Dear Jonah March 1, 2013

Dear Jonah, I found this video of you when you first learned to walk:

You have come a long way in four years!

You are so determined.  I am constantly amazed at how you never give up.  Even when things make you so frustrated that you scream, you won't give up until you have mastered whatever problem you are trying to solve.  You follow directions exactly as they are written.  Even at your young age of almost 4 you can build amazing things with Legos. I wish I shared your determination.  It is amazing to watch you grow up!

Ball Art

I wrote this when you turned one:

Your arrival was scheduled.  We had an appointment for my cesarean section and we made it to that date.  Of course everything doesn’t always go according to plan and they had to take you a little early because your little heart rate plummeted about an hour before my scheduled surgery.  We were nervous, but I can’t explain the feeling that went through me when I heard your little cry for the very first time.  Daddy made sure you were okay and then brought you over to me so I could give you my first kiss. I haven’t been that happy in my entire life.
Even three years later I still feel the exact same when you give me a kiss on the check.

Jonah and Daddy

I love you! Mommy   For another letter please visit my friend Alison's blog!  


Wordless Wednesday - Its Pumpkin Time! Oct 22, 2013

One of my favorite things we do as a family is go to the pumpkin patch every year. We went right before the big game on Sunday and had a blast! Here are a few of my favorite photos:

Daddy/Daughter Grandma and C Fall Fun My handsome little guy DSC_0057 Me and my man Standing on a PumpkinWhat are some of your fall family traditions?


Week in Review Bricks and Selfies Nov 26, 2013

White Washed Brick

Last week we white washed our brick fireplace right before I headed out to LA. I love how it looks. Now we just need to add decor to the mantle!


I took this Selfie as soon as I got to LA.

Red Carpet LookI also took this selfie right before walking the red carpet at the premiere of Disney's FROZEN. I haven't had this many pictures taken of myself in a long time, probably since my wedding. I admit, I loved dressing up for once!

How was your week? What did you do?


Jonah's comercial March 14, 2014

Real advice from real parents is essential to any new mom or dad. While I might not be considered a new mom any more, I constantly seek out the opinions of those who have "been there" to help keep things in perspective. Fisher-Price knows the value of parents learning from each other and recently gathered some Moments of Advice from parents through short little videos. They compiled this footage into three short little videos that spotlight how easily play time can be turned into learning time! This first video showcases one of the first milestones our babies master as they take their first steps. I love the advice these moms give those of us who are waiting patiently for our kids to get up and walk! I am very lucky to work with some amazing educators who know the value of play time. I taught kindergarten for 5 years and first grade for 3 years, I know the value of play. Kids are doing more than just playing when they are engaged in play time. They are using their imaginations and building problem solving skills that will stick with them throughout their lives. I was so excited to have Jonah featured in the Learning Trough Play video with his homemade fort we built out of large boxes. Check him out in Tip #5! Isn't he adorable? Here are some fantastic play time tips to do with your kids. I love the clip of playing in front of the mirror, I love doing that with my kids!

How do you encourage learning through play?


Wordless Wednesday ~ Summer Time/Beach Time June 10, 2014

I haven't done a WW in so long. I missed them. I knew the moment I took these pics at Lake Michigan that they were too cute not to share. Happy WW! Beach Time Caroline on the beach Daddy and Jonah Beach

Wordless Wednesday ~ Meeting the Mouse and Other Tidbits June 17, 2014

I thought it would be fun to share some of my Instagram photos from the past week. I also included one of my adorable husband to celebrate Father's Day on Sunday! It was an eventful week that included a Disney Media Event, Play dates at the Park, Getting a Crown put on at the dentist, and of course about 120 tea parties! Life is good!

Wordless Wednesday ~ Nine Years and Counting June 25, 2014

Thanks for the last 9 years Joe. I love you! Wedding Wedding Wedding Wedding