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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