MOMents

Posted by Kim on Saturday May 9, 2015 Under First

I love being your mom every single day.  I’m crazy about you. That’s the gift for me.

But when you handed me this…

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I lost it. Completely.

My heart jumped and my eyes instantly filled with tears.

I sank to my knees in front of you on my classroom floor. I smiled. I cried.

And you hugged me.

I squeezed you real tight because you are the most awesome thing in the world.

You are mine and I am yours.

Nothing could be better than that.

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Watching you grow is the best part of my life.

Thank you for being you.

I love you too much!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Sixlets

Posted by Kim on Sunday Apr 26, 2015 Under First

Time to celebrate six with six.

Six of the most adorable little people.

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(Grandma photo bombed.) :)

This birthday was extra special because you invited your very own friends!

This was all you.

You picked the place and you picked the guests.

And you had a blast!

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You with Justin and Zoey.

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Carson and Justin

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You with Alexandra.

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You with James.

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James is silly!

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You with loads of tickets!

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You opened some cool presents.

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Oliver is beside you yumming on ice cream cupcakes.

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And mama got a squeeze.

Happy Birthday my boy. My six year old boy.

I love you too much!

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Just Yesterday

Posted by Kim on Saturday Apr 25, 2015 Under Photoetry

This was you, just yesterday.

Tiny and delicate. Cradled in my arms.

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This is you today.

Big and strong. Towering over me.

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Just yesterday I held you on my shoulder.

Your new little self wrapped snug around me.

Heart to heart.

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And today I struggle to hold you.

Over half my size, our legs intertwine with every step I take.

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I hold you every chance I get, which isn’t often.

I squeeze you tight because in a second you are off and running.

So much to do.

I want to pause and breathe it all in. Hold that breath.

Remember the soft touch.

Remember the boy smell.

Remember the squishy body.

Feel the warmth.

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Because just yesterday we held you up and helped you jump the waves.

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Today, you jump them all on your own.

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Today, you attack them.

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Fearless, you jump right in.

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Just yesterday you played with sticks.

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Today, you play with swords.

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Just yesterday you figured out how to spray the water hose.

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Today, you spray Lilu.

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Just yesterday you scribbled with markers.

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Today, you paint masterpieces.

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You even do homework!

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Just yesterday you got an iPad.

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Today you have your own gaming system.

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Just yesterday you were eating chocolate ice cream with a toy dinosaur.

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Today you are eating with grown up sized silverware.

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Just yesterday you dyed your first Easter eggs.

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Today, you dyed some more.

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Just yesterday I bounced you on the trampoline.

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Today, you run that thing.

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Just yesterday little Byte waited patiently for a Dorito.

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Today, Lilu helps herself.

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Just yesterday you got Lilu.

You guys became instant buddies.

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You gave her kisses.

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Today, you still give her sweet kisses.

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And you are still best buds.

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Just yesterday we met your little feet.

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Those feet you like to do everything with.

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We love those little feet.

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Just yesterday you helped with the yard work.

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And today you helped with the yard work.

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Just yesterday you looked at books.

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And looked at books.

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Now today, you read books.

You have grown and changed so much, yet in many ways you have stayed exactly the same.

Every day you are Tru. The same, but different.

And all of it has been magical.

I love you too much.

 

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First: Awards Day

Posted by Kim on Saturday Apr 18, 2015 Under First

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What a year!

Your first year in school has been so full.

Full of learning. Full of friends. And full of firsts.

You have gone from learning your alphabet to reading level 6 books.

You have gone from writing the alphabet to writing stories.

You have gone from learning numbers to adding and skip counting.

Do not get me wrong. I knew you were smart, but this explosion of knowledge has shocked me. You have worked hard and have been determined to do it all. Your teacher has told me all year how you listen to everything she says and take it all in. It is only fitting that you be recognized in the award ceremony for Effort. That sounds exactly right!

You rock!

I love you too much!

 

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Partay with Some Old Friends

Posted by Kim on Saturday Apr 4, 2015 Under Photoetry

Spring Break Partay!

The sun

Rising early. Staying late.

We welcome you with open arms.

Kissing your cheeks. Shining in your hair.

Wrapping you in warm rays of hugs.

You are rich with golden happiness.

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The tide pools.

Saltwater streams meandering along. Inviting you to play.

Jump in. Warm your toes.

Splash around. Explore.

For tomorrow they’ll be gone.

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The “Trunado.”

A fierce phenomenon sweeping through tide pools.

Spinning and destroying everything in it’s path.

Wild at heart.

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The calm after the storm.

A tranquil moment.

Energy softens.

A certain quiet and you retreat into your thoughts.

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The ocean.

Beckons you in.

Lassoed by it’s melody you dance with the waves.

The music delights your soul. Frees your spirit.

It’s been calling to us.

For many winter nights we’ve listened from our porch to the soothing sound of waves crashing.

Oh, how we’ve missed you.

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The heart.

Fills with joy. Tickles with laughter.

Pumping good vibes.

Love abounds.

Blessings flow swiftly, creating memories etched in time.

Cheers!

I love you too much!

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Breaking News

Posted by Kim on Thursday Apr 2, 2015 Under First

We interrupt this spring break to bring you this important message. Please stand by.

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Last evening, Wednesday night, the 1st day of April, at approximately 9:00 PM Tru lost his first tooth! This was NOT an April Fool’s Day joke as first suspected.

