Thursday, June 17, 2010

Florida Bound!

This is just a quick update to say, I won't be updating for a while...

The next two days are chocked full of fun stuff to celebrate's Owen's b-day, and then Sunday morning, we leave for Florida! We'll be gone until next Sunday(ish) so don't expect to see much on here until after then.

Tomorrow night is Owen's first "friend" birthday. He's taking two friends to the movies with him to see Toy Story 3. It's a big night! Then Saturday is the family party to celebrate the big guy. He's pretty excited and he's counting down how many sleeps until Florida.

Florida will be wonderful for many reasons, but some of my top reasons are...

Celebrating Last Blast with SarTodd

Finally getting to meet my sweet, wonderful friend Megan

Having Mom and Dad come along to help with the boys and enjoy vacation with them as well

Beach and Sun are also very high up this list : )

I'll have lots of fun pictures and updates next time!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Owen

2:45 this morning marked the 4th year of my son's life. He came into this world after a 36 hour marathon labor and a miraculously easy delivery. He was 7 lbs 9 oz, 20 1/2 inches long. He had beautiful brown hair with blond highlights. That's something that everyone remembers about him at birth, those highlights! He was perfect. We brought him home the Saturday before Father's Day 2006.
His first year was a stressful one. I say this in relative terms, because I know how many people have had far harder roads to walk than we did. He was a delightful baby, very easy-going, and adapted quickly to his mom and dad's go-go-go lifestyle. But the stress came from the kidney condition that he was born with. We found ourselves frequenting Riley Hospital, administering daily doses of meds to keep him bacteria free, and constantly stressing over the fevers that he routinely developed. Just before his first birthday, he returned to Riley to have his right kidney removed. He bounced back from the surgery within a couple of days and never experienced another issue as a result of the missing kidney.

Each year since has brought new and exciting challenges. He keeps us on our toes. He tests us. He blesses us. He is our first child, our oldest, but always our baby. He is the one who took us from being a couple to being a family. He changed our lives forever just by being born. He changed me from career woman to stay-at-home mom. He can make me want to pull my hair out, but in the next breath make me realize what a joy he is in my life. He is smart, witty, a great people-reader, kind, funny, sweet, and one of a kind. Nothing could ever surpass the impact that he has made in our world. You simply cannot understand how the earth moves until you've held that life in your arms.
Now, he's four. I. cannot. believe. it. The years are marching by so unbelievably fast. I wish that I could trip a few of those soldiers just to slow them down. Each year, the world steals him from me a little more. It's fun to see him acheive new things. To accomplish the next milestone. My heart bursts with pride every time, but it breaks a little too. It just goes too fast. And as he told me yesterday, he's just not little anymore. Yesterday afternoon, he asked me to hold him and he ended up falling asleep in my arms. I laid down on the couch with him and his thin little body stretched from my shoulders to my knees. I soaked in all of the life from those moments of holding my sleeping boy yesterday. Those moments are few and far between, so instead of taking advantage of naptime to do laundry or start dinner, I laid there. I breathed in the sweet smell of the baby shampoo that I still use in his hair, I rubbed his bony little back, and I thanked God for this gift in my life.
Happy fourth birthday Owen Matthew. We love you forever and always.

Monday, June 14, 2010


Things that I have heard said in my home in the past couple of days.

Matthew: "Gentlemen don't put pinwheels down their pants."

brief pause...

"They also don't take off their diapers in the middle of a room."

Two quotes. One for each little boy. I let you take it from there.

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Last Day

Today my little man informed me that this was his "Last Day". "Last day of what?" I questioned. "The last day I'll be little, Mommy." He responded. "Tomorrow I'll be four. Then I'm big."


Here are the last pictures of the "little" boy. Come back tomorrow for pictures of a "Big" boy.

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