New beginnings, endurance, and growth have filled this past year for our family.
JP surprised us with an early day! Olive was so excited! This NEVER happens.
I love that you can see her stamp from pre-school on her hand. She has been talking about the green monkey on her hand all week.
How could I not get a watercolor print of a floral-crowned buffalo? When I saw this print, I knew that it had to live above Olive’s bed so that she would always have Buffalo with her, especially after the days of hauling that stuffed animal around come to an end.
What a crazy year 2016 was for us. It was definitely the most rewarding yet challenging year for my family yet. We spent the first of 2016 traveling all over the place while JP continued to interview for residency, all the while I plugged away with my online classes and tended to Olive. Once we found out that we matched in New York, we took a trip out here to find housing. We fell in love with a home here in Rochester and found out two days later that everything went through! We spent the next couple of months preparing for JP’s graduation week and the BIG move. (We had no idea what we were in for.) Graduation in May came faster than we thought, and we spent a dreamy week playing around in our old city, Seattle. It was really bitter-sweet to be moving on from medical school and on to an entirely new adventure.
Life got real as soon as we packed up and headed out. We made the four day trek and managed to do so with a toddler staying mostly happy thanks to nonstop Frozen playing in the back seat. I could quote you the entire movie without any problem! JP’s parents helped move us out here and get settled into the new place. It took a solid week of painting and cleaning to somewhat finish the downstairs. It took another month to finish the second floor and another couple of months for me to really feel like it was home.
On top of trying to keep up with a new home, (BIG jump from a two bedroom apartment) we also had to survive JP’s unforgiving residency schedule and my schooling as well. The new schedule was such a learning curve (and still is) for us. It felt like we suddenly took on A LOT more responsibility all at once, and it honestly felt extremely overwhelming and grueling for all of us…even Olive. JP and I quickly learned that good communication was the only way that we could survive the schedule and each other (haha). Even though it has been such a hard year, I look back and realize how much we have grown together and individually… especially little Miss Olive. She has really been such a trooper, and I cannot even imagine the frustrations she has felt throughout this process. Even with so many changes (both good and hard), she has found her own ways to excel and keep busy.
We just enrolled her in a two-year-old’s preschool program, and she is doing so well with that. When I dropped her off at school the other day, it hit me how big she has gotten. It’s hard to see the day to day changes, but sheesh her little belly is already starting to push out of those 2T sweaters….she JUST TURNED TWO…so it feels. She has been talking for a while now, but I didn’t realize that I could carry on a full conversation with her. Time is just flying right, and even though I can’t wait until I finish school this summer or for JP’s hours to get better, I also want time to slow down so that I can really experience life with my sweet two-year-old. These moments with little Olive are fleeting, and I just desperately want a way to hold to some part of this crazy time with her and to remember her personal development and growth, which is why I was beyond excited when Little Acorns reached out to me with the idea to make a ruler for Olive.
JP and I made the ruler pictured above from Little Acorns the other night for Olive’s bedroom, and I love it!! It is made to measure her height. Even though I take a bazillion photos of her, I love that I can look at this ruler and remember how little she was. I think it will make those memories feel more tangible. Putting together this board was so simple. All it requires is a board, stain or paint if desired, and these beautiful vinyl decals from Little Acorns.
Little Acorns has many decal options and ideas for other objects to use as rulers besides a straight board. I saw a really cute hockey stick idea as well an awesome surfboard. They offer fun options for the actual measuring markers as well (age, school year, etc.) and also offer decals that are family focused and can be displayed in the living room, kitchen, you name it. The options are endless, and Little Acorns is so great to work with!:) Be sure to check them out BECAUSE they are offering all of my readers a 20% off discount when using code GROW20! You and your little acorns will love it and will love making it together. 🙂
Ruler : Little Acorns
Fawn Doll: Hazel Village
Bed Lamp: Thrifted
Wireframe Baskets: Target
Buffalo Print: Dandelion Paper Co
Foot Stool: Jane
Rocking Horse: Amazon
Rocking Chair: Thrifted
Drawing Board, Barn Set, Xylophone: Little Cottonwood
Night Stand: Target (Similar)