My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday Simon!

Also known as Simonater and Mr. Minater, Simon turns 1 year old today!


Things Simon loves:

A BIG bowl of oatmeal in the mornings

His brothers and sisters


“Popcorn Popping” and “Mark it with a B”

Splashing in the tub

Machines… like airplanes, lawnmowers, cars, etc. If it looks like he can ride it or drive it, he loves it!


Some things we love about Simon:

His one and only tooth

His juicy kisses

His size. He’s chubby, but tiny and lightweight. It makes him still feel like a baby. (18 lbs., 13 oz. - 28 1/2 in. tall)

The fact that he’s FINALLY outgrowing the spit-up phase!


Some of his skills:

Cheering people up

Army crawling at about 90 mph

Pointing and clapping

Pulling things out of cupboards

Playing catch… he can throw pretty well!

He can say Hi and Uh-Oh. I’ve heard it a couple of times, but once he figures out that he can say it, he’s not interested in ever saying it again.


We love you Simon!


  1. I can't believe! What a precious blessing to your family....happy bday to your sweetest babe!

  2. Happy birthday, sweet boy! (He's still talked about and fondly remembered 'round these parts.)

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  4. he's so cute♥ I love babies!