This week, my adventurous, lovable, little boy is turning two. It's hard to believe another year of his life has flown by just like that. In the picture above on his last birthday, Liam was only a few days away from learning how to walk by himself. Now he's racing up and down stairs, counting to ten, and cleaning up his own toys (most of time time)!
One of the reasons why I wanted to start blogging was to spend more time recording and reflecting on life's happenings. I've tried the whole journaling on paper thing several times throughout my life. Growing up, I was a bit jealous of my childhood friend as she would fill notebook upon notebook with interesting quotes and other musings. I, on the other hand, would stop journaling after a week or two, only to start over again a few months later in an entirely new notebook. For me, the hardest part of consistently writing in a physical journal is that my thoughts always run faster than my pencil can write. Conversely, I can use photos to remember and tell a story through a blog post (and hopefully spend less time doing it!).
That being said, I thought I would spend a few moments reflecting on Liam's second year of life and share a few of the highlights!
In May, Liam and I met up with my parents in Michigan City for the weekend. The beach was especially gorgeous, as it was still off-season! Liam also got to experience walking on sand for the first time. As you can see in the picture above, he wasn't too thrilled... But, eventually he warmed up to the idea of sandy feet and had a blast playing with Papa (Grandpa)!
Another highlight of the summer was going on a family reunion road trip — all the way to Iowa and through South Dakota to the Black Hills! Liam was finally old enough where he could play like one of the big kids with his four cousins from Iowa. This picture was taken on the larger-than-life size Jackalope at Wall Drug!
Liam loves watching his daddy play baseball. (Well... slow-pitch softball...). I spent most of the time running around trying to keep Liam off the field!
So you know the first picture where Liam is crawling up to demolish his no-sugar-added, healthy, first birthday smash-cake? It didn't take long for this recovering-micromanager dietitian to realize it was impossible to keep all sweets away from him (especially when daddy or an uncle take Liam on fun outings). Sweets and other treats are now "on occasion" foods instead of "never eat" foods.
The monthly Mom to Mom Fellowship and Prayer Circle "playdates" through our church was a hit with Liam this year. Because of it, he knows a few of his friends by name and is slightly obsessed with pointing out their pictures in the church photo directory.
Liam's favourite things to do at Grandpa and Grammie's house: (1) pick and eat apples, (2) see Misty (Uncle's dog), and (3) collect eggs from the chickens.
Definitely a high point of November was driving all the way to Iowa with Liam to surprise "Nana" and "Papa" at work! Especially because they didn't see it coming!
While in Iowa, Liam got to go sledding during a snowstorm with his cousins. He wasn't the biggest fan of snow-filled mittens.
Christmas cookies with Grammie! One of the best parts of toddlerhood is his extremely helpful nature — whether that be unloading the dishwasher, picking up dirty clothes, or baking in the kitchen.
There are a few things that I love about this picture.
Well there you have it... a few highlights from Liam's second year of life! You can look forward to a new recipe Friday on the blog for a "naturally pink" frosting — just in time for Valentine's Day!
Let's continue the discussion. Do you keep a journal, or are you like me and have difficulty sticking with it? Let me know in the comment section below!
Photo Credit: 1st Birthday Smash Cake Photo by Nick Mirka
Hello, I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like!
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