Thursday, September 29, 2011


Syda turned 2 today. She's still such a peanut and very much a full fledged toddler at the same time. She's such an adventurous kiddo, more so than either of her brothers at this age. At her checkup a few weeks ago our doctor reminded me that two is the age when most kids start to realize that they are their own person, separate from mom, dad and siblings. It's both exhilarating and terrifying for the two year old. It's the same emotions for this mama of a two year old. There is a part of me that is so excited to see Syda growing, exploring and expressing herself, and there is a part of me that is shocked that she's not a baby anymore.

She's a full fledged toddler now and I'm loving (almost) every minute of it. I know the toddler stage has its share of challenges, but it really is my favorite stage of having a young child. Syda is showing us more and more of her personality and boy is there a lot to see. I'm so looking forward to seeing what this year holds for her and us, as we have the privilege of sharing it with her. Happy Birthday Syda!!!! We love you!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday Tunes

Dear Syda,
Happy 2nd Birthday! (almost) Let's enjoy the few days of 1 that are left, you're growing up so fast! All parents say that, (especially mamas) but it's really true in your case. I mean it. Slow down, I'm exhausted.


We are one and that's wonderful
You are you and there's never gonna be anyone like you
Never gonna be anyone like you
Never gonna be anyone like you

Friday, September 23, 2011

This Moment

A Friday ritual. A single photo from our week that captures a moment I want to remember. Many thanks for the inspiration to SouleMama.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday Tunes

I could only dream of the dreams we'd have
How our hearts would be entwined
If you would let me be the one
To open up your mind

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Open Your Mind - Wilco

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Five. 5! Five! Nate turns five today. With each child's birthday, I'm surprised that another entire year has passed. It feels especially important this year since it's Nate's fifth birthday. There is just something about being five that screams independence and signals growing up. It is the official entrance into 'Big Kid' territory.

Nate seems to know this. The past few weeks he's been very proud of all the big changes headed his way this year. He's thoroughly enjoying being a Kindergartner and he asks to take out his workbooks before he's had any breakfast each day. (and before I've had any tea) He's been making cards for cousins and friends, practicing his letters and taking pride in his ability to share messages with his favorite people. The biggest marker for me as Mama, is seeing his growing independence. He's begun to tag along with Ben and his friends at the playground, he takes great care of Syda and always tries to help her, he seems to go out of his way to make Tim & I laugh each day with a joke or silly face. He's become such a dynamic personality. He's not just the baby brother anymore. He's a kid. A wonderful, funny, kind, loving, fearless, wild, sweet, adorable kid. We're so lucky he's a part of our family. Happy birthday Nate!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday Tunes

To Nate,
With much love, a bit of shock, a dose of pride and endless gratitude for being born into our family five years ago this week.

Before you go to sleep
Say a little prayer
Every day in every way
It's getting better and better
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday Tunes

For Tim,
With love, on the eve of his --th Birthday.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

This Moment

A weekly ritual. No words, just a picture capturing a moment from our week that I want to remember. Inspired by Soulemama.