Brotherly Love


“It’s for the baby.”, G-tot declared as he put the sticker on the ever expanding belly of my dress.

Man do I love that boy. Every night and every morning his little hands push around on my belly feeling for Huggy Baby. He hugs my belly and talks to the baby—sometimes really loudly. He is going to such an awesome big brother.

We’ve been reading books together that have to do with bringing another baby into the family. They are sweet and endearing and will often invoke a wide-eyed look from G-tot when we get to the end. As if he is thinking, Hey, that’s going to be me soon.

G-tot has officially decided that he wants the baby to share a room with him. I am constantly humbled by how unselfish this child is that I’m raising. When he outgrows something the first words out of his mouth anymore are, “We can keep this for my baby.”

His baby. Swoon.

I hope his little brother realizes how lucky he is to have G-tot in his life. I know I am.

Moustache on Canvas

I was recently contacted by the fine folks over at Easy Canvas Prints to review one of their—you guessed it—canvas prints. The process was really simple and the results are too fantastic. I’m seriously considering ordering a ton more for my living room wall. The hardest part of the entire process was picking out which photo of the hundreds of thousands in my arsenal that I wanted to have printed on canvas.

Once I figured that out it was as easy as clicking on the Start Your Canvas button. I picked my canvas size—there are lots including cutom sizes—and wrap dimension, uploaded my image, and picked an edge option. I went with a black edge around the canvas and it is a perfect addition to all the black frames I have hanging up in my living room already.

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That’s it. Easy Peasy. It took no time at all to get the print in the mail—I think a week—and I may have squeed a little when the FedEx guy delivered my package.

Easy Canvas Prints are currently offering 25% off all canvases and free standard shipping to the contiguous United States. Check them out!

*Disclosure: I was contacted by Easy Canvas Prints to receive and review one canvas print made from one of my personal photographs. All opinions are mine.

Summertime and the Livin’s Easy

I could get used to this.


It’s don’t care that I couldn’t swim a single lap in that pool.


He loves it and that is all that really matters to me.


Best Mother’s Day Card Ever

He could not have picked a better card this year.

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Even more charming is the fact that he forgot to write “Day” and and just wrote “Happy Mother’s Love, Gideon”.

I love that kid.

Little Acts of Love

Overcome with snot and the general desire to chop my head off with a hatchet in an effort to feel better, I sent JQ and G-tot to the store yesterday to pick up some medicine. I was in the bedroom when they returned and when I turned around there was G-tot with the medicine and a box of saltines.

I asked him what the crackers were for and he told me that he alone had picked them out special for me “too make you feel better”.

I love that kid.

Growing Up—Four Years

Dear Gideon,

Today you turned four years old. Which kind of seems impossible because I swear it was just the other day that I was in labor with you wondering what motherhood would be like. I can honestly say that thanks to you, motherhood has been fantastic.

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You are an incredible human and every single day I get to spend with you makes my life more fulfilling. I cannot imagine it any other way. Day after day, month after month, year after year you keep getting more amazing and I am so proud to be able to say that YOU are MY son.

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You are the best thing that has ever happened to me and I love spending my days, afternoons, and nights with you. I feel so blessed that my job permits me to work just two really long days most weeks of the year so I have the other five days to hang out with you.

You are so smart. So handsome—strangers still stop me on a regular basis to tell me how beautiful your red hair is when they see you. You are funny—especially with your new found appreciation for knock knock jokes. And your laugh? Completely infectious.


As fast as you are growing up you will always be my baby. And you will forever be the one that made me a mother. I hope you always remember that you made me something that nobody else had ever done and nobody else will ever be able to do. You changed who I was to my very core in the most remarkable way. Nothing can ever change that fact and I am so very thankful for that you gave me that opportunity.

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IMG_1415March 24, 2011—Four Years Old

Love and a million kisses,


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Merry Christmas

From my family to yours. Hope your day is full of magic.

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Happy Halloween

Every year before Halloween I take G-tot out to photograph him in full costume. It is one of those tips I would recommend to all parents. Photographing them before the big trick-or-treat night makes for no fuss and stress when your children only have eyes for a bucket full of candy. Plus you can choose the when and the where instead of snapping a few shots off in the dark on your front lawn or in the middle of your living room. What you end up with aren’t snapshots but frame worthy photographs you and your kids will treasure for years to come.

So if you haven’t yet, throw your kids into their costumes and take a few pictures before trick-or-treating rolls around.

Oh, and have a Happy Halloween!















Turns out crime fighters dig chocolate

This week was the Toledo Zoo’s Little Boo at the Zoo event. The zoo hosts this mini trick or treating event complete with treat stations, bounce houses, toys, and all sort of goodies. This is the first year we attended and G-tot had a blast. I have a feeling this will be one of those things we find ourselves doing annually from here on out.