Two years

Two years ago today we had to say hello and goodbye to a sweet boy whom we never got the chance to know. All weekend long i was reliving the events in my mind that lead up to this day two years ago. And even though two years has passed, those memories have not faded. I’m certain that if he were here today he would be a stinky, ornery, dirty little boy who was his brother’s best friend and worst enemy. One thing is for certain though, there would be no lack of love.

“You are my angle my darling, my star… and my love will find you wherever you are.” -Nancy Tillman

My Benjamin, you will always have a piece of my heart. xoxo

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Letters to Elizabeth, 12 months

My sweet baby girl,

You are a whole year old. It’s amazing to look back at the pictures from a year ago and see how much you have changed. You were such a tiny, helpless, little being. It’s so hard to put into words how much love we have for you. You’ve been such a light and a joy over the last year. Even if it did mean a lot less sleep for me.

This last month has been a pretty big one for you. After weeks of scooting around however you could (mainly belly flops and rolling), you started crawling just after your first birthday. First it was just one or two uncoordinated motions, but girl, you’ve got it down now. There is no stopping you. You also learned to blow on your food this month. This wasn’t something that we taught you, but something you picked up on your own.

You make the best fish lips that I’ve ever seen. One day I put your hair in pigtails and then you made your fish lips and I just happened to snap the picture at just the right time. This may be my favorite picture to date.


We took our first bike ride as a family of four. You didn’t love it, but your daddy and I have hopes that you will one day. We played with bubbles for the first time too. You weren’t really sure what to do with them at first, but soon you started giggling whenever one would pop.


Other firsts included your first trip on an airplane and your first trip to the beach. We spent the week of your birthday on Hilton Head Island. You were a trooper and took to the island lifestyle really well. You loved the water and the beach. You even stuck to your napping and bedtime schedule, which was a very good thing.


It seems that everywhere we go people comment on how happy you are. We are so grateful for the sweet, joyful little girl that you are. Every day is truly a blessing.

Happy Birthday sweet girl.



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Family Pictures

I realized, while typing up Lizzy’s letter the other day that I never shared my mother’s day gift with you all. My request was simple. I wanted to have pictures take. Pictures of all four of us, picture of me with the kids, pictures of the kids. Just pictures. So when I found a local photographer who was running a Mother’s Day Special, I jumped at the chance to have her take our pictures and she did a fantastic job! I think I’ve finally found someone to take our pictures from here on. IMG_9528













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Letters to Elizabeth, 11 months

Dear sweet girl,

You are 11 months old, almost a whole year. I just can’t handle it! The last year has gone by so incredibly fast, and believe me, I know how cliche that sounds. You are first and foremost a talker. Most mornings I know you are awake, not because you are crying, but because you are in your room, just chatting away. I don’t know how you can wake up so happy at 6 am, but you do. Your sleep is much improved this month with a little bit of sleep training. I was very reluctant to do it, but it has  made such a difference in our routines and your night-time sleep.


Being a talker means that your not much into moving around. Don’t get me wrong, you can get around, but you’re not crawling or walking just yet. You like to roll and roll and you’ve learned how to spin circles on your bottom. You did start leaning forward on your hands, with one foot behind you and start rocking a little. You’re other foot seems to get caught though and you end up on your tummy. One of these days you will get it. You’ve perfected your clapping and can high-five with the best of them. All I have to say is “high-five” and you put your little hand up in the air so that I can give you a high-five. About the second or the third  time we high-five your start giggling and don’t stop until I do.


Your second tooth popped through this month, although you don’t seem to need any teeth to enjoy your food. You are already a much better eater than your brother was, although we have found a few things you don’t like, mainly melons. Strawberries, grapes, macaroni and cheese and green beans seem to be some of your favorites.


You took your first dip in the pool and in the lake as well as your first trip to the spray park. You loved them all and are a water baby for sure.

lizzylake11monthsYou are so sweet and inquisitive and I can’t help but kiss those sweet cheeks of yours. We love you so very much and are so thankful that God has chosen us for you.

