flashback friday : happy birthday baby

It’s been awhile since A) I posted & B) did a Flashback Friday. I’ve missed blogging, but with my 2 boys, it’s really last on my list of priorities. But I thought that I would come out of my blogging hibernation & do a post in honor of my baby big boy Benjamin.

Today he turns 2. Wow! Really?? When did this happen?

It really doesn’t seem like long ago when we took this picture. I was totally exhausted but so in love with my sweet boy.

It’s been 2 years full of ┬áconstant surprises, fun, love, laughing, & lots of learning (on both our parts). I am continuously amazed with the gift that God has given me.

Happy Birthday love.


happy birthday to me

on june 26 (a day after my birthday) we celebrated my 28th birthday party with a little party at our new place (a little late with this post, i know). it was simple, laid back, and lots of fun! we had so many good friends & family come from everywhere from around the corner to hours away. we felt so blessed that so many people wanted to be there not only to celebrate my birthday, but our new place, too. of course we hardly took any pictures during the party (we were so caught up hanging out), but i was happy to get at least a few good family pics.


“What must I do, Mother, what must I do to make a different world for her? How do I start?”

“The secret lies in the reading and the writing. You are able to read. Every day you must read one page from some good book to your child. Every day this must be until the child learns to read. Then she must read every day. I know this is the secret.”

Katie & her mother, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

My favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn & in it Katie’s mom tells her that she should read a page of Shakespeare & a page of the Bible to her daughter Francie every day in order to make the world different for her. I have read this book almost once a year for the past 11 years & this is one part of the book that continually sticks out to me.I LOVE reading & I LOVE books. I love the history of books, the smell of them, the way they feel in my hands, the way the take me to a different place & time…it is definitely a love of mine that I want to pass down to Benjamin & my other children that I hope to eventually have. I read to Benjamin at least once a day & even though he may not understand what I’m reading I know it will make an impact on him. Sunday night I was so excited to find a complete works of Shakespeare at Barnes & Noble for only $20. Yesterday we started reading Romeo & Juliet & I’m so excited to continue reading to him daily along with our page of the Bible, we started in Proverbs. Hopefully I can keep this up, it is number 20 on my list of things to accomplish this year. ­čÖé

27 To-Do List

On June 25 I celebrated my 27th birthday. My 26th year was interesting to say the least. It had it’s share of exciting times along with some not so good times, but when it comes down to it, it was pretty amazing, especially because of the birth of my baby boy Benjamin. I’m so excited about what my 27th year has coming!

I was inspired by a blog that I LOVE to read, enJOY it by Elise Blaha, to make a list of 27 things I want to accomplish in my 27th year & chronicle it in a homemade journal. She makes the most awesome books & journals! I have the journal in the works & I’m so excited to add to it as the year goes along & I start to accomplish some of the items on my list.

Can’t wait to get started!

1. Visit LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2. Do Yoga or Pilates twice a week

3. Go on a date once a month

4. Go on walks with Nate & Benjamin & Davy Jones

5. Go Rock Climbing

6. Read at least 1 book per month

7. Complete one “big” craft per month

8. Make Birthday cards & actually send them out

9. Visit Hannah in Iowa

10. Get Pregnant

11. Watch atleast 50 movies on AFI’s Top 100 List

12. Move into our own place

13. Cook something I’ve never made before every week

14. Write down something I’m thankful for every day

15. Visit the Getty Villa in Malibu

16. Throw a Dinner Party

17. Write a letter a week

18. Go to a NASCAR Race

19. Sew a dress

20. Read to Benjamin every night

21. Plant a garden

22. Listen to every album on my iPod

23. Visit Griffith Park

24. Make tortillas from scratch

25. Write something in Benjamin’s journal every day

26. Have a picnic in Balboa Park

27. Document everything