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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Crib Skirt – Target
Standing Lamp – IKEA
Blanket on Rocker – IKEA
Garbage Can – Container Store
christmas is for kids, yes? for a couple of years i’ve felt in the middle of it. i refuse to totally grow up, which basically means i’m dedicated to using my imagination. yet, i feel like i have grown up a lot these past couple of years, mostly in ways i thought i’d never have to. in my journey to stay forever young, i sometimes look to christmas as a free pass back to childhood. anyone else?
well, yesterday, with two toddlers (and a gommy) in tow i went the mall (not sure when i will realize this is not a bright idea). we hadn’t planned to see santa but we did. after a long line and being told no photos with your iPhone, i got lost in the moment. and, that is exactly what it was . . . a moment. a fleeting piece of time that is gone just as fast as it came. but, i was in it. i didn’t capture santa and the boys on instagram, but i did capture rocco’s big blue eyes growing even bigger. and, i recorded, in my mind, exactly, the way he said, “santa.” i scribbled on my heart liam’s christmas list, spoken in munchkin, which consisted of shoes and and a stuffed animal reindeer. just as quickly, i jotted down how rocco immediately followed liam’s lead and requested shoes too (i think the whole shoes thing is hilarious). it wasn’t all magic. there was hitting, there was crying and there was full out melt downs (almost including me). but, it was all mine. the thing is, somewhere between the crying (over not buying my 4 year old jeans at abercrombie – yes, seriously), and the magical moments with santa, i think i may have dropped my ticket to the north pole. i’m just along for the ride now. and i’ll happily accompany my littles.
if you are looking for a few, non- toys r us, ideas for your littles this christmas here are my favorites :
1. mizy.me do/ such a sweet little handmade doll.
2. schleich safari truck / my kids adore schleich animals. we saw this schleich safari truck at the zoo this past summer and it immediately went on our christmas list.
3. shrinky dinks charms + trinkets craft kit / did anyone else love shrinky dinks as much as i did (ahem, do)? fun for all ages and the designs on this set are super rad to boot.
4. inflatable tiger head / i might be ordering 3 of these.
5. cottage dollhouse / i’m seriously in love with this dollhouse (see how cool it is here) + the family that lives in it.
6. whale puzzle / puzzles are always fun, especially when they form a pretty blue whale.
7. iggy peck architect / we always do a book for each child. this is my fave book to recommend.
8. scottish terrier tic-tac-toe / you’ll never want to use x’s and o’s again.
9. unicorn slippers / i don’t know what to say except someone buy these!
i’m also a big fan of this joke a day set, camper tent, magic set, toy cash register, + a monchhichi, of course.
more of my fave toys for littles here.
how do you do halloween costumes?
i always find october to be a bit stressful. dressing 4 kids for halloween (and spirit week and parties) takes time, creativity and, let’s be real, cold cash. i find myself feeling guilty for not sewing or crafting up some amazing, pinterest worthy, homemade costume, although i don’t even know how to sew (i should know, right?). and yet, i’m confident that no matter what we come up with, it will, surely, be better than those plastic mask costumes that i wore in the 80′s. like gag me with a spoon.
but, back to the year 2013.
i’m particularly loving H&M’s All for Children kids costumes (for each costume sold 25% of the retail value will be donated to UNICEF).
i mean seriously, this marie antionette princess style dress (above) is beyond adorable (please, someone with a girl get this!). liam brave has decided he is going to be the bat from this collection. i love the simplicity of it and i’m always a fan of costumes that stick around for playing dress up or just running up and down the hall.
would you like to win one? H&M is offering one lucky winner the costume of their choice (based upon availability).
a Rafflecopter giveaway
and if DIY costumes are more of your thing than click thru for some of my fave easy options
linda rodin + her amazing apartment. i may possibly want to be like her when i grow up.
why, yes you are.
books shoved and stacked in a corner. disorder in order.
grilled goat cheese bruschetta for lunch, dinner or a snack. yes, please!
what are you loving this week?
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last week was a whirlwind. but i’m always up for a little spinning. kirsten a.k.a. simply grove flew in to collaborate on redesigning my family room. we shopped, talked, decorated and laughed until our stomachs hurt. we also attended clementine daily’s launch party to celebrate our lovely friend erin loechner. the food was delicious and the company even better. we had the best time chatting, catching up and just being together. my heart was so full not only from the fun but from the dear friendships that i’ve been blessed to create through this very space. the talking goes beyond the screen and the decorating is not just for our spaces but for our lives.
i can’t wait to show you the finished product, in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
and if you are looking for more inspiration check out my tips for creating a modern kids reading nook over on euro style lighting.