Fall in Full Swing
Around the world, September brings with it many new beginnings. September signals the beginning of the new school year, and, for many, it’s the also the start of the fall season. For me, the Fall season is one of the most favorite ones. It’s the season with beautiful transformations as the colors begin to change and people start to prepare for the holidays to come. The buzz of excitement is starting to linger in autumn’s crisp air. A few years ago though, we decided to make it even more special: the first Saturday after Fall officially lands on the calendars, has become our “Fall Saturday”.
Each year it’s out time to re-connect together as a family on a day that isn’t one of the traditional holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years. On our Fall Saturday it really is the time where we just focus on the fun of being a family and building those memories with the kids that will live on as they grow older. From funny moments playing games, to reading books, to making wishes together, to retelling some special memories of the kids when they were babies, it’s the day that we all love and wait in anticipation for. This year, with Elisey being the biggest center of attention for everyone, the memories are abundant. Just the snap with Elia bawling her eyes out because Elisey refused to take a pacifier she brought is priceless!
To add to the fun, we always get new pajamas to lounge around in to make it an extra special. This year we partnered up with Kickee Pants, who recently released their Anniversary Collection and the timing of both could not be more perfect! Kickee Pants’ Anniversary Collection is a special edition that holds some of the happiest and most tender memories in different prints that parents grew attached to and that is recreated with those prints and fabrics in different designs and styles. This year is the 10th year since Kickee Pants launched and to commemorate they launched a special 10th anniversary collection. For each collection, Kickee Pants has made it a point to never repeat a print or style, but this time they decided to let their customers and some of their long-time retailers submit their favorite prints from over the years. The collection was made from a selection of all the favorites. As we learned more about the styles we learned of many of the memories and stories that have been shared over the years with Kickee Pants, and that was the intention behind the collection, to allow parents the opportunity to relive some of their special memories they had with their children and be able to get a new item for their older child in the same print as before.
One family’s story brought home a special memory for us as one of their favorite prints was the outfit they brought their little baby home in from the NICU. Kickee Pants is one of the few brands that make special sizes for those tiny little premies, and since the fabrics are so soft and natural they are gentle and comforting on their sensitive skin. Having had a premie ourselves many years ago, we know the happiness and joy that memory can bring, and to hear of them getting something new for that same child who is now older in the same print is something any parent would be happy about.
I absolutely LOVED the idea that I could get pajamas or play outfits for the kids that were in the same print as their very first sleeper some years ago, and the ability to get my hands on the prints that in my memory relate to some of the warmest periods of life meant more than words can express. What I really wanted to do is to get kids the exact same prints that they had as their first baby outfits, but kids really wanted to choose things for themselves, which seemed like a perfect compromise. After all, it's their life and their memories, why not to have fun with it right?!
We spent a couple of hours picking and choosing between sizes and prints, which was absolutely worth it. I love the theme we ended up with! Such perfect combos to show off inner workings of the relationships between the kids! The "cookies and milk” is one of my favorite ones. That’s Vasilisa and Evyianne in a nutshell - always messing around and sweetest as can be. It has been so entertaining to see their personalities come out with each of their choices. Evyianne’s and Vasilisa's choice brought smiles to all of us when later in the day BOTH requested milk and cookies for dinner, explaining it all simply: “It shows they are supposed to be in our bellies RIGHT HERE!”
One more thing that needs to be noted is Kickee Pants' ability to stretch. I remember a little body suit that Elia wore from Kickee Pants when she was a newborn that we got for her. She wore a sweet little honey bee outfit. It fit her beautifully as a little baby and she wore it for months to the point of me wondering if she was ever going to grow out of it. Sure, it got shorter as her legs grew, but somehow she managed to only get more and more cute in it. That was one of the first prints I snatched ( and a few variations on it) from Kickee pants for Elisey since they brought it back for the collection. With Elisey being the youngest and being a boy, in some ways, things have come around full circle for us, too.
In our life, we had so many ups and downs," mountaintop highs" in achievements and then times when we had to rebuild everything all over again, so we learned quickly that memories is one thing that will stay with us, and happy memories is the anchor that keeps it all together as time goes on.
These special Saturdays have been a fun, and a very special to us, way to see the kids connecting with each other and make their own memories that they will be able to take with themselves as they each grow up.
And as far as us, adults, go… It’s the time to reboot, recharge and reflect on all, our way of keeping the busy-work-life and parents-of-7-kids-life balance.
I’ve put some fun images from the day below. Some are just hilarious to see the fun the kids have had, so I hope you enjoy,
*Thank you again to Kickee Pants for sponsoring this post together with LivingNotes.