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My sweet boy I owe you an apology.

I’m sorry it’s been three months since your birthday and I’m finally sitting down to write you a celebration letter.

I’m sorry you were bumped from being my sweet youngest baby to being a big brother, a new house, and tossed into kindergarten all in one year.

I’m sorry I failed at planning a proper birthday party for you, and I’m so thankful people showed up, and that you had a great time watching Spiderman and eating popcorn with your friends at our house.

I’m sorry the world likes to set preconceived notions about who you are, what things you should like, and how you should act. I’ve learned so much more about you this last year and I’ve fallen even more in love with you.

Actually, you have learned a lot of new things this year. Like how to tie your shoes. Speaking of which you LOVE shoes. Goodness. You’d get a new pair every week if you could. Surprisingly for a six year old you take very good care of them too. You are very particular and like to even like to clean the bottom of them (and check the inside for bugs, which good thing cause one time one crawled out).

Reading is coming along for you. We need to find some books to read together each night because you are finally enjoying storytime. You also have been great at sounding out words. I’m so excited to watch you grow.

You are beginning to learn the concept of saving money. But really you love to spend it. You have been working hard to save for some special toys though. I’m rooting you on.

For years I’ve said “I’m trying to figure you out.” Or said that you’re not very much like me, and like I didn’t quite “get you.” Not in a bad way, just in a way that you are your own little person that I’ve been trying to analyze and understand. This past year I feel like I’ve cracked your code. I’m beginning to understand you so much more, and at your core you are a sensitive, hilarious little boy who loves to play. You also tell me a lot more about what’s going on inside your head, and though you ask a lot of questions, you’ll answer some of mine too. One of my favorites was your answer to if you had three wishes. You said you would wish to be a train conductor, have a t-rex that won’t eat you, and a snake that won’t bite you.

That’s just one of the things I’m loving about you. But here are six more.

Here are six things I absolutely adore about you right now

You’re a Loving Big Brother

You jumped into your role of big brother so beautifully. Your little sister gets the loudest and most excited cheers from you when she hits a new milestone. Whenever she is getting into something she’s not suppose to or running towards the stairs, you’re usually the first one to run after her and make sure she’s ok. You’ve started to pick her up now and then, and you’ve gotten so much better with sharing your toys (you just don’t like when she puts them in her mouth).

You + Snoop = Match Made in Heaven

Snoop has been in our family since before you were born but this past bit you’ve been the one to take the biggest interest in him. You feed him every day, let him in and outside, and you give him what you like to call “his favorite food” aka dog treats. I’ll randomly find you outside trying to get him to race you for a treat. And getting him to give you high fives. (Race being the key word. You LOVE to run, and compete at the YMCA). When I told you he’d eat a grasshopper that snuck into our home at first you were worried about him, saying he wouldn’t like it, but then you laughed and screamed as he chased and ate it.

Your Jokes

First of all, you are one of the most joyful little people I know. You are still a big jokester and seriously I should have been able to peg this from when you were a toddler. All those times you’d run into the street laughing and near give me a heart attack. Or open the front door and run down the driveway… That was the little clown in you that’s been in your from the start. Thankfully you’ve grown out of growling at strangers as if you’re a dinosaur. Though you’re still a goofball you’ve moved on to less dangerous or obnoxious tricks like “made you look” jokes. And trying to hold in a laugh when you’re fibbing about something

Your Movie Reactions

This could possibly be at the top of my list. Super heroes are becoming a new favorite of yours but I’m trying to slow you down a bit, reminding you of how much we love Lightning McQueen and Buzz Lightyear. Whenever we watch a movie together… It could be any movie, but it’s usually a movie you’ve never seen before. You have the best reactions. If you think something is funny you laugh out loud for all of the theater to hear. When we watched Avengers for the first time you screamed and jumped around on the couch as Iron Man fought the bad guys. As you watched The Rescuers Down Under for the first time you screamed and jumped around when the bad guy was about to fall down the waterfall. It’s like you can’t control your emotions, but that’s one of your most beautiful qualities. It’s easy to know how you’re feeling, and you aren’t afraid to share them.

