12.06.2013 / liam brave, age 4

liam brave age 4

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liam brave age 4

four.  i’m not sure about four.  four is that year where munchkins turn to (little) men.  somewhere in the year of four, you go to bed one night a baby, and wake up the next morning a boy.  and, the thing is, you never really know which night that might be.  you, though, liam have always been somewhat of a munchkin and a man.  my old soul. words of wisdom, kindness and understanding, only known by those who have lived life, seem to float out with ease in a mini pitch.  while, i know your voice will change with age, i pray your tone never will.

+you’re favorite food is spaghetti and pepperoni pizza, besides chocolate, of course.
+you ask if everything has coconut in it (which you are very against).
+all you seem to talk about these days are four wheelers.
+you say the most hilarious things like”you just got owned like a dog dog on a bun with mustard.”
and you tell me, “i’ll marry you everyday, cause your my wife.” #liambravesays
+you make sure we never miss “best part + and worst part of the day” at dinnertime.  and, everyday your answer is :  “the best part of my day was going to gommy’s house” and if you haven’t been to her house, than the worst part of your day, obviously, is “i didn’t get to go to gommy’s house + ride 4 wheelers.”
+you’ve started growling like a cheetah, which actually sounds more like a snake hiss.  i’m not sure?  but, it is your favorite response when asked a question.
+you ask me if you can pray for me, if i’m having a hard day.
+you’re favorite show at the moment is peter rabbit (i love this)
+you’re very insistent on picking out your own clothes, more particular than most girls, and you always want to wear jeans and your tiger shirt.  or, anything that you think makes you look like a worker (as you say).
+you learned to jump off the diving board + swim without water wings this summer.
+you are slightly obsessed with duck dynasty + have some how picked up some sort of twang accent.  i’m puzzled.
+you love going to chicago.  i think you will be my little traveler.
+you think your the boss (you kind of are) and you have no problem speaking for our entire family (like when the fireman came to our house – burnt food – and you answered the door and proceeded to introduce the entire family to the fire-chief).
+this year you asked santa for shoes + a stuffed animal reindeer.
+you’re favorite book is iggy peck architect.

bravey, although you are sandwiched in the middle, i hope you know how much you stand out.  you are one of a kind.  a kind that oozes kindness and curiosity, which makes for the best personality.  you’re little arms uplift my tired ones and your little prayers help me to have big faith.  i hope you will grow to know that you can always count on my arms and prayers too.  lets always offer this to each other.

happy birthday, liam brave, age 4.

more birthday posts here.

11.24.2012 / Liam Brave, Age 3

How is it you are 3?  Although, there are days, I could swear you are 63.  You are such an old soul Liam Brave.  A child’s heart happily coupled with an old soul, there could not be a more perfect being.  Although, I am the one that should be leading the way, dear one, I am certain that there are days that you are guiding my way.

+first things first in the morning and for you it is Peppa Pig
+ you are still trying to get ahold of the grownies coffee any chance you get
+ you always say, “mommy, you make me happy”  and my heart melts
+for lunch its peanut butter and jelly
+you are such a good little swimmer + love going to lessons each week
+this past summer was spent driving the John Deere and you are quite the driver
+every night at dinner you declare, “this is the best dinner I’ve ever had.”
+you just moved out of your crib + into the bunky beds (as you call them) with Luke
+when you grow up you are going to be a doctor and take care of us all
+we have a little song, “there once was a man named mr. poop, mr. poop, mr, poop…”
+you’re favorite book is The Gruffalo (and I like that one very much, too)
+you can sing every word to “A You’re Adorable” and I’m amazed each and every time
+to you an apple is an “un pomme”
+giraffe is still your favorite and I know he always will be
+one day I will take you to D’Ork (New York) with me + we will have the best of times

I know, certainly, that without you I’d be lost.  You are a package of perfect sent from heaven above.  I wonder if one day when you are older you will remember all of our little grown-up conversations.  If for some reason you should forget (which I doubt with that miraculous little memory of yours) then I will be there to tell you the stories and remind you of our days.  Of how, when I would be losing my cool, over the stupidest thing, you would grab my hand and say, “I love you mom.  It’s Ok, my mom.”  And suddenly, it was all OK.  It is all OK….because I have you.  Brave, when the day comes when things seem overwhelming, too much, upsetting, or just bleak, I will be be there, grabbing your hand and saying, “I love you, Liam.  It’s OK.”

