Oliver Turns One!

Oliver turned 1 year old on the 18th! We celebrated last weekend with our families and had the best time together. We love getting together with all the aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. We have the best time together and get to make such sweet memories. My mom made his cute cake and Everly and I made cupcakes together. It was so fun getting to see Oliver eat his cake. It took him awhile to dig into it but once he got the hang of it, it ended up all over his face and on the floor 😆 On Ollie’s real birthday, we started out with a waffle breakfast, followed by playtime with sister, and lots of giggles. Nana and Papa came over and we opened a few gifts with him. I got to give him one of my old Pound Puppy stuffed animals from when I was little. We sang happy birthday, ate some cupcakes, and went for a walk together. I couldn’t have dreamed of a more precious, happy boy to raise. He is such a sweetheart and it’s been a delight watching him grow. It’s been especially fun seeing him walk around the house this last month, playing with his sister, and giggling all the time. He’s talking more and his favorite words are still Dada and Nana. I swear I heard him say “Mama” a few times too 🥰 He’s constantly finding things to climb on, bobs up and down when he likes a song, and is always charming us with his smile. He loves pointing at someone or something he wants, and it’s always super easy to get a smile out of him. Lately he’s been echoing sounds that people make. Sometimes his sister with make a squeak sound the hall and he’ll hear it, smile, and copy it. They keep going back and fourth making sounds and making each other giggle. It’s the best! Our family became complete the day he came into this world. His joy makes our hearts so full. This last year has been a beautiful adventure full of sweet memories made. We’re cherishing every moment with him and we’re so thankful for this first year with our baby boy 🤍

My Boys

I always dreamed of having a mini Daniel. These two are the joy of my heart and I’m so in love. I spotted this cute little denim shirt for Ollie at H&M kids and couldn’t resist getting it since I knew his Daddy had the exact same one in his closet at home. And so naturally what had to follow was a photo shoot in complete matching outfits. My sweetheart’s birthday was on the 5th and I loved getting to celebrate him all weekend. We started out with a mini celebration at my parents house the night before with a couple gifts and some cake. Everly got to sing Happy Birthday to her Dada and watch him blow out his candle. She’s been really into that the last several months. She likes making pretend cakes and puts pretend candles on and loves singing the Happy Birthday song. So when it’s a real birthday with real cake it’s the best thing ever! That night the kids stayed with my parents and I got to take Dan out for a night stay at a hotel that our sweet friend blessed us with. The next day I took him out shopping and we ended up at a Guitar Center. I got to bless him with a brand new acoustic guitar! He has been playing his other guitar for the last 14 years so it was pretty special to walk away with a treasure that I know he’ll have forever and probably end up passing along to one of our kids. The next day, we went out to brunch with my whole family. My sisters and their kids came into town and it was so special being able to celebrate all together. Getting everyone together in one spot is more rare these days so it was such a treat. Today, our sweet Oliver decided to walk! He took his first official step by himself last week but decided he wanted to be a little more brave today and walk a lot more. I’d say 4 steps in a row so far. I just realized, thinking back on when Everly took her first steps that she did it on my birthday. And Ollie walked a couple days after his Daddy’s birthday. How cool! I’m a proud Momma for sure! I don’t really know how he’s growing so fast but I’m doing my best to enjoy every second of it. He’s been more vocal lately too and it’s the cutest thing to hear. He of course is still saying Dada all the time and still charming me with his dimples. Now, if I could only get him to sleep through the night, haha. This life with my sweet little family is such a dream come true. Every day I have so much to be thankful for! In just a few days Dan and I will be celebrating 16 years of marriage together. I just had this crazy thought…We started dating when I was 19, so on my birthday next month I’ll be able to say that I’ve been with him for half of my life! Wow. I love this life we’ve built together and can’t wait to see what the days ahead will hold.