I am a bundle of nerves this morning. Every year, we walk our children to school on the first day and every year I am a nervous wreck. Both of my children adore school but as a parent you wonder how their first day is going. Do they like their teacher? Do they know anyone in their class. Ugh. The stress of this day does it to me every time. Thankful they get out early today so I don’t have to sweat it out too long! Monday Morning Wrap-Up is a bit all over the map but we sure did enjoy our last weekend of summer.
We contemplated hopping in the car and going away for the weekend but then quickly realized that there is a ton to do around here and that we would feel a bit more calm going into the school year if we were all well rested. Just before the weekend kicked off I took the kiddos down to San Juan Capistrano with no agenda. We explored, walked around and had a blast. They are always up for anything. Except having their photo taken as you can see here. Why just stand and smile when you can do this?! If you’re local this is a hidden gem. No pun intended.
We also fed the animals and this kind llama took to spitting on us. Good times for sure. The nice thing is that even after the spitting incident my brave son still fed this little buddy. I backed up. Far.
Did I mention we put a pool in? I wish. But this was the best $20 I have ever spent at Costco. My kids have been having a blast in this. They play American Ninja Warrior challenges and it’s pretty hilarious. It’s just enough of a fun distraction to allow them to cool off where I can see them and still get something done in the kitchen. It’s a win-win.
We took the kiddos out to dinner to kick off their new school year. If you are anywhere close to BLK Bugrz, the salmon salad is really great. I substitute feta cheese for blue cheese and it’s seriously scrumptious.
This rug! It’s going in our great room and it was a major HomeGoods score. It’s super soft and works great with our color palette. These sandals are still my favorite.
We were also able to sneak in some girl/boy time. On Saturday morning my daughter and I spent time with other moms and daughters doing a service project while the boys hiked by the beach. Our son is about to test for his black belt in TaeKwonDo and this hike was one of his last challenges.
I am really so proud of this boy. He will have worked for 3 1/2 years towards this goal and I truly admire his determination. And get this. We told him that after the belt ceremony he could choose absolutely anywhere to go out to eat and celebrate. Instead he wants to forgo a celebration and just wants his sister to join him in a class at TaeKwonDo. He wants her to experience it. Sigh. Listen, they argue and bicker with the best of them, but they really do have each others’ backs.
This has been all over the place so I thought I better at least end this wrap-up with some gorgeous inspiration. Lauren Liess is one of my all time favorite designers. She can do no wrong. This room! We are about to embark on a design with contrasting sofas so this is giving me inspiration and hope that it can be done. While ours won’t be in this color scheme, I sure do swoon over everything in this calming space.
And now I drink more coffee and anxiously wait for my babies to come home. Yes. Despite them being 8 and 10, they are still my babies.
If your children are starting school today I hope they have the best day ever.