merricksart Today was a special day for this special boy. For the last several years we've debated what to do with him academically -- he is incredibly gifted intellectually, and has such a drive and passion for learning. His memory is incredible, and he picks up on new things so fast. He's reading at nearly a 3rd grade level, and his other skills are not far behind (although he's definitely still a 4 year old in a lot of ways ). We finally decided to have him skip a grade and go on to kindergarten in the fall, but he had to test into it. Today was his test and although he seemed a little nervous, he passed with flying colors! So proud of my sweet boy. Kindergarten, here we come! 12h
  •   andreapannell He'll do great!! We've had a hard uphill battle trying to get our skipped ahead once in school so K is the time to do it. 5h
  •   clarajanel I'm young for my grade for reasons similar to this... it's never caused me any problems! Yay for kindergarten! 4h
  •   delachic Congrats! He will do great 4h
  •   mellysews Mom of a brainiac too. School fought us on skipping kinder (they wouldn't even consider letting him start early) and now we have until May 1 to decide if we want him tested to skip from kinder to 2nd. This academic decision making stuff is haaaaard! 3h
  •   portofthoughts So amazing!!! Congrats 3h
  •   cutestains I think my daughter is ready for kindergarten, but she misses the deadline by 28 days. I never realized that she could possibly test to see if she was ready. I'm going to check with our school district. 2h
  •   castillom05 Wow ! I work with Kinders and I wish we had more parents working with there children ! It helps us in so many different ways ! Good for u to been proactive in your son education !!! he will do just fine and his teachers will love his eagerness to LEARN !!!! @merricksart Mabel 1h
  •   sydneyroselindsey Oh man. Such a blessing and a challenge at the same time. I just read an article by a mom whose little boy went to K at 4 years old and she was in having meeting with the teacher every week because he just wasn't mature enough in other ways and he really struggled to not be labeled "the weird kid". I had never thought of that side of it before but I hope that is not your fate. I'm sure it isn't for every situation like this. But you need them to be challenged right? So what else can you do? Gotta strike a balance somehow. 21min

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merricksart A few of my favorite things on my desk this afternoon, including the most beautiful box of macarons that showed up on my store step this morning. The very best kind of surprise! @inawaverlyworld #inawaverlyworld 18h

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merricksart Sunny and breezy spring days are best spent at the playground with my babies. 21h

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merricksart Last month I stopped nursing, and although I thought it would change the special relationship I have with this sweet baby it just seems to have made it stronger. He's a mamas boy through and through, snuggles me constantly, wants to "talk" to me about everything, and has my whole heart. ️ (also he kills me in that hat that he borrowed from my closet). 2d
  •   littlemamadiaries OMG he's so cute!! Just freaking cute! 1d
  •   lorchick He has the most animated little face! 1d
  •   bloomandgrow So adorable! 1d
  •   summerbellessa So cute!!! 1d
  •   deborahdrue The hat makes him look younger and I like it. Anything to slow down the growing. 1d
  •   landencloakroom I die! He is too cute! 22h
  •   jasminnie7 Such a cutie!! 19h
  •   oderham He looks like Crawford to me. Such a handsome little guy. I felt the same way about my last babies. But it's amazing how the bond continues. 17h

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merricksart The start to one of our favorite dinners -- @meaningfuleats chicken fajitas. You MUST try them. 2d

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merricksart A peek at todays post talking about one of my wardrobe workhorses. Can you guess which piece it is? Find the full look over on my blog! [link in profile -- picture by @saracwalk] 2d

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merricksart Brunch downtown this morning with my old friend @marychristinesmith who was in town over the weekend. Finally got to try out the famous Sugar Shack! 2d
  •   stxgutfree Check out Fred's on the corner there, at the top of those stairs. Killer shrimp enchiladas, fish tacos, and Margaritas! 2d
  •   merricksart @stxgutfree we've been! 2d
  •   aubreylaidlaw I adore Sugar Shack!!! 2d
  •   lilbitbeth What is the Sugar Shack? Sounds like my kind of place! 2d
  •   merricksart @lilbitbeth a restaurant on Main Street in HB and is famous for their breakfasts. It's only open for breakfast and lunch! It's everyone's fave and is always packed! 2d
  •   mrsstevens5810 Man you are allllways making me homesick! Good thing I love your style and talent so much; otherwise I'd unfollow you haha. 2d
  •   kailashousley you're coat!!!!! 1d

