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/Letters to My Children 2015/ June

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Dear Emma,

Happy 4th Birthday, my sweet girl. People have been assuming you’re 5 for a while now, so it’s about time you finally turned 4! That assumption mostly comes from the fact that you’re so tall for your age (91st percentile!), but also from your independence and maturity. It’s been awesome to watch you blossom into this sweet, thoughtful, silly, creative little girl over the past year. It’s like we can see the older you taking shape right before our eyes.

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Don’t get me wrong – you still have your toddler moments! Those moments can serve as (sometimes much needed) reminders that you’ve only just turned 4… there’s so much you’re still figuring out. You’re just starting to navigate the social world – discovering both the joys and challenges of friendships. You’ve been asking hard questions about love, death, and what things mean. Daddy and I aren’t always ready to tackle these topics, but we always try to answer you with respect, empathy, and honesty.

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For your birthday this year, it felt like we celebrated all week long! We kicked things off with a princess party at the Little Gym where you celebrated with all your school friends. From the games to the Disney tunes to the Rapunzel cupcakes, you had a blast. After that, we headed home where our family was waiting to keep the celebration going. Your favorite gifts were your princess dresses and a book of Disney bedtime stories.2015-06-24_0006 2015-06-24_0007

For your actual birthday, I took the day off of work so we could hang out. It started with you finally getting your big present from me and Daddy – a new dress up cart! We built it from scratch just for you, and I even spray painted knobs bright pink for you to hang your bracelets and necklaces. If someone had told me when you were a baby that 4 short years later I’d be immersed in all things princess I would have told them they were crazy. But what can I say? It makes you so happy, and I’m learning to embrace the fact that our house is permanently covered in glitter.

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Before meeting up with Nana, we stopped at the Frederick Rescue Mission to drop off the Backpack Drive donations you collected at your birthday party. Daddy and I were so very proud of you for thinking of others on your big day. One of the things that makes you so unique and wonderful is how innately thoughtful you are. You are always thinking of others’ needs and feelings, even if it’s something small like sharing with Jonah or bringing me an ice pack if I stub my toe. Daddy and I are hoping to teach you different ways you can use that gift to help others, because the world so desperately needs more people like you.
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After that, we met up with Nana at Build A Bear where you – of course – built an Elsa bear. It even sings “Let It Go” which Daddy and I are super thrilled about. 😉 We capped off the day with a family dinner at your favorite restaurant, Cafe Bueno. All in all, a perfect day and a great way to kick off age 4. As much as you want to skip ahead to being 5 like your older friends, I know this year will be filled with wonderful discoveries, important lessons learned, and happy, carefree times with family and friends.

Love,

Mama

Please head over to Ally’s blog to read her letter, then continue around the circle until you land back here!

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Emma: Age 3

In honor of our sweet girl’s last day as a 3 year old, some of my favorite images of her from the past year…

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/10 on 10/ June 2015

We were in North Carolina this past weekend, and despite 15 hours in the car with 2 toddlers over 2 days, we had a great time. The kids were especially excited about their first hotel stay (that they remember).

/1, 2/ morning cartoons

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/3, 4, 5/ when in Rome2015-06-09_0002

/6, 7, 8/ back in the car2015-06-09_0003

/9, 10/ big kid cups are the best2015-06-09_0004

Click here to check out Carri’s stellar 10 on 10!

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/Letters to My Children 2015/ May

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Dear Jonah,

Oh my guy… you must be the cutest, sweetest little wrecking ball that ever was. If it can be dumped out, poured out, crushed, mashed, or deconstructed in any way, you’ll find a way to do it – with a huge smile on your face, of course.

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Eating with you lately is particularly entertaining. You’ve become very opinionated about what you want, and even more so about what you don’t want. Meals are a contact sport full of charm, equal parts laughing and yelling, and big messes.

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But for all your Bam Bam ways, you still melt my heart every single day with that sweet smile, your huge hugs, and fierce love. You are adamant about the family all being together, Rocco included. If someone’s not there, you say their name Stanley Kowalski-style until they appear (or you get distracted by food). Emma has become your partner in crime, your biggest annoyance, and very best friend. And Daddy? Daddy’s your superhero, rockstar, apple of your eye, center of your universe, best dad in the history of all dads. There is no one on the planet you adore more than him, and getting to watch you two together is one of the great joys of my life.

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Here’s to a summer filled with grand adventures, long weekends, less Super Glue, more patience all around, and lots of snuggles and sloppy kisses. I love you to pieces and pieces and pieces, my JoJo.

Love,

Mama

Please head over to Melissa’s blog to read her letter, then continue around the circle until you land back here!

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/10 on 10/ May 2015

/1/ breakfast antics

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/2/ riding the “bus” to school2015-05-10_0002

/3/ a different perspective2015-05-10_0003

/4/ who needs gymnastics when there’s mama and daddy’s bed?2015-05-10_0004

/5/ school picnic face painting2015-05-10_0005

/6/ Time to wake up!2015-05-10_0006

/7/ waiting for her polish to dry2015-05-10_0007

/8/ she named him John and brought him grass to eat2015-05-10_0008

/9/ it’s amazing how one tiny brownie can multiply in volume and mess making potential when in the hands of a toddler2015-05-10_0009

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I’m joined in this project by a group of super talented photographer friends. Please head over to Jodie’s blog to see her entry for this month, then follow the circle around until you end up back here!

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