Your Questions

Every day you amaze me with new thoughts and curiosities. You still love to compare size, speed, age, and danger levels of things. And you still ask SO many questions. I should keep track of how many questions you ask me in a day. I think I’ll do that this week. I’d bet it’s around 200. I try to answer as many as I can but sometimes I give up and ask you what you think. That tends to work sometimes but other times you persist. Lately we’ve been able to get you to ask Alexa to answer questions we don’t know, or have no way of knowing. For instance how fast an airplane is, and the second fastest person in the world. You’ve also been known to ask the temperature of lava and who is stronger… Bumble Bee or Octopus Crime.You always ask me if I’m your favorite and I always say yes. You are my favorite little boy in the entire world.

You care about everyone’s feelings

Before I mentioned how you’re a caring big brother, but you’re a loving little brother too. And a loving son, nephew, grandson and friend. You wear your heart on your sleeve and you care about everyone’s feelings. Whenever anyone is feeling bad you ask why and try to help. When your big sister gets in trouble you stand up for her and try to cheer her up (even when she doesn’t do the same for you). Your smile is the most infectious smile in the world. Everyone who meets you and gets to spend some time with you adores you. Your teacher this year was the best we could have asked for. Somehow she understood your little heart and won it over. You were the perfect student. You are still my sweet, cuddly little boy. You aren’t a huge fan of kisses but you’ll allow them from me.

I feel so incredibly lucky to be your mom, and I can’t wait to see the boy you grow to be.

Happy belated 6th birthday my sweet little boy. I love you infinity!

Love,

 

Mom

 

 

There’s nothing particularly special about turning 33. It’s not a very sexy number. Not as painful as turning 30 or thrilling as turning 35. I’m just sitting here in the middle like “oh yea, I’m another year older.”

Still, this was probably my most surreal birthday to date. We didn’t make any plans. I actually kept forgetting the day was coming up. We’re still getting unpacked and settling into our new home. I’m finally feeling like I’m ready to press play and begin 2019 and BAM! We’re already two weeks in. I didn’t really have time to think about what I wanted to do for my birthday, even though my husband and kids kept asking me. Lil’ J even begged to stay home from school and celebrate (that was a no).

Just about everything is unpacked. And I’m very proud of myself for that fact. I wanted to be just about done before my birthday and I sorta met my goal. We are still waiting on our furniture to be delivered but we did get our new barstools in!

My husband let me make the game plan for my birthday. He planned a trip for us to the mall to upgrade my cell phone, but since I hadn’t backed mine up in over a year that planned was squandered by a much-needed backup lasting more than 6 hours. Instead we ordered the phone online to arrive the next day.

We did pre-order my new shoes, which are the most expensive pair of shoes I’ve ever bought ( I seriously hate spending more than $25 on shoes). My Ugg knock-offs fell apart (the sole came off on one of them). And after super gluing it back together a couple times, it came apart for good. I couldn’t bring myself to buy more but finally, for my birthday I gave in and got the real thing. Let me tell you they are GLORIOUS.

I have about 4 or 5 pairs of shoes and these are by far my favorite. Slip on, no socks needed. So soft and warm and durable. They make winter wonderful. Best present ever.

My husband and kids also surprised me with some Edible Arrangements. Chocolate covered strawberries, pineapple and apples. SO yummy. I’m still coming down from the sugar high.

But possibly my favorite part of the day was sitting down on our living room floor and playing Disney Pictopia. My kids made me so proud with their knowledge of Disney trivia.

I felt so freaking happy sitting with my family in our new home albeit on the floor, together.

At night before bed we take turns saying a family prayer– Usually bouncing back and forth between Big T and Lil’ J. I love their prayers especially because it’s usually 5% requests and 95% gratitude. If not 100% gratitude. On my birthday Lil’ J said thank you for letting them play fun with their baby sister, and for my birthday. And a dozen other things. I feel like lately I’ve been way more aware and conscious of my blessings as well, and pausing through the day to say thank you.

