Smith Turns Three

A month or so before Smith was set to turn three, I asked the very brave question of, “What kind of birthday party would you like, Smith?” He answered with a resounding — “Paw Patrol AAAAAAAAAAND Paw Patrol!” Your wish, is my birthday command little buddy. So, here we go. Days and Days of Paw Patrol love.

First, we treated Smith to Paw Patrol Live! What perfect timing, as the show took stage on his birthday eve. He was memorized from start to finish!

On the morning of Smith’s birthday, I treated him to a donut and let him pick out the treats for school. We had so much fun, I hope to be able to do this for many years! He was so cute, he asked if he could get frosting all over his face…of course buddy!

Grandma and Grandpa Brown came to town a couple days early, so he was a lucky boy and got a little extra present preview. Cars, spiders and a Paw Patrol hat. They know him well!

Party time! Smith was breaking down his Paw Patrol decorations — quite literally. Apparently I didn’t set it up correctly. Three years old and already setting me straight, oh boy!

Present fun with cousins!

Grandpa Don’s hand-crafted ramp, complete with two water spouts!

I love this photo — the pure JOY of Smith seeing his Paw Patrol cake for the first time. Momma, FTW!!!

I found a local Mom in town that makes these amazing cakes. How fun is this! (Figurines compliments of Grandma Carol!)

Happy 3rd birthday Smith. You are unique, lovable, funny, silly, smart, sassy and all boy. We are so lucky to get to be your parents!

Yummy cake!

Cousins Noah and Kalya helping Smith test his ramp skills!

Well, we survived the terrible twos — bring on the Threenager!!!



Month 6 – 1se

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been six months since I started this project. It’s been so fun and really has become apart of my daily life. So, here we go


*Bonus – Brooks’ 5-month shot!

  1. Smooshy Momma kisses are the best.
  2. Flying baby, Brooks loves this game!
  3. Still rocking the Chase costume every night.
  4. Already playing with his car seat toys!
  5. Vacation in the Keys!!
  6. Oh wait, there is a sliiiight sprinkle practically a hurricane. Boooo!
  7. A break in the clouds, so a bike ride to breakfast it was!
  8. A little wind didn’t slow down the beauty that was this wedding. Congrats Grant and Liv!
  9. Neighborhood Halloween party.
  10. Trick or Treat with Chase and Marshall – Paw Patrol pups!
  11. Still working on baby food, still not really a fan.
  12. Lovely fall trees on my ‘walk commute’ to my car.
  13. Smith instructing us on yoga. Funny, I didn’t know yoga sent you to the chiro — I thought it was what keeps you out of it! Ouch dude!
  14. Movie snuggles.
  15. Paw Patrol Meet and Greet! Smith got stage shy meeting them and Brooks couldn’t look away. Go figure!
  16. Sitting up (with support) and playing became a fun new thing for this growing boy.
  17. Brooks loves the toss up and down game!
  18. The 2016 election. Though many are ‘glad it’s over’, I personally think it’s more ‘just starting’.
  19. Daddy retired his oven gloves, which are now a new toy favorite.
  20. Volunteering at the new children’s hospital Dance Marathon donor event.
  21. Need a chuckle!? Smith shaking his booty on a Friday night bath party.
  22. Tailgate date, Go Hawks!
  23. No Smith, we can’t take the fake, plastic dog home with us.
  24. Yoga, with fun yoga pants.
  25. Getting some of the winter wiggles out. Is it Spring yet?
  26. Story time in the tepee.
  27. Smith wants to be just like his Dad. Always.
  28. Weekend beers with Grandma!
  29. Our smiley, happy, lovable 6-month old.
  30. Smith playing morning hide-and-sneak.
  31. Six months! A half year! Holy buckets!!

Month 5 – 1SE

Here we go, month five of capture a second every day from this little thing I like to call life. Moments are from September 22-October 21, 2016. Hold on!


  1. Cutest thing, Smith crawling up to give his brother a morning snuggle!
  2. Maddie’s 16th birthday. SIXTEEN!!!!
  3. Aaron’s birthday / neighbor tailgate party.
  4. Tummy snuggles become the theme for Mr. Brooks.
  5. Moving on from the swaddle to the sleep sack.
  6. All.The.Snuggles.
  7. Telling stories and really finding his voice.
  8. Nike cuteness.
  9. When did he get so big!? Helping Momma while Daddy is away!
  10. Leamer Court tailgating, Thunderstruck.
  11. Calling Daddy in NOLA.
  12. Train table still going strong. It’s going to be hard to top Christmas this year!
  13. Colorado baby butt.
  14. More Snuggles. They will be gone too soon!
  15. Senior Poopypants. Two guesses as to which parent taught our young, impressionable toddler this phrase. #notmomma
  16. Picture day at school.
  17. Back home to G&G’s house in Iowa Falls. Lots of fun with dirt and tractors!!
  18. Tractor rides with Farmer Landon.
  19. “Chase is on the case!”
  20. Old toys become new again as we start spending more time inside. ūüė¶
  21. Weekend walks with sleepy babies, podcasts, and fall leaves.
  22. Date Night Done Right – Book of Mormon!
  23. Playtime with Smith Chase.
  24. Family outing to the Rec Center for waffle breakfast, indoor playground and the library.
  25. Painting pumpkins.
  26. First bite of food!! Not a huge fan of carrots, but we’ll keep trying!
  27. Puzzles, this kid loves puzzles.
  28. Brooks is really starting to sit up.
  29. Chase, now with side-kick Marshall.
  30. All the tummy naps.

Month 4 – 1SE

Another wonderful month of busy moments and calm nights at home. Well, as calm as you can be with a toddler in your life. Here we go! Life from August 22-September 21, 2016.


  1. Family Dinner. (Fish, Couscous, Carrots and Milk)
  2. Brooks rocking and rolling with is tummy time.
  3. Momma reading her book to Brooks.
  4. Momma’s night out, ¬†movie date with Aubray. We saw Bad Moms, so good!!
  5. KHAK Radiothon.
  6. Historic Night at Kinnick – First ever concert with headliner Blake Shelton!! (Singing Austin here, my favorite song of his!)
  7. A day at the Peterson’s. Smith was in heaven between the golf cart ride and playing with all Keegan’s toys.
  8. Brooks sitting up so big!! First time in the bumbo.
  9. Brooks grabbing, shaking and smiling with his rattle.
  10. Sