birthday boy

February 19, 2010

I can’t believe the little man is 1 year old today! Words can’t begin to express the emotions I feel remembering the day of his birth. As all you fellow mothers know, having a child changes you forEVER in a way that no one can describe and that you can’t comprehend yourself until the moment you first see your child!

On Rowan’s birthday, this is my wish for him….

To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly…to listen to stars and buds, to babes and sages, with open heart; await occasions, hurry never…this …is my symphony.” – William Henry Channing

Here are some of my favorite pictures from that day.


my bday weekend

February 11, 2010

To make up for my lack of posts…here is a pic of Rowan and his girlfriend Kaylin. I have a feeling they will be best buds someday. Kaylin and her parents visited us on my bday weekend and came all the way from NJ! What a treat!

p.s. think it’s time the Kelly’s upgrade to a larger car?

Thanks Kim, John and Kaylin for making my bday one to remember! We couldn’t ask for better friends!

the little man’s baptism

January 13, 2010

I still have not gotten the chance to upload my photos from this weekend, but being the oh-so-organized person she is, the little man’s Godmother beat me to it and sent hers to me last night. So I thought I would share some of the day’s highlights as well as a few of her pics.

We have been anticipating the little man’s baptism for months now and are so happy to have finally had the big day. It was a special day for many reasons, the most important being what the day represented¬† – bringing our son into the love and grace of God’s family. He is forever one of God’s children and will lead a life of faith with the love and support of our church family, family, friends and his Godparents. We couldn’t have chosen a more fitting pair to stand beside us on this day and each day of the little man’s life – Dana and Colette Parish officially became the little man’s Godparents! We look forward to years of memories spent in their company!

The big surprise of the day was that my mom showed up at the church! I couldn’t believe it! She flew in for a little over 24 hours, just to be there with us! The Bob’s mom was also in town for a week to be with us. And on top of that we had so many family and friends who came and celebrated with us! It was great to be surrounded by the love and support of each and everyone of them. We are so blessed!

The little man couldn’t be any cuter in his little suit and he did so well during the church service. Seeing that it was right in the middle of his nap time, I couldn’t be prouder. We did have to keep him entertained with his Godmother’s link roller, water bottle, contact solution bottle and a few other items from her purse. When it came time for the baptism part of the service he was a trooper – he did cry a bit when Pastor poured the water over his head, but I can’t blame him!

We had everyone back to the house for lunch after and enjoyed time spent in the company of great family and friends! It was a perfect day!

top 10 moments of 2009

January 5, 2010

2009 will forever be one of the greatest years of our lives – it was the year we welcomed our first born child little man (Rowan Gregory Kelly). Words can’t begin to describe the joy of becoming a parent and it’s a joy we live in every moment of everyday as we watch our little man grow.

Inspired by Nie Nie’s post today, I created my own little list of “top 10 moments of 2009.”

  1. the birth of our little man & becoming parents
  2. having my mom in the delivery room with us when little man was born (best gift I could have given her)
  3. moving back to AZ – it is definitely home to us
  4. seeing all the “firsts” for the little man – first laugh, smile, roll-over, crawl, etc…
  5. bike rides with the Bob and the little man – great talks about our future and adventures we will have
  6. hosting & cooking for friends & family – oh how I missed entertaining at our house, nothing beats good food, laughter and the company of great friends
  7. the little man’s first Christmas – although we were miles away from our family, we spent the holidays in the company of dear friends who are family to us
  8. watching the Bob become the most amazing father – words can’t express the bond he shares with our little man
  9. new years AM family walk with the little man and the Bob – definitely a tradition for us to carry on with (AND we were in beautiful Flagstaff)
  10. realizing that it is the simple things and moments in life that mean the most and cherishing each one – life is too short

Not sure how 2010 can top 2009, but I am confident it will be filled with many, many, many more moments of joy, laughter, love and adventure. Now onto creating a resolution list….