I’m still working out my goals for 2019. I have a hard time trying to commit to a word for the whole year but my friend Dani suggested I break it down into smaller increments. So far my word has been “relax” and “enjoy” as we get settled into our new home. Not rushing into this year with my sleeves rolled up ready to hustle.

I’m finding joy in little things like straightening up, and watching deer walk through our backyard. I go outside with the kids almost every evening to work on building our fire pit. And every few nights they beg to watch a movie in the theater and make popcorn in our popcorn machine.

And as cheesy as that sounds I just want to spread as much joy as I can. I want to pass goodness and love along and help brighten the world a bit day by day.

This birthday celebration was a simple one. But in so many ways it was my best yet. Here’s hoping I’m blessed with many many more birthdays.

Oct
08
2018

So This is 8



My sweet baby girl,

Yes, I can and will still call you that. Probably forever. You may be older, taller, and have a lot more to say, but you will always be my baby.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me tell you… You are one remarkable little girl. This last year has been full of a lot of changes for you and you’ve taken it like a champ. You became a big sister of a little sister, and you started back at public school. Every morning you jump up excited for the new day. Not once have you asked to go lay back down or sleep a little longer. I barely whisper that it’s time to wake up and you pop up as perky as ever. I love that about your personality. Sometimes you get a little down, or frustrated but overall you’re a very positive person.

You got baptized a month after your birthday and it was such a special day. Remember? I love how you kept asking if you had sinned yet for a good week or two after. You were so determined to keep that slate clean as long as possible. But I think you understand now that we all make mistakes, what’s important is apologizing and always trying to do better.

I write you little notes in your lunchbox and ever since you told me how much you enjoy them I can’t seem to stop. Even when daddy sends you off to school, if I’ve forgotten to write one I wake up and make one real quick. I’m not much of an artist but you’re helping me become one.

Will work for treats! Another thing I love about you is how excited you get over mini celebrations. BYU Football games, movie nights where I’ll wash your hair, practicing cheer with “Coach.” You’re all about having fun, and others having fun.

You adore your little sister (no surprise there) but you are also still so sweet with your little brother. To me, the sound of you two playing together is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world. You probably don’t realize it but he looks up to you so much. And he loves spending time with you. I know your sister will too.

We finally figured out why reading has been such a struggle for you and you are doing better and learning more every day. I imagine in no time you’ll be reading Percy Jackson books all by yourself. But I must admit, it’s been fun to read them aloud and share that enjoyment together.

I love how you tell me the good and bad about your school day. I hope we always have that open relationship and you always feel like you can come to me and tell me anything. I want you to know I’m always here to listen to anything you’d like to tell me.

You are such a big dreamer. Right now you want to be an olympic cheerleader/ movie star/ singer. I think that’s pretty awesome.

I’ve enjoyed watching you grow as a person. It’s so fun to watch your determination for things. You’re working hard to learn how to do a back tuck in cheer, and working hard at school. You’ve made friends in class and rekindled friendships you had in kindergarten.

There is such a beautiful light about you and I want you to continue to fuel that throughout you life. You are going to inspire and uplift so many people, and encourage them to be the best they can be as you work to be the best you can be.

I’m so lucky to be your mom, and I’m so excited to see what’s next in this new year of life!

Love,

Mom

 


Dear Daughter,

I was bracing myself for a huge wave of sadness about you turning seven but it hasn’t hit.

I don’t know if seven feels a lot like six, or if we just see so much of each other now that time doesn’t seem to be going quite a fast. Except for when it does.

One of the biggest changes I’ve noticed in you this last year is your desire to stretch your wings a bit more. I’m noticing your self-determination to go for what you want and achieve your goals.

You made a dream board last year and you’ve been crossing items off left and right. As you continue to shoot for the stars, I want to be there to help you reach them.

