S: Lillian turns THREE
BC: Happy 3rd Birthday Sawyer! We love you with our whole hearts. Always and forever. No matter what. -Mommy & Daddy
FC: Lilly | turns
1: "Families are like fudge mostly sweet with a few nuts." ~Author Unknown
2: ____________________________________________________________ | Dear Lillian Marie, I will never forget the day you made me a mother. You came into this world so quickly, with the same enthusiasm and purpose that makes you so unique and so much fun. You were so very tiny and yet so determined. I held you first. The world faded away as I kissed my firstborn daughter through laughter and tears. You are a miracle. The love I feel for you is overwhelming. I worry about every step you take. I worry about you every moment of everyday. You are God’s most precious gift, and I yearn to protect you from this world. However, I watch you grow and discover. You’re mischievous and curious. You’re my free spirit and independent thinker. In the evening, when it is time to love and cuddle, you want your Mommy. You look to me for pink nails, jewelry, make up, oversized high heel shoes and way too many kisses. You love to wipe off my kisses and giggle in delight! Watching you learn is my life’s greatest joy. You’re so smart and absorb everything around you so quickly. I will work hard to preserve your self-esteem and confidence. Please always remember that you can do anything you want to do. You can change the world, Lillian. Never forget the power you hold in your heart and in your mind. There will be days in your teenage years that you hate me. There will be days that you push me away or you feel that no one understands. There will be days that you don’t comprehend why I say “no”. You are my angel, and everything I do is out of love and protection. But, today, I celebrate your third birthday. My world is filling with tsoccer, little ballet shoes, preschool supplies and superhero's. I wouldn’t have it any other way. You have made my life complete and taught me so much about realizing the simple and pure joy in each day. There are no words to fully describe my love for you. You are my perfect angel, even on days when life isn’t perfect. I love you, Lillian! Happy 3rd Birthday! Mommy
4: Helping mommy in the garden.
5: Lilly's days were filled with fun! She was glad that the weather was nice...he LOVED being outside! | Mommy dressed up as Thing 2 at school.
6: Lillian Marie | MARCH | In March, Grandma Otto and Aunt Laurie came for a visit.
7: Lilly was enjoying having such a fun grandma and aunt. They loved running around on the beach and collecting shells.
8: at | Lilly and Mommy went to the park for a Easter Egg hunt! Mia, Ethan, and Addison were their to help find Easter Eggs!! | Mommy's
9: Lilly also continued to learn about the REAL reason we celebrate Easter. Thank you Jesus!
10: Lilly attended the South Daytona Egg Hunt. Her friends Ethan, Mia, Addison were there as well. This year we decided to stay in the warm weather to celebrate Easter. The children go to hunt for eggs and they even had a petting zoo.
12: April | In April, Lilly decorated eggs and had a blast.Purple was her favorite color and she enjoyed getting the dye all over her hands.
14: The Hunt Is On | On Easter, Lilly got to see the Easter bunny with Mommy.
16: Lilly was always laughing!
17: FUN FUN FUN
19: Uncle Christopher got Married June 2nd, 2012. Mommy and Lilly flew to Ohio for the wedding. You woke up with a fever on the day we left. You were a trooper and had a blast at the wedding!
20: Lilly sitting in Emily's chair at school.
21: Emily's 5th grade graduation from Sweetwater Elementary. June 8th, 2012.
22: This Halloween we did a little something different. We went to Disney with grandma Deb.
23: Trick or Treat!
24: Lilly and Jayden love to pose for mommy! They had so much fun!
25: And they got SO much candy!!
26: Sawyer's 2nd Birthday was filled with fun! The celebration started at home with family and Mason!
27: Happy Birthday! | He LOVED his new John Deere.
31: "I love you, not only for what you are, But for what I am when I am with you." -Roy Croft
36: At Sawyer's school, he went with his family to have pancakes with Santa
37: Pancakes with Santa | Ridgely wasn't sure what to think but Sawyer wanted to make sure to tell Santa what he wanted for Christmas... "Lightning McQueen, Flo and Blue Ramone." He also made sure to tell him that Ridgely wanted Sally.
