Monday, December 30, 2013

hit the road croup {15 months}

Sweet boy, thank goodness you missed the stomach flu that everyone else had! It wasn't completely in the cards for you not to get something, so you (like your brother and sisters all had when they were babies) got a nasty bout of croup.
This face...
just about sums it all up.
Hit the road croup, and don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more! Hit the road croup, and don't you come back no more!
Anna saw this picture and asked why you weren't smiling since you always do. It's a rare occasion that you aren't, you really are a happy little soul.
Today, you turned 15 months old. You are a full fledged walker and are trying your hand at the next speed, "the walk run". I cautiously follow you trying to prevent any major rough and tumble to the pavement.
Your verbal vocabulary is still small, saying "mama" and "da", but you understand so much! You shake your head no, blow us kisses, give us hugs and pats on the back. When we ask you to turn around as you approach the stairs, you lower yourself and ever so carefully reverse yourself knee, hand, knee, hand to the bottom. You initiate peek-a-boo, and giggle up a storm. I've taught you how to sign a few things and you can tell me when you are hungry, thirsty, want more, are all done, or tired.
You love baths and brushing your teeth and you cannot stand it when others are eating and you are not. You could have already eaten lunch, but if someone else has something to eat, you want it! Thank goodness, you are still a phenomenal eater. Can you keep it that way? I'm 1 out of 4!
No evidence of you thinning out yet like the others. You are just a big boy and I love that about you! We just bought you your first pair of shoes and you are only a 1/2 size smaller in shoe than Tatum. You are 15 months, she is 3. That is just plain funny. Your brother at your exact age wore a 4W. You wear a 6W. Did I say that you are a big boy?
I've yet to give you a haircut, though you really are in need. The first cut is always the most emotional. The day when you look less like a baby.
I have fully weaned you, so if I seem a bit emotional, it's because I am.
Baby steps for Mommy. I'm not ready for you to be so grown up!
We enjoy you so much, sweet Liam, all fifteen months of you.
Thanks for being you.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

just a few favorites {christmas 2013}

Dear Family,
I have not taken a lot of pictures this Christmas vacation. Most of us have been sick with the flu. I'm hoping that everyone will make a full recovery shortly, as the break has been spent homebound and I at least want to ring in the New Year in better style!
Just  a few favorites is all I've got, but they each have a special place in my heart...
like Tatum seeing her Elsa doll from Santa,
 she walks around with her constantly and sings "Let it Go"  
right on key, so sweet!

Like Anna....
so thrilled that Santa followed through in granting her one request of a giant bean bag.

 Like Cousin Johnny (and God father to Liam)...
giving Liam his Christmas present. These two love each other!

 Like Uncle Joe and Kevin's amazing decorations...
this is only a small fraction!

Like our semi-annual family Christmas photo... 
the crazy one, of course.
 We were missing my mom, sister, niece, cousin and her husband, 
but they were there in spirit!
Shortly thereafter, more of us took the Christmas flu hit (hopefully not Auntie Mary and Catherine while in Paris!).

Just a few favorites from this Christmas,
but I am ever so thankful, ever so blessed, that these favorites were spent with a family that loves each other and who I call mine.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas! {love, erik, kristin, kieran, anna, tatum & liam}

For a child has been born for us,
    a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
    and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Monday, December 9, 2013

it's the simple things...

It's the simple things that bring joy to a 3 year old, like helping Nonno and Nonna to pick out a Christmas tree. 

It's the simple things that remind me of the important things in life: God, my husband, my family and my friends.
Christmas time reminds me to slow down and remember the true meaning and spirit of the season.

'Tis the gift to be loving, tis the best gift of all
Like a quiet rain it blesses where it falls
And with it we will truly believe
'Tis better to give than it is to receive
{Simple Gifts}

To be loving...
it really is the best gift of all.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

before i forget...{14 months}

14 months.
How is that possible?
Before I forget, before everything fades...
you started taking steps last month. This past Monday, you began walking full time.
You'll crawl occasionally to get somewhere fast, but for the most part, you are less of a baby and more of a boy!
We've heard you say d-d-da for Daddy and only over the weekend and today do I think that I may have heard you say mama! That's exciting stuff around here!
I sent Daddy to Costco for diapers and should have told him to buy size 4. I don't know what either of us were thinking, but we're shoving you into them for the next few weeks...sorry big dude.
You are cutting another tooth which will officially make 7.
You eat EVERYTHING. I think you ate enough Thanksgiving for you and your siblings.
You are one pound lighter than Tatum...she's 3.
Okay, I'll give you a break, she is petite and doesn't eat a whole lot, but you are big. Really big.
What's biggest though, is your heart...
and it melts mine daily.
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