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My boy is 3

Once upon a time, our little prince turned 3!

And Daddy and I were so busy caring for the needs of 3 babies under 3 years that somewhere between the pure exhilaration and sleep deprivation of a new baby, we nearly forgot it was your special day (since we were neither keeping track of days nor dates). Yet, somehow even had you been more aware, I don’t think you would’ve minded. DSC_1018aOur simple one. Our quiet one. Our thinker. Our independent little man. Our lover of nature.

DSC_1016bWe did of course end up celebrating you with a special late brunch out of the house, a swim day at the Emde Resort, cake and ice cream…. aaaand a trip to urgent care which thankfully was only due to the onset of a minor infection. Aside from not feeling your best, you don’t make much of a fuss about songs and presents.

DSC_1039Instead, you continue to beg for the outdoors, for nature. Every day. All day long. You looooove trees. It’s your favorite word these days and you recently discovered that some are perfect for climbing. I’ve never seen you light up so much as you did when I helped you perch yourself in between 2 big branches the other day at the park. You cackled and squealed with joy and wouldn’t stop grinning. You even hugged the tree tighter and more affectionately than you hug me. Yes I’m jealous ๐Ÿ˜‰ You are the single reason (along with our painfully small bathroom situation) that I have even entertained the idea of moving 1 day (not even daddy could do that) to a place for you to spend your boyhood exploring, climbing trees, hearing God’s voice and seeing His mark in the natural beauty, to study the Classical Liberal Arts in an environment full of peace, open space and to learn the value of manual labor.

For now, as we enjoy the present in the city life, we give you water parks ๐Ÿ˜‰

DSC_1053aAnd Love.

DSC_1028aLots and lots of Love.

Happy Birthday to our favorite buddy bear!

Thank you for challenging me as a mother and an individual to love deeper and wider. You are such an incredible gift to me, to all 6 of us and to the world!

Lil’ Cowboy

A very sweet, thoughtful family member sent these adorable cowboys boots for the lil guy’s birthday. A great reason for a spontaneous photo shoot! I think he would’ve done just fine in the Wild Wild West Every morning, sometimes even before the girls awake, our routine is to go out front and as he plays… Continue Reading

Double Celebration!

This past Saturday we had a combo birthday party for these 2 precious little souls When Daddy and I talked about birthday celebrations for our July babes, we decided to keep both kid’s birthdays very small, mainly because both finances and my energy level were near depleted. But when we started discussing guest list, with… Continue Reading

He’s One!!!

How can it be? Somehow in the pregnancy sickness haze, I missed your 11 month update so there are lots of updates to document: -As seen above in your big grin, inย  the past 2 weeks, your 2 front teeth came in! – On certain days, usually if we’re busy and out, you seem to… Continue Reading

Piece of Heaven

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victoryย  ~Douglass MacArthur I love this little guy so much! When I am… Continue Reading

10 Months!

What happened to my little (well, you never were that little) baby??? You are definitely looking more like a toddler these days… My little contemplative one. You are staying true to your namesake. You can be most often caught looking like this… Maybe it’s your coping strategy to avoid the overdose of estrogen ๐Ÿ˜‰ Changes… Continue Reading

Nine Months

You just keep getting more handsome big little guy! This was a big month developmentally. You: -Started crawling. all. over. the. place -Got your 1st 2 (bottom) teeth -Started clapping and dancing -Got your 1st haircut by yours truly (although as quickly as it grows, I think it’s time for another one already!) -Started purposely… Continue Reading

And he’s…

Safe ๐Ÿ˜‰ …And officially crawling.ย ย  Although, he often looks more like a yoga instructor than a baby ๐Ÿ˜‰ Even though my neck has a permanent kink from whipping my head around to be sure he’s not getting into anything, this sure is a fun stage! And pretty soon, those adorable, edible rolls just won’t be… Continue Reading