This little babe started preschool last week. She's been dreaming of it as long as she can remember––watching her brother get ready in the mornings and head to the bus stop. It's a big milestone and quite a change, yet she loves it and misses us all in one excited and emotional bound. She shows us all her crafts (chalk art and making slime have been on the top of her list) each day and is learning that autonomy is something to be proud of. She has dressed up like a scientist, has captured a caterpillar to then set a butterfly free, and made wonderful friends in both teachers and classmates.

She'll say, "I'm too sad. I just miss you so much," and then beg for us to take her on off-days. Her heart is big and joyful and hopeful and we're proud of her strength and who she is becoming––as wild and strong-willed as that may be.   

We're setting our own butterfly a little free, one step at a time. And, she's doing fabulously.

Easter weekend

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! This was our busiest in years. Friday evening we saw friends and had our annual dinner and egg hunt for the kids. Then, my nephew's birthday bash was Saturday, so we made a double event out of it and spent the night with family, waking up on Easter morning with them (P.S. My sister makes the best over easy eggs). We trekked home from Baltimore on Sunday to find that the Easter bunny left goodies (more goodies . . .) at our house. We just kind of enjoy this holiday's fun and mention the Easter bunny here or there. Elspeth went to bed saying, "I want to say thank you to the Easter bunny," and I had to tell her we could write him/her a letter before she would agree to go to sleep. And, for dinner and more family fun, we saw my parents Sunday evening. 

I baked a ton, dyed eggs, and just enjoyed an overflowing weekend of goodness.
Lots of love to all!