT!  We went to a pediatric dentist and the dental assistant and dentist were both phenomenal with William.  They made him feel comfortable, let him touch the instruments they were using, gave him the choice of toothpaste (he chose chocolate, yuck!), and only did as much as he would let them.

They were able to do a complete cleaning on his teeth, flossed, and x-rayed his top teeth (he became a bit too wiggly for the bottom).  The dentist said his teeth look wonderful, no signs of cavities, and to keep doing what we’re doing!  Great report!

And back to William being on the move, he loves running races.  During soccer practice, the coach always has the kids run races.  William and I constantly run races throughout our living room.  William tries to get his friends to run races.  Jacob and Audrey run races with him.  We take walks, and we run races.  We race, race, race all.the.time.  We take turns calling out, “On your mark!  Get set!  GO!”

Along with the weather this winter, we’ve also experienced some pretty magical skies and sunsets… even here in St. Louis!

And then there’s the little things in life, like lollipops.  Kids have such a pure innocence about them.  They find joy in seemingly small things, though to them, its pure bliss.  William’s best friend Wolfie came over last week and brought lollipops to share.  Sweet treats are just that for William; they’re treats enjoyed sparingly.  So when Wolfie showed William the bag of lollipops, William’s eyes got wide, his mouth opened, and drool began puddling from his lips.  Ok, not really the last part, but you see how excited he was about his lollipop:

Lollipops.  Happiness.  Love.  William.  Life!

Tell me something that’s making YOU happy!

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I know I’m biased, but…

William is the most beautiful baby (toddler) ever.  I’m his mom, of course I think that.  But I hear all the time how precious is curls are and how his dark eyes (like his momma) could melt anyone.  Really, this is just a lighthearted post to highlight my gorgeous little one from January 2017.  He’s growing up so quickly, but forever my baby he’ll always be.

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Ain’t that the truth?  Especially on Mondays!

There are those crazy curls!  They need to be tamed on a daily basis, and I probably do his hair more than most girls, but I wouldn’t trade them for the world!  Or those eyes.  Or that smile.

William loves living in sweats, just like his momma.  So on the rare occasion I get “real” clothes on him, you better believe I’m busting out my camera!

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I just want to squeeze those cheekies!  And that big ol’ curl sticking out from his beanie. There’s something so beautiful about black and white photos; I’ve always loved them.  The closeup of his face confirms that he is certainly a little boy, baby no more.  My little boy, where oh where is the time going?

Friday favs

Today is my first day back to work after a nice long winter break.  [cue all the tears]  But let’s focus on the positive, as I try so hard to do, and check out some things I’m loving lately in a Friday favs post – something I haven’t done in way too long.

I finally, finally hopped on the Snapchat bandwagon.  (I’m itz.linz if you want to add me!)  I don’t think I’ve ever posted a story (is that what they’re called??), but I am having fun playing with the filters.  My five year old niece Audrey taught me how to use them.  I’m still way more of an Instagram fan, but the Snapchat filters definitely provide a good source of entertainment.

Not to mention the “pretty” filters when you’re feeling a bit blah.  I imagine it’s only a matter of time before Instagram comes up with something similar.

I tried one of Jamba Juice’s seasonal flavors, berry berry chocolate.  It’s a total WIN!  Definitely my favorite flavor.  And better yet, I’m hosting a giveaway on Instagram – five $10 gift cards are being given away for the New Year!

Speaking of the New Year, I did a power flow yoga class three days in a row at Yoga Six.  Some of you may remember when I used to do bikram on a regular basis (pre-William).  I miss it, but am definitely not in good enough shape to attempt that right now.  Power flow is awesome because it’s in a heated room and the class is an hour (as opposed to 90 minutes like bikram).  I get in a good stretch, a great workout, and an awesome sweat.  Plus, some time to get out of my own head and focus on my breath and body, something I have trouble doing in my home.

With school back in session, I’ll have time to go just once a week, but that’s better than nothing!  I bought a ten class package to ensure I actually do keep going.  Financial accountability!  I’m still working on getting back into / finding a new workout routine, but this was definitely a good week for me.

I was sent some argan oil from Actually Organic.

My hair tends to be dry and frizzy, so I do use a serum of some type in it. The argan oil provides moisture and smooths down flyaways.  A little bit goes a long way, so this little bottle has been lasting awhile.  The first couple of times I used it, I used too much and my hair was a little too oily.  Lesson learned.  A drop or two is all you need! You can use it on your skin, as well, though I prefer my hair.

I have so many adorable photos to share of William with his friends from the past month.  However, this one with his bestie, Wolf, takes the cake.  They’re so sweet.

And if you could have heard them.  Wolfie kept saying, “I love you, illy-yum!”

