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Well, Lyon starts Kindergarten today and Elise starts preschool shortly after.  And I am a big fat mess right now.

I have been joyfully documenting Lyon’s life since the day he was born, journaling every milestone and every emotion I’ve felt along the way.  He begins a new chapter in his life today, and for some reason – this has been my most challenging Project Lyon posts to write about.

Our baby.  5 years old.  Starting Kindergarten. <insert sobbing emoticon here>

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Perhaps our deepest desire is that, in the end – Lyon remains that sweet, kind-hearted, joyful child that he is.  Just like this darling image below with his little sister that he loves so deeply.  That’s all Kyu and I can ask for… saving the world or becoming the first Asian American President of the United States – well, that’s just bonus.

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Love,

Mom

Once upon a time when I was 30 weeks pregnant with baby Elise, my dearest girlfriends got together to scheme a starry-night-themed, surprise baby shower.  It was exquisite, to say the least, and I recently got a hold of the flash card so I could relive that evening!

Thank you to my beautiful friends Chaffee, Jany, Lesley and our Bunco band again for an unforgettable night.  I’m so grateful to have such an amazing tribe!

 

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Photo Credits:  I’m not sure!  The camera was handed off so many times, I lost track!  Beautiful photos, I may be replaced by these talented ladies 😉

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This past school year, my son’s preschool embarked on creating their very first cookbook.  I had the honor of photographing the recipes, and what began as a black & white, spiral-bound, recipe-packed book morphed over the year into THIS.  A gorgeous, expertly curated, beautifully designed, fabulously photographed cookbook – featuring the very best recipes of our Cathedral parents.

To say our school is proud of the way it turned out is an understatement. Months and months of recipe submissions, tastings, narrowing them down.  Then choosing recipes to be photographed, half a dozen photo shoots, laying out each page/each recipe in our 150 page cookbook.  And all with such love and detail.

Our committee chairs, Lelia Pratt and Clay Underwood, spearheaded this project and the hours they devoted to this cookbook is beyond any preschool volunteer project imaginable.  It was truly a labor of love to all who were involved.

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I wanted to share a few behind-the-scenes captures of our “dream team” in action.  I have been part of many creative teams in my work, but I will have to say that these ladies – all talented, enthusiastic, bright, hard-working, devoted moms – will probably always go down as one of my favorites to work with.  Who knew that within one class of preschool moms, we had a professional stylist, photographer, designer, publicist and chef?

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Our favorite moments of the project were bringing in some of preschool kids to help model.  Their tiny hands and excitement made this such a special book for us!

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The cookbooks are finished, printed and available to purchase at The Cathedral Preschool!  Priced at only $35, 100% of your purchase is tax deductible and 100% of the proceeds benefit our precious preschool.

Aside from gifting all of my family members and close friends, I purchase 2 copies for my 2 babies from me and their precious preschool.  I wrote a sweet little note to each of them and one day when they get married and start their own families, I’ll give them this special cookbook for them to begin making their own memories from.  I may cry.

And for anyone who’s wondering, all of the details from producing The Family Table:

Recipes submitted by:  The Cathedral Preschool Families

Dedicated with love to:  Anne Parker of The Cathedral Preschool

Photography:  Alice Park

Cover design and interior illustrations:  Kristen Smith

Publisher:  Arbor Press

Layout Designer:

Styled by:  Chaffee Heilman & Julie Yates

Compiled by:  Chaffee Heilman, Leilia Pratt, Clay Underwood

Gifting/Contributions/Fundraising:  Carrie Sexton and Cameron Glass

  • Bernie Morrison

    How can I buy a copy of the cookbook?ReplyCancel

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My family is hitting the Summer Reading lists hard these next few months, and thanks to the amazing online community that is Facebook – we have some added favorites!

A couple of weeks ago, I reached out to parents on Facebook on their favorite children’s books to read to Lyon’s class as Mystery Reader.  I was so overwhelmed with the responses, I decided to post a few of those favorites here!  If you have children ages 3-7, they will love these.  We’ve already added 50% to our library and can’t wait to dig through the rest.

Enjoy Reading!

  1. The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
  2. My Monster Farts by Kate Clary
  3. The Blueberry Pie Elf by Jane Thayer
  4. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean
  5. The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
  6. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  7. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
  8. Walter The Whale by Olivia Carmichael
  9. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  10. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
  11. Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
  12. My Daddy is a Pretzel by Baron Baptiste
  13. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  14. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  15. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers
  16. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  17. Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin
  18. The Giving Treeb by Shel Silverstein
  19. Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  20. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss