The boys could wear paper bags and I still think they would be stinkin’ cute. However Aunty Stacey brought these costume gems home one day from work and I knew we just raised the bar to a whole new level of STINKIN’ CAAA-UUUUTE! What human being wouldn’t love smoochy yummy baby cheeks popping out of a dinosaur costume?!
Discovery World had a Halloween night for kiddos; where they had special festive events and trick-or-treating throughout the building. We really didn’t want to drag our boys out in the cold to trick-or-treat, so this seemed like a perfect solution. The boys could rock their costumes and we were warm. And there were fish. Win, win, win. We met our friends, Bjorn and Maureen, who brought their darling Cheetah, Faviola and new baby Hugo.
Happy Fall Y’All!
So I took a little hiatus from this virtual journal. Sometimes, I feel so attached to this blog – an extension of my thoughts and experiences. And sometimes, I crave the anonymity of doing life unchronicled. Simply relishing in the experiences themselves regardless if they are made public or not – savoring moments that will be the secrets kept between those in the immediate experience.
Those moments are temporary though as I also cherish sharing life with you all, near and far. And, I personally think, I have two cute little munchkins whose smiles need to be shared as well as the joys and trials of raising them.
A few weeks ago Ryan and I got to travel to California to FINALLY meet our nephew, Cayden, and visit with Cory and Karissa. My mom and Stacey held down the fort with the boys here in WI. It was a quick trip but filled with so much goodness.
We loved the time with Cayden. To hold him, hear his coos, watch his arms and legs move, hanging on every facial expression, and smelling his delicious new baby scent – and forgetting how small new babies are! Ryan and I kept commenting on how chill he was, such a good baby, and hysterical watching how much he moved his arms and legs. (He rolled over in the first few weeks of life!)
Cory and Karissa were incredible hosts. Even driving 3 hours in the car so I could find my favorite paper company. As many of you know, I love all things paper. There are many brands that I enjoy, and Sugar Paper is at the top of the list. Their headquarters and only store was in California – so I asked if we could visit. On the map it said the store was 30 minutes away…. However with a faulty map, LA traffic, and
getting lost taking the scenic route, we made a day out of it.
Despite the long car ride - it was totally worth it (right guys?). While being there we also enjoyed some delicious restaurants, shops, naps, the Packer game at a sports bar and a few Modern Family episodes. On Monday we took a long walk to make up for the latter.
As I mentioned before, it was quick trip that made us crave our Cali family of three could be closer. It was a treat to step into their lives as parents, so excited and proud as we observed them successfully navigating the nuances of their own child. I could rave left and right about Cory and Karissa as parents, but I will simply say that Cayden Joshua is in the BEST of hands.
So until we can convince them that the Midwest is a way better place to live than California, we look forward to reunion in a few months. I am so proud I call these dear ones family.
This week was busy busy busy. As this couch seems to be absorbing me into these cushions, my body feels graciously fatigued after a long, full week.
And to end our week with fall festivities – we went to Fondy and visited the Little Farmer!
This was our first visit with the boys last year:
And this is our family photo, a year later, Little Farmer 2013:
Phew, there was our week. Football and puppy chow are calling my name. Hope you all had a wonderful week and are taking advantage of this lovely season!
I can hardly contain myself now that September is here. I gleefully delight in fall’s generous givings. I am the cliche’ fall lover. I already had my first pumpkin spice latte, bought an arsenal of pumpkin candles, got some pumpkins and mums for the front porch, and took the boys to their first apple orchard. (And while I am currently writing this Ryan and I are gobbling down a slice of caramel apple pie on steroids. With ice cream.)
Even though fall is near the end of the year, I get this rejuvenation in my spirit as if it is the beginning of the year. It still carries the feeling of younger years when school was starting over. The feeling of new opportunities, new adventures, new people, a new season for life. Perhaps this feeling is magnified now that the boys just turned one as we head into fall. A whole new year of opportunities, adventures and people are ahead of them. So here is some of us lately:
Jeremiah and Lincoln are getting more proficient with toys and play. They love anything that requires taking things off and putting them back on or in, such as the stacking rings. (And anything that involves playing free in diapers.)
We have walkers!!!! This seems a little anticlimactic as usually walking announcements are declared with videos and banners. However I was waiting for a good video of one of the boys before I posted and he seems to be a stinker when the camera was on. SO – despite the lack of video, we are so proud and delighted that the boys are walking. They LOVE it too!
Running into dad’s arms is the best part of the new skill.
Jeremiah is newly enthralled with Packer games (obviously).
The boys outgrew their old bouncy seats and Grandma and Grandpa Lettau got them these swanky new chairs!
Still enjoying our local farmers market!
And these were taken at a nearby apple orchard, The Elegant Farmer. We enjoyed caramel apples, cider, the pie I mentioned eating before that is licked clean, beautiful weather, big orchards and animals.
I am feeling good things are ahead this fall. Stay tuned:)
Happy 13 months Lincoln and Jeremiah!!!!
