Happy 8th Birthday, Bean!

Yesterday Bean Man turned 8 years old.  He was lucky this year and his birthday happened to fall on the first day of summer vacation, which was a coincidence that definitely needed to be celebrated.  So, our family spent the afternoon at Disney and Bean set our entire itinerary. He just finished reading the first book of the “Kingdom Keepers” series, which is an adventure series that takes place in the parks of Disney World.  The first book is set in the Magic Kingdom, so that’s where Bean wanted to…

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Happy 7th Birthday, Bean!

Last Wednesday, Bean turned seven years old. SEVEN. As in, the number between six and eight. As in, WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?! On his birthday, we sprung him out of school and went to Universal for the day. My inner teacher self was totally opposed to this idea, for the record. But I was overruled by my family. And I’m so glad I was because we had such a fun day! Chris’s best friend was in town for the week from New York, so Justin came long, which was great…

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Gracie’s 5th Birthday Recap

Happy Easter, friends!  A better blogger would have scheduled an Easter recap on Easter Sunday instead of a birthday recap.  But… half-assed.  So instead, let me just tell you that we had a lovely Easter here at our house.  My mom came to church with us in the morning, and in the afternoon we had a big lunch with friends of ours.  It was relaxed, casual, and focused on what mattered.  Just the way I like to spend holidays. Easter was actually the ending of a really busy weekend at…

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Happy 5th Birthday, Gracie Girl!

We have been counting down for this birthday since the day after she turned four.  Tomorrow, Gracie Girl turns five years old!  “A WHOLE HAND!” as she has reminded us for at least the past six months.  I interviewed Gracie last night about the excitement of her birthday, and I love this video because you can see so much of her personality in it.  Plus, I love to watch her talk.  It never gets old to me.  I could listen to her talk for hours.  That girl cracks me up.…

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Celebrating a Five Year Old in Style!

Michael turned FIVE last SUNDAY, people. FIVE YEARS OLD! How did this HAPPEN!?!? My womb is saddened by this news.  She feels old and useless.  And old.  And empty.  But mostly old. We had a hard time figuring out what to get him for his birthday this year.  We thought about a scooter, like Gracie got for her birthday, but he didn’t really want one of those.  We asked if he wanted a new bike since he is getting so tall for his, but he wasn’t too excited about that…

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The Festival of Gracie

The term “birthday” is so misleading. “Birthday” (singluar) would seem to imply that the celebration lasts a single day. Our family is either doing them so right or totally wrong because birthday celebrations around here last about a week. And – whew! – are they some kind of exhausting excitement! On Tuesday, sweet Gracie Girl turned three-years old. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Her birthday celebrations began last Sunday when we had her official birthday party. This was the first one that we’ve had for Gracie that was for her…

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Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

Our goal for this weekend was to not be sad. I think we pretty much nailed it. My sister, John Michael, and Baby Tut Tut came down for the weekend to celebrate Tut Tut’s first birthday with family (his actual birthday is next weekend, but since we can’t be there with him, we celebrated here this weekend) and to honor my Dad’s memory by just being together. We spent Saturday at our house and had a little pre-birthday party party for Tut Tut. We spent the day soaking up the…

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Happy 30th Birthday, Chris!

Dear Pookey, Welcome to your 30’s!  I can’t believe that we have actually been together for half our lives now.  In some ways that feels impossible.  I still get butterflies when you kiss me, I still smile when I get a text from you, I still giggle inside when someone says “Mrs. Brown.”   But in other ways, it feels like I have known you my whole life.  Maybe that is because anything of real importance began when you took my hand for the first time over 15 years ago.…

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Bet You Thought I Forgot…

Better late than never, right????  Here is the annual birthday video for my Bean Bean.  We had so much fun with him this past weekend celebrating his 4th birthday.  I’ll post later this week about our trip to Disney World, but before all of that, I wanted to stop and look back over the year Bean has had.  Big Dude has had some big changes in his life this year, and through it all, he showed us how to not only survive, but thrive.  I look to Michael continuously for…

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