Letters To Our Children | January 2014

I am starting another monthly project/blog circle, Letters To Our Children.  My hope is to document the lives of my kids, James and Emi,  and let them know how much they mean to me.  It will be a wonderful collection of stories, milestones and my thoughts as they grow and experience such different stages in their lives.  In addition, I will be sharing photos from our month…some from my 5D Mark III and some from my iPhone because to be honest, a majority of our events are captured on my phone 🙂  My kiddos are at two completely different ends of the spectrum.  James, 17 years old, is a junior in high school and already thinking about his plans and life after high school and as a young man.  Emi, 4 months old, is just beginning her journey, changing almost daily and growing like a weed.

To my children,

James, I am so proud to see the young man you are becoming.  It’s been a whirlwind watching you change from the chubby cheek little boy with the bright blue eyes to a 6 foot tall, lean and fit young man.  It seems like just yesterday that you would snuggle with me and give me the best bear hugs, now I am lucky if I catch you in passing as you head to school and your various activities.

I have always been of the mindset that I will put you in every activity that you would like to try and let you determine what ones interest you most.  I am so proud that you continue to create your own path in this world, choosing to participate in cross country, track, National Honor Society, youth group, band, lifeguarding and now nordic skiing.  Through these activities you have learned such wonderful values like discipline, hard work, determination, leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, compassion and goal setting.

This month you have stepped out of your comfort zone to join the Rochester Nordic Ski Team.  It’s not easy to try something new, especially in a different town with people you don’t know, but you have embraced this opportunity.  It was so fun listening to you tell us all about your ski trip to Maplelag as we conversed over dinner at Whistle Binkies the night we picked you up.  I love seeing your excitement as you talked about learning a new sport and how great the instructors were.  You even participated in your first meet this month, braving the wind and deep snow to finish ahead of some of the veteran skiers.  I am so glad I was there to witness it…and of course, take way too many pictures 🙂

In addition, you are such a wonderful big brother to Emi.  She absolutely adores you and every time you walk into the room, you totally light up her world.  Just smiling at her and saying, “Hi Emi!” brings the biggest smile to her face and it totally melts my heart to see such adoration.

Emi, I cannot believe how much you are growing and changing daily.  You are now 4 months old and weigh 13.13 pounds and measure just under 24.5 inches long.

*Emi with daddy at her 4 month check up

You love to explore things with your hands and of course your mouth.  You drool like crazy!!!  I can’t help, but to think there will be little teeth popping through any day now.  You learned how to roll over this month from your back to your belly.  Daddy and I were so excited to witness it for the first time on New Years Day!  You looked so proud of yourself <3  The next day you were already a pro at it.

*Emi after she rolled over for the first time

You also continue to kick your legs like crazy.  Dad is hoping that you will become a runner some day.  You come from a long line of runners….Grandpa Jim, Dad and your big brother James.  You spent the first few months of your life cheering on James at his cross country races and made your first big trip to Duluth to watch him run at the Swain Invitational.

It breaks my heart that I cannot stay home with you every day, but you are loving daycare at Megan’s.  You have a whole group of helpful new friends.  They wear you out with all of their attention….and of course pass on their germs 🙂  You are just getting over your worst cold yet, with lots of congestion, coughing and even some fevers.  You missed almost a whole week of daycare, but mom and dad didn’t mind taking off work to get some extra snuggles in.  I cannot wait until you are back to your normal happy, smiling self.  Regardless, you bring so much joy to our lives and we are completely smitten with you and your sweet little face <3



Please continue reading through the blog circle to see how my other friends are documenting the lives of their children.  Next up is Jessica Castaneda

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