S: Shaun 8/19/10-5/15/11
1: Dear Shaun, I have so many wonderful memories of our time together and wanted us both to have a special way to remember each other. No matter where you go from here, know that I will always love you and remember our time together. Love, Karen
2: Sometimes, you both bark at the cats out on the road. One time, you told Wolfey to stop barking, but then you went to the window and started barking! | You came to stay with me on August 19, 2010. You settled right in and became fast friends with Wolfey. Often, when I don't know where he is, I find him curled up at the foot of your bed.
3: Your mom was very organized and sent clothes, toys and pictures with you. You carried your "mommy picture" with you everywhere for a while, and somehow lost it one day. You insisted we had to draw a new one, so this became your new "mommy picture" until we found the old one. This was Mommy Leslie, Daddy Bobby and Shaun.
4: For a long time you told me "That not my room" but one day Meema came over and you guys played in your room while I made dinner. After that, you liked your room much more. Now you play in there and love to read stories, especially with Sarah. Every night we read two books. You always tell me you want "one on your lap and one in bed" and bring me lots of books.
5: The next time Meema came to visit you played baseball. She told you to hit the ball really hard and you screwed up your face like you were trying really hard, but then hit the ball the same as last time. You often ask to play outside but never really want to unless we have friends over.
6: You love hats and wear them year round. | Sometimes you pull your hat down over your face and pretend to be Spiderman. | Often when it's warm, you'd rather take off your pants than your hat to stay cool. We stayed home all day this day, so you ran around in your shirt and your hat most of the day. | You and Sarah trying on hats at Walmart
7: Bathtime is always fun. We play bath games, count with your foam numbers and play with your hair. I gave you a mirror to check out your mohawk and you didn't want to give it back, so you turned it into a bath toy! When it's time to get out of the bath, you put your arms up and yell "Freedom!" then I wrap you in a towel and call you my little burrito baby.
8: We love food! You're a very adventurous eater and love to try new things. Thankfully, you're also a very healthy eater and love fruits and vegetables. In fact, some days I can't get you to eat anything but fruit! | Sometimes we have contests to have who can crunch a carrot the loudest - you almost always win! You call some foods funny names. My favorites are skrawberries, connanas and chicken wuggets! | Even though you're adventurous, you also like your routine. You eat cereal and raisins for breakfast every day and get very upset with me if we run out!
9: Whether it's your play kitchen or my real kitchen, you love to "cook" and "wash dishes". You even helped me make cookies for school one day.
10: You love to try on my shoes and tell me you're fancy. You like to wear sunglasses, too. You brought your mom's sunglasses with you from her house and later I bought you Spiderman sunglasses.
11: We love jammies! We both have monkey jammies. I've had mine for years and found your Curious George ones at a yard sale over the summer. We love to wear them on the same night!
12: You are very creative and had so much fun making Christmas presents for your mom and dad, Meema and Papa and me. You wanted to make one for your dog, Lokey, too, but we didn't have enough plaster.
13: You love all things Spiderman. My friend, Anne, bought you Spiderman sheets and the day we put them on your bed, you were so excited you wanted your picture taken with them!
14: You told everyone you were dressed as the black Spiderman, even though it was a policeman outfit. | Meema took you to Angie's to get your picture with the kids while Papa and I made dinner, then you, Meema and I went trick or treating. We had so much fun!
15: For Thanksgiving, we made waldorf salad. You mixed the dressing and washed the apples. After dinner, you and my aunt Janet played on the computer while Meema and I washed the dishes.
16: We love to play PlayDoh. We have made lots of neat things like Spongebob, Patrick, Gary the snail and macaroni and cheese. You insisted we had to pretend to eat it, and even took a picture of me.
17: We love to go to Meema and Papa's. They always have great food, we get to play outside and there's usually other kids to play with. Plus, you and Papa have lots of matching clothes!
19: Angie brought the kids over to help us put up the Christmas tree. You had so much fun! | You were in total awe of the tree. | At school, you made a flower and a bag of goodies for me and reindeer food to put out on Christmas Eve. | You were excited to put out a snack for Santa and even pretended to eat the reindeer food.
20: Christmas morning
21: Christmas at Meema and Papa's | You opened your presents, most of Meema's and all of Papa's. | You loved giving Meema and Papa their gifts. | When we were done, you, Meema and Papa put together your new Spiderman puzzle.
22: The day before Christmas Eve I got a call from your school that you had a fever of 103.6. I picked you up and took you straight to the doctor. He did several tests but determined you were okay other than the fever. Still, it changed our Christmas plans. With Angie being pregnant and my grandparents being really old, no one wanted to risk exposing them to whatever you might have, so we spent Christmas Eve and most of Christmas Day just the two of us at our house. Since you hadn't had a fever since Christmas Eve, the day after Christmas we went to Angie's to open presents there and then up to my grandparents to visit them, too. We had so much fun and you loved opening the presents we bought for the new baby Even though Grant wasn't home, we loved sharing presents with Whitney, Owen and Reid. | Owen | Whitney | Angie, Reid and you
23: We like to spend time with my friends. When Anne comes over, she flies you like Superman and sometimes you fly her, too. Anne's husband, Mike, gives you rides. Valerie gave you "Flarp" for Christmas and you gave yourself a mustache with it. You and Kate like to play or snuggle on the couch to watch Spiderman.
24: Meema and Papa got you and the kids passes to go tubing as part of your Christmas present | You had so much fun and loved to be pulled in the tube. | You and Reid preferred the kids' area. I pulled you up the hill and you raced down. | Tubing at Perfect's
25: You love cars and trucks of all kinds. We have a big box full of matchbox cars and sometimes you get them all out at once. One time, Papa let you sit in his semi and you thought you were hot stuff!
26: Shaun, You are one of the most incredible things that has ever happened in my life. You were the first person to ever call me "mommy" and I will forever remember you as my little cutie pie. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you, miss you and hope you are doing well. | Wherever life takes you, you will always have a home in my heart. Love, Mommy Karen