Meet this sweet, handsome, bundle of love, Cayden Joshua Marquez. Born August 19, 2013, 2:35 p.m., 8 lbs, 6 oz. First beloved son of my sister, Karissa, and her husband Cory. First nephew to Ryan and I, and first cousin for Lincoln and Jeremiah. This little trailblazer has amazed us all!
Ok, how insanely beautiful does Karissa look after labor and delivery?! Add the glow of a new mama to her face and she should be in a hospital brochure for the delivery ward. Ahhh so lovely. Cory said she did amazing during labor, keeping her focus and giving everything physically to get her son out safely. They both commented on how much of a team they both felt through the whole process. As a sister who is far away from Karissa – I couldn’t be more grateful for her life teammate.
Isn’t Cayden’s hair amazing?! And his pouty lips?! My chest is puffed out over here as a very proud aunty. Ryan and I get to fly out there to visit in October, so until then we hold onto and savor pictures that Karissa and Cory send us to watch this little man grow.
Cayden Joshua has a whole life ahead of him, with the promise of adventure, discovery and community. I say this not because I know much of the future, but because I know much of Cayden’s parents. His outgoing, gregarious, brave mother left the midwest for discovery of life and college in California. There she met Cayden’s adventurous, thrill-seeking, confident father. Together they have traveled the world, taken risks, created a home, and established an amazing community of people to love and be loved by. They are a magnetic team. We pray that Cayden has the joy of life’s gifts, big and small, and celebrates it loudly like his mother. We also pray he has the confidence and energy to explore and take chances like his father. May your eyes be wide open and eager to see the great big world around you, and to love and be engaged in it. Welcome to the world, baby Cayden!
I could go on and on about this little man, however a mother’s musings about her child is the best way to hear more. Karissa also started a blog to share pictures and stories of their new life with Cayden Joshua. I have personally been so encouraged to hear some her early reflections on becoming a mother. It is too wonderful not to share! You can read and see more about their family of 3 at: babycapetown.wordpress.com.
We love you Cayden Joshua! Jeremiah and Lincoln look forward to welcoming you to the family someday!
Lincoln and Jeremiah turned one so we threw a party! I got the theme from the song that we would sing the boys in the bathtub. And sailing is still on my bucket list:)
Sorry for the photo dump, but there were so many fun memories I could not leave much out! Thanks so much for everyone who came and helped celebrate the boys. Sorry I didn’t get pictures of everyone but we truly savored the presence of friends and family in our home. You helped ring in L & J’s second year of life in a celebratory fashion!
Lincoln and Jeremiah – you have made our family “merrily merrily merrily merrily merrily, life is ’bout a dream!”
Back to the Beginning:
Memories and Milestones of 12 months :
*Their first cousin, Cayden Joshua Marquez was born! *Both love to tackle and wrestle on the floor *They love to chase Lucy around, giggling the whole time *Jeremiah enjoys green juice *Lincoln dislikes new food textures *Both boys can stand by themselves *Lincoln loves to shut his eyes and shake his head *Jeremiah hugs Lincoln from behind *Met Uncle Cody for the first time *Both boys love standing up on their motorcyle *Both enjoy clapping, and can clap hands on cue *Jeremiah enjoys music and dancing along with it *Jeremiah loves green juice and Lincoln loves strawberry milk *Eating a whole host of new foods! *Asserting their independence where ever they can!
Where does the time go!
I would love to be showing you their 12 month photos with cute smiley faces and a timeline of past months. But the boys partied too hard, consumed too much sugar and had one less nap. It was their party and they cried cuz’ they wanted to. So look for those coming soon!
To be honest, this mama also partied hard with them today and my mind is gracefully fatigued from replaying memories, reflecting on the past year, and giving thanks for my deep well of gratefulness. This past year with our incredible boys has felt both fast and slow. The rate at which they develop traveled quickly, as it seems everyday they were amazing us with growth. And yet, to think of the time when they were not a part of our lives feels ages ago – as if it was a different lifetime.
Jeremiah & Lincoln – Mom and Dad love you. We never thought we could love you more when we first held you on August 23,2012. And yet, a year later our hearts keep finding infinite reasons why we love you more. Lincoln – your independent, curious, meticulous yet laid back spirit, your yummy chub cheeks, infectious giggle and sweet shoulder snuggles – we love you. Jeremiah – your affectionate, playful, magnetic, free loving spirit, your big blue eyes, comical babbling and generous smile – we love you.
We couldn’t be more proud of you and what you have accomplished. The Lord has used you for mighty things.
Happy birthday Lincoln and Jeremiah!
Sorry I have been slacking on the blog posts lately. I think I am partially in denial that the boys will be one year this month, so me not posting anything new means they will stop getting older.
As I have mentioned before, I find myself in the precarious place of wanting to savor their smallness, while at the same time celebrating their “bigness”. I want them little and big.
Lately, Lincoln and Jeremiah have been asserting their “bigness” around the house.
So there is a little snippet of life lately. No promise of relaxation however always the promise of never a dull moment.