Love always,


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Summer Time

We’ve made it through four weeks of summer break. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how it would go. Will hadn’t been home all day for a whole year and I was worried about how he would cope being stuck at home while Lizzy napped and without any friends around to keep him entertained. But we seem to have fallen into a pretty good routine that works for all three of us and we are having lots of fun doing all of the things that are reserved for summer time.


We’ve been to the park, the pool, and the spray park. We’ve met friends at the children’s museum, the local zoo and for bike rides and walks. We’ve drawn countless pictures on the sidewalk with chalk. We’ve stayed up late to catch lightning bugs and watch movies. And Will started swimming lesson. All this and it’s only the middle of June! I haven’t been very good at documenting everything, but I’ve been trying to enjoy it all.


This morning we headed out on a quick walk before Lizzy’s first nap. Will rode his bike and Lizzy rode in the stroller. Will has really started perfecting the balance bike techniques and I’m sure he would get along just fine with a pedal bike soon. This morning he was having lots of fun using the driveways as ramps.

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Letters to Elizabeth, 10 months

Dear sweet, baby girl,

You are 10 months old and getting to be such a big girl! At your 9 month check-up you weigh 16 lb 10 oz and measured just over 27 inches long. You’re petite for you age, but your doctor says you are doing great.


You started really rolling around this month. Even though you’ve been rolling for awhile, this month you started rolling to get from place to place. You are also pushing up with your hands more and trying to inch your way around while on your tummy. You pull your legs up and wiggle you bottom. Now we just need to work on doing both of those at the same time.


You got your first tooth this month too. You hadn’t been sleeping well for a week or so and I asked your doctor if he thought it might be your ears or maybe a tooth. He said that your ears looked great, but it could be teething. Sure enough, two days later I stuck my finger in your mouth and felt the sharp edge of a tooth! The sleeping trend has continued, so I wonder if there is another tooth in there working it’s way through.


You continue to love food and have completely given up on purees. There are very few foods that you have tried that you don’t like. You love toast, pasta, chicken, strawberries, green beans, sweet potato and peas. You started drinking through a straw, even though most of the time you end up spitting the water right back.

IMG_9595Just yesterday you started clapping when I ask you to clap for me. I was so excited when you did it I almost cried. You’ve been doing a waving motion for months but I’m not sure that is really what you are doing. When you get excited your little hands start going around and around and you flap your arms. You are such a joy, sweet girl and we love you more and more every day.



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A Great Wolf Trip

For Will’s birthday, we decided to spend a night at the Great Wolf Lodge. I love getting him things that he can experience, rather than more things to sit around the house. The Great Wolf Lodge is basically a kid’s dream of a hotel. Among other amenities, there is a water park inside the hotel, only steps from your room. We packed as much into the weekend away as we could, but the real reason for the trip was the water park.

Will really started loving the water and swimming last year. He would go and go and seemed to never run out of energy. After a lull over the winter, I knew an early trip to the pool would be something he would really enjoy. What I didn’t expect is how daring he would be.


There were several different kinds of slides at the park. There were three kiddie slides in smaller pool for the younger kids. He started there and really seemed to enjoy going down all three of them.

He even got a little silly on the kiddie slides, going down on his back and even going down backwards. After getting a little bored on those slides, he and Kevin went to explore a little bit. There were all kinds of things for the kids to do and soon they came back to tell me that Will had gone down one of the big slides all on his own. Kevin was planning on going down with him, but when they got to the top, the lifeguard told them they would have to go down one at a time. Kevin was anxious for Will to go on his own and went down first hoping that being at the bottom when Will came down would help if Will was scared. Kevin said the whole time he was riding the slide down he was thinking “He’s not going to like this. He’s going to get scared.” Kevin waited patiently at the bottom of the slide for Will and finally Will came down with a big gush of water and a gigantic smile on his face. Needless to say, he loved it. He ended up going down all of the big slides in addition to the kiddie ones.

He also loved just swimming in the pools though, which makes me really excited for summer time.

Overall the trip was a success and I would love to go back. Especially when Lizzy is old enough to really enjoy the water park too. She ended up sleeping through most of the fun this time! Poor thing!

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