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Call me selfish but I love how much you value time spent with me. You are enjoying homeschooling and having me as your teacher. You enjoy traveling with me, but you also have fun just sitting on the couch and snuggling next to me. Your desire to cuddle hasn’t diminished with age at all.

My bedroom or near me is your preferred choice for sleeping, but recently you decided it was worth trying to sleep in your own bed if it meant that you could earn a slumber party with me after a certain amount of time.

When you set your mind to something you go for it. That’s often to my own detriment because you’re constantly negotiating and usually winning.

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I love how much you love finding reasons to celebrate. From movie nights to poetry tea parties at the end of the week, to desserts for achieving a goal–You love having a reason to have a party. Your joy helps me notice more things I should be grateful for.

You are so full of questions. You question everything. From politics to history to religion and science. I’m constantly telling you to ask me again later so we can research–Not because I’m trying to put off your questions but because I have no clue what the answer is, but I’m just as curious as you are to find out. My goal is to always help you seek out answers to your questions. No matter how hard they get.

I’m so proud of the girl you are becoming. You challenge norms, aren’t afraid to stand up for yourself, and for others. You are so kind. I’ve noticed you are embracing who you are more and more every day. Your dark skin, curly hair, your peppy attitude and curiosity are all qualities you proudly share with those around you.

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I am so lucky to be your mom. I’m trying my best to raise you to be confidant in who you are, and courageous enough to be your best self.

As you start your 8th year of life I have one piece of advice: Let your light so shine baby girl. Shine bright.

 

Love,

Mom

Apr
07
2017

FOUR



My sweet little boy, where do I begin?

This last year with you has been full of surprises. That’s because you surprise me daily. The things that come out of your mouth, and the ways you try to shock me.

The most common word I use to describe you is “weird” I know I shouldn’t do that. It’s probably not great for your complex, but I often don’t know how else to put words to the way you are.

“My wildcard” is another term I sometimes use. Because you’re so unpredictable. For others–Your teachers, babysitters, and friends–you’re an angel. They haven’t a clue about the side I see. But I guess I should be glad you save your silly side for us.

I think part of the reason I find you a little odd is because you’re nothing like me. Which if course is totally ok. But you’re also nothing like anyone. You’re so hard for me to describe, define, and predict. But I’m going to try.

One thing I do know is you’re not shy. That’s evident every time we go to the store together. It’s gotten to the point where we order our groceries online and pick them up, or take turns going to the store without you because every trip with you is like a comedy show. You say hello to anyone and everyone. You strike conversations with complete strangers about the weather, your shirt, their hair, my shoes, or bodily fluids. Or sometimes you’ll just chase people. Yes, actually chase them down the aisles, telling them to come back. Occasionally you’ll do this while roaring like a dinosaur.

I underestimate you all the time. Maybe it’s because you’re my youngest. I forget you can say and do things on your own.

You build train tracks with ease now and they’re almost never sitting on the floor. You take unit blocks and build your tracks as high as you can. We know better than to try to help, or ever take down one of your creations. While you’re extremely independent when it comes to construction, you can’t stand being alone.

We’ve given up on trying to put you to sleep in your room. You’d come into ours in the middle of the night anyway. Instead now you’ve set up camp on a little mat at the foot of our bed. Your sister is often alongside you.

You love jokes. You may not understand the process of a knock knock joke but you try anyway. And you never seem to tire of the “high five!” “too slow” trick. Laughing hysterically every time I miss.

You don’t like to color, draw, or anything like that unless it involves Lightning McQueen. But you love playing with cars, dinosaurs, and riding your bike. Last year we started hiking together. In the beginning you didn’t like it, but you’ve really come around. You look forward to exploring places with water you can play in.

I can see you trying to figure out the world, and understand how things work. You ask more and more questions every day, and you have the best memory. You always remember where you put things, and places we’ve been.

