Last week we got a letter home letting us know that Annabel was going to receive an award at her school’s monthly assembly. On Friday, we snuck into the back of the school’s auditorium to watch her get called onto the stage in front of all the lower grades. The Principal, when giving the award, said, “This student is receiving the Academic Achievement Award in Science. She’s curious and loves to learn about how things work, and isn’t afraid to ask questions.” Such a perfect description of Annabel! She was SO surprised and proud of herself, she kept saying, “I did it! I won an award!” She’s told everyone we’ve come into contact with since then that she won an award for “being smart.” I know that, as kids get older, they feel a lot of pressure to downplay their smarts for fear of being labeled “a nerd,” so we’re trying to encourage this brain pride as much as we can.
I’m so proud of her!
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~Being a good parent will physiologically destroy you, new research confirms
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On Coming Alive
~I love this project that Lexi Behrndt has on her site. People from all over share how they have survived all sorts of losses. Of course, I identify with the entries about child loss (like Michelle’s and Anna’s), but there are also stories of losing siblings, parents, and spouses. The essays show the commonalities of grief, and the strength of survival.
Currently Obsessed With
~Pillowfort, Target’s new bedroom collection for kiddos, is SO CUTE. I am picking up this Unicorn Head for Annabel this morning, and I think James needs this Car shelf in his room…and I’ll probably pick up some of their outer space stuff for my cousin’s nursery. I want all of it! Good job, Target.
~This (slightly vulgar) etsy shop makes me giggle. I need the “I can’t adult today” print in my office!
~Peek’s Spring Training collection is, as usual, adorable this year. I ordered James the Mr. Baseball shirt, while Annie picked the “Let’s Go” tee. They’re our yearly spring training splurge!
~And here’s your friendly reminder to support our March for Babies team. On Thursday, I spoke at the official Kick Off for the 2016 LA March, where I emphasized the important work that March of Dimes does for families with ill and premature babies. It’s an honor to speak on behalf of families who’ve been touched by prematurity.
Today I spoke at the official kick off of the LA March for Babies. It was a great event, full of positivity and the smiling faces of babies who’d survived their premature births. I said to my cousin and Mike, who were there with me, “I’m going to bring down this whole room.” Still, I stressed that we consider Maddie to be a success story because we got seventeen wonderful months with her, and it’s an honor to speak on behalf of the families who’ve lost children to prematurity-related causes. Unfortunately, not every baby survives their premature births- and that’s why we walk. #marchofdimes #marchforbabies #marchformaddie
Happy Sunday, everyone!
Yeah for Annabel.
Go Annie! Hope they praise the effort as much as the ‘smarts’ at school too though – achievement should never be viewed as effortless and I know you and Mike will encourage this too
Agreed. It’s a whole balancing act I try to maintain with my girls: I do think they need to hear that they’re smart and pretty, because those things will be important to them, and they need to have heard it. But more importantly – their effort, hard work and inner beauty need to be praised. That’s what will truly build their confidence as they get older. I like that they mentioned Annie’s curiosity. That’s more than just natural smarts. She must be so proud!
Marjorie Steele says:
Congrats to the amazing Annie! First of many awards I am sure!
That article on the engineer that tried to stop the shuttle launch made me cry. To carry that guilt all these years when he tried so hard to get them to stop the launch.
Congratulations Annie-you got beauty and brains, kiddo! Girls in science rock!
Yay, Annie! Congratulations on the award, and never be afraid to ask questions.
Heather, whenever you lead off with a photo of Rigby, this old heart starts pounding. How is she doing?
Amber in OC says:
Annabel looks so cute in the award picture. She is absolutely beautiful! Also, the picture of Rigby above is adorable too. How has she been doing lately? I hope all is well in Rigby world
I had a dream that you guys had a 4th child and you named her Astrid