I love looking back at all of Joseph’s monthly posts from this past year.(Here, you can check out his first and second retrospective here.) It is amazing to seem him change and grow, in addition to remembering all of the great things we got to do together. He really changed from a tiny toddler into a little boy!
Once again, a year has gone by and now my chubby toddler has morphed into a (not so little) little boy. This past year has brought a lot of changes for you, and our family, but you have always surprised me at your easy going attitude and quick adjustment to it all. You’ve grown so much more independent and your personality has really blossomed this year. I love how kind and loving you are to everyone, how silly you can be and how you laugh and giggle. I love watching you learn and figuring out how things work. I love how you always want me to read to you and ask me to “Come take a seat, Mom!” on the couch next to you. You’re still as busy as ever, but you always make sure to sit and snuggle with me. I hope that you will always do that no matter how big you get. I so look forward to what this next year will bring. Happy Birthday, Joseph William, you are my shining star. Mommy loves you so very much.
I”m three years old today!! Wow did that year go by fast! I have grown so much and can do so many more things now that I’m a big boy. I can sleep in a big boy bed, wear big boy underwear and can dress and undress myself. (with a tiny bit of help from mom or dad) I know my shapes, and colors – in rainbow order!- and can even spell and read lots of words. My favorite things to do are play with my trains and cars, do puzzles, do crafts with mommy and play basketball with daddy. I want to be outside ALL THE TIME! I’m so excited to see what this next year brings, I’m ready for anything!
Time continues to pass. All the while there is a place in my heart that I continue to visit. A tiny place, a sheltered spot from the everyday hectic living that must go on. Like a park bench off the beaten path, near enough to the action to watch the world go by, but removed enough to be its own little oasis of calm. I go there often to remember, mourn, and think of what could have been.
Sometimes their are brief flashes of memory. Exquisitely miniature toes, the warm of a tiny body next to me. Sometimes there are regrets, why didn’t I ask to hold you both together? Why didn’t we take more photos?
As I watch your brother grow, I can’t help but think of both of you here with him. Playing with trains on the floor, clamoring for cookies, giggling under the covers.
The years pass, but you never fade. They only make those few precious moments with you gleam brighter as I hold you in my heart.
Happy 4th birthday, Mary and Christopher. We love you so.
We were all jumping for joy when we heard the weather will be warming up (and hopefully sticking around) this weekend. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we can pack away our snow suit and break out the rainboots and wind breakers!
I’m excited to say that Shawn, Joey, and I will be walking in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies again this year. As you know, we walked in Columbus each year to commemorate the twins, celebrate Joey, and help fund a cause near to our hearts.
Since we weren’t able to participate last year due to our move, I’m really looking forward to this year’s walk. We will be joining the Fox Valley March for Babies walk that goes on here in St. Charles on Saturday, May 2nd. I’m hoping that many of you will be able to walk with us this year, or lend your support in other ways. If you’d like to register to walk with us, or donate towards our team goal, please click here. If you would like to create your own team, or find a walk in your area, please visit www.marchforbabies.org .
In addition, I will also be donating 100% of my commissions from Stella & Dot towards our team goal from now through May 2nd. So, if you’d already looking to spruce up your Spring wardrobe, or want to purchase something special for Easter Baskets or Mother’s Day, please consider shopping with me or being a hostess.
I have to tell you, I am beyond tired of this cold weather. Although it has not been quite as brutal as last year, I’m ready to throw in the towel. . . . or grab a beach towel and head south. As I sit here shivering in my shearling-lined slippers and clutching my cup of coffee for warmth, I can’t stop dreaming about warm beaches, playing in the sand with the little guy, and sipping something a little more frosty and tropical. Unfortunately, we are able to get away right now, so I guess I’ll just have to settle for throwing another quilt on my lap and snuggle up with Joe to watch Thomas and Friends.
This month has been all about snow! I absolutely love being outside and playing in the snow. We go sledding, climb snow mountains, throw snowballs for Walter, and make snowmen. I would go outside all the time, if mom would let me.
We’ve been having a lot of fun indoors, too. We’ve been playing a lot with play dough, coloring and painting pictures, and building with my blocks and legos. I also like to build obstacle courses and play basketball in the basement.
It’s been a busy month! Christmas and New Year’s has come and gone. It was all a blur, but so much fun! Santa came! I got a lot of awesome presents from Santa, Mom and Dad, and the rest of the family. I think that my favorites are my new Cranky the Crane (one of Thomas’ friends), a toy barn with farm animals, a toy tool bench, and my stuffed Thomas pillow. I think that my favorite part of the holidays was having Dad home from work and to be able to play with him. We had a great time!
It has been so cold and snowy outside. It’s not fair because I want to use my new sled and play, but mom won’t let me because it is TOO COLD. How is that possible!?
Grandma and Grandpa left for Florida and I miss them already. Luckily, we got to spend a lot of time together before they left. I can’t believe that the next time I see them, I’ll be three!
This past year has been one of movement, transition, and adjustment. We moved from Columbus, to my parents in Yorkville, and finally to St. Charles.
We are happy that despite the turmoil, everyone is healthy, happy and safe at home. Here’s to a New Year, one full of new joys and adventures . . . But maybe a little less movement.