Celebrating our little guy's birthday is more special than we ever imagined. Not only is this little guy a whole year old, but WE are a year into this parenting gig... and that's quite an accomplishment for all!
We started the day with some homemade birthday donuts...Caleb's first ever!
To celebrate, we spent much of the day outdoors, his absolute favorite place to be!
We sorted rocks, practiced walking, and played in his new sandbox that we made for his birthday!
Caleb Roscoe, a year ago you stole our hearts and continue to fill all the sweet spots! We love you very much and can't wait to celebrate you for years to come! Happy Birthday, sweet boy! XOXO
And here's Roo, the feistiest of the two roosters we ended up with... and turns out their not "Ameraucanas", but actually a breed called "Easter Eggers"!
He's very protective of this little lady, our only Easter Egger hen....can't wait to get some beautiful colored eggs from this beauty.
This spring, Dan saw a listing on Craigslist for a free wooden privacy fence, all we had to do was go take it down. We immediately thought this wood would make a fantastic chicken coop, so we spent a few weekends tearing down and hauling 100+ feet of fence wood home!
Then it took another month or so of weekends to actually build the coop, but we're pretty thrilled by the finished product!
The back door is perfect for accessing the food and cleaning out the coop. There is a mesh window on the side to allow for ventilation and we'll add an old window in the winter so they still have light but will stay warmer.
We added an easy access door to the hen boxes for egg collection....making sure it was low enough that Caleb will be able to collect eggs on his own some day!
It didn't take long for the chickens to set up home and go in the coop on their own once it gets dark. We close the front ramp at night to keep them safe.
I've been putting off writing this letter, secretly hoping that in doing so I'd be able to stop time. Not because I don't want you to grow up, but because it's all happening so fast, I don't want to miss a single minute of it! It's hard to believe that we're a few short weeks away from celebrating your first birthday!
Each month these letters get harder and harder to write. Not because there's nothing going on, but because there is so much I don't want to forget. You're no longer our "baby" but nearing a toddler and looking more and more like a little boy each and every day.
11 months is the BEST! You're so much fun right now and a ball of laughter most days!
You talk non-stop. I love how you raise your eye brows with every sentence to add to your story telling. I can't wait to hear about your day from your perspective!
You're not super interested in walking, though love to cruise around the house holding on to furniture, toys, walls, and even Maggie. Sometimes you take funny side-steps to make your way from one side of the room to another, but mostly you prefer to use your famous bear crawl!
You still very much love being outdoors and will stand at the front door waiting to go out to play. Thankfully the weather has been perfect for us to spend a few hours playing outside most days - when we do you're noticeably in a better mood!
You already have such a great imagination, making car sounds as your push your cars around the room and giving life to your stuffed animals. It's so fun to watch the wheels turn and see your eyes light up when you share this wonderful imagination with us.
We love exploring this giant world with you. You slow us down and point out things we otherwise wouldn't have noticed, and for that we are so thankful!
Thank you, little buddy, for lighting up our lives!
love you forever,
mama & daddy
This year we thought it would be fun to take weekly photos of our garden to show the growth over the summer. We set up a tripod in our bedroom and each Sunday morning, we snap a photo. Nothing is staged, as you can see, but I think it's fun to see the progress over the past month that we've made in our growing garden. I'm especially amazed at how quickly the leaves on the tree in the foreground appeared.
Hopefully we'll be able to keep this up over the summer, it's amazing to see just how quickly things grow and change.