Happy Birthday, Liam Brave, age 3.

01.16.2012 / Liam the Brave [blankets]

I couldn’t believe it when I saw that Aden + Anais - my most favorite baby blankets [your's too, right?] had a new set of blankets called LIAM the BRAVE!  [If you are new here, my 3rd's name is Liam Brave].

If you are having a baby or had one recently you will definitely want to get some of these blankets.  They are super soft, light weight and the absolute best for swaddling.  After 4 kids I have a few items that are staples and that I always recommend [or buy as gifts] and the Aden + Anais muslin blankets are on that list.

Here is my Liam Brave carrying Liam the Brave blankets from Aden + Anais.  How cool!   They are definitely a keepsake for us now.

Thank you to Aden + Anais for sending Liam Brave his very  own Liam the Brave blankies.

11.24.2011 / Liam Brave, Age 2

Happy Birthday my sweet Liam Brave.  You are pure joy.  Light in the darkness.  And laughter that never seems to end.  You have more personality than 10 grownies combined.

Oh how you love to talk.  Sometimes I’m amazed at all of the words [+ sentences] you know how to say.  And even more amazed at how you really understand what you are saying.

+You like coffee + help me order DECAF
+You can sing your ABC’s, only leaving out a few
+You watch Caillou in French [because I can only take so much in English]
+Lately your favorite thing to do is the dishes
+You always want to go outside and you’ve managed to figure out the safety locks
+You look up to your El + L and you adore your baby Rocco
+You say I love you without us saying it first
+Your favorite stuffed animal is Giraffe and you can’t sleep without him
+You can put words to the music when I play Coldplay
+You love to give kisses
+Your favorite food is pizza + your pretty serious about your breakfast
+You can name all your stuffed animals + tell me who got them for you

You are all personality wrapped in a hug and sealed with a smile.  And . . . you are all mine.  I love you, dearly!

03.24.2010 / Liam Brave’s Room

I’ve been meaning to post this for like 4 months. This is the Brave’s room which he only naps in and if company comes than he has to share the room with them. Eventually he and his big brother L will share a room and have many adventures… I’m quite sure of that.
As you can see this room still needs a lot of help. I think I have some sort of disorder in which I don’t ever properly “finish” a room. I really need some art/photos/something on the walls as you can see. Have you seen anything spectacular lately? Something over the bed and something over the changing table just might change my life… I’d love to know!
UPDATE: here is where I purchased everything (mostly from Etsy):
Elephant Fabric {BabyDarling made the blanket}
Crib Sheet
Crib Skirt – Target
Mushroom Night Light
Animal Prints
Fish Mobile
Owl Mobile {over changing table}
Elephant Hamper {looks like Home Depot carries it now too}
Standing Lamp – IKEA
Blanket on Rocker – IKEA
Garbage Can – Container Store
03.07.2014 / fave friday









well, how do you do this week, lovelies?

we had a week of doing things like going to king burger in a snow storm (as in burger king, in which we found 2 hairs in one kids size french fries – eww ), driving an hour to cabella’s to see taxidermy animals, and watching way too much tv (kids screaming, “i want that, i want that” every time a commercial comes on – i suppose we will have to tv detox once its warm enough to leave our cave).  the ground is still white and the winds are still howling.  winter is still doing its thing here in the mid-west.

but, flowers lifted my spirits again.  on one of our drives we stopped into trader joes (which is no where near our house) and i had to grab a bouquet.  the photos are making me just as happy as the flowers themselves, actually.   rocco had fun shredding a few, but as i’m learning . . . there is beauty in the broken.

are you all surviving winter?  go ahead, rant and rave and tell me how you are surviving.  i’d love to know.

if you need to, take a drive, take a bath, pick up your favorite magazine, buy some flowers and light a tropical candle.  just don’t listen to your toddler when they say they want to go to king burger.  you might find out, like we did, that they only wanted to go for the chocolate milk?!!!!!

happy weekend!

ps- a few ways to beat the winter blues.