William and I have had a lot of fun over break together.  He’s just the silliest little thing and continues to amaze me on a daily basis.  We were playing with a Chanukah present and I asked him to smile for a picture.

That lightbox is like the one I just posted about from UncommonGoods.  It’s been fun to come up with different messages.

Yes, this is the third time I’ve blogged this week; you better believe it!  I’d like to get back into a blogging schedule.  While I probably won’t do Monday-Friday like I did my first few years, maybe Monday / Wednesday / Friday is more manageable.  We shall see.

What are your favorites from the week?

Chanukah 2016

With 2016 officially in the books, I knew I needed to get my Chanukah 2016 post up!  If for no other reason, because I love looking back on old blog posts from special occasions.  I know blogging has not been consistent these days, that’s a whole different issue, but really it’s for good reasons. I’ve been enjoying life, out of routine, and blogging simply has not been a priority.  I thought I’d try to catch up on life in a few different posts as to not do one huge photo dump of the last month.  So today, Chanukah 2016!  While I have many more pictures from Chanukah, these are specifically the menorah photos, since nothing says Chaunkah like a brightly lit menorah and smiling faces!

William will be three in April, so this is the first Chaunkah he started to understand how it worked.  After the first snow in St. Louis, before Chanukah began, I took him outside to show him the snow in the morning.  “It’s Chanukah?” he asked.  It’s funny how people always associate Christmas with snow, but my little Jewish boy equated Chanukah with snow.  Then, when the snow melted, still before Chanukah began, he questioned, “How will we have Chanukah if there’s no snow?”  The associations he makes and questions he asks continue to amaze me.

William celebrated Chanukah at his school where they played games, ate snacks, and made their own menorahs.

The first night of Chanukah may have been celebrated in the morning because both William and I were too excited to wait for the evening.  We lit the menorah first thing after breakfast and I gave William his first gift.

William is really into playing games right now, so I gave him a new game (Pop Up Pirate), and it provided a lot of entertainment for the day.  His imagination is running wild these days.  We played the game, but then he took the pirate and the barrel and turned it into a ship.  Then, we drew pictures of our own pirate ship and he made the game pirate hop in.

The second night of Chanukah was a big family get together at my cousins’ house.  They host a beautiful Chanukah dinner every year with my mom’s side of the family.  The cousins play, the adults visit, and many menorahs are lit.

My parents had our immediate family over for Chanukah.  I say it over and over again, but it’s still true.  William is so close with his cousins Jacob, Audrey, and Jackson.  I hope that bond is always there.  Yaya and Pops sure instilled love in our family!

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And now the kids picture:

The following night, William and I went over to Stephanie’s house.  Audrey was so kind in letting William help her with her menorah.  She was cracking up when he went out of order in putting in the candles.  She so gently held his hand while they lit the candles together.

Another night, just William and I spent Chanukah with my mom.  I love our big family, but some quality one on one time is definitely nice, too.

At William’s school, they made menorahs and wrapped them up as gifts which was sweet.

It’s funny because even prior to seeing it, I helped William make handprint menorahs for a Chanukah card for his great-grandparents.  I’m pretty sure there is a handprint craft for every single holiday out there.

The last night of Chanukah fell on New Year’s Eve.  We, of course, spent it with Jacob and Audrey.  Bright lights and a glittery gold background!

I love that Chanukah traditions are beginning with William, and he is starting to appreciate the importance of the holiday.  With our hearts full, Chanukah 2016 (and all of 2016 actually) is officially over!  We have many memories to look back on and celebrate.

How were your holidays?

Thanksgiving 2016

I thought maybe, just maybe, I had better get up my Thanksgiving 2016 post before Chanukah rolled around.  And with as fast as time is flying these days, Chanukah is going to be here any minute!  Thanksgiving break was a wonderful one, as it always is.  The days off work were nice, and the entire break actually felt like a break instead of each day zipping by.  William and I spent a lot of time with family and friends, yet enjoyed much down time together, too.

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My little boy looked so handsome on Thanksgiving!  Many times William wears Jacob’s hand-me-downs as he was quite the stylish dude, but I’m proud to say William’s outfit was all my doing.  (Even my sister was impressed!)  I bought his shirt and bow tie as a set and got him the cutest Toms boots, all from Nordstrom Rack online.

Just check him out:

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And Jacob and Audrey are obviously adorable, as well.  Don’t they look like siblings here?  They were just missing their other cousin Jackson!

My parents hosted Thanksgiving 2016, as they always do.  With *just* (ha!) 24 people this year, the crowd was smaller than their usual thirty-something.

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However, the company was just as nice, the laughter just as loud, the love just as strong, and the food just as delicious.  Spending holidays with family and friends is the best and Thanksgiving is such a lovely reminder of just that.