38: After church on Christmas Eve, Sawyer and his family got to spend Christmas with Gagi, Opa, and Uncle Swen in Granbury Happy Birthday Jesus! | Merry Christmas 2011 | Jesus is the best part of
41: He got to ride the backhoe with POPS!
42: They all celebrated Christmas a little early! Sawyer had so much fun opening gifts!
45: December came fast. Lilly sat on Santa's lap for the first time all by herself! We stayed at Great Grandma and Grandpa Otto's house for a couple of days.
46: My first haircut.
47: It was a family tradition to always take a picture in front of the Burr Oak in the backyard to mark Sawyer's parents anniversary. They were so excited to add one more to the picture this year! Look how much Sawyer has grown! | 9 year anniversary | 2011
48: No matter what they did, Sawyer's family loved being together. They always had so much fun! The Bubble Room at church and the new aquarium in Grapevine were two of their new favorite places.
51: Then he had a BIG birthday party with family and friends! This year he was swimming like a fish and loved every minute! Rue Rue, Pops, Opa, Gagi, & Uncle Swen were all there to celebrate Sawyer turning 2. This year was extra special because Ridgely was there to celebrate with them.
52: Sawyer spent a lot of time hanging out with his little sister. He was having so much fun teaching her how to laugh and play. It was amazing to watch the special relationship developing between brother and sister.
53: BEST Big Brother EVER
54: Grandma, pee-paw, and aunt Shelby came to visit mommy and me. We went to the Ponce Inlet light house where I climbed all of the steps by myself !
55: Lilly was very proud of herself.
56: In May, Lilly celebrated her first graduation! She was so brave on stage. She waved and smiled at mommy and daddy. | MAY
58: Lilly's days were filled with so many activities. She learned about God, made new friends, and learned to speak in Spanish. Thank you Common Wealth for a great year.
60: July was a fun month! Sawyer got to see FIREWORKS with his best friend, Mason. He also got to go to his Gagi's house and play with sparklers.
61: JULY 4th
62: He was such a fun boy and always knew how to have a great time!
63: Sawyer's parents couldn't believe he was already turning 2. Time was flying by and he was getting to be such a big boy. Happy Birthday Sawyer!
64: At school, Sawyer was learning how to pray, sing songs, and play with lots of friends! His mommy sure did miss him, but she got to visit for all the special days!
65: One day the fireman brought his fire truck!
66: Soccer Days
67: Soccer | Lilly didn't really enjoy soccer too much. She said it was too hot and too much running. Maybe we will try dance.
69: Sawyer loved school. He made new friends and had two great teachers, Ms. Bea & Ms. Jeane.
70: Sawyer got to celebrate Rue Rue's birthday! He loved blowing out the candles! | Rue Rue!
73: Lilly and mommy stayed very busy swimming, playing & watching movies. There days were filled with fun! Lilly even learned how to swim.
74: Look who is blowing out the candle... | Uncle Howie & Aunt Carol
75: Look At All These Presents, I Can Handle This | He couldn't believe it had already been a whole year since he got to meet her for the first time in the hospital! | Aunt Carol & Uncle Howie
76: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. - Cathy Allen | Sawyer kept busy playing!!! He always had so much fun!!
77: KING OF THE MOUNTAIN!!!
79: Sawyer's parents could not believe that he was about to celebrate his 3rd birthday. The past three years had been the fastest of their lives. They had never been happier. Life was precious and sweet and they cherished every moment. They were so proud of their big boy and felt so blessed to have been chosen as his parents. As they put Sawyer to bed the night before his THIRD birthday, they read him some stories, snuggled up in bed, said their prayers, and kissed him on his head as they did every night. "Good night our precious son. Thank you for a wonderful year. We love you with our whole hearts. Always and forever. No matter what." They whispered as they both wondered what year FOUR would bring....