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merricksart My best natural-looking beachy waves are always right before bed. #murphyslaw 3d
  •   tauferb Completely agree!! My best pony tails too! 3d
  •   april_kuf I hate when thay happens! Hair never wants to behave in the morning! 3d
  •   everydayreading Same here! 3d
  •   huntrebecca20 Same here! That and the best top knots. Not fair. 3d
  •   ralphieann For me too! 3d
  •   livefreemiranda Me too. Oh wait... My bone straight hair has never seen anything close to resembling a beachy wave at any hour of the day or night! Too pretty. 3d
  •   carolen2013 Ain't that the truth! 3d
  •   paigecanderson This is random, but I want to know your top recommendations for flats for moms on the go. I feel like burn through them so fast be they Cole Haan or Gap. We live downtown so I bike and walk everyday but don't want my shoes to show it. Suggestions? 3d

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merricksart I think they had fun this weekend 4d
  •   eaduvall Nah, they don't look like they had any fun at all. 4d
  •   amousser Does that mean he missed seeing his bday sign on your front lawn?! 4d
  •   everydayreading Cuties! 4d
  •   raffmom I am loving your spacious car!what is it?? 4d
  •   merricksart @raffmom it's a Chrysler town and country! Philip's work car 4d
  •   carolen2013 Those are sweet moments. 3d

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merricksart Leftover birthday donuts for breakfast out on the balcony. Don't make me go back to real life tomorrow! 4d

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merricksart We'll be opening presents til the crack of dawn! 5d

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merricksart My reward for sitting off the rides with the sleeping baby. #win #magnumdoublecaramel 5d
  •   merricksart @raffmom totally!! They don't sell it here either... but every time I bought it in Provo I thought of you! 5d
  •   2ndstorywindow Who needs rides? I would take the magnum bar any day! 5d
  •   snaphappymeg Do you have a Costco close by? I bought a box of 12 of those double caramel ones yesterday, they are in the coupon book for this month in Arizona 5d
  •   lopratt Oh heck yeah...get me one of those. #sweettoothproblems 5d
  •   saracwalk Ahhhh I ️magnum bars! 5d
  •   kristyq7 Yum. Sounds like the perfect trade off too me! 5d
  •   elizaconn those! 5d
  •   houseofholl I'm a huge fan of rewards. Especially chocolate covered ones... (: 4d

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merricksart Birthday boy! 5d
  •   everydayreading Mini Philip! 5d
  •   2ndstorywindow I love that our kids are so close in age. Happy birthday b! 5d
  •   kristyq7 Happy Birthday Benson! 5d
  •   essusweetslife Happy birthday! 5d
  •   glitterbugblog Happy Birthday Benson!!! So cute!! 5d
  •   cpobst I'm curious how you guys liked it! Happy birthday! 4d
  •   brittsta16 We might be going to Legoland this summer with our then 22 month old. Was there much to do with little F? 4d
  •   merricksart @brittsta16 to be honest there wasn't a ton. It was way better with a four year old. 4d

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merricksart Love this shot of my babies and me at the pool this afternoon. 5d

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merricksart Swimming time with my little fishies 6d

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merricksart Chartreuse summer dress, anyone? Now I need to go make 10 more, they're so comfy. Tutorial on the blog today! [link in profile -- photo by @jylaresmith] 6d

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merricksart Fos is packing for San Diego...stuffed dog, one book, band aids and bandages, and soap. Looks like he's got all the essentials! 6d

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merricksart Dressing up a camo sweatshirt with a sparkly necklace and pink lips today. 7d

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merricksart This is what our morning looked like. #beachbabies 1w

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merricksart Starting a new series on my blog about my closet essentials. First up, leather ankle boots. Hop over to see which ones you should choose, where to buy them, and how to style them. PLUS a $100 giveaway to @bipandbop!! [link in profile] photo by @jylaresmith 1w

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