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.
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.
a shared room that looks like this. p.s. it’s also an ikea hack.
this little tea party set up by rosie winstead’s daughter for her Borrower friends. i used to stuff notes in our vents for the Little’s when i was little. so naturaly, i love this and have a sudden urge to set up house in our vents.
these words that every child should live by.
a DIY constellation flashlight. brilliant.
these mittens (for me or my littles). and these too.
colorful donuts. while i’m about healthy snacks. lets be honest. this is what the kids want.
what are you loving for your littles lately?
how about a simple DIY for your weekend?
do you remember the trophy cupcakes and parties book i blogged about? i’m still loving it. the cupcakes, the crafts and all of the cuteness.
this week we made the cupcake liner garlands featured in the book. i’m kind of excited about all of the crafty things you can do with cupcakes liners.
all you need to make the garland is:
+cupcake liners (the pattern options are endless)
+string / twine
the string goes through the needle and the needle (with string) through the liners. be sure to leave about 12 inches on each end for hanging. you can hang the garland in a traditional swag but i think i may hang ours from the ceiling straight down.
and while we are chatting cupcakes and crafts and all things sweet . . .
if you are in the chicagoland area, i’m co-hosting a kids baking workshop and book signing with trophy cupcakes at the land of nod on november 16th.
it’s going to be a super fun event for kids + grownies a like. i’d love meet you!
for jennifer shea (trophy cupcakes author) 10 top craft essentials keep reading . . .
i often gaze at your sweet face and try to figure if it is your glass blue eyes or beaming infectious smile that lights up entire rooms. yes, your eyes radiate life, still in it’s purest form. and, your smile . . . it is a window, wide open, giving voice to the happiness of your heart, through the sound of laughter. a sound which is best described as a giggle of thousand happy babies combined. however, i find it not to be your baby blues or your window of a smile but your soft heart that warms every room it enters.
+ if you were a care bear you’d be tenderheart bear
+ you like to buy shoes more than i do. and every pair has to be high tops, of course.
+ you’re still a candy thief and wrappers are turning up in the most interesting of places
+ this year reading is not your favorite but i’m working on changing that
+ you’re still trying to get rid of those curls but they aren’t going anywhere (thank god)
+ you wear your shaun white ocean motif tank top from target at least every other day and with basketball shorts (much to my dismay)
+ you write raps about your best friend. ”you’re so cool, you rule the school.”
+ you wear sports socks pulled up to your shorts and don’t like to leave the house without a flat bill
+ you still like to snuggle more than any other and i’m certain that won’t change
+ you love your friends and your family feircly
+ pink is your favorite color because it is a manly color (?)
+ your favorite thing to do is ride 4 wheelers with your dad
+ you are so great at literally every athletic thing that you try
+ you love to carry around your little brothers
+ your favorite show is duck dynasty
don’t ever change. only grow. grow stronger. grow smarter. grow taller, if you must. but don’t change the you that you are at eight.
happy birthday luke, age 8.
have you heard of winter water factory? i hadn’t, until recently, and truth be told i’m always happy to find out about new kids clothing lines . . . especially when they have great clothes for boys! you too? thought so.
winter water factory is a brooklyn-based design and manufacturing company specializing in screen printed textiles and organic kids’ clothing.
and can we just talk about the design?
founder and designer stefanie lynen is a self-taught designer who draws inspiration from a variety of sources—from children’s books to vintage wallpaper to envelope liners. as soon as i spied this dress it reminded me of the drawings from my mom’s nursery rhymes piano book (someone with a little girl please buy this. just sayin’) that she always played out of when i was little. i loved dancing around to the music, but, i have to say, i loved looking at the drawings just as much. and these prints now have me humming ”do you know the muffin man,” and “polly put the kettle on.”
dress /jumpsuit / tennis dress
and truly these are liam and rocco’s new favorite shirts :
liam is wearing the triangles shirt+ rocco is wearing the tools shirt. and, i have to tell you that, i’ve also got my eye on the high seas shirt. i’m such a sucker for anything with waves, and ships and magic. you know?
p.s. and the quality is good….really good. i thought you’d want to know.
for great kids inspiration check out winter water factory’s pinterest + follow them on twitter.
this post is in partnership with winter water factory. all opinions are my own. thank you for supporting posts that help bring new content.
images | la la lovely
sweatshirt / bobo choses bag / j. crew skirt / ugg boots
the littles (or shall, i say two of them, have started school this week). we are full on covered in uniforms, and truth be told i’m not a fan. so i’m dreaming up a fun fall outfit for la la like the one you see pictured above. next week, i’ll cover the boys since i’ve got 3 ruling my world.
what are your favorite fall finds for little ones?
dressing up the dog. ok, or just loving this dog. and what kid wouldn’t?
a permanent bunk bed fort. remember the dining room table one?
an afternoon snack? yes, please.
chasity’s home in the latest land of nod catalog.
i love the work of roxi marj. and particularly was taken with the noodle face she posted on instagram.
what are you loving this week?