My favorite quality about you however, has got to be your kindness and sensitivity. You’ll act all big and tough most of the time but the second your sister is actually hurt, or crying, you’re the first to run by her side to help. You cried more when she got her shots than when you got your own.

As a toddler you’d play by yourself for a little while, then come over to my nap to snuggle for a bit. You still do that, and I love it.

“I missed you Mommy!” You still say that to me days after coming back from a trip, or when I get back from the store.

You’re everything I never knew I’d wanted, yet exactly what I need. My sweet little boy.

I love you so much and I can’t wait to see what this new year of life holds for us.

Love,

Mommy

 

PS: When your party VIP list only included members of our family, we decided to skip a party and just have fun with you. Here is how we celebrated your birthday this year.

PPS: It’s so hard narrowing down a few favorite photos of you from the last year so I’m going to share a bunch. I especially love the one of us together on the escalator. I believe we rode it up and down 692 times that day.

 


I just finished Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes and she has a chapter where she goes on about women not being able to take a compliment, and how we should own our talents, and not shy away from them for fear of being seen as arrogant.

Every day I tell my children how amazing they are. I give them affirmations to say in the mirror. I want them to know they are incredible. They can do anything, and they are great.

So why don’t we believe those things about ourselves?

This weekend I’m celebrating my 31st birthday and I’ve decided to give myself a gift. I’m going to own my blessings. It’s going to feel a little uncomfortable. It’s going to be unusual, but I’m going to lay it out there and hit publish with reckless abandon.

Ok here we go.

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My name is Jennifer. I am a devoted wife and mother. I would fight for my family. My husband my kids– They are my everything. Beyond my family, I put heart into my life.

My hair? It’s awesome. People tell me my smile is contagious. My joy–infectious.

I am unapologetically a big dreamer. Like, HUGE. My husband calls me “whimsical”… But says it like it’s a bad word. I take it as a compliment.

I can do anything.

I’m also a hard worker. I try to focus and work at things I love. This makes my work feel more like play and even when I’m working incredibly hard it doesn’t feel like I am.

Maybe the name “Jennifer” mean luck in some other language. I am INCREDIBLY lucky. Though I believe luck is when preparation meets opportunity. I still feel like I’m insanely lucky. But I also don’t doubt God’s hand in my life. I’m extremely blessed and I feel lucky to have discovered the talents He blessed me with early in life and use those throughout.

I believe anything is possible and I am not easily discouraged. I attract positivity and good things come to me.

Learning is my life’s mission. I love to learn and soak up knowledge like air. I have a desire to learn so much. From new languages, history, culture, and music–I will spend the rest of my life learning new things and yet never try to give the illusion of “knowing it all.”

Writing is a passion. I can always tell when I’m going to write something great because it’s preceded by a jittery and burning feeling I can’t contain. I love that feeling. My best work comes when I sit down and write in that very moment. I am a good storyteller. My stories can go beyond type on a screen or piece of paper using my photographs and video. I love it, and I am good at it. Or maybe I am good at it because I love it.

I also love people–Meeting new people, befriending people, talking to people, laughing with people and learning about people. I believe we all have so much to learn from one another.

Sometimes I feel like I’ve hit the peek of my success but then a voice inside reminds me that’s nowhere near the case. I’m just getting started.

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I did it. It took me three days to write those short paragraphs. I was cringing throughout and after every compliment I was started to type a flaw to counter my self-praise. Even now I want to explain that I’m not vain and I know I’m not perfect. But I’m not going to. Today I’m going to leave it as that because it’s the anniversary of my birth and a much-needed gift to myself.

On to make this year awesome.

Write a letter to YOU! A birthday gift to give yourself every year.


I’ve now been a mom for six years. My little girl is SIX!

Lil’ J’s 6th birthday snuck up on us– well, as much as it could with her reminding us every other minute. She was involved in the planning of her birthday party, from the theme to the venue, the guest list and goodie bag contents.

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I felt as if I was just there to facilitate as I watched my little girl give her input, write lists and draw blueprints.

