Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Cyrus, today, you are four years old. Its hard to believe its been 1,460 days since I first laid eyes on you! Sometimes the days are long, but the years are fast, or at least they have been! I'm so proud to call you my son! You are so bright, handsome, kind, helpful, giving, loving, wild, strong willed, and happy. You have your days, like all of us, but mostly you light up my world like nothing I've ever known! Your stubbornness is something I love about you, even when I say I hate it. Its wonderful to know that you know EXACTLY what you want, and won't give up until you achieve the results YOU want! I hope you never lose that trait.

You are so helpful, anytime you see me doing something you jump right in to lend a hand, even when I say I'm all set. You love doing dishes, pouring the laundry soap into the dispenser and turning it on (at least I know you'll be a man who knows how to do laundry, don't say I never taught you, I have this post to prove you wrong!), your favorite thing to do is throw the laundry from the washer into the dryer- you think its a very fun game. You love vacuuming, and spraying everything with lysol. I really hope you'll always be helpful, although I'm thinking your teenage years may be a tad different.

Outside is your favorite place to be. You'd sleep out there if I allowed it! Your at peace when you are outside, its like a sanctuary for you. You notice things like the shape of leaves, to the glistening micah in rocks.

TV sometimes gets the best of you. You're absolutely obsessed with Caillou (still, always have been), Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Mickey Mouse most of all! You are obsessed with Frozen, the movie, and we've planned one spectacular party for you! You really wanted to be Princess Anna at your party, but changed your mine and decided to just be YOU! I hope nobody ever makes you feel like you can't do what you feel is right, even if that means you wearing a princess dress. Don't let others influence you into thinking your wrong, for wanting to try out something new. Unless that something new isn't healthy, like drugs or under age drinking. Be smart in your choices, please!

You love wearing mismatch socks, I swear its just to drive me nuts! You hate underwear (I don't blame you!), but its just something in life that you have to do! Actually all in all you still hate strip down the moment we walk through the door- it drives Daddy bonkers. We really need to work on this! You always say you cannot wait for warmer weather so you can wear less and less clothes. I hope you don't move far away and become a nudist. ;o)

Your favorite color is safety yellow, read that again, not just yellow, SAFETY yellow! You will make sure people understand that, it cracks me up! Your favorite song right now is Let it Go from the Frozen movie. Your favorite thing to eat is mac&cheese! Your favorite ice cream is mint chip, and you love hot fudge! Your favorite book to read is Frog&Toad adventures. You absolutely LOVE doing look&find books, you can't get enough, we have 6, and you just got the Frozen one today and I'm pretty certain you already have that one memorized!

You adore all of our animals, especially Grey! They really do put up with a lot from you! You say you're going to be a doctor when you grow up, but perhaps you'll be a veterinarian? I hope you'll be a photographer... ;o)

You can write your name really well these days, and can identify pretty much all the letters when you see them. You've also surprised me with your ability to identify numbers! I wouldn't be surprised if you started understanding the things Daddy and I spell to one another when we don't want you to hear, okay maybe I'd be a little surprised if you understood. I'm telling you, you are one smart cookie! I hope you love school, and learning! Its important to learn, remember that. There is always, and I mean always something to learn!

You keep telling me how much you want to go to Disney.We'll start saving our pennies, I've never been and can't wait to share that experience with you.

You will probably end up being an only child, and honestly I'm really okay with that. I love it just being you, and give I hope when you're older you will be okay with it too. Although some days I feel like we're making the wrong choice by not giving you siblings, because after all, family is everything. You will always have us, and I hope you always come to us in times of need, happiness, sadness, fear, really any time!

I can't wait to see what you accomplish in this next year of your life. We love you to the moon and back, and hope you know just how much you really are loved, by everyone in your life!

Happy FOURTH Birthday, Cyrus Jay!


  1. Such a sweet tribute to him. Love all the shots, but the last one of him blowing out his candles tops the cake! ;)

    1. Awe thanks. I was a bit emotional as I wrote this. My baby is a big boy!

  2. These are all really great. The first is my favorite. I love that soft, warm light and I love the comp..still in his pj's with bedhead and such an excited expression. I also really like the last one with the candles...I haven't tried a candles shot yet, but I know they are tough and you did a great job!

  3. Thank you Maria. I love his bed head in that photo. Nothing like starting your day with chocolate chip pancakes smothered in maple syrup to start your day. I love doing candle shots. They're my favorite I get so excited when I know a birthday is coming!!

  4. Oh my goodness! Am so happy you did this :) you will always look back on this and smile! I am so happy you Gus are in our lives! Its an honor to watch him grow, learn, & become his own lil man... Love you all

  5. Oh and all the pix are awesome! Love his bed head, and cake blowing

  6. What a great job and what great memories you captured!! The bed-head is such fun, yours is precious, and the b&w w/candles is awesome!!

  7. What a sweet letter!! These pictures are a great snapshot of the day and will serve as great memories in the future. I love all of them..the family pictures are great as are the birthday candles! Hope he had a great birthday!

  8. Awe this brought tears to me eyes. I think you should print these out (I know you've done these on his other birthdays) and out it in his baby book. It shows him exactly what he's like at this age, he is certainly a super smart dedicated little guy. I love this, and the pics. I may do something like this for the girls each year, every little detail to go back on in their lives is a treasure, and I think you captured that in words just as perfectly as you do in pictures. Love it.