So for her 4th birthday (which was a few months ago but of course I am just now writing about it, because, damn, I took lots of pictures and had to edit them and also… LIFE), we partnered up with Micro Kickboard to do a scooter birthday party.
So I was sitting here sorting through and editing the photos I took for Melody Lane and a few other brands while in Minnesota last week, because this is the kind of relaxing, up at 1 am night I like to have. No really, I edit photos to relax, because at this point in my life, the only way I can relax is if I am actually doing something useful and productive that isn’t what I have time to do during work time.
So anyways, I was editing photos and thought “Hmmm, maybe I should post about these. It would only take me half an hour at most to write this up, the pics are ready. Why not?”
Some of you who follow me on IG might have noticed me mentioning Melody Lane a few times and I am sure you saw the announcement and I have finally found the time to talk about it and give you some background information on how it came to life and what it is. ( and a coupon just for my readers at the end)
You understand and use concepts and words like “dehydration” or “cumulonimbus.”
You make hilarious jokes and laugh at ours.
You are not shy at all. You will talk in lengths about everything on your mind with anyone who will listen. And will walk up to total stranger. Will actually seek people out to talk to.
You think it’s funny when someone farts. You use sarcasm in responding to us.
You have a love and hate relationship with homeschooling but will sit through 2 hours of it without complaining.
You are a rule follower. This makes you an absolutely perfect child. I am going to have to teach you how to break some rules when you’re older 😉
You eat pretty much everything we offer you, except for cooked peppers or spicy food.
Your favorite foods are so varied I would have trouble naming only one. You love fish, soups and vegetables.
Your favorite snack is edamame peas which you call “mommy peas” because that’s what you heard initially and you just always thought those were mommy peas
You still don’t eat meat and don’t consume dairy except for in ice cream and occasional kefir. You don’t seem to have any interest in cheese or cow’s milk.
Your favorite treat is ICE CREAM.
Anyone who comes in contact with you usually ends up saying the same thing about you ” Wow what a sweet little girl!” Because you are really really kind and sweet.
You are 43 inches exactly and have just graduated to a front facing seat, because you’ve reached Clek’s limits.
You are incredibly empathetic like you have always been.
Your personality, if described in a few words, is: extroverted, friendly, very sensitive, imaginative.
You still never throw tantrums, but instead pout and get sad which then has to be remedied by one of your favorite things: hugs, a treat, a talk.
You take everything to heart and very seriously. A few months ago we told you that there are certain foods that make you strong and others that make you weak and you have been making sure that you eat enough strong foods and will eat them with pleasure, proud of what you are doing. If you want a treat, you will always ask us to give you some “strong” foods first. Same goes for any other things we tell you or rules we set. It’s honestly an absolute pleasure to parent you.
You go to different classes: art, gymnastics, ballet, cooking, basketball, t-ball, soccer
You love going to the gym with me and exercising on the elliptical and the treadmill.
You strongly dislike being even slightly hot or very cold.
You prefer taking showers and can fully wash yourself
You’re becoming more and more self- sufficient and I can now use you as my fetch-it buddy 😉
You have a strong love for travel and change of environment and at the same time you love being home. You are just incredibly easy going.
So far in your 4 years you have visited: different parts of Florida, Mexico twice, Costa Rica, Tennessee, Minnesota, St Thomas, St Martin, California twice, Las Vegas twice and we are planning trips to Russia, Canada, Hawaii, more Mexico, Colorado and hopefully more exotic places as you get older. And you talk about all the places you’ve been ALL THE TIME.
Your favorite toy this whole year has been without a shadow of a doubt: Lego Friends sets. You play with 8-12 age group sets and are getting really good at assembling them yourself. (not completely capable, but that’s what you like to play with so we help you)
Your favorite books are still Dr Seuss and Cat in the Hat Learning Library, as well as any Mo Willems book.
You don’t watch shows or movies anymore, you sort of lost interest. Instead you use a lot of educational and school curriculum based apps and play strategic games, like Where is my Water? and Plants Vs Zombies.
You understand the most complicated concepts and hear and pick up on EVERYTHING, even when we think you’re not listening.
There are a million other things about you that make you who you are. But it is 2:45 am and you’ve been waking up every hour asking for me to come to bed. So I’ll do that now…
Interview with Lexi when she was 3.5 ( one at 4 years old coming up)
Some of you, who follow me on social media, might have noticed that for the last 6 months I have been working on a few projects. I am ready to officially announce the first one.
Together with a friend of mine, I started a new business, Melody Lane, a clothing store that is focused on making sure that women in all stages of their lives have access to comfortable, affordable and most importantly versatile clothing. (see below on details of a $500 giveaway!)
Pregnancy, motherhood, nursing, party, fitness, vacation, career, school – it’s amazing how many stages we go through as women that require a completely different wardrobe. So our goal is to offer clothing with versatility and affordability in mind. Items you could wear for several occasions and during several stages of your life. Clothing that is comfortable, yet still looks good, because I have to admit that since becoming a mother, comfort trumps looks, however I still want to look good.
If you ever want some eye candy, all you have to do is check out See Kai Run shoes. I am amazed every season at how they manage to come out with the cutest designs.
There is one particular type of shoe that I am most in love with. It’s a high top sneaker, and every season See Kai Run manages to do something amazing with the patterns. It’s the single most complimented shoe since day 1 (different seasons and styles). Every season it’s a different pattern, but same compliments. The most unique shoe in the history of kids footwear.
The reason I am writing this post, however, is to let you guys know three things:
This is a story… A story of how every person needs to escape sometimes. And how a group of bloggers, including myself, got a chance to do exactly that.
I will start the story with introductions. Some of you might be familiar with The MOMS network, and two power women behind it, Denise and Melissa. So these two ladies got a brilliant idea of putting together a group of blogger and together with AM Resorts going on a girls only ( except for our videographer Rafi) escape. A true Mom’s Escape.