Behind The Butter

Our Life Lately

I haven’t written one of these “true to life” posts in awhile!

Things over here have been extremely busy, but that is nothing new. We are experiencing a lot of change right now – unexpected change, really, as we recently made the tough decision to pull Grayson out of his current preschool and keep him home until Fall. There’s a lot there to talk about, but most of it is personal and not internet worthy. What I can say though is that his current school just wasn’t a good fit for him and we’re looking forward to many cozy days at home this season. What that means in relation to this space is that I may be posting a little less than usual during this busy season we’re in. I’ve always considered my number one job to be a mom and right now I’ve got two boys under four at home with me full time. I’m trying to embrace the change and know it’s just a season. We’re intentionally trying to slow way down over here this year and dig in deep in the season we are in. My hands have never felt fuller, but they are full of good stuff. 🙂

I joined our local YMCA last week and I’m feeling really excited about it! The boys and I have already been a handful of times and they LOVE it. I have yet to actually work out there (hah) but so far, we have really enjoyed the huge indoor kindergym and the pool! Adam and I took the boys swimming the other day and it was so fun! They absolutely loved it – even Luke, who had never been in a pool before. The Berkeley Y is the largest in the country (crazy!) and I think it’s going to be really, really awesome for us. One day I might even get to work out there! haha…but seriously though. 

Other than that, not much is new. I still feel like after a year of living in Berkeley, we are still getting used to everything! I’m so glad to live in a place that offers SO MUCH for kids and young families. Our library is fantastic, the Y is great, our regional parks are beautiful and we have a plethora of museums my boys really enjoy. I think there will lots of muddy visits to the park this winter. 😉 



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  • Lauren W
    January 9, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Love the Y! It makes me sane staying home with two under 3 years old. Try the tot drop and get your workout in, it’s the best!! (If your Y offers that)


  • Jamie
    January 9, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Hi Jenna! Glad you followed your gut and kept Grayson home with you!

  • Alyssa James
    January 9, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Hi Jenna, just sending you some words of encouragement on your decision! We pulled my son out of his preschool a few years ago, took a 6 month break, and put him somewhere else. Best thing we ever decided to do. He flourished the second to round! Trust your mama instinct as it is most certainly always right. I also have two boys at home 4 & 2, and know what your experiencing! It’s an exhausting but super fun ride! – Alyssa James!

  • Shannon
    January 9, 2018 at 11:28 am

    We’ve been in that same spot! My older St loved the preschool and my youngest was not happy there. Not the right fit. Enjoy this season! Mine are now 10 and 12 and is know be some more days with them at your boys’ ages.

  • Debbi
    January 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    So proud of you Jenna. Our “baby” turns 26 today, and like Grayson, we also removed him from his first preschool. Always, always, always trust your Mama Bear instincts! You are a fantastic mother, with your priorities in all the right places.

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  • Rebecca
    January 9, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Preschool decisions are hard! Check out Skytown Preschool in Kensington- it’s a wonderful place!

  • Sarah
    January 9, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Our first preschool was not a good fit for our daughter in her 2s year. She’s been in a Reggio Emilia program and we couldn’t be happier . I wonder if there is a Reggio school in Berkeley. Program is kid driven, creative, thoughtful, and imaginative

  • Aggie
    January 10, 2018 at 3:30 am

    My (now older) kids grew up at the Y! They are 2 1/2 years apart and we were there almost daily – it saved my sanity. It’s exhausting to be home at those ages but the library, parks and Y were our daily stomping grounds so it sounds like you are in the right place.

  • Grandma Honey
    January 10, 2018 at 7:54 am

    These are my favorite kind of posts you write. I love reading about your life. Ever since i read your book, and of course I’ve followed your blog for more years than I can count, I feel like I know you. Since being a Mom is your #1 job right now how about sharing more of that right now? And much praise for listening to your heart and pulling Grayson out of preschool. I did the same with my youngest son many moons ago.

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  • Katie @ Live Half Full
    January 10, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    It sounds like you went with your gut on preschool and that’s the best decision! I love having a gym with childcare- seriously such a sanity saver!

  • Mom of 3 Boys
    January 10, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing. It’s always nice to know that life isn’t always perfect on the other side. You’re a great mom and I look forward to every one of your posts but especially the ones about your family. Keep up the great work. You’re an inspiration.

  • Renee
    January 11, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Way to go with your gut! We did the same with our now three year old. He was in a 2 year old program that started out well, then had a lot of teacher/director turnover and our gut was telling it wasn’t the right fit. And, truthfully, we saw changes in our son that we knew weren’t just him “being 2”. We took about 6 months “off” and then put him in a different preschool where he is flourishing! I will say the first month at the new preschool was a tough transition, but he’s so, so happy now with his current school. Over Christmas Break he was actually upset the school was closed for two weeks! 🙂