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It all began around 8:30. I was taking warm laundry from the dryer. Tru quietly walked up to me with his fingers in his mouth. He showed me a pretty wiggly bottom tooth. He then requested an apple and directed me not to cut it into pieces. He simply wanted the whole apple. For what, I knew. He proceeded to bang the apple into his bottom teeth causing dents in the surface of the apple. This continued for about 10 minutes. Banging. Wiggling. Banging. Wiggling. I got him a magnified mirror to assist him with this strategic behavior.

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Shortly after, he came into the bedroom where I was putting laundry away. He proudly showed me the blood splotched toilet paper as evidence his tooth was most definitely ready to come out. He went back to work with the apple. Banging. Wiggling. Banging. Wiggling. The next thing I know, he’s standing before me expressionless with an outstretched arm, hand open, palm up and there in the middle is one tiny white tooth speckled with blood. I immediately got excited. He immediately burst into tears. Tears for the loss of what was. Tears of a five year old desperately trying to hold on to all he had ever known. Not ready for change, he cried out, “I want my tooth back in.” After much consolation, he calmed down. He dried his puffy eyes, but continued to complain about the hole in his mouth for the remainder of the evening.

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Upon waking this morning, the first words of the day were, “You’re right mama. It doesn’t bother me anymore.” This is good to hear since the tooth right next to the hole is going to fall out any minute!

I love you too much!

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My Lucky Charm, Yo

Posted by Kim on Sunday Mar 15, 2015 Under Photoetry

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Luck.

You bring glorious golden luck into my days.

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Before you, it was all good.

I had your Daddy.

We were happy.

We laughed a lot.

Life was pretty much a bed o roses.

But since you.

Since you, we’re sliding down rainbows into pots of gold among fields of 4 leaf clovers.

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Every day I feel like I’ve won the lottery.

Yeah, I have bad days.

Days when I leave work feeling defeated.

Days when I feel like I didn’t accomplish much of anything.

Days when I feel like I can’t do anything right.

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But then I look into your soft eyes.

I hear your little voice.

I tousle your silky hair.

And everything melts away.

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I no longer remember what I was worrying about.

My step is lighter and my mind calms.

We play.

We sing and dance.

And we laugh a lot more.

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What luck I have!

I got your Daddy.

I got you.

I got everything!

I love you too much!

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Love is…

Posted by Kim on Saturday Feb 14, 2015 Under Photoetry

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Love is many things, but since having you it’s become much clearer to me.

More focused, yet all-encompassing.

More intense, yet fragile.

More intentional, yet serendipitous.

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Love is…

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a lazy Saturday morning serenade. You make up songs as you go. Singing freely.

Love is…

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running around the backyard with the puppy dogs. There’s nothing better than seeing their tails wag at the sight of us. Or how they rub up against us when we are together and lean into us with their soft, strong bodies to show affection, nearly knocking us over.

Puppy hugs.

Love is…

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jumping on the trampoline on a cold and cloudy day. With a sword, no doubt. The imagination hard at work. Creating scenarios. Narrating as you go.

Love is…

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jumping on the trampoline on a warm and sunny day. Making faces the whole time. Seeing how silly you can be. Just raw fun.

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Love is small moments of surprises that whisper to us during the day. Those moments we discover as we make our way along. Doing all the things we ordinarily do.

It’s the moment I stop and look at you when you are talking, because nothing else matters more than what you are saying to me.

It’s the moment I pause while unloading the dishwasher to watch how crazy fast you can run into the living room.

It’s the moment when we are playing and you say something funny and we both crack up laughing out loud.

It’s the moment when you jump into bed, lay down flat and I flap the blanket over you. You giggle and say, “Again!” again and again until my arms are tired.

It’s the moment I look in my rear view mirror and see you engrossed in deep conversation, because we don’t turn on the radio. We talk to each other.

I could go on and on. We are overflowing with moments.

Gorgeous moments.

Beautiful moments.

I’m so grateful for each of them. For these moments make our life joyful.

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Love is tender.

Love is fierce.

Love is a boy named Tru.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I love you too much!!

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My One + Another One = 11

Posted by Kim on Wednesday Feb 4, 2015 Under Uncategorized

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Your Daddy and I have been married 11 years, but he’s been my best friend for 25.

Okay. To be honest, I forgot it was our anniversary until I read it on Facebook thanks to a post. I am not one for dates. I don’t remember them and I don’t think of them. One day just goes into the next and they are all special to me. One day in my life does not hold any more significance to me than any other day that I’m breathing. I count each one a blessing, especially with my boys.

11 years.

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I’m one. He’s one. And together we’re two ones…11.

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He’s my other one.

And I’m so glad he is.

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We are in sync with one another, side by side.

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In all of our years together we’ve created so much. So much together. So much we share.

One love.

One friend.

One joy.

One life.

One comfort.

One hope.

One tenderness.

One pleasure.

One adventure.

One heart.

One son.

Equals 11 years of bliss.

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I love you both too much!

 

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SUNday SON day

Posted by Kim on Monday Jan 26, 2015 Under Tru Moments

It’s bright. It’s gorgeous.

It’s Sunday with my son day.

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Weeeeeeee.

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Off he goes.

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But he came back.

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Bounce. Bounce.

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Toilet paper, Lilu?

“It wasn’t me.” she said. (Someone is jealous.)

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They won!

I’t s all good.

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It’s bright. It’s gorgeous.

It’s Sunday with my son day.

I love you too much!

 

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