Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I have a November birthday.  My oldest son has a November birthday.  I am so so glad.  Why?  Because when I was a kid, I brought the same treat every year to share with my classmates for my birthday.  And now I get to send them with my son.

And that makes me happy.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Little Man!!

There are two 5 year olds in this house now!

Today Nathan turned five.  Birthdays still blow my mind.  How are my kids getting so old?!

Nate had a great day.  He has been waiting for his birthday for MONTHS and absolutely soaked it up today.  He even wore his Happy Birthday crown out to dinner tonight "so that everyone knows it's my birthday" and then told our waiter, just to make sure.

Oh how I love this boy. Each of our kids is just so different. Here are just a couple of my favorite things about Nate.

1.  He'll try just about anything even if it scares him.  Okay, so this might be a problem when he gets older, but for now it is great.  He got a new bike without training wheels from his Gigi for his birthday. The weather this last week was amazing, so we went ahead and gave it to him.  He was nervous about trying it without the training wheels, but we just threw him on it anyway and he spent every moment we would let him on it!

2.  He was truly meant to be a big brother.  He is the most compassionate little kid and he adores his little brother. Their seats are next to each other in the car and Nate's job is to comfort Matthias when he is fussy.  He loves his job and we can continually hear him saying, "you're okay buddy".  He also loves to hold his hand.  It is so so sweet.  And even though there is a pretty significant age difference between these two, because of who Nate is, I think they will be dear friends.

Like tonight...we are letting Nate sleep in his new bed tent.

He was already in there and so I slipped Matthias in next to him when we were saying good night.  Matthias loved it and was just mesmerized by the whole thing and Nate said, "I think he should just sleep in here with me tonight."  I told him that Matty wasn't big enough to do that yet and Nate said, "No, it's okay.  If he cries, I will just say, you're okay."  It was all so sweet that we let them stay together while we said goodnight to the girls and I grabbed the camera.

You are an amazing little man Nathan.  Happy birthday sweet boy.

Saturday, November 24, 2012


So I have completely fallen off the wagon with my reading. Matthias came and I have barely picked up a book since. Yet my love affair continues and for my birthday I treated myself to some new lovelies.  Check out my collection now!

Sigh...so so pretty.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sweet Boys.

So this last weekend Nate had his first ever sleep over with his cousin, Owen.  Owen is two and a half and ADORES Nate.  I watched Owen once a week all last year and this year my mom watches Owen, Nate and Lucy on Mondays...so they have had some good time together.

It always makes me laugh to see these two together.  After always being the little kid with our girls, Nate is the big kid with Owen.  Owen wants to show Nate everything and follows him all around and sometimes you can see that Nate is "putting up" with Owen's little kid-ness.  It's good for my boy.

Owen is Nate's closest male cousin and is the one that he can do all things trains and cars and trucks with, so we are starting to make more of an effort to get these boys together...they need each other with all the ladies in the family!  So, they had a sleepover.  On the way to Owen's house, my sister-in-law snapped a picture of the two boys in the car together...

Could you die?!

She said they were like this the entire way home, all while looking out the window and talking about trucks and cars. So so sweet.  She posted it on Facebook too and we have been just dying over how many people have "liked" it.  But seriously. How can you not?!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Birthday Love.

Yesterday was my birthday.  I am now 33.

I have 5 children.  (And an incredible husband.)

Life is pretty sweet.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Getting there.

We are nailing nap time.

I went back to our old school way of doing things...not waiting until he is super sleepy, but just starting to fade and then laying him down awake.  He is doing amazing and hasn't missed a single nap the last couple of days.  And every one of them has been in his bed.

Now if only we could get him to stop waking twice during the night...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

NOT an election post.

So, I recognize that today most people are focused on the election, heck, I just got home from voting myself, but no one wants to read a lame election post. At least, I don't. Instead, I wanted to write a little about what else I am thinking about today.

Sixty-nine years ago today, my grandparents got married. And I can't even begin to tell you how much I adore these people. Looking back on my childhood, a huge portion of my best memories were with them, in their home. They loved each other and they loved us and life was just good when we were with them.

I could tell you a million stories about these two. Stories about their very different childhoods...Gram grew up around New York City and Grandpa grew up in southern Arkansas. Stories of their first few years of marriage and their years living overseas. Their stories have a certain magical quality to them for me. They make me laugh and cry and just sit in awe of these two very normal and yet extraordinary people.

But as I think back now, the story that stands out the most to me is one neither of them told me. You see, almost 3 years ago, my folks called me to ask us to come say good-bye to my grandmother. She had been sick for so long and we were so blessed to have had her as long as we did. But this was it, it was time to say good-bye.

We all gathered around my grandmother who was sitting in her chair in their apartment. Anthony and I, my parents, my aunt, both my brothers and their wives...we were all there. I already know that I can't even begin to capture what it was like to be there during that time. All I can say is that I have seen my friend give birth and it was such a beautiful thing and I have seen my grandmother die and it may have been even more beautiful.

That may seem like a strange thing to say, but you have to understand. Getting to see my grandfather spend those last moments with the wife that he more than adored was so special. We all just stood back, holding on to our spouses as he let go of his. The hospice nurse told him that hearing is the last thing to go and we all listened as he told her how much he loved her and how it was okay for her to go now.

I learned a lot about marriage and love from these two over the years. They did so much of it so well. But that last moment, I will never forget. That last moment taught me more about what it means to really love your spouse than all the moments before. It was just that beautiful. Sixty-nine years ago today they made vows to one another. And on that night, we watched those vows carried out to loving completion.

And that's what I am thinking about today.