Since her birthday is the day before Independence Day we scheduled her party to be a few days before. If you asked her what kind of party she was having she would give you a hearty reply: “I’m having an art party because I’m passionate about art!”

If you’ve ever been to one of those sip and paint classes, this party was a lot like that. But instead of ladies sipping on wine it was little kids sipping on juice boxes.

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I of course was mamarazzi capturing all of the fun with not one, but two cameras. I had my EOS 80D rolling for the video and my Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens on my EOS 5D Mark II to capture the entire scene in wide-angle beauty.

When it comes to parties, I’m all about outsourcing the venue and not having the party at my house, but it can feel rushed sometimes when you have a limited amount of time. I loved that we had a full two hours plus set up for her party. It was more than enough time for everyone to paint their masterpieces and enjoy themselves.

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Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re capturing your little one’s birthday party:

  • Open that aperture up in low light situations for a better shot (f/2.8 or lower).
  • A low f-stop will also keep the focus on your happy birthday girl or boy and blur out more of the background.
  • Use a wide-angle lens to capture an entire room and all of your party guests.
  • Raise the ISO in rooms with less light to avoid dark images.
  • For those cute candle photos you’ll want to make sure your flash is off, have a wide open aperture, crank up your ISO and lower your shutter speed as much as you can while still staying steady. Set the exposure to your little one’s face and fire away!
  • Be ready for the birthday song. Have your settings set, lens cap off and finger at the ready to hit record before it starts so you can capture the grin at the first “happy birthday” down to the cheers after the candles are blown out.
  • Enjoy the moment. Don’t be afraid to hand your camera off so you can enjoy the moment too, and even be in a few photos yourself. Setting your camera to AV mode and choosing your aperture is a great auto-mode to set and forget about the rest if you want to let someone who’s unfamiliar with your camera help.

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You can find more birthday party photography tips on Canon’s website, and for even more photography tips, check out my Canon course for photographing children where I share tips on photographing siblings so and much more.

The one picture I forget to get almost every year and I always say I won’t the next year is a photo of both my husband and I with the birthday child. So don’t be like me and make sure you get in that photo. If I miss it I’m always happy to make up for it later. I can never have enough photos of us together.

Lil’ J was also so excited to do her birthday interview this year and I was pretty pumped to work on it with her. I set up my Canon EOS 80D on a tripod with my EF 24-70mm 2.8/fL lens and asked her a series of questions then hilarity ensued. She’s really growing into her own personality and I love it. Watch for yourself:

What better way to bottle a child’s personality than to do a birthday video time capsule? Check out my blog post on birthday interviews to see my full list of questions to ask for older and younger kids each year.

I love that she loves doing photo shoots with me and that she even mentioned that as something she loves about me. We started when she was a tiny little thing giggling and laughing in every photo and she has just as much fun with it today.

For her 6-year-old photos I focused on photographing her doing things she loves or is currently “passionate” about. This week I think I’ve officially decided that my Canon EF 100mm 2.8/fL lens is my favorite–at least for dreamy portraits. I keep my f-stop open to 2.8, bump up the shutter speed to at least a quick 1/800 then let her jump around and do her thing and freeze the emotion. You’ll see more of what we got below.

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6 year old finding Dory birthday party. Art Creative Escapes, Painting with a Twist.

And carrying in our tradition I owe her a birthday letter. These aren’t getting any easier to write because it’s so bittersweet watching her turn from my tiny baby into a walking, talking opinionated little person of her own. But I’ll give it a shot!

Happy Birthday My Sweet Daughter,

You’re six! I still can’t believe it. You sometimes half-jokingly say you wish you were a baby again so I could carry you around and cuddle with you all day. You love to cuddle, snuggle, and be close to people in general. You’ve pretty much always been that way and I’m beginning to think that’s just your nature.

Sometimes I miss the days you were a tiny baby too. But since there’s no turning back, every time I feel that way I remind myself that a few years from now I’m going to look back at these moments with you now and wish we could do this all over again too.

