For those of you with older kids, this is all routine and old news to you. But to others with their first kid, like myself, starting (pre)school in the fall, I thought it would be fun to put together a small list of some back to school essentials! Obviously in preschool they don’t need much of anything, but here are some fun idea’s of a few things they might need.
A BACKPACK! Of course. I try to steer clear of character anything (sorry, Saylor!), but I love these animal SkipHop Backpacks from Target. One thing that Saylor’s teacher told me, and I wouldn’t have even thought about it, was to send them with a full sized backpack, or at least big enough for papers to fit in it. Littles can get frustrated with trying to cram everything in there.
2. NEW OUTFIT…duh! This is the best part. Gap has a ton of cute stuff right now, and they always have good sales.
3. WATER BOTTLE…spill proof, of course. Contigo is always my go to brand.
What are some little things you would throw into their backpacks? Crayons, hand sanitizer, small pack of wipes? I’ve been told a change of clothes is key, as well as a few pull up’s even if they tell you no! I have yet to potty train Saylor because of all the traveling we have been doing, and I’m feeling the pressure of this because she will start school as soon as we get back to Utah…UGHHHHH. I’ve also read that a small family picture can help with the loneliness and sadness in the beginning.
Say will be in school only a few days a week for a few hours, but I am excited for her! She is going to have so much fun. I love Utah for many reasons, and there being SO MANY kids is one of them. Endless things for her to do, and us to do as a family. Other places, like CA, it can be a struggle to find things to do with and for kids, but not in Utah.
…that I never want to forget. We spent the afternoon outside at Grandma’s house, Saylor playing in her little pink plastic pool. It’s a warm day, there are lots of bugs, the neighbor has a huge great dane puppy that keeps coming over and scaring Say (lol), but we are together and that’s all I care about lately. Troy’s job has taken him away from us a lot this summer, and it’s hard not to get upset and annoyed about it. The summer is almost over, THANK GOODNESS, so we are all trying to be positive and just pound out these last few weeks! Props to all of those who do summer sales, it is not for the faint of heart!
Are there any photographers out there? How come my pictures have a gray cast to them? Any advice on how to get the color more vibrant? I use a 50mm lens. Thanks!
I can’t remember a time that I didn’t look forward to having kids. Growing up the question wasn’t whether or not I wanted kids, but how many. I realize now that that decision isn’t 100% up to me. Robyn has informed me that we are not having the 11 kids I wanted for a football team. Now that Saylor turned three earlier this week, I realized i couldn’t have had that many kids either and it’s for the simple reason of it would be too difficult. When I say “difficult” though, it may be a little different than what you are thinking, let me explain.
When you first find out that you and your significant other are expecting, it’s eye opening. In our case we were trying so we welcomed the news with excitement. Each week of pregnancy brought more and more excitement. Then friends and loved ones start to inform you how “you’re never going to sleep again”, “make sure you get your rest now” and of course “get ready for lots of poop”. Now while some of these things were difficult and tiring, it’s not even close to the most difficult part. Everyone tells you about the hard things but they forget to inform you about the things you soon won’t be able to control.
Delivery day comes and it goes exactly as planned for Robyn and Me. I was lucky enough to be there in the room as Saylor entered this world. What an amazing and beautiful experience that I will always treasure. We take Saylor home, celebrate her her month birthday, six month birthday, putting her paci in on her own, pulling herself up, her first step and then all of a sudden we are having her first birthday party. Time is flying. Saylor is growing up way too fast. Your professional parent friends with older kids have been telling you how each stage gets better and better. First it’s “just wait til they’re 6 months old”. Then it’s “just wait til she turns 1 then 2 then 3”. While your friends are telling you this, you are now a professional and telling your friends that are pregnant what they can expect. But during all of this, no one told me about what keeps me up at night, what makes me worry in the day and what I have found has been the most difficult part about being a parent.
