Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cheers to 3 years

A letter to you on your 3rd birthday.

Dear Griffin Boy,
You make life so special. You are joy embodied in a little boy. When you were 8 weeks old, our family went through some hard life changes. You were an angel. You slept through the night and woke with smiles every morning. You helped me press on in love. And you made my heart explode everyday with your sweetness. You've grown into your own little person. And we wrestle for who is in charge. We fight hard but we love harder. You bring me to the end of myself. And yet with your chubby hands on my face whispering 'i wuv you', I am undone. You've made me rely on God for wisdom and guidance and made me drop to my knees praying for patience. But I feel like the luckiest mom in the world that I'm the one that gets to love you. To guide you. To grow you. 
Cheers to 3 years, little boy. And many more to come. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Sunflower Field Pictures + Other Family Date Ideas

Some of our most favorite family dates are experiencing new things together.
None of us had ever been in a field full of sunflowers before so that's what we did for our most
recent family date. The boys enjoyed running through the path to the middle of the field and hiding from us midst the tall flowers. We got there right at sunset and it felt pretty magical.
Then we let them stay up late and go for ice cream. It was a great way to say goodbye to summer.

Some other ideas for family dates:

The Zoo
(it's so fun seeing animals we don't see on the regular)
Fort Movie Night
(everyone watches in the fort and gets their own popcorn bowl)
Make Your Own Pizza Night
(I recommend this easy Naan Bread Pizza recipe)
Bike Rides
(head to a trail or somewhere new)
Scavenger Hunts
(now that fall is around the corner you can use this one)
Game Night
(with prizes for the winners)
Build Something Together
(get creative with cardboard boxes + duct tape & let kids decorate)
Bookstore Date
(parents get coffee and get an endless supply of books to look at)
Dance Party
(with dance-off's of course)
Experience something new together
(Get creative! And bring your camera!)