Apr 162014

wordless wednesday

Happy Baby

    Apr 152014

    today i am

    Luc- 9 months

    9 months old!!

    Stats- We go to the Doctor for a check up on Monday, I will update the stats after we get back.



    teeth- 3, two on the bottom and one on the top. He is working hard to get that other top one to poke through it just isn’t quite there yet.

    Things of Note:

    Sleeping- Luc is sleeping like a champ. He gets put to bed between 7-8 every night and wakes up between 7-8 the next morning. He does babble and talk while he sleeps (Dadada, dadada) but other than that we usually don’t hear from him. At night he is still sleeping in our room in the pack and play; however, we are looking to transition him into the crib in Charlie’s room. As for naps he usually sleeps for 2-2.5 hours in the afternoon and occasionally in the morning too. Our morning routine is far less predictable because of school drop off and pick up.

    Crawling- Luc is really on the move now. He is full-on crawling and can get anywhere he would like to right now. He usually takes his time and moves at his own pace; however, if he does see something that he wants he will make a break for it (he breaks out the fast crawling) to get whatever he wants.

    Standing- he is pulling up and standing at everything that he can right now. He hasn’t taken any interest in cruising yet. Which is absolutely fine by me. I know that he will be walking before we know it and I am in no hurry to rush him.

    Eating- Luc is still eating really well. He loves homemade purees (sweet potato is still his favorite) but has also taken a stab at pretty much anything I put on his highchair tray. Like we did with the other boys I usually take a look at what we are having for supper and give a little taste of whatever he would be able to have. So far he really likes pancakes and waffles.


    *Music Table- he loves to pull up at the music table and push buttons until his heart’s content. He doesn’t dance with it yet but he does love pushing the buttons.

    *Bathtime- He will splash the night away in the tub if we let him. He loves to play in the water and if his brothers are in the tub and he isn’t, he crawls into the bathroom to find them.

    *Shoelaces/Shoes- now that Luc is on the move we need to be more diligent about putting our shoes in the cubby because if they are out he will find them and he likes to chew on them- I know, it’s gross!

    *Stacking cups- Luc really enjoys banging his stacking cups together. He’s not so much of a build and knock it down kid but he enjoys banging them together to make noise. This really goes for any toy actually. If he isn’t chewing on it, he is banging things together to make noise.

    *His brothers-  without a doubt Luc adores his two big brothers. Although he will smile at anyone, his brothers are able to get the biggest smiles out of him. He is constantly looking to see where they are and crawling to be in the room with him.


    Being tired or hungry, but only really tired or really hungry. This category is a stretch here because he doesn’t really have many things that he doesn’t like (honestly, I get asked frequently if he ever cries). He really is the best and sweetest baby ever.

    I am not sure that I can find the correct words to describe what a delight this little one is. We haven’t spent a ton of time teaching him tricks (clapping, waving etc) so he isn’t doing any of those things yet and he was slower to crawl etc but really he is so laid back and easy that it’s almost as if I need to remind myself that he’s around sometimes. He fits into our family so seamlessly, he goes with the flow and greets each new day or circumstance with a smile on his face. I sincerely hope that he continues to delight in everything and find joy and peace in the world around him.

    Luc- 9 months

    Luc- 9 months

    Luc- 9 months

    Jay and Charlie “helped” me to take Luc’s photos today ;)
    My photo helpers

    my boys

    not so helpful helpers

    Luc- 9 months old

    Jay at 9 months
    Charlie at 9 months

    Also, click here and here to see the 7 and 8 month Luc updates. I was a little behind on posting them so you may have missed them.

      Apr 112014

      a letter to my Jay bird- 4 years old

      4 year old Jay Bird

      4 year old Jay Bird

      Jay Bird,
      A few days ago you sat across the kitchen table from me at lunch, grabbed two grapes and explained (correctly I might add) how the earth revolves around the sun and about night and day/light and dark. After you were finished you grabbed one of the grapes, bit it in half and jokingly announced “now there is only half of a sun!” I sat there in awe of you. Lately, you seem to be growing and maturing overnight. I am constantly amazed by all that you already know and what you are so quickly learning. I wake up one day and your pants are two inches too short and the next day you’re trying new tricks or telling me the most amazing stories. It is baffling really how easily the days turn into weeks and the weeks to months and so on. It feels like just yesterday they placed you in my arms making me a Mommy. I constantly find myself wishing for time to slow down so I can enjoy all of the craziness that is our life right now but for whatever reason time keeps speeding past me like your constant car races- zooming by with endless speed, energy and enthusiasm.

      Speed, energy and enthusiasm are wonderful ways to describe you these days kiddo. You, for the most part, are a ball of constantly moving energy. You don’t sit still, you are constantly moving and always have something new and fun “planned”.  You frequently say “I was thinking…” or “Mommy, don’t you think that is a good idea?” inserting whatever new plan you have.  You are still infatuated with cars and race them daily. When you have been away at school you come home and go straight to racing without much talking or awareness of anything else for that matter. It’s as though you have gone through withdrawal while you were away and need to get your fix as soon as humanly possible. While racing, you dream up scenarios and stories for your cars and lately you have built elaborate “sets” with our wooden blocks to race your cars in. I am not exactly sure how long this infatuation of yours will last but right now it is still holding strong.

