|From left to right: Merrick, Conner, Griffin, Orion|
i love when these boys just know that i need time to edit all the weddings and family session i have in the summer! i really needed time the other day, and while griffin was taking a nap, and without asking they just played downstairs... politely, quietly, and contently. i am so grateful for moments like this.
but they are still good for a quick little laugh. enjoy.
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conner had an assignment at school where he was supposed to do a service project. he chose to bake cookies and hand them out to our neighbors, telling them how much he liked being their neighbor. he had to bake the cookies all by himself and document the project with pictures. i was surprised at how little help he needed. it never ceases to amaze me how quickly my little family, and these little men of mine, are growing up. every once in awhile i will glimpse an image of what my boys will look like as young men. and it makes me sad and excited all at once. and every once in a while, i feel like i can actually see them growing. like i can see little bits of their baby-ness fading away, and they really are turning into boys. not little babies. not little toddlers BOYS. and then i shout out at them STOP IT! STOP GROWING RIGHT THIS MINUTE! and then we all have a good laugh. and i hug them just a little tighter. and then think about, maybe, just maybe, having another baby.
“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!” -J.M. Barrie
you should check out this cool website. this magical lady gets all the coupons from all the stores in your area and posts them all for you. then she makes a weekly meal plan using all those sale items. THEN, she takes that meal plan and makes a grocery list for you. then you can take that list to walmart and price match most of the stuff so you don't have to drive around to all the stores. WHAT. it's the coolest thing ever. i have been trying it out for 2 weeks and so far so good. here's the catch. it's not free. well, the first 2 weeks are. but it's only 5 bucks a month after that. so cheap. so easy.
anyway. i get excited about things and just thought you should know about this awesomeness.
you are SIX. say what? six? that can't be. but it is. and what and wonderfully awesome six years it has been. you, my little obi, are simply amazing. you came into this world as a happy, content baby, and have been so ever since.
you are a peacemaker. with a little bit of a kick every now and then. you are thoughtful. and heartfelt. you are funny and love to laugh. our favorite place to tickle you has always been right under your chin. you do this funny little through-the-teeth-raspy-laugh since you were a baby, that you still do that exact same way. too fun. we can't get enough of it. or you.
you have a freckle right in the middle of the back of your right hand that i simply adore. and oh how we love your hair. you have amazing, trademark hair. when we cut it recently you asked me if you could have your big hair back. and that you never wanted me to cut your big hair off ever again. i agree. i like your big, wild hair.
you are full of love. you give the best, longest hugs. the tight-around-your-neck-in-a-good-way-kind. you are never content with just 1 goodnight kiss. it's usually more like 20 or 30! you really are precious. and sweet. and kind. you are a thinker. you take in the world at a difference pace then your brothers. a little more methodical. you still have the cutest lips when you make plane sounds. i hope you never grow out of that.
and lately you hate to wear underwear. you dress yourself, and i always have to ask if you put on your underwear. and the answer is usually no. in fact, most of the time you go to school without underwear one too. and you hate jeans. you have a bit of a meltdown anytime i ask you to wear jeans to school. and if you do wear jeans, you can bet your aren't wearing underwear with them!!!
you still say "doggles" instead of "goggles". you say "thwelth" instead of "twelve". and you are obsessed with your stuffed animals big bear and carld dog. yes. you named him "carld". not to be confused with "carl".
i am beyond grateful for you, little orion. our obi.
you are loved so much. by so many.
you are a brightness in this world.
and in my life.
you are happiness.
and i love you.