Celebrating My Extraordinary Kid

Shane’s had a really, really big year.

Shane's First Day of Preschool 2013

In August, he went to school for the first time.

Shane's School Programs

In October, December, and May, he performed with his class and faced his stage fright head on.


In January, he became a big brother.


In June, he graduated from preschool and became a kindergartener!

He’s had a lot of huge moments this year, but what makes him special isn’t just the big stuff. It’s the little things- like the way he tries to soothe his brother the moment he starts crying, or when I find that he’s sounded out our names on his own to create profiles for us in his new app. While we always celebrate the big moments, we make sure to recognize the small things, too- the moments that maybe only a parent would see.


A lot of time and attention has been spent on Zac lately, so we always try to remind Shane that he is still just as important and loved as the baby. One of the ways that I wanted to show him was by making a video on the Stanford Children’s Health website, where you can easily create a customized video with just a few clicks! Here’s the one I made for Shane!

Stanford Children's

You, too, can share your love, hope and pride for your extraordinary kid by creating a personalized video that captures what makes them one-of-a-kind. There are a few prompts, and you can choose your favorite photos from your computer to instantly make a sweet video just for your child{ren}. You can even share it easily on your social networks!

What are some of the little ways you show your children that you love them?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Easter 2014

This last weekend we celebrated Easter. It was a particularly special one because Shane was more into it than ever before and it was Zac’s first Easter! We spent the morning finding eggs, checking out presents & enjoying way too much Easter candy and then we spent the afternoon at Justin’s parents’ house swimming & visiting with family. I had to share some of my favorite shots of the day!

Decorating Easter Eggs

Shane was so excited to decorate eggs, and barely needed any help this year!

Dyeing Easter Eggs

Zac First Eggs

Zac wasn’t quite ready to decorate eggs this year.

Dyeing Eggs with Daddy

Shane wanted to teach Daddy how to decorate them.

Finding Eggs

I can not believe how fast Shane found all of the eggs this year. The Easter Bunny’s going to need to step up his game next year!

Boys on Easter

My boys on Easter morning!

Shane's Easter tent

The Easter Bunny brought Shane a tent and he loves it.

Zac getting presents

Zac got his very first Easter basket!

Zac in pool

At Justin’s parents’ house, we went swimming and Zac fell in love with the water. He kicked and enjoyed the water for a solid hour, and slept in my arms & my mother-in-law’s arms for another hour!

Me Justin Zac

Shane was too busy playing to pose for a family photo, apparently.

I hope everyone had an amazing Easter {or Passover}!

Letters to My Son: Three & a Half

Dear Shane,

This last month has been full of ups & downs for you. Despite your history of just about never getting sick, you’ve spent the last two weeks alternating between perfectly healthy & feverish, sometimes within hours. &Just before that started, we took a trip to Disneyland, which you were thrilled about, despite only wanting to go on a handful of different rides.

Lately, you’ve been amazing me daily with the new things you say- not the words themselves, as those have been flowing for a long time, but in the way that you use them. “I do want to do that, after all!”, “That is a great idea!” and “That’s not how that works,” have become common phrases and they crack me up every time I hear them. You just seem like such a big kid now, I can’t get over it most days!

Since you turned 3 & a half this month, I thought I’d share with you your favorites at this age. {This was inspired by Christa at LittleBGCG} I hope to remember to update it every six months so that when you are old enough to read this, you can see what mattered most to you at this age!

Disneyland Carousel

1. What is your favorite color? Green

2. What is your favorite toy? Rabbit Game & Monkey Game & Doggie Game

3. What is your favorite fruit? Apples

4. What is your favorite TV show? Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Blue chips {Dorito’s Cooler Ranch, which you’re almost never allowed to have, but were given this week to get you to eat something since you’re sick.}

6. What is your favorite outfit?  Peter Pan Costume {You wore this once. On Halloween. &I had to bribe you to get you into it.}

7. What is your favorite game? Hungry Hippos

8. What is your favorite snack? Fruit snacks

9. What is your favorite animal? Monkeys

10. What is your favorite song? I Love to Eat Apples & Bananas

11. What is your favorite book? Dinosaur Train

12. Who is your best friend? Caroline

13. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play

14. What is your favorite drink? Chocolate Milk

15. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween

16. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Mr. Ducky and Sitting Bear and Patches {Sitting Bear has been renamed as “Tootie Bear” in the day and a half since I asked you these questions.}

17. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Waffles

18. What do you want to be when you grow up? You & Daddy

Buddy, you have no idea how much love I have for you. I’m so proud of you every day as I watch you grow, learn, and figure out who you are. I can’t wait to see you in your little tuxedo when Daddy & I get married this month, and I hope you’ll save a dance for me!



Ps. For the next letter in the circle, check out A Mom’s Impression!

Wordless Wednesday: “Howdy, Partner!”

Shane outfit
This is what happens when you let a 3 year old pick out his outfit. I thought it was pretty cute- particularly when he walked around tipping his hat saying “Howdy, Partner!” Apparently, we should be living in Texas.

Happy Birthday Shane!!!

Three years ago today, my water broke at around 5am.

Twelve hours went by with basically nothing & I was taken in for an emergency C-Section when Shane’s heart rate started plummeting & skyrocketing over and over.

Then this happened:

baby born

Then this happened:

just born baby
&Then this happened:

mom holding baby

&Now that tiny infant is my big three year old, who since those photos has not only actually become aware that he has fingers, and toes, but has even chosen a favorite color, shape, number, animal, food, even letter; has learned a catalog of songs that he’ll show off on demand; and has allowed me to see the world through the eyes of a child all over again.


Has anyone seen the last three years? I seen to have lost it somewhere.

Happy Birthday Shane!

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