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kindergarten graduation

by @according2kelly on June 17, 2011

dear gavin,

congratulations! as of this week you are officially a kindergarten graduate – a concept i’m still trying to wrap my brain around. it seems like just yesterday i was saying goodbye to you on your first day of preschool. & it’s nearly impossible for me to fathom the fact that it’s been six years since you were a newborn. yet, here you are – practically grown up!

someone much smarter than i, a mr. robert fulghum, once proclaimed that “most of what i really need to know, about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, i learned in kindergarten.” & i have to say, i most definitely agree…

“share everything. play fair. don’t hit people. put things back where you found them. clean up your own mess. don’t take things that aren’t yours. say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. wash your hands before you eat. flush. warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. take a nap every afternoon. when you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. be aware of wonder. remember the little seed in the styrofoam cup: the roots go down & the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. goldfish & hamsters & white mice and even the little seed in the styrofoam cup – they all die. so do we. and then, remember the dick-and-jane books, and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.

everything you need to know is in there somewhere. the golden rule & love & basic sanitation. ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

take any of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm.

think what a better world it would be if all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon & then lay down with
our blankies for a nap. or if all governments had a basic policy to always put thing back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

and it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands & stick together.”

everyone has told me “they grow up so fast.” but it’s the truth. but especially this past year –  i have watched you grow, learn & change, right before my very eyes. you’ve learned your a,b,c’s & 1, 2, 3’s. you can write simple sentences & even read. although, at the “core” you’re still the same, sweet little boy i brought home in my arms six years ago. green is currently your favorite color. legos & video games are your newest passion, although riding your bike is your favorite way to spend the afternoon. & somehow you manage to charm everyone you meet. parents & teachers alike have told me that you are “secretly” their favorite.

congratulations on this huge accomplishment, and always remember…

xoxo, mom


{almost} wordless wednesday: toothless

by @according2kelly on June 8, 2011

technically speaking, it’s not the first tooth gavin has lost. he knocked out two of his bottom teeth, earlier this year. (oy vey!) so, we’ve already had a visit (or two) from the tooth fairy. but, this is the first tooth that he has pulled out – all by himself. he wiggled & jiggled, twisted & turned, until that baby popped right out. unfortunately the tooth fairy was too busy to make it too our house that night! luckily, she has 72 hours to collect.


(almost) wordless wednesday: playing with slime

by @according2kelly on June 9, 2010

we recently spent an amazing, not to mention sticky, icky & often times gross, morning at one of our favorite children’s museums, the discovery science museum. we explored the latest and greatest exhibit (at least according to my boys) to come to town, grossology: the (impolite) science of the human body. after learning “the good, the bad and the downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and so much more” my boys could hardly contain their excitement when they realized that we would be making our own slime to take home with us… you can only imagine the number of hours of entertainment the slime has provided.

to make your own slime you will need:

ziploc sandwich bags, 4% polyvinyl alcohol solution, saturated borax solution, food coloring & paper towels.


1. pour about 20 ml of polyvinyl alcohol solution into a ziploc bag, add a drop of food color and mix well by gently squeezing the bag.

2. add 5ml borax solution. seal the bag and mix it by gently squeezing the bag.

* if your slime is watery, add more of the polyvinyl alcohol solution to thicken.

linked up with: today’s creative blog get your craft on tuesday


wordless wednesday: el capitan

by @according2kelly on February 3, 2010

for more wordless wednesday’s go HERE.

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ready to learn, to get some knowledge.

by @according2kelly on August 27, 2009

it’s that time of year again. i can’t believe it’s been an entire year since i wrote you THIS letter, it still echoes the sentiments i’m feeling at this exact moment, to a T. you may have graduated to 3 days a week & seemed to have adjusted well, but i’m secretly wishing you’d rather stay home & play with me. i guess that’s the hard part about being a mom… you always feel a bit “left behind.”


like father, like son.

by @according2kelly on August 19, 2009

child sized helmet: $24.99
trail-a-bike: $230
spending time with dad: priceless


waxing philosophical.

by @according2kelly on August 12, 2009

i guess gavin does listen to me, at least occasionally.


what my boys do, when i’m feeding the baby.

by @according2kelly on July 20, 2009