It’s not the restless nights, the dirty diapers, the messes that you clean up 18 times a day. Those are all easy. It’s the unconditional love that you feel for your child. When I held Saylor for the first time my heart melted. When I saw Robyn go through birth and hold Saylor for the first time, my heart melted. A love over came me for two people that I had never felt before. Loving your child/children so much is the most difficult thing of being a father. You aren’t prepared for it. It makes you want to do everything possible to protect them. To keep them safe. To provide for them. To be a perfect example. You no longer want them to grow up, feel pain, feel scared. Realizing that you have very little control is difficult. It has been hard for me to know that Saylor will one day feel heartbreak, be scared, be hurt. I know she is in good hands though with Robyn and Myself. I know this is natural to feel this way but I only know that now because i’m a father and i’m so thankful for that knowledge. I’ll continue to take each step as it come and with open arms. Becoming a father is absolutely the second best thing that has ever happened in my life, right behind becoming a husband. Those two things will be #1 and #2 and will never be replaced. Sure, 11 kids would be great, but who wants to change that many diapers.
I know it’s been over a week since the 4th of July, but I had to share some pictures from a shoot Say and I did with a local photographer in Phoenix. We met Alex from @thirdavenuephoto (follow her on IG HERE) at Papago Park in Scottsdale at 6:30pm one night, and it was still 110 degrees.
It was pretty brutal, so we tried to make it as quick as possible. I was so glad Saylor cooperated for at least a solid 20 minutes so we could get some cute shots of her. By the end we were both looking like (literally) hot messes!
It was fun to get out and go somewhere I had never been before, and even though it was so hot, it was a beautiful evening! Who else thinks that red, white and blue can be year round? 🙂
I may sound repetitive bringing up Salis Skincare again, but I don’t care! When I find a good thing, I need to share it. And Laura has so generously allowed me to give away $75 shop credit to one lucky winner…see my IG on how to enter. Salis offers the best natural skincare products, and they have changed my skin. I went to see Laura back in February for a facial and all around skin consultation. She suggested I use her Lavender and Jasmine Scrub, Blackhead Removal Mask, take Mineral Support, and try and be aware of what foods I eat that may affect my skin.
At 27 years old my skin was by far the worst it had ever been. I struggled with major hormonal acne and was so self conscious. Laura changed my life! Skin (unfortunately) doesn’t change over night, it takes a long time to heal. The pictures below are about 4 months apart. I still could change so many things about my skin if I could, but I am SO HAPPY that it is 80% better than what it was just not that long ago. I feel so vulnerable sharing these pictures, but if I can help someone not be discouraged about their skin, than it is worth it 🙂
Here are some products that I have yet to try, but they are on my list!
Healing Spray Rose…rose water is all the rage right now so I’m definitely interested in giving this a try!
If you are in Utah, GO SEE LAURA! Trust me! Even if you don’t struggle with acne, treat yo’ self to a nice facial. It is nice just to get pampered. Comment on this post with what product you are interested in, or what you are looking for in skincare, for an extra entry (see my Instagram). I truly hope this helps someone and that everyone gives Salis Skincare a try!
“You are magnificent. You are doing terrifically well…” -Jeffrey R. Holland
I’ve been feeling a little sentimental and sappy and full of love lately, mostly for and because of my Saylor. After all, she made me a mother, she is literally my heart outside of my body. It is something that no one can explain in the right words, but I know I am not alone in this feeling. I look at her and I can cry because of how much I love her and how much I want and hope for her. Motherhood is scary and overwhelming. It’s all-consuming and can keep you up at night. Sometimes you feel that you can’t do anything right. Please know that you are doing everything right. You are everything your children want and need. It is worth it, and I hope that you know YOU are worth it.
I am so grateful I get to be with my little family after life here on Earth comes to an end. What a blessing having knowledge of the Plan of Salvation is. If you want to learn more of what I believe, take a few minutes and browse around www.lds.org 🙂 Happy Thursday!