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I want to dedicate this blog to my son, to all the kids facing new challenges, to the parents of those kids and to the amazing teachers. Today my son started preschool. It is a monumental milestone for us, considering my son has never been to daycare. For the past month I’ve been trying to prepare him for this day; explaining that he is a big boy, and will be going to school; that he will have nice teachers teaching him amazing things, and meeting and making new friends. All in all the first day went well. It was only one hour and the parents were asked to stay. He made himself quite at home, once he saw they had a play kitchen and a train table. Below are some pictures of this emotional and inspiring day.
I tried really hard not to cry ( I really did), but once I gave him a hug it was all over. I’m so proud of my little guy. He is so brave to try something new, which leads me to the title of this blog: what I learned. What I’ve learned over the past few weeks is that our children are far braver than we give them credit for. We are constantly putting them into new and unfamiliar situations and expecting them to adjust. Last week, my son had his first dentist appointment. Most of us hate going to the dentist and dread every minute of it, yet we ask our children to do it. Aiden did great. The Tooth Fairy cleaned his teeth, which helped put him at ease, plus she had a really cool magic wand 🙂 Next week will mark a week full of firsts: Aiden’s first gymnastics, music and dance class without Mama participating. Not to mention his first 2.5 hrs of preschool without Mama. I realized thinking of this week how we really don’t give our kids enough credit for their bravery. Every day we ask them to try something new and yet do we? They are uninhibited and lack fear, whereas us adults, not so much. When faced with a new situation or environment, we weigh all the pros and cons and think about everything that could go wrong. Our kids don’t do that, they just jump in head first and exceed our expectations.
My son Aiden is one of the bravest people I know. He tried the roller coaster this weekend at the PNE, without any hesitation. After one turn, he realized it wasn’t for him, but he still tried it. That’s more than I can say for most adults. He has taught me to laugh more, love more, to be more silly and to live life more. He lives his life moment to moment, not thinking of the past or fearing the future, but living in the present. So I thank you my dear, sweet Aiden for teaching me how to be brave and how to be more carefree like you. You inspire me every day to be a better person, mom, wife and friend. As I am writing this, I am overcome with emotion. I never thought I could love someone as much or be as proud of someone, as much as I am of you. I hope someday you will read this and realize how proud of you we are.
As a thank you for being such a brave little boy, this Mama spoiled him with his favorite treats: french fries, ice cream and hot chocolate.
Everyone should be treated and recognized for trying something new and going out of their comfort zone. I think if we did, more people would do it!!! So take some time to thank your little person for being brave and trying new things; to cherish them and try to be more fearless like them.
Now that the tears have dried onto my fashion tip: fall jackets. Living here in the lower Mainland we can pretty much get away with wearing fall jackets almost all Winter. December and January are usually the exceptions. The biggest trends for fall are boyfriend blazers (which I have already done), structured jackets, trench coats, leather coats, jean jackets, military inspired jackets, and a Herringbone/Houndstooth jacket. What I love about each and everyone of these jackets is that they can dress up jeans and a t-shirt, or a turtleneck with skinny jeans. Below are pictures of different great jackets for the fall.
You can’t go wrong with a structure jacket. I love my brown cord jacket and my Little Red Riding hood jacket.
Trench Coats: you can try basic black, your classic trench or one with some color.
The biker look is very “in” for fall, especially when it comes to leather jackets.
A great denim jacket can go a long way. I’ve had mine for 7 years and recently rediscovered it. I love it. It’s a great layering piece, especially over a cardigan or sweater for the fall.
Military inspired jackets have been around for a while now. I’m wearing one that I would describe as a feminine inspired military jacket.
Herringbone and Houndstooth are very popular for fall. This is a great one from H & M for a fabulous price $49.95.
May this blog inspire you to recognize how courageous our children are, let them know how proud of them you are, to try something new and to find a fall jacket that you will love.
Happy Thursday Everyone!!!! :
Have a wonderful weekend 🙂