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“When you hide another story in a story, that’s the story I am telling the children.” Maurice Sendak

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” Where the Wild Things Are

One of Eli’s gift we got him last month for his birthday was the book “Where the Wild Things are.” I love this book! What a classic! The artwork is so fun and the story is creative. I am all about the creative and fun filled story so when we were shopping for his present and I found the book I knew I wanted to get that for him. The story is also a great lesson for the kiddos. There are probably many lessons that could be pulled but the one in particular that I am thinking of is being free to be creative, to have fun and to be yourself. Max is a fun character with lots of imagination. He let’s that imagination run wild, literally, and makes his own world. He didn’t worry about what others thought, he just continued to be his creative fun self. Besides the fun memories this story will bring, I hope that Eli will also take from it the importance of being his own creative selves, always.

Photo Credit: Brandi Jordan

It’s December 1st. I love this month and today I decided to share my Top 10 reasons I love December!

  1. Christmas 
  2. Christmas is also my husband’s birthday
  3. Reading the birth of Jesus every Christmas morning with our family
  4. Christmas parties
  5. Peppermint mochas (technically you can get these anytime but they taste so much better in December!)
  6. Going to look at Christmas lights
  7. Having a pretty Christmas tree in the living room to look at
  8. Seeing the reaction on people’s faces when they open their gifts
  9. Christmas music
  10. Christmas Eve church services
Photo Credit: Scott D. Feldstein

A Year of Joy

November 21, 2011 — Leave a comment

“Children make your life important.” Erma Bombeck 

Last Friday my little Eli turned one! I can’t believe that this year has gone by so fast! I didn’t get the chance to make many posts last week since we were so busy trying to get everything ready for his birthday party, which turned out great. We had a pirate themed party and let me just say that he LOVED his cake! He just kept going back for more! It was his first taste of sugar and I think it is safe to say that he enjoyed it. Looking back at where we were this time last year and where we are now it is amazing how much we have learned, how many milestones Eli has reached and just the excitement/laughter we have in our home that we didn’t have before he was born.

Within this past year Eli has learned to: sleep through the night, roll over, sit up, crawl, feed himself, drink from a sippy cup, say first words: (dada, mama, papa, yaya, peipei (aunt paige), dog, our dogs names-lucy and stella, hi, bye, no), pull himself up, walk while holding on to our hands (not on his own yet), wave hi/bye. There are so many more things that Eli has learned to do within this first year. These are just ones that came to mind as I think about how much he has changed. Everyone told me that babies change so much in that first year, and it is so true. They have so many “firsts” that bring about more change, more milestones and more fun in the house. I know that this next year will be yet another adventure as we watch our sweet little boy continue to grow, and learn. The excitement has only just begun. Eli has brought so much joy into our home, I am so thankful for him everyday and I am so blessed to be able to watch him grow up!

The Joy of Family

November 2, 2011 — Leave a comment


“When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.” Joyce Brothers

We have officially entered the month of November. Our family has two things to look forward to this month, obviously Thanksgiving, but the other is Eli’s first birthday! Yay! I can’t believe it is already just around the corner. When people tell you that your kids grow up to fast and time flies quickly they aren’t kidding! It can be hard to believe as a new mom when you are sleep deprived. I know I was that way. I remember saying that I would be so happy if Eli would just learned to sleep through the night. Of course he learned and I was SO happy, but looking back now that time just zoomed right on by and we are about to celebrate his birthday! I tell myself all the time to treasure every little moment we have together so I don’t blink and he’s graduating high school. But, I have a feeling that when that day comes regardless of how much I treasured each day it will probably still feel like I blinked and he grew up.

What I don’t like though is that there is no way to fix this problem! Life is supposed to progress, babies are supposed to grow up… it’s how life works. Precious memories, lots of pictures and quality time as a family is the only thing we can do as a “solution.” That way as our kids get older we can look back at the family life we gave them and know that we didn’t miss out. This journey of being a parent is by far the best journey I have been on. My son makes me laugh every day and I love watching him grow and learn. As a child and teen I always thought that time passed slowly, but as I have grown up, had a child of my own I realize just how quickly it truly does pass us by. Maybe one day children and teens will learn to not wish for time to go faster, although I think that is just part of their nature. So today I am soaking up each new memory I get to make with my family because one day my baby will grow up.