Neilan had his first day of First Grade today. Mommy just barely managed to hold it together but Neilan - noooo problem. Not even a backwards glance as we walked out of his new classroom. Joe and I on the other hand, not so easy. Honestly where did the time go? How did we get here so fast? It's amazing to us both, just like Neilan.
Tomorrow we're off to Blog Union 09!! I'm incredibly excited about meeting some of the families whose blogs I've followed. It's going to be three days of fun swimming in the hotel pool, playing in the sand at the lake shore, eating Chicago pizza and going to what looks to be an amazing Ethiopian dinner!! I really can't wait. The flight from LA to Chicago with two kiddos in tow - not so much. This will be Tessa's first flight since coming home almost a year ago. Yikes! Can you say Baby Benadryl!
Since I'm from the Chicago area we are spending an additional week and making this a big family vacation with lots of aunts, uncles, cousins and one wonderful grandma! On August 10th, Tessa will be celebrating her second - SECOND! - birthday in Chicago surround by family. While this makes me ridiculously happy even thinking about it I also know I will be trying pretty hard not to cry the whole time. Besides inherently being a big old sentimental goofball I just can't wrap my head around how fast this last year has flown by. On top of Tessa turning two on August 10th, on September 1st it will be one year to the day since we held our beautiful daughter in our arms for the very first time. One. Year. Truly where did the last 12 months go?!
I promise to post lots of photos from BU09 once we're back and share some of the Tessa birthday magic!!