Week in Review

Lily enjoys ice cream outside

It’s been a big, frequently emotional week. From memories of September 11th to my grandfather’s funeral to Johnny and Emma starting school, there was a lot going on. Mike stayed home from work Thursday afternoon and all day Friday so I could make a very short trip to Utah to attend the funeral. I left Boston at 5pm Thursday, and returned at 9am Saturday. The service was beautiful, and it was very nice to see relatives I hadn’t been able to meet up with in years, as well as more distant relatives I had never met. Lily especially missed me, but she did enjoy an ice cream picnic with Daddy while I was gone!

Johnny adds finishing touches to our teepee

Before I left, we enjoyed our final morning with our weekend visitors. I loved watching my kids play with their second cousins! They built an impressive teepee in our back yard. Or, they called it a teepee… The branches came from trees in our yard, which my two cousins helped Mike trim. The guys helped the kids build the teepee, too. It was hollow in the middle, and all of the kids could fit in there!

Lily hugs her baby doll

As life returned (temporarily) to normal, Lily spent a lot of time looking after babies of various shapes and sizes, and Emma started kindergarten. She was super pleased to bring home her first school library book!

Emma with a library book, home from her first day of school

I had to leave for Utah that afternoon. Johnny had a fever and missed the first day of preschool, so Mike got to do his first preschool drop-off for the year on Friday. He had a good time, and both kids are making new friends!

Charmingly handsome Johnny

I cried my eyes out at the funeral, but managed to sing with my siblings and cousins most of the time I was supposed to. I spent Friday evening and night on three different planes, arriving home to this beautiful banner:

welcome home banner by my kids

This week should be much calmer, and we are all looking forward to that!


MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

15 thoughts on “Week in Review”

  1. Wow, what a whirlwind week you had. I am sorry that you had to leave in the middle of the first K week and that Johnny was sick. It must have been pretty rough on Mike. How big is Emma’s class and, of course, thanks for joining Afterschool :)

    1. There are 20 kids in Emma’s class. There were supposed to be 22, but two kids moved over the summer.

      Mike did really well in my absence, and I think the “big” kids especially enjoyed their extra Daddy time!

  2. What a week you had. Sorry for you loss. I love the pictures of your daughter, the one loving her doll and the other holding that library book. That welcome home banner is priceless.

  3. I am sorry to hear that you have had such a tough week. I hope this week is kinder to you all.

    Your welcome home banner must have made your heart swell. Gorgeous.

    That is an impressive tepee. I bet your children and their second cousins made lots of playful memories in there.

  4. The picture of Lily and her baby is really amazing.

    We had so much fun at your house!! My kids are still talking about it. I wish we were close enough to do it more frequently (within an hour of each other would be awesome!). :)

  5. Great pictures! I love the one of Emma & her school library book! Aidan was excited about library day too! And the picture of Lily & her doll – Precious!!!

  6. What an emotional week. I realized that I hadn’t seen an “Emma’s in kindergarten” post, so I went scouring tonight to find it. (Sorry, things are so busy here). I’m so jealous that she gets to check out library books. For whatever reason, the kindergarten kids at our school aren’t allowed to check out books (although they do have library time as one of their “specials”).

    1. Things must be super busy for you! That is really too bad about your kids’ school not letting kindergarteners take out library books. It’s definitely a highlight of the week for both Emma and the little boy I drive to school most days.

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