I thought I would have to teach my daughter about the world; turns out I have to teach the world about her. They see a girl who doesn't speak,
I see a miracle who doesn't need words.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Happy Birthday - Part 2

Zach's day started with his scavenger hunt for his presents.  I wrote out 4 clues and he had to find each of his presents based on his clues.

He read the clues twice and then went on his hunt.  He thought it was so much fun and did a good job finding them!

I thought this picture was so funny - apparently I write very thought provoking cards :)

I told him he could only open one present so he had to choose carefully...of course he opted for the biggest box!

After he opened his present he went upstairs to see Alex who was still in bed.

I love the way she looks at him - she stares at him all the time and loves when he's around.

I caved and let him open the rest of his presents before I had to leave for work :)

Probably the sweetest part of the day was when he was opening his card from Alex.  She was staring at him, smiling and then she put her arm around his, pulled him towards her and kissed him.  It was priceless - and probably the most purposeful thing she has ever done.


Can't forget Daddy!

He spent the day at the pool with Ronica and Tabitha and we had arranged to go to dinner with my parents, my best friend Dana and my niece Emily.  My parents came early to give Zach his presents and give Zach and Emily some play time.

Right as we were walking out the door Zach got a phone call from Geoffrey - the giraffe at Toy's R Us...

Zach and I have a "date night" dinner once a month and we usually go to to the same Hibachi place - which is where he picked to go for his birthday dinner.  Zach calls it the "pee pee guy place" because the chef starts a fire in a volcano made out of onion and to put the fire out he has this little guy that when you push his head his pants come down and he "pee pees" out water to put the fire out.  He laughs every time.   The chef decided to give Zach a birthday soaking...

We had a great dinner and Zach and Emily had a lot of fun spending time together.

After dinner they brought out fried ice cream for him and everyone sang happy birthday.

Zach and my parents:

...and his "Auntie Dearest":

He had a great day.  Tomorrow is his birthday party at the pool, so I'm sure there will be a Happy Birthday - Part 3 post :)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Zach!

Seven years ago today....time really does fly.

He had a great day - according to him he wanted to know if birthday's are always fabulous, because for as long as he can remember his birthday's have been fabulous.  Nice to get some positive feedback there. :)

His day started with a scavenger hunt and clues to find his presents.  Off to the pool for the day and ended it with a family dinner at his and my favorite "date night" restaurant with my parents and my niece, Emily.  Pictures of his day to follow.

From day one Zach has been an easy child.  He is sweet, caring, generous, smart, funny and full of love. Whenever something good happens he says that his heart is happy.  Thank you Zachary for making me so heart happy.  You truly bring sunshine to my days and you bring so much joy to our lives each and every day.  I love you beyond words buddy.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Swim Team

Last week wrapped up the season's swim team for Zach.  He did so well this summer and we're so proud of him!  He shaved over 50 seconds off his time on record from last season (granted, he only swam in on meet, but still!) 

This is how he typically is at a swim meet:

And this is how he was at the very last meet:

He had a pretty bad ear and eye infection all that week and he still wasn't feeling all that great.  But he swam like a champ and had his best time of 30.11 seconds (His time last year was 1:23:58!)

Pictures from the meet - organized chaos at its finest!

Saturday night was the awards banquet and he was thrilled to get a trophy!

Way to go Zach!  Looking forward to next summer!

Friday, July 15, 2011


Did you know you could go to Toys R Us and have your kids register for things they want for birthday's or Christmas with a registry gun, you know like you do for a wedding?!?  Zach's birthday is coming up and he wanted to go to Toys R Us to see what he might like for his birthday.  We had SO MUCH fun going through the store and scanning - I think in total it took us about 3 hours and I was actually shocked that he didn't scan the whole store!  When it was all said and done he had 26 items on his list. Great afternoon.

After Toys R Us we headed to the pool.  He's had a tooth loose for weeks and he completely freaks about anyone touching it or trying to pull it out - same drill we went through with his front teeth.  It gets so loose that it basically starts to lay down - and it makes him even talk funny - it's quite comical, but I get to the point where I just want to hold him down and rip it out!

It's the bottom left one in case you couldn't see it practically falling out of his mouth!

Nope, not pulling on it, just checking it out in a mirror...

Ok...maybe I'll pull on it a little bit....

Well, whadda ya know?!?  It came out...!

He looks like a poorly carved pumpkin with some missing, some growing in...but he's happy, I'm happy, life is good :)