Sunday, December 8, 2013
OMG you're THREE.
By the time you're old enough to read this, you'll roll your eyes at that first line and how lame Mommy can be sometimes. Let's be honest: if you could read NOW you'd roll your eyes, because since the minute you were born you've been a tough crowd. Quick to understand the joke but slow to be amused...until we hit on just the right thing to make you giggle, and then you laugh uncontrollably with such infectious, enormous delight that it makes us laugh like crazy too.
You are three and you are amazing. You are affectionate and sweet and empathetic. You ask a million questions, and they're really, really good ones. You talk nonstop (at least, when your sister gives you the chance to get a word in) in fourteen-word sentences with your funny toddler-pronunciation I still don't always understand.You notice everything. You are listening and watching all the time. You get smarter and wiser and more compassionate every day. You know when someone is tired, or sad, or needs a giant N-hug. The ferocity of your love leaves me breathless and laughing and sometimes bruised in weird places. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
You are a dedicated, fiercely loyal and loving little brother. E is your whole world. You would follow her anywhere, to the ends of the earth or the edges of the backyard. The two of you have this magical, unexplainable and unbreakable bond that blows my mind and makes me grateful every day.
You wear sunglasses all the time, everywhere, sometimes indoors. You are blue jeans and big-boy underwear and race car pajamas. You are golden curls and clear blue eyes that disappear completely when you laugh. You laugh all the time and we love that about you. You love books and trains and cookies, pizza and carrots and Lightning McQueen (oh my goodness, how you love Lightning McQueen...) Your favorite game is Hungry Hungry Hippos, and you always need to be the blue one, because blue is your very favorite color. You still sleep with your Dora the Explorer doll and your giraffe lovey every night...but your favorite expression is "I do it MYSELF, Mommy!"
You are more stubborn than all the rest of us put together, and that's saying a lot. You know your own mind and aren't afraid to let anyone know it. You are secret giggles and silly jokes and nonstop mischief. You push boundaries. You want to be seen and listened to and understood. You are as shy as you are brave. Your need for independence, and your need to be curled up safe in my lap, shift back and forth like a pendulum.
I hope you never stop wanting to be independent. I hope you never stop curling up in my lap. I am so very, very proud of you, my beautiful son, for being strong and kind and affectionate and stubborn and silly and loving and brave. You bring smiles to the faces of everyone you meet. You light up my whole world. You are getting bigger every minute...but you are, always and forever, my baby boy.
Happy Birthday, sweet N.
I love you so much.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
|Me too, baby girl. Me too.|
My heart is overflowing with gratitude for this crazy, beautiful, blessed life I'm living. Every morning I wake up and give thanks to the universe for a life that is filled with friends and family, love and support and laughter, joy and strength and learning and miracles.
So today, on Thanksgiving, I'm thrilled to be dedicating an entire day to celebrating with my incredible family...and giving thanks, every minute, for all of it.
Wishing you and your families a day filled with love and laughter, joy and light and lots of turkey. And above all..
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
In this house of Peanuts gang lovers, we're super excited to be creating new holiday traditions at one of our very favorite places: Knott's Berry Farm.
Once our Thanksmukkah festivities are over, we're headed to Buena Park to celebrate the season with Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang. The older E and N get, the more enthralled they are with Camp Snoopy and the wonderful old West attractions at Knott's. And with the new additions for the season, holiday spirit is everywhere. We're psyched to check out the It's Snoopy! Ice Show, Lucy's Wish List at the Camp Snoopy Theater, and Santa's Christmas Cabin.
If you live in Southern California (or are just here for a visit!) we can't recommend Knott's enough. Maybe we'll see you there? We'll be sharing our adventures with hashtag #MerryFarm and hope you'll share yours too!
Halloween. Valentine's Day. And now the holidays, too...
Knott's Berry Farm, thank you for giving us holiday traditions that make special occasions even more special!
Disclosure: We were invited to participate in the Merry Farm kick off festivities free of charge on behalf of GigaSavvy. All opinions are my own. Snoopy, we love you!