Joseph 3.3

Hurray, Summer is finally here! It’s been great to be able to go outside and play at the playground, or in my new sandbox. I also have been having fun helping Grandpa with the tractor and getting the pool ready. Now if it would just stop raining so I can swim!

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Summer has only just started, but I’ve been really busy! I’m playing t-ball and taking swimming lessons, not to mention starting summer school. Plus, we celebrated Memorial Day with a cook out at Grandma and Grandpa’s house and of course had a yummy donut for National Donut Day. The ones with sprinkles are my all time favorites!

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I’m looking forward to more summertime fun!
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Joseph 3.2

IMG_6341This month has been busy! I’ve been going to big boy school and I’ve gotten more comfortable and really like it. I get to bring home a library book every week and play on the playground every day. We’ve done lots of fun things, like learning about different plants, the weather, and cooking!

Swim class is also going great. I’ve gotten two more ribbons! I’m excited for summer to get here so I can swim in grandpa’s pool and show off how well I’m doing.

IMG_6351We went to the March of Dimes Walk for my big brother and sister, Christopher and Mary. It was a bright sunny day and we had a great time at the park and walking along the river. It was too far to walk, so I got to relax in the stroller and point out the ducks and geese along the way. It was a good day.

IMG_6354Grandma Colley came out to visit me! She stayed for a whole week and we had so much fun reading books together, playing trains in the basement, and snuggling together on the couch. I miss her a lot, but mom and dad said that we’ll go to visit her in Ohio this summer.

IMG_6366We also celebrated Mother’s Day! I made Mommy some really great gifts this year, a wind chime and a sign that says ” I ❤️ Mommy”. She loved them, of course! Daddy and I also went to the donut shop for breakfast and took Mommy and Grandma Colley to a really nice dinner.

Spring has been fun, but I’m ready for Summer!

Joseph 3.1

I really love being three! It’s only been for a little while, but I get to do so a lot of “big boy” things now. I got my own “big boy” bed and I am so proud of it. I have to show everyone when they come over to visit and one of my favorite things to do is sit on my bed and read books with Mommy and Daddy.

I also started swimming lessons. I’m a bit nervous about being in the pool without mom or dad, but I’m being really brave. I even got my first swim ribbon last week! I was so proud when I brought it home and mommy hung it up for everyone to see. 

I also started going to a new “big boy preschool” now that I’m three. I’m still getting used to things, but I like my teached

Easter was so much fun! I really liked coloring eggs and hunting for them. The Easter Bunny brought me  some garden tools, a kite, and jelly beans! We went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house and there were even more eggs and I got a second basket full of bubbles, paints, chalk, and more jelly beans. 

I am so happy that the weather is warm enough to play outside.  It’s so much fun to dig in the dirt, go on “treasure hunts” with Mommy, play with chalk, and ride in the wagon. Plus, I’ve been jumping into every puddle I can find and rescuing worms to put back in the grass after it rains. I’m so looking forward to more fun in the sun!

Happy Birthday 


Happy Birthday, Shawn. You are the most amazing husband and father I could ever hope for. Thank you for sharing this amazing life with me. You are, and will always be, my true north. I love you. 

Joseph: 24-36 month retrospective

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!

Joseph 3.0

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!

Four Years . . . 

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.

Spring Fever

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!

March for Babies 2015

March for Babies is coming.

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 hereIf you would like to create your own team, or find a walk in your area, please visit .

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.


Dreaming . . .



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.