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Oliver turned one about five months ago and one of the best parts about his age is he has no idea when his actual birthday is.  So … we can celebrate it when it’s convenient for us.  Sounds terrible doesn’t it? I have to admit that his lack of understanding in this area made it easier for us to push his party back a few weeks. Annie’s mom wanted to make sure that we gave him some semblance of a celebration near his birthday so Annie’s parents & brother came over for dinner the day after. They brought with them the tiny little cake that you see in the above pictures. Annie’s mom wanted to give Oliver a cake to use as a “trial run” before his birthday party. Looking back on it now it seems like he tore into this “trial run” cake a lot more than his actual birthday cake :) Enjoy the pictures!

Jonathan

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Sunset

One of the best parts about living in Florida is going to the beach and watching the sunsets. Back in March of this year Annie and I along with Oliver of course had a picnic at the beach of Honeymoon Island. My brother in law, Erik came along with his son Jonah and we had a great time. Oliver spent a majority of the time eating the sand & trying to play with Jonah. It was a little bittersweet though because we knew that my sister Abby, Erik & Jonah were going to be moving away soon. Each passing day meant we were that much closer to them leaving and no longer having the chance to hang out like we once did. So this post goes out to Abby, Erik and Jonah. We miss you guys!

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I know it’s been a long time since our last post and even longer since I last posted anything on this blog. Right now my wife is in another country and my son is being cared for by Annie’s parents so I have more free time at home and thought it would be a good idea to try and catch up on some posts. It’s amazing how quickly and easily life can get you so busy that you don’t seem to have time for the little things. Lately, I have really been trying to focus more on the moments of each day and just really try to soak in the memories. I’ve been enjoying coming home from work to be greeted by my beautiful wife and son. One of my favorite moments is when Oliver is getting a bath. The above pictures were taken about 4 months ago & amazingly enough I think Oliver has just grown taller not any wider. At this point he was just really starting to enjoy bathtime. Now he loves it so much he constantly does the “sign” for bath. If he even sees Annie or I go near the bathroom door he immediately tries to follow us in there and cries if we don’t give him a bath at that moment. Needless to say he has cried a lot because there are only so many times he can get a bath. Anyways, the whole point of this post is I guess a reminder to myself as well as to anyone else who takes the time to read it that life is all about the moments. It’s important to realize what’s going on and focus on being there. I know I sometimes get in the place where I just zone out by watching tv or something, but I don’t think that’s what God has called us to do in this life. So if you have children yourself or just have someone in your life that you really love and care about please take the time to be with them not just in the same room but physically and emotionally. Hopefully I can learn this principle myself.

Jonathan

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