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/10 on 10/ November

/1/ He’s a climber, alright
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/2/ Bounce house fun2014-11-10_0002

/3/ Jonah was a big fan2014-11-10_0003

/4/ Kicking back with Phonics Island

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/5/ Always so happy when he wakes up from a nap2014-11-10_0010

/6/ Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…2014-11-10_0008

/7/ Asleep at the wheel2014-11-10_0004

/8/ Look at me, mama!2014-11-10_0005

/9/ Love that smile2014-11-10_0006

/10/ Golden girl2014-11-10_0007

I’m joined in this project by a group of crazy talented photographers. I urge you to click over to Sherry’s blog to check out her 10 on 10.

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/Letters to My Children/ October

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Whew! What a month October was for us! We usually try to avoid throwing a ton of change at you all at once, but this month it was pretty unavoidable. We kicked off the month by moving into our new house, and while Daddy and I were super worried about how you’d react to the move, you handled everything with patience and understanding well beyond your 3 years. You really seem to love the new house, having more space, and you especially love having a playroom.

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Only a few days after moving, we left for our long awaited beach vacation. You were SO excited to spend a whole week at the beach and couldn’t wait to dig your toes into the sand. We ate lots of Kohr’s ice cream and we even bought you your very own kite. You loved running with Daddy to get it up in the air, then you’d take over the string and fly it all by yourself!

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You and Zachary ran each other ragged each day, laughing one minute and bickering the next (like typical toddlers!) And you got lots of special time with Nana and Grandpa Ed.2014-11-03_0003 2014-11-03_0004 2014-11-03_0005

I’ll never forget you feeding the seagulls on one of our last days there. You were completely fearless, holding up the bread and letting them snatch it out of your hand. You were in heaven and could have spent all afternoon running around feeding those birds.2014-11-03_0006

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Not long after we got home from the beach, you had a school closure and we got to spend a special day just the two of us. While it’s often hard for me to manage work and play on those days, I always look forward to them because spending time with you is one of my all time favorite things to do!

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We finally trekked out to the pumpkin patch at Gaver Farm, and you had a blast. I think you tried every single activity they had, but your favorite was the cow train. (Which of course I didn’t get a picture of!) You also had a school field trip to Mayne’s and got to pick out even more pumpkins. It was so fun getting to see you with all your little school friends. 2014-11-03_0010 2014-11-03_0011

Lastly, the day you’d been waiting for most of all – HALLOWEEN! There is no article of clothing you’ve been more excited to wear than your Rapunzel dress. (Even now that Halloween is over you like to go into your closet and touch it, and your whole face lights up!) You looked perfect, and having Jonah as your Pascal made it even more fantastic. Once it was time for trick-or-treating you were super shy at first, but after a few houses you really got the hang of it and were running up ringing doorbells all by yourself. We were very proud of you, and it was impossible not to stand back and feel like you were growing up right before our eyes.2014-11-03_0012

It was a month for the record books, my little love, filled with memories that I hope will last a lifetime. <3

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I encourage you to head over to my super talented friend Renee’s blog to read her letter to her children.

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/10 on 10/ October

We’re at the beach this week and this has been one of my favorite days so far…

/1/ morning train
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/2/ and she’s off2014-10-09_0002

/3/ races2014-10-09_0003

/4/ practicing her “guh-mastics”2014-10-09_0004

/5/ focused2014-10-09_0005

/6/ wedgie2014-10-09_0006

/7/ building Arendelle (of course)2014-10-09_0007

/8/ hide and seek with Nana2014-10-09_0008

/9/ found you!!
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/10/ tickle time2014-10-09_0010

I’m joined in this project by a group of crazy talented photographers. I urge you to click over to Felicia’s blog to check out a day in her life.

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/Jonah Month by Month/ One Year!

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Happy Birthday, sweet boy!!!!2014-09-30_0024

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/Letters to My Children/ September

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I really can’t believe it, but tomorrow you will be ONE. Holy moly. Where did this past year go? It has been remarkable to watch you grow from this teeny tiny squish into a sweet, boisterous little boy.

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Over the past few months your personality has really started to emerge and while I know I’m completely biased, you are one awesome kid. You are so stinkin’ sweet and funny and curious. You love nothing more than air drumming along to anything that even remotely sounds like music. I don’t know if you’re going to grow up to play an instrument, but you certainly love music – and that’s something your dad and I hope never changes.

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You also love making a big ol’ mess. Whether it’s taking all the toys off the shelves or trying to get into Rocco’s food and water, it seems every time I turn around you’re surrounded by a mess – looking up at me and smiling big as can be. It’s a good thing you’re so cute!

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I’m so honored to get this front row seat to your childhood… it’s pretty clear to everyone who meets you that you’re a special little guy. And while this milestone is a bit bittersweet for your sappy mama, it’s exciting to think about all the things this next year has in store for you. Walking, talking, climbing, chasing your sister around, and charming everyone with those huge blue eyes.

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You light up my life, little boy of mine, and I feel blessed beyond belief that I get to be your mama – on your birthday and every day.

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I encourage you to head over to my super talented friend Carrie’s blog (Seattle Family Photographer, YiLi Photography) to read her letter to her children.

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