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.
We’ve had a lot of fun this month but it sure did fly by. Everly is growing up so beautifully. I still can’t believe she’s 2! She’s so much fun and she’s so smart. We’ve been having a lot of fun spelling words this last month. She knows how to spell her name, mama, dada, nana, and papa, to name a few. I love the look on her face after she spells out something and I praise her for it. She gets this proud but shy little smile and it’s just the cutest. I painted her toe nails and fingernails for the first time a few days ago. She requested one of each color on her toes and made sure to tell me exactly where to put each of the colors. Throughout the rest of the day I would catch her occasionally stopping in her tracks while playing and looking down at her toe nails. She still loves playing with her makeup set I got her awhile back too. I’m looking forward to much more of these fun girly things with her as she gets older. Brother Bear is 5 months old! He’s already loving to be in a standing position, just like his sister at this age. He loves getting on all fours and likes rocking back and forth now and I have a feeling he’ll be crawling very soon! He loves laughing and smiling at his big sister. My favorite thing lately is watching them in the car together. Everly is in a forward facing car seat and his is rear facing so they’re in perfect line of sight of each other. Everly loves looking over and making facial expressions or sounds that make him giggle. Ollie loves scooting himself around the house in the Joovy walker. He gets to where he wants to go and when he sees or hears something happening around the house he’ll walk himself right over to check it out. We tried solid food with him a few times this month and he seemed to like it and get the hang of it. The last time I fed him solid food he leaned into the spoon to take a bite. It’s going to be fun to start introducing it more to him in the next couple weeks. Ollie loves books and gets really excited when we hand him one. He’s so observant and will stare at each page and pat his hand over the things that catch his eye. He loves his tummy time but doesn’t stay there for long. He’s still rolling over everywhere and his little happy squeaks and squeals make us smile. Every time we make eye contact with him he smiles. He’s just the happiest and sweetest boy. We had our first beach visit with him this month and he loved it! He dipped his hands right in the sand and had a taste of it, since everything lately he can get his hands on goes in his mouth. It was such a beautiful family day! If I were able to teleport to a special moment in time to re-live over years from now, that day would be it. It was one of those days that totally caught me off guard. I had a moment holding Oliver, watching Dan and Everly climb the dunes, when a overwhelming feeling of gratitude came over me and it moved me to tears. There’s no better feeling than the joy I felt in that moment. We visited the pumpkin patch today with my mom, dad, and grandpa. It was Ollie’s first time at Avila Valley Barn! We had fun feeding animals, watching Everly ride a pony, run through a hay maze, and pick wild flowers. Another special day full of memories made. Thank you Jesus for this beautiful life!