Birt-dee! Cake! 

It was my baby’s second birthday on Friday and it was lovely. He was so happy to see things related to his birthday and yell out “birt-dee! Cake!” And then blow out imaginary candles. 

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​  we had an extra-special breakfast, since he was talking so much about cake:

He had his last day of VBS, lunch, and a nap. In the evening we went to dinner with Mimi and Bop. 


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Then we headed home for presents and cake:


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VBS 2017

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Best hand-me-downs ever

Jacob is a lucky kid! Cousin Kaden passed along this awesome three wheel bike and full face helmet, and jacob is in love. He is already a pro at riding this bike; steering around tight turns and skidding into small spaces. He is quite the sight! 

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30 years ago today 

30 years ago today my brother was born. 

I should be celebrating with you today, Riley. You didn’t live long enough to turn 30. I know that birthdays are irrelevant to you now, but I hope you know how we have made space for your memory and legacy in our lives, as we always will. 

You should be here. I wouldn’t take you away from the place you are now, but I wish I had more time on this earth with you, because I miss you now. It’s so weird to commemorate a birthday that you aren’t here for. I am heartbroken when I allow myself to think about how I would have imagined we would spend this day. 

I heard this song recently and connected with the lyrics:

Broken by Lifehouse on YouTube
Happy birthday, Riley. 

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To the park!

We took off for  park on foot, which is a big deal because it’s over a mile up the hill from us. The kids were great sports, sitting in the wagon and occasionally pretending to read the mail. ​

Our goal was to fly a kite, and we did!



The walk home was quite slow, especially because, for a whole or, Jackson wanted to walk and then pull the wagon, and when we were almost home he fell asleep. Poor little guy. 

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Jacob: First and Last Day of TK

The first day:

The Last Day:

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Little forklift operators

​​​josh: making kids’ dreams come true since 2011. 

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Summer is like…

Swimming lessons…​

Messes…

Sunglasses…

Smiles. 

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Family from Ireland 

My mom’s cousin’s daughter just got married and came to CA on her honeymoon. She very sweetly visited us on her trip with her new husband! Claire (center) and Chris are traveling all over CA and Mexico, and it was so nice of them to make time for us. I hadn’t ever met her before as she has always lived in Ireland. Maybe someday I will visit them! 

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Happy birthday, Mimi

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