Labor Day Weekend

My favorite 3 people in the entire world!
“This is my friend.”

I can never understand why it is that summer tends to fly by so quickly. Then again, Motherhood as taught me that all time– whether it be July or January…flies. At least from when I gage my children’s growth— they simply grow too quick. With that being said, there IS something about summer’time‘ in Minnesota. Perhaps, it is because we all know what is in store for us in the the months ahead? So we best embrace the good while the good is here!

When school is in session, we really don’t have the flexible time schedule that summer offers. I’ll miss waking up and thinking, “What shall I do with the boys today? What adventure awaits us?” I suppose I can still do that, but it will have to wait until 11:40am, as they are in school five days a week… then the rush of lunch, naps, getting dinner prepared, clean-up, daily rituals, bedtime- you get the picture.

This year, we will have two preschoolers in the house! Tiger moved up from the Toddler Community and is all grins and giggles about his “big” move up to the Casa. Nishad will be completing his last year of pre-school, and while he will still be in the same classroom with the same teacher the following year– it will be his “official” Kindergarten year. Each kiddo will spend a total of 4 years in the Casa. We are THRILLED they each are fortunate enough to be in the same classroom and have the same teacher for the duration of their Montessori education. After all, that’s part of the Montessori core that we love so much! It allows the teacher to really get to know the student inside out– and they form a special bond over the years. The next transition for them will occur when it is time to go to 1st grade.

So, what to do if you are 2 and 4, soon to be going back to school? COMO ZOO with a side of COMO TOWN, of course! For the boys…it was exciting and adventurous. For Ashish and I, it was a time to reflect over the last year…all the boys have grown– the joy they have added to our lives (one can not even begin to measure!!).

This was the 1st time Tiger went on the Swings. He LOVED them! He already named the fish in his new classroom, “BIG FISH,” and is looking forward to cleaning the windows on Tuesday in addition to baking blueberry muffins.

Happy, Happy, Happy Nishad! He’s looking forward to being the eldest in his class this year, working on moveable alphabet and seeing his friends!

My babies on the swings together for the 1st time.

Spring in Feb

Seriously…who couldn’t use a little “Spring” in the middle of winter? Tiger and I feasted with our eyes upon the vibrant colors! The air was fragrant with the sweetest of lilies and azaleas. It gave me a sense of hope that Spring…new beginnings…was soon on it’s way. Well, at least in another 4 months for those of us that live in Minnesota. If only there were 6 weeks of winter left! Mr. Groundhog, perhaps that is true for the rest of the country. However, it’s not true here. It’s not that it’s been a particularly cold winter, but it’s been a long winter. Our first snow was October 13th. Things can always be worse- and as I’ve learned, much, much colder. So, I shall remove myself from my soap box. What a great treat the Como Conservatory blesses us with! Tiger and I enjoyed some one-on-one time here today for lunch, a visit to the animals and lots of hugs and kisses!

A fairy landed just in time for me to snap a picture.

A little curtsy before the Queen.

Tigers, Zebras and Photogs!

I packed up the kids and headed to pick up our friend after she got off work today at 1PM. Our mission was to explore with our cameras with the boys in tow at Como. I wasn’t too sure how they would do, being that normally, they are napping by then. Nishad was a little confused when we pulled up to his school. ha,ha. I think he thought vacation was over!

The boys were such troopers! And, occasionally, they even were our little models. (Of course!) My favorite shoots came from the most colorful flamingos- YES! Flamingo’s in Minnesota…

Summer Vacation!

Animals, rides, flowers and a picnic lunch…what better way to kick off summer vacation?! I am ecstatic to have my baby, Nishad, back in the mornings with me!

Nishad and Tiger loved seeing the lions and bunders so close- and outside! We even ran into Nishad’s best friend, Joseph! Joseph and Nishad were just destine to be pals.

After a perfect day at Como, we took a long bike ride when Daddy got home. Nishad lasted the first 2 miles before joining Tiger in the trailer. Ashish rode home while carrying Nishad’s bike. YAY FOR DADDY!! 🙂