Kiss goodbye


Jacob and Alexa playing together on Monday morning

I was given a little surprise when I dropped Jacob off at day care this morning. As he was playing with his friend Alexa, who was the only other baby there already, and I started to get up off the ground next to him and leave, he turned to me, grabbed my head to bring it closer and gave me a big wet kiss on the cheek and then turned and continued to play. He has been making kissing sounds all month when we give him kisses, but this was the first time (for me at least) that he intentionally tried to give me a kiss.

It was great and very heartwarming. Then as I headed out the door, he turned and waved goodbye.

Family photos at Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach


This month, we had our family photo day at Rancho Los Alamitos in Long Beach, California¬†with photographer Russell Snider of Snider Photo and Design. We had so much fun and are very excited by the preview of the photos that Russell took that day. He is always a pleasure to work with. He was our wedding photographer and took Jacob’s newborn photos. So obviously, we enjoy working with him.

Valerie and I had never been to this location and we found it to be a beautiful place to spend some family time.

Click here for all of the preview photos

Our little man is 10 months old


“I’m so cute.”

Jacob is closing in on his first birthday. In just two short months, he will be 12 months old. Yesterday was his 10 month birthday.

Valerie and I are starting to look into ideas for his first birthday. Hopefully it will be something very simple. Just a gathering of family and friends to celebrate our little gift from God. We love watching the wonder in his eyes as he observes the world around him. He finds the strangest things amusing. Mommy’s feet, daddy spitting into the sink as he brushes his teeth, a sneeze. These are all sources of amusement to him and we love it.

These months have passed so quickly. It does not seem like long ago that I was meeting him for the first time.

What is nice is that no matter how bad a day I have had, Jacob’s little smile and laugh can make everything better. We are truly blessed to have him in our lives.