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You are so funny. Not in an intentional way, but you make me laugh with your questions. I’ll be reading a story and you’ll look as though you aren’t paying attention but then you’ll jump in and ask a question or explain what’s going on in detail.

The level of compassion you feel for others is admirable. Even for your little brother, who I know can be hard to get along with sometimes. It’s just one of the many qualities I love about you. I also love how big of a dreamer you are. You often catch people off guard when you talk about your passions. It sounds like it’s deep talk for a 6-year-old but you’re all about it. Your passions right now range from singing and dancing, to art, swimming, planets and space.

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We got you a telescope for your birthday and you’ve been having so much fun aiming it at the moon and hunting for stars. The look on your face when you finally captured the moon in your sights was priceless.

Your smile, your joy, and your bouncing curls keep drawing people in. I hope as you continue to grow, you’ll keep enjoying life and grow into the woman you’re meant to be.

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This last year of life was full of new adventures. From vacations to Disney, learning to swim and read, starting kindergarten, dancing on stage and making new friends, you accomplished a lot. I feel so lucky to be your mom and learn more about the world right along with you.

I’m always here for you. When you want to talk, debate or snuggle, I’m here with open arms and a lap to sit on no matter how big you get.

Happy birthday sweet girl! May this year be your best year so far!

Love,

Mommy

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From birthdays to family vacations, to holidays and more, I’m teaming up with Canon every month to share how we capture our special milestones. I’ll also dish out tips to help you better capture your special moments with your family. Shout out to my favorite camera brand for sponsoring this series.


What was your favorite movie when you were 3? Can you remember your favorite toy or song from then? For the last several years I’ve thought it would be fun to ask my daughter a set of questions every birthday, and see how her answers compare. I’ve been so upset at myself for not doing it on her third birthday, and the fact that I’ve continued to forget each birthday since.

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But there’s no use in fretting about the past when I can do something about the present. I’m going to do a Q&A with my 5-year-old Lil’ J soon, but for now, here’s one with my little guy.

I mentioned before how I have a hard time trying not to compare my kids. This is one of those situations. I know at 3 my daughter would have had a hayday with this. My son wasn’t as amused, but to be honest, he did a lot better than I thought. I didn’t think he’d be able to answer all of my questions, but I tried anyway, and some he answered in hilarious ways I never imagined. See what I mean:

So here’s a few different lists of birthday questions for kids each year. The first 10 are easier for younger kids, and the next list is a little more inquisitive and deep. I’ll pull from more of those for my daughter.

Birthday Questions For Younger Kids

1. What’s one of your talents? (Or ask them to do something you know they can do like count as high as they can)
2. What’s your favorite animal?
3. What do you like to eat?
4. What do you love to do?
5. What do you want to do? (When you grow up?)
6. What’s your favorite toy? (thing)
7. What’s your favorite song?
8. What’s your favorite movie?
9. What’s your favorite book?
10. What’s your favorite TV show?

Birthday Questions For Older Kids

1. Describe yourself.
2. What are you thankful for?
3. What makes you happy?
4.. What makes you sad or angry?
5. What do you want to be when you grow up?
6. What’s important to you?
7. What do you love most about yourself?
8. What do you love most about your mom?
9. What do you love most about your dad?
10. If you could go anywhere, where would you want to go?
11. Who do you admire? Why?
12. What do you want to learn more about?
13. What’s something you’d like to do to help someone else?
14. What are you afraid of?
15. If you could only keep one thing, what would you keep?
16. What’s your favorite memory?
17. What are you proud of yourself for?
18. What are you looking forward to?
19. What do you dream about?
20. What else do you want to say?

You can ask them and write their answers down, or record it like I did. Next year you’ll have fun comparing their answers from years before! I’m working on making this into some fun different printable forms and should have those ready within the next couple of weeks.

I’d love to know how your kids answered some of these! Get any funny answers?

30 questions to ask your kids every birthday

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