Come Stroll Down Memory Lane – A Birthday Post

Warning! Plethora of pictures! I’m almost a month late with the Lola birthday post, but that seems to be the story of my life lately. Lola turned five-years-old on January 4th and I’m still pinching myself with disbelief! I’ve had so many emotions with this birthday and I can’t seem to figure out why. There’s something about five that says she’s well on her way to school dances, shaving her legs, screaming “I hate you” and everything else teenage-related. All right so I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, but she’s getting bigger which scares the hell out of me yet makes me look forward to all of the good stuff that’s just right around the corner. Five years ago, I was afraid for her future. I didn’t...
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Happy Birthday Sebastian!

Dear Sebastian, It was one year ago today you graced us with your unbelievable presence. We should have known you were going to be a force of nature just by the way you came into the world. You were quite happy in mommy’s belly and you were showing no signs of coming out by the time mommy’s due date came around. Four days later, the doctor thought it would be safest for mommy to be induced so you would be born. But you had your own agenda buddy. I didn’t need to be induced because you began to come on your own, right after we checked into the hospital. And then when you were finally being born, you actually got stuck! Now I had been a mom to...
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Happy Birthday Lola!

Image Credit Dear Lola, Today, my darling sweet girl, you are four years old. Four years ago, you came into this world with your own agenda — to make it a better place. And you’ve done just that. You inspire strangers and impress everyone who knows you. You have been handed challenges, but the way you gracefully navigate through them without fuss make your challenges seem unimportant. You are a fighter. Your ability to persevere even when life knocks you down is a trait you developed on your own. I wish I could take credit for this, but lord knows Mommy isn’t as strong as you baby girl. But you make me stronger each and every day. You help me realize spontaneity is an unappreciated characteristic of life....
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A Simple Kind of Day

Just like Christmas and New Year’s, Lola’s birthday was simple, quiet (until the sugar kicked in) and low-key. While I always envisioned throwing over-the-top birthday bashes for my kids – in which I’m sure I will someday – I want them to learn birthdays are about celebrating life and reflecting upon another year of achievements. The status quo seems to be “bigger is better”, but we prefer simplistic and meaningful and that’s precisely what Lola’s birthday was this year. Sure she received presents and we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ ten thousand times and she ate an ungodly amount of sugar, but more than all of that, we showered her with kisses, hugs and so much love. Maybe as she gets older she’ll prefer to have an MTV-style Sweet Sixteen...
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Happy Birthday Lola!

Dear Baby Lola, I suppose it is inappropriate to continue to call you baby Lola as you are turning three years old today. OK, I’ll be cliché and say you’ll always be my baby, but – in truth – you are becoming a big girl. And not just figuratively either. Your father was holding you in the cradle position the other night and realized you were sprawling out of his arms with your length. How did you get to be so big so fast? It’s hard to imagine you’ve been in our lives three years already yet it’s hard to imagine a life before you. And now here you are just days away from going to school full-time. When I heard your bus schedule this week, my heart...
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