      Aside from racing cars you still love the outdoors and adore being able to run, play soccer, hit the ball off of the tee or ride your bike while you are out there. You would dance in the rain every chance you got if I would let you and dig in our sandbox until the sun is down and you can no longer see. You are moving from sun up to sun down lately, which has honestly been a bit of a challenge. We’ve been making it work with a mandatory “rest” time in the afternoon although it is seldom that you actually “rest” during rest time. You usually are racing your cars or reading quietly in your room. You want so desperately to be able to read on your own right now and are making great strides towards achieving that. You know your letters and numbers like the back of your hand and are starting to recognize the sounds of words and letters. It truly is amazing to me how much you absorb these days. You have really enjoyed going to school (no real surprise there) and Mrs. Coates is usually complementary of how much you know and what a nice friend you are. I am so proud of you sweet boy! Aside from books and cars, your other love would have to be art right now. Frequently, you ask if you can color, draw or paint. Most of your pictures are of cars or of you with other people. You are getting really good and most of your pictures are easily deciphered without much explanation. You add details that are so accurate and will color for hours if I let you.

      Kiddo you are exhaustingly awesome and each day you make me so proud to be your Mommy. You love hard, you play hard and you do most everything 110% of the way (Daddy’s note: this dedication includes your stall-tactics). This is not to say that we don’t have struggles dear boy because we certainly have. 3 was really tough, but nothing that we haven’t been able to work through. I love watching you grow. I love watching your learn new things and I love the bone crushing hugs that you so easily give. I hope that you continue to greet each day like it is an adventure, an adventure to be met with enthusiasm, curiosity and a kind heart. You will go far sweet boy, I have no doubt, and I am thankful every day that you are taking me along for the ride.

      I love you sweet boy!

        Apr 102014

        handsome boys

        So I am not going to pretend to be modest here and I am just going to jump to the ridiculously annoying, super proud parent… My boys are adorable on a regular basis but even more so when they are dressed up all fancy (what Jay likes to call being dressed up). So I used Maggie’s wedding as an excuse to go all out and make them fancy! I love them and their ridiculously cute bow ties and am so happy that they cooperated with me during our post wedding shoot.

        Charlie Tuna

        Charlie Tuna

        Luc Omer

        Jay Bird

        Jay Bird

        Jay Bird

        in this next photo I catch glimpses of a teenage Charlie
        Charlie Tuna


        Charlie Tuna

        my three sons

        my three sons

        my three sons

        my three sons

        Luc Omer

        Charlie Tuna

        Luc Omer

          Apr 092014

          such a special day

          I am delighted to share a few photos from the beautiful wedding Jamie, Jay and I got to be a part of last weekend. On Friday the 4th Jamie’s cousin married her long time boyfriend Josh in what can only be described as the perfect day! The weather was beautiful, the bride was even more so, the details were thoughtful and springy and the whole day was just so full of love and joy! Maggie and Josh, we truly couldn’t be happier for the two of you and were so honored to be a part of your special day.

          While there were SO many things and moments that I would have loved the opportunity to photograph at this wedding I simply didn’t get the chance. It has been so long since I have attended, much less participated in, a wedding that I didn’t photograph! However, I did get a handful of photos that I love. So please excuse the ridiculous amount of photos I am about to share. I really had way too many favorites to narrow it down any further than I did!

          First up- Bridesmaids’ luncheon and mani/pedis
          Maggie and Josh- bridesmaids

          Maggie and Josh- MOB and the bride

          Maggie and Josh- the Bridesmaids with Maggie

          the rehearsal dinner
          Jay has a hard time not making a silly face these days
          Maggie and Josh- me with Jay at the rehearsal dinner

          Maggie and Josh- Jenna and Holly

          Maggie and Josh- Kenny, Holly and Jenna


          The wedding day!

          Maggie and Josh- Jenna and Hannah getting ready for the big day!

          Maggie and Josh- Uncle Mark prepping for the big event

          Maggie and Josh- shennanigans from the day

          Maggie and Josh- fancy bride!

          Maggie and Josh- Maggie with her parents before the ceremony

          Maggie and Josh- the beautiful bride

          Maggie and Josh- something borrowed, old and blue

          Maggie and Josh- gorgeous flowers!!

          Maggie and Josh- beautiful flowers

          Maggie and Josh- a few details

          Maggie and Josh- Jamie and Luc

          Maggie and Josh- an attempt at a family shot

          Maggie and Josh- sweet Charlie with my boquet

          Maggie and Josh- November cool dudes

          Maggie and Josh- two of my cool dudes

          Maggie and Josh - a few details

          Maggie and Josh- the happy couple

          Maggie and Josh- kisses

          Maggie and Josh-

          Maggie and Josh- Kenny and Jenna

          Maggie and Josh- KENNY!

          Maggie and Josh- Holly and Jamie

          Maggie and Josh- me and Jamie

          Maggie and Josh- the flowers

          Maggie and Josh- silly parents of the Bride

          Maggie and Josh- silly Aunt Holly the great and Uncle Mark

          Maggie and Josh- Jamie and his mom

          Maggie and Josh- Nicole and Jeremiah

          Maggie and Josh- Mary Beth and Michael

          Maggie and Josh- more flowers

          Maggie and Josh- more flowers

          Maggie and Josh- with Grandma

            Apr 082014


            I have said this before and I know that I will say it again but one of my favorite parts of being a Mom is watching the relationships grow between our kiddos. It makes all of the crazy worth it :)

            Luc and Charlie- Luc 6 months old

            Charlie and Luc

            Charlie and Luc

            budding photographer

            budding photographer and his subject

            close up

              Mar 312014

              laundry helper

              Apparently, I enjoy pushing our little ones around in dirty laundry as evidenced by these photos and these as well. They aren’t really much help with the folding but they sure are cute and that counts for something right?

              laundry helper- Luc

              Laundry helper- Luc

              Laundry helper- Luc