Camden is One!

I can’t believe it. I’m 20 days late here, but my baby is one.

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We had a great day on his actual birthday, which was a Wednesday. Brian and I both took the day off and planned an adventure. We sent Collin off to school and did a few errands then picked him up about 15 minutes early and headed into the city. We didn’t hit any traffic, so it was perfect. We went to the aquarium and spent a few hours exploring there. It turned out to be really, really cold and snowy so instead of walking around down there to find something for dinner we headed back north and go something close to home. We also made a pit stop at a local Stride Rite where we got him his first pair of shoes! It was a really nice way to spend his special day.

The following Saturday we had Camden’s “Oh The Places You’ll Go” party. It wasn’t anything over the top, but we had some fun decorations, good food, and obviously some cake! Camden’s grandfather got the picture above and we enjoyed watching him tear into his little smash cake.

I cannot even put into words the joy this boy has brought our family. He is SO happy. His big brother loves him to pieces, I cannot get enough of him, and it is obvious that Brian is excited to see him when he gets home every day. I love it and am so thrilled to watch him continue to grow. He’s toddling around the house now, getting more confident every day, and spreading that happiness all around. <3

Happy Birthday sweet boy!

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Eleven months. Really.

I’m not quite sure how it is February of the 2014 at this point, but here we are, and I am wishing more and more that time would slow down. This week my baby boy will be 11 months old. Eleven. I just don’t understand how we got here already!

He is quite literally the happiest baby on the planet. I can always count on this beautiful face to make me laugh, or at the very least smile. He has learned to give kisses, shake his head no, nod yes, and says things like dada, hi, baba and sometimes I think he says bye. He loves to dance, has absolutely no teeth (though, his bottom two in the front are finally starting to swell like they will make an appearance soon) and eats like its his job. He has taken a few steps, pulls himself up on everything, and loves playing with little people toys. He’s already climbed the stairs, loves the dog’s water bowl, and will sneak into the bathroom at any given opportunity. I love him so much, its ridiculous.

Collin is nothing short of the amazing big brother I thought he would be and as we have a one year old in our sights it makes me love them both even more because we have had nothing but love between the two of them. I realize there will be hurdles in the future with sharing toys and baby brother bothering big brother and whatnot, but right now in this moment I couldn’t ask for two better boys to love on. They are incredible.

I think by this point in Collin’s first year I had already made his banner, sent out invitations and planned his whole party. Camden suffers from a severe case of second-child syndrome and I have not done any of that yet. I do have a pinterest board dedicated to ideas, though! I will make it happen and I can’t wait. This special baby deserves such a wonderful day. It will be awesome!

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A Note to My Boys

As time soars by much faster than anyone could truly fathom I find myself wanting to preserve every laugh, every tear, every tickle, every raspberry blown on bellies, every ouch, every dance move…. every word. I want to remember why every day I feel like a better person.

 

I look at you both and feel immense happiness. Pride. Joy. I am so grateful you are mine.

 

You make every part of me better -

…my hair, because it is there for you to twist in your little fingers.

…my lips, because I get to kiss your perfectly soft cheeks with them.

…my eyes, because I get to see you smile and my ears, because I get to hear you laugh.

…my arms, because I get to wrap them around you tight (and consider never letting go).

…my fingers, because without them I’d never be able to feel your skin, hold your hand or wipe away tears.

…my legs, because I get to chase you around and lead you in the right direction.

…my soul, because you keep me young and you make my soul sing.

 

To my boys… the best part of me is you <3

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2013 Wrap-Up

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

Had my 2nd baby boy.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

If I made any I don’t remember, so that probably means I didn’t keep them. So lets just say I didn’t make any ;-)

3. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

With my husband and my boys <3

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes.

5. What countries did you visit?

Stayed in the US this year.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

Time.

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

March 5th, the day Camden came with a vengeance. August 9th, the day Collin turned 5. August 28th, the day Collin started kindergarten. My boys are my whole world and are growing so fast!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Adding a beautiful new son to my family. Finishing two graduate classes with amazing grades. Another successful year in photography.

9. What was your biggest failure?

In some ways I think my relationships with others has been my biggest failure. Work has been a big suckfest. My health or lack of improving it is pretty much a fail as well.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Hmmm. A new lens. Oh no, our new furniture, that is pretty great.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Bills. Where it always goes.

13. What song will always remind you of 2013?

Roar by Katy Perry. My oldest loves it and hearing him sing it makes me laugh every time.

14. What do you wish you’d done more of?

I wish I were more adventurous. I wish I exercised more. I wish I went out with friends more.

15. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Photography work. I love, love, love what I do but I need to step it back a bit. I am making it a business goal this year to take less clients and have more success. We’ll see what happens.

16. What were your favorite TV shows?

Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Project Runway

17. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don’t hate, but there are definitely people I tolerate less than others.

18. What was the best book you read?

Um, I honestly don’t think I read a book for me this year. This makes me want to cry a little bit.

19. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I don’t know on this one. I can’t say I “discovered” anyone new, but I did rekindle my love for a few artists I hadn’t listened to in a while.

20. What was your favorite film of this year?

Hmm. Another one I can’t answer. We just saw Frozen and I pretty much loved that, so that’ll be my answer.

21. What did you do on your birthday

Hung out with my boys. I don’t remember if we did anything else – its my old age getting the best of my memory. Haha!

22. What kept you sane?

Not much.

23. Who did you miss?

Many people. My friends. Especially the second half of the year. A lot has changed and I cannot say its for the better.

24. Who was the best new person you met?

I cannot pick one person. I have met some very lovely people at work that make my days a bit more tolerable, but overall I’ve been stuck in a rut.

 

25. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013:

  • “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Oh where, oh where did 2013 go?

Oh where, oh where can it be?!

I am sitting here wondering how exactly it is even possible that its been since the beginning of November since I last blogged. I mean, really. Where has 2013 gone? How do I have an almost 10 month old? How are we half way through Christmas vacation already? It absolutely isn’t fair how fast time is going by.

The Fall flew by for me, and with good reason. I have a job, so there is something. I also have two children, so there is another thing. Additionally, I run a “part-time” photography biz which happens to be busiest in the fall. So there is that. And oh yeah, I decided to go back to school for another masters degree and took two grad classes this term. Yikes. To say I am exhausted is an understatement. To say I needed a break is obvious. I am so thankful that the week before Christmas I wrapped everything up and have been blissfully without school or photo work since. I got two A’s in my classes, which was most important to me and I had a wonderful fall photo season.

My boys are growing. Camden is almost 10 months. TEN MONTHS. That means I have just over two months to plan a first birthday party. Waaaaah. This cannot be happening!

Here’s my little studmuffin:

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I am so thankful to be able to say we have had a great Christmas break so far. Unfortunately Camden came down with croup for his first Christmas, so he probably could’ve enjoyed it a bit more, but really, overall we had a terrific day. I got some extra snuggles with my baby today and as time has gone on he’s pepped up a bit.

Collin is doing great as well. He’s loving kindergarten and got spoiled rotten for Christmas.

I hope you and yours have had a lovely holiday season! I have a lot of updating to do and will slowly but surely get there over the next week or so!

 

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