November 15, 2014

Caleb's 1st Birthday Party

Hey guys! Just a quick recap of the little 1st birthday party we threw for our little man. We had a few close family and friends over for some brunch and fun :)

Mommy and Daddy got Caleb his first car! Dad put it together and Mom put a bow on it.
(I know it looks like a curly blue wig)

The T-rex came to party!

"Dirt" cupcakes!

Dinosaurs like donuts too!

Caleb LOVES his grandpa!

He loves Grandma too! She made him this cake special!

Blue 'stache and goatee for Movember.


T-rex wants to see what's inside too!

He's gonna be (even more of) a genius!

Caleb is starting to take his first real big boy steps!

Thanks y'all for coming to celebrate our babe's born day!

He had a blast! (T-rex did too!)

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!

November 8, 2014

Letter to my One-Year-Old Son

Dear Caleb,

Happy birthday, to my sweet smiley baby boy! Daddy and I are so blessed to have you in our lives. From the first moment that you entered my world, I knew my life would never be the same and that I belonged to you completely. Everyone tells you how challenging parenting is—the sleepless nights, endless dirty diapers, worrying, etc—and it’s all true, of course, but they forgot to tell us how fun it is despite all that other stuff! Because you are the funnest person your dad and I have ever met! You fill our hearts with such joy and laughter from the moment you open your eyes (at 5am) in the morning just rearing to go, until you laugh yourself to sleep at night. You are a bright and wondrous light, my little love.

So today, on the first anniversary of your birth, I just want to say how much I love you.  I love your four little teeth. I love the way you crinkle your nose when you laugh just like your daddy does. I love how you scream with glee when you do something by yourself for the first time. I love your open-mouth kisses. How you yell so loud you create an echo, which thrills you so you yell again, louder. I love your little boy energy, always go go go! That you already know how to share. I love how you squeal with happiness when we pretend-chase you, and how you always let us catch you. I love how much you love your grandparents. I love every little thing about you, my sweet boy.

My hopes for you in life aren’t grand or novel, but they’re what my mother has always wanted for us, and her mother for her: I hope that you’re happy. I hope that we raise you to be able to stand up by yourself, but know that we are always here to lean on. As wise Clooney once said, "You give your children enough money to do something but not enough to do nothing." Yep, we're gonna do that too. And yep, I just quoted Clooney.

I hope that you see all four corners of the world, for it is only through adventure that we discover our true selves (don’t worry we’re getting you a passport soon). I hope you always keep that rambunctious energy, precocious spirit, and infectious smile. 

I hope that you know that your Daddy and I will love you forever, unconditionally. You are our greatest adventure, and we are so lucky.

Happy birthday, son!


Mama (and Dada)

I'll leave y'all with this "infographic" I spent the last three hours working on... I hope our future child(ren) doesn't (don't) expect all this too (LOL). Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

October 4, 2014

Caleb at Months 7 to 10

I am well-aware that I am really bad at keeping up with this blog now that I'm a mama. I honestly don't know how parents juggle their professional and social lives plus spend time with their spouse and kids plus continue hobbies of any kind but I have mad respect for those peeps. Me no can. Me too tired. 

So, here's a quick round-up of Baby Shoe's past couple of monthly pics. He'll be eleven months on Tuesday and I just can't believe how time is flying!

Happy 7 Months to The Squiggler!!
This month our little superhero:

  • can sit all by himself
  • says the ah's: bababa, dadada, mamama
  • likes to blow spit bubbles
  • takes out his paci and offers it to daddy
  • will wriggle and roll and reach out for mommy if she enters the room (♥ !)
  • had his first cold, ear infection, and the dreaded HFM (at the same time! sad face!)
  • started his mission for world peace
We are so lucky to belong to you! ♥

Happy 8 months, Caleb!
This month you:

  • learned how to army crawl
  • stood with a little help from Daddy
  • started giving the sweetest open-mouthed kisses
  • and met all your Hawaii ohana! ♥
We love how much of your loving (and mischievous) personality is coming through now--you are so fun! Love you babycakes!

Happy 9 months to our little guy! 

This month, Caleb:

  • has mastered sitting and crawling
  • pulls himself to standing
  • sticks his tongue out like his daddy while concentrating
  • devoured his first three containers of Puffs
  • sleeps through the night (10 hours, finally!)
  • and says "Mamamamama" for Mama!
He weighs about 17.5 lbs, measures 27 inches long, and still has ZERO teeth!
He is def a handful not that he's crawling and climbing, but we wouldn't have it any other way! Love you, CK! ♥

Happy 10 months, Caleb!
  • Crawls, pulls to stand, and cruises along the couch like a champ!
  • Eats more "grown-up" food (and self-feeds too!)
  • Can sign for "milk" but still working on other least he's got the important one down!
  • Loves to pull out every book/diaper/whatever from the shelf/box/bag and scatter everything on the floor around him
  • Enjoys laughing at other babies on YouTube, but his fave vid is himself laughing hysterically
  • Dislikes laying still for a diaper change so that we're having to learn to put a diaper on a crawling baby--is this normal?
He is growing and changing and becoming his own little man more everday! ♥ Our greatest adventure :)

Some other random pics:

Us on Father's Day. That onesie--I obviously had to get it. So good.

At Auntie Kim's wedding! The little squiggly boy is sorta hard to hang on to sometimes, lol. 

Ah, so many feels when I look at this picture. In a word: JOY. I love my two boys and this is a really awesome, special, precious time in my life that I wish I could just pause and hold on to for as long as possible. 

Tee hee, such a ham.

Tomorrow we run our first 5k as a family so we better go to bed. Thank you as always for reading :) I hope y'all have a restful, happy weekend.

August 23, 2014

Family Portraits in Hawaii!

Hey guys! It's been awhile! My one month off in July just came and went! We spent about 2.5 weeks of it in Hawaii with my family and I have to say it was the most perfect vacation I have ever had. It was the best balance of friends, family, hubby, baby, daytime activities, nighttime activities, play, and relaxation that I could ever imagine. Truly, with spending quality time with all my loved ones to having everyone meet the baby, and gorging myself on all the food I've missed, it was just an amazing time.

Don't ask how I handled leaving. Let's just say I was sad for... well I guess I'm still sad and homesick.

Anyway, while we were home (because Hawaii will always be home to me), we were lucky again to have Mister John Hook take some pics, this time just the three of us. He even brought his own surfboard so we could use it as a prop! We met up on this beautiful afternoon at Waimea Beach on Oahu's North Shore and had the best time! Thanks again, John!

[Here's a link to the other pics John took for us back in December 2012]

We are so happy that our little guy loves the water and beach bumming as much as we do! He really is our little water baby! I hope y'all are enjoying your weekend! Thanks for reading!

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