01 /  18 things highly creative people do differently.  do you consider yourself creative after reading this?

02 /  you now know how i feel about toast…naturally i was excited to see these toast recipes this week.

03 /  have you tried chia seed pudding?  after seeing it in giada’s book, its been on my mind.  i’m going for it this weekend.

04 /  do you use yoga apps?  here are some suggested ones if you are wanting to try like me.

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01.17.2014 / fave friday

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this week:

-we are loving our richer poorer socks.  aren’t they the cutest?
-liam brave thinks he’s willy wonka
-i can’t stop eating this spread on my toast, or by straight up by spoon.
-i went to a keith urban concert with one of my dear friends.  i’m officially a fan.  he is amazing on the guitar, a fabulous performer.  and, he just seems like a super sweet guy (speaking of, are you watching idol?  what do you think of harry connick, jr.?)  i was also entertained by the people sitting next to me (wow) at the concert.

it’s snowing here again.  i wonder if it will ever stop?  usually by may it does, in these parts.  i’m trying to just enjoy the season.  if it is going to be cold than it might as well snow as far as i’m concerned.  although winter is a season where everything dies, i only see new beginnings and fresh starts every time a snowflake falls and sprinkles its one of a kind self on the dark and dead earth.  it’s like a crisp white blank sheet of paper.  endless possibilities for the whole earth.  who knows what will be written.

i hope your weekend feels just like that . . . a blank piece of paper.

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01.10.2014 / fave friday


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happy friday!  did you survive the first week back in the swing of things?  it was rough getting up early, again, but we can’t complain too much since school was cancelled monday and tuesday due to frigid temps (its 30 today + it feels like a heatwave).  i’m already missing endless lounging  and doing nothing but watching shows or reading books.  anyone else?

i didn’t take many pictures over break.  i snapped a few photos on christmas morning, this one (above) being my favorite.  don’t tell my other littles, but liam brave was my favorite this year.  every single time he, whole heartedly, tore into a gift, he, high pitched, squealed with delight and yelled “oh yeahhhhh, this is exactly what i wanted.  i always knew i was going to get this.”  like, even if it was sox or something that he didn’t ever mentioned that he wanted.  it was all magicky.  the best kind, you know.

the one and only other shot i snapped was completely candid.  i caught rocco climbing  the counters, and, yes, as you can see digging in the medicine cabinet (for vitamins).  looks like i may need to put a lock on an out of reach cabinet.  figures with the fourth.

while taking more photos is on my lingering list, i’m really ok with some missing moments in my digital album titled christmas 2014.  because, while we we aren’t in a ton of photos, we were so in the moments.  its rare these days, you know, and it honestly felt pretty fanciful to not be clicking and snapping our minutes and magic away.

with that said, i hope you have a weekend filled with moments that you’ll memorize with your heart.

p.s. another thing on my lingering list is to take time to read my fave blogs.  my fave way to read blogs is on bloglovin’  - – give it a try if haven’t.  i promise it will make blog reading so much easier.  you can follow la la lovely here.


01 /   overnight oatmeal, that’s right, looks like a brilliant idea to me.

02 /  why do you read books?

03 /  speaking of books, if you love the bronte’s then you’ll love the background.

04 / i’m always interested in what apps others love.

05 /  i’m not gluten free but i’m happy to try with these cookies

06 / this is a hobby i’m hoping to pick back up this year.  here is how to start if your interested.

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