Coffee Date Friday

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Creative Counselor: Let's have a coffee date

Hey everyone! Fancy having coffee on a Thursday?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we recently took a trip to my alma mater and went to the most amazing gardens.  If you’re ever in Ames, Iowa with little kids, check out Reiman Gardens.  They’re amazing!

Albert and I kept taking pictures all around the gardens as they were full of backyard inspiration for us.  Our backyard is such a big project that we’ve kind of been paralyzed with indecision.  But I’ve always loved the boho/shabby chic look for a backyard ala Camille and Zeke’s backyard in Parenthood.  Totally going for that.  And how fun would it be to host a garden party with pretty mismatched china and picnic tables like this Reiman Gardens display?


And I may not be able to afford a high-end outdoor dining set, but I can afford some paint, so I’m on the lookout for sturdy wooden pieces that I can paint because I loved these:

They also had a butterfly house.  N was a little apprehensive but the boys loved it.  The main challenge was keeping Baby J from grabbing at the butterflies and trying to drink their water (ewww).

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that Baby J is getting really really verbal these days.  Not to mention ornery.  He’ll be two in a month and it shows!  He is very opinionated these days and is getting the words to go along with it.  And he’s so expressive!  The kid makes the  best faces, and the way he talks, he really thinks he’s having these elaborate conversations.  Once he has enough words to actually have conversations — watch out!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you how weird it seems that my first baby starts kindergarten in just two weeks!  J has picked out his backpack and next weekend (on Missouri’s back-to-school tax holiday) we’ll go and get his school supplies.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you what a good decision it was for us to hold J for a year.  People seem to be all over the place on that decision, but I am a firm believer that parents should do what’s best for their kid.  Sometimes that’s sending them and sometimes that’s holding them.  And most of the time, it has nothing to do with intelligence.  From an academic standpoint, J would have been fine starting school last year, but from a maturity standpoint he just wasn’t ready.  I know he would have struggled terribly from an emotional and maturity standpoint.  But this year I can just tell that he’s ready.  He’s so much more mature.  He’s so much better at controlling his emotions and temper and taking direction.  It may not have been the right decision for every kid, but it definitely was for ours.

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

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