Posts Tagged ‘Reichen’

Valentine’s Day Debacle 2012 Averted

Monday, February 13th, 2012

After the Valentine’s Day Debacle of 2011, I decided to skip the store bought cards for Reichen and Latham’s preschool party this year in favor of something special.


Are you impressed?  Don’t be.  These personalized Valentine’s are super simple to make and I love the visual illusion the card creates.

Happy crafting!

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Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Since I started writing 3 Stinky Boys and Me in the spring of 2009, I’ve never really thumbed through the archives of it.  But the other day, David was trying to remember something sweet our 5 year old used to say when he was about 2.  Neither of us could remember, exactly, what Reichen used to say.  And it made us sort of sad.  Later, after all my 3 stinky boys were in bed, I searched through the years of the blog and discovered it – the sweet thing my baby boy used to say!

I started this blog several years ago, for that very reason.  I wanted to capture our feelings, thoughts, and happenings of how we were at that exact time.  I don’t blog for the money, or the ads, or to become a super famous blogger – I do it because I want to remember everything.  Everything.  Especially the stuff the passing of time erases from my memory.

And for all of you who have followed My 3 Stinky Boys and Me’s adventures for the past several years, that’s icing on the cake.  Thank you so much for reading my little blog and supporting our family.  I have made some amazing friends, whom I know I’ll meet one day and I love hearing from all of you and following your adventures through your blogs.

Happy New Year!!!



Visions of Tablescapes Danced in my Head

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

When I offered to host Christmas Eve dinner at our house this year, visions of tablescapes started dancing in my head.  And after scouring many home decor magazine and websites, I decided on the crisp color combination of red, white, and silver. 

I started with a freshly pressed white tablecloth, a  glittery red ribbon, and silver votive candles.  And got more and more giddy after adding square vases filled with small crimson ornaments and pretty folded napkins.  Mini red tricycles adorned with the boys’ names told them what seat to take and I placed the homemade cookie Christmas trees on the buffet next to the red floral balls on white candlesticks.

It was a lovely and intimate dinner of 8 including my mom, David’s parents, his brother, Reichen, Latham, David, and myself.  We had all the fixings of a traditional turkey dinner and every bite of it was delicious.

Happy Holidays

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Toddler Talk

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Reichen:  “Mommy, my car window is really dirty.”

Me:  “I know, I saw that.  Why do you think it’s so dirty?”

Reichen:  “I think it’s because every time I pick my boogers I wipe them on there.  But I’m not sure.”

My Thanksgiving Post May Be Late, But At Least My Christmas Shopping is Done.

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We sure did and I still have the belly to prove it.  We invaded my in-laws for the holidays and had the best time.  My mother-in-law cooked 90% of the food, but I did make my grandma’s super duper delicious candied yams. 

And here’s the recipe:

Candied Yams

Peel 3 large yams, and cut into pieces.  Place in pan with salted water and boil until cooked.  Place cut up yams in baking dish.  Sprinkle with 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 stick of butter cut up, 1 can of evaporated condensed milk.  Fill baking dish approximately 1/2 full.  Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees until mixture boils down.  Add marshmallows on top and bake until marshmallows brown and melt.

Toddler Talk

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Reichen:  “HI STINKY DADDY!!!  I like to call him stinky daddy because he stinks up the whole house.”

What my 5-year-old told his teacher when David picked him up from preschool.

Happy 5th Birthday, Reichen!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Today you are five and I can barely believe it

Where has the time gone – it just happened so quick.


So to celebrate, this weekend we had a really big party

We invited all your friends and you thought it was gnarly.

We met everyone at  Monkey Bizness, a really fun place

You jumped in all the bouncy houses with a smile on your face.


Liam, Hayden, and Dayton were all there

And Lexy, Abby, and Kendall with the golden hair.


Dylan, Lydia, and Noah came to your party too

And Caleb, and Claire said ‘Happy Birthday’ to you.


A Transformer theme you wanted with colors blue and red

“Optimus and Bumblebee would make me happy,” you said.

 transformer birthday cake

Nina made your cake and a small one for Latham, too

And you both blew out the candles – it was so exciting for you.


You opened all your presents and got lots of fun toys

Transformers, cars, and a rocket – all perfect for boys.

 opening presents

You had such a fun day and so did your dad and me

Happy Birthday Reichen, we are as proud as could be.



Toddler Talk

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Reichen:  “My daddy is the one with bald hair.”

Toddler Talk

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Reichen:  “Mommy, are you and daddy getting married tonight?”

The question my 4-year-old asked when he saw how David and I dressed for a black tie event for a local children’s charity.

Toddler Talk

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Reichen:  “Daddy?”

David:  “Yes, Reichen?”

Reichen:  “Why do you like to be bald?”

David:  “It’s not a choice, buddy,”

Reichen:  “Will I be bald when I’m a daddy?”

David:  “Probably.”

I – I – I Worry

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

My – My – My son stutters.

An – An – And it scares me.

He – He – He isn’t aware of it.

Y – Y – Yet.

Bu – Bu – But when he is.

I – I – I  worry.

Will – Will –  Will it change him.

Will – Will – Will he be afraid to talk.

Will – Will – Will  kids make fun of him.

I – I – I worry.

He – He –  He’s been stuttering about a year.

May – May – Maybe more.

Bu – Bu – But until now, they –

 The – The – The specialists, called it disfluency.

“He – He – He’ll grow out of it,” they said.

He – He – He hasn’t.

The – The – The specialists now call it –

St – St – Stuttering.

It – It – It always happens at the beginning of a sentence.

Never in the – the – the middle.

An – An – And – most times –

He – He – He can say his words.

Bu – Bu – Bu – But other times –

He – He – He – He – He – He – He – He – He – He . . .


I – I – I worry.

An – An – And I wish it were me who stuttered.

Not – Not – Not him.

Not – Not – Not him.

Not – Not – Not him.


Friday, October 7th, 2011


By The Dixie Chicks

They didn’t have you where I come from
Never knew the best was yet to come
Life began when I saw your face
And I hear your laugh like a serenade

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I’m never, never giving you up

I slip in bed when you’re asleep
To hold you close and feel your breath on me
Tomorrow there’ll be so much to do
So tonight I’ll drift in a dream with you

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I’m never, never giving you up

As you wander through this troubled world
In search of all things beautiful
You can close your eyes when you’re miles away
And hear my voice like a serenade

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I’m never, never giving you up

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I’m never, never giving you up
Is forever enough
Cause I’m never, never giving you up

The Boy Who Plays Soccer

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

“I’m a soccer player now,” I hear you tell your new friend
“You want to come to my game? I play every weekend.”

Red and blue are your colors and you’re on a team of eight
You’re really good at defense and you’re dribbling is just great.

Daddy is your coach and you think that’s super special
He runs drills with all the kids and hollers at you to hustle.

“Only 4 year olds play soccer,” at least that’s what you say
And that, you tell Latham, is the reason he can’t play.

So your brother does his own thing while we all cheer you on
And when you score an awesome goal, we go crazy on the lawn.

You love getting super sweaty and running really fast
You think your friends are funny and playing soccer is a blast.

But when when the game is over is my most favorite part
Because that’s when we go home and all your soccer stories can start.

Toddler Talk

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Reichen:  “Mommy, sometimes you freak me out to death!”