My mom did a beautiful job setting the table:

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There was enough food to serve an army, quite literally.  We all ate leftovers for the following week.  I’d say I was sick of it, but I don’t think I could ever get sick of my mom’s stuffing.

My family has a strong bond, one that can / will never be broken.  We genuinely enjoy spending time together, and if you’ve ever been to a “Williams” event, you’d know why.  Holidays are just another occasion that confirms the everlasting bond my parents instilled in us at such an early age, and a joyous time that celebrates everyone’s good health and happiness.  I can only hope, pray, and do my best that William grows up with that same type of closeness and love.  Right now, I’d say he is. 🙂

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I hope you, too, had a fabulous Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

Fun Facts Friday

Oh hey there!  Let’s talk today and we’ll call it Fun Facts Friday, but what it really means is a list of random things I have to tell you about from the past week or so.  I miss blogging about my everyday life.  I know I’ve said it for the past six months or whatever, but I’d really like to find a routine in blogging again.  We’ll see what happens.  For now, here’s some Fun Facts Friday.

1.  I LOVE Instagram stories!  Like seriously love them.  I never got on Snapchat because I didn’t understand the point of posting a quick clip that would be deleted soon after, but now I get it.  And I love it.  It’s like a little glimpse into people’s lives.  One of yesterday’s story included William talking to the guinea pigs at his school.  “Guinea pigs!  Guinea pigs!  Guinea pigs, drink water!”  Follow me at @itzlinz!

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2.  This whole getting dark at five o’clock in the evening thing is not cool.  It always feels so much later than it really is.  And cold weather?  Ugh.  Give me summer back.  William had been sleeping amazingly.  Most mornings until 6:30, sometimes 7, which is crazy late for him.  Since the time change, he’s been up at six.  It’s still great considering where we started, but I liked the later time.  Last weekend, we napped together which is a rarity these days.  I cherished the snuggles.

3.  Four out of the five work days this week I woke up at 5:00 a.m. and got in a 30 minute workout!  I have not worked out in the morning during the school year consistently since William has been born.  If you read my blog prior to baby, you know I always used to get up at five and go to the gym before work.  I loved that routine and felt great the rest of the day.  It’s no secret that I’ve struggled to find a workout routine these last two and a half years of being a momma.  I kind of found one in the summer, got back in halfway decent shape, and lost it all once the school year began.  Let’s hope I’m on to something.

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4.  Sweet cousins.  My siblings and I are all very close, so it’s no surprise our kids are, too.  Stephanie tried posing them like when they were babies.  You should have seen those Instagram stories!  Silly babes.

5.  We’ve had  a surplus of candy at school these last couple of weeks and I’ve eaten my weight in Almond Joys and Reese’s.  I’m done.  Take it away.  Maybe #3 has something to do with this one.  Errrr…

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6.  These two are basically brother and sister.

7.  It was a three day school week for us due to the election.  Teachers were contracted for all five.  One day was spent working on progress reports and the other day we had district development.

8.  Dr. Manny Scott was the speaker for my school district.  He is an original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the movie Freedom Writers.  He was an unbelievable presenter with a very inspiring story.  As an educator, I love my job and my students, but I did feel refreshed and was reminded of my purpose after hearing him speak.

 

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9.  Yes, of course I voted.  And of course I posted my obligatory “I voted” photo.  End of story.

10.  Are you still with me here?  I think this is the longest and most random post I’ve written in six months.  If you’ve made it this far, THANK YOU! 🙂

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Be the best version of yourself.  This means be kind to others.  If you want to make a change in the world, do so by example.  Do it because there are little bodies, young minds, open eyes, attentive ears, and tender hearts everywhere who are watching, listening, and following.  

What’s been going on with you? Share some Fun Facts Friday with me!

Happy Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween 2016!  This year for Halloween, little man William is…

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Mickey Mouse!  Thanks to cousin Jacob for passing down his costume from when he was two years old.  William loves Mickey, so it sure worked out perfectly.  This photo was when William was at Jacob and Audrey’s house trying on his costume.  More photos will be posted on Instagram (@itzlinz) throughout the day / evening.  When William puts on his costume now, he says, “Fat belly!”  Thank you, Jacob and Audrey for that one.

This is William’s third Halloween.  Last year, in 2015, William was Thomas the Train.

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He’s grown SO MUCH in the last year!  This year he actually “gets” Halloween.  Well, more than last year anyway.  He understands the fact that people dress up and wear costumes and that candy is involved.

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Let’s do one more flashback photo from William’s very first Halloween in 2014 when he was six months old and an obligatory pumpkin.

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Me oh my, he is growing up!

I hope everyone has a very happy (and safe!) Halloween this year!

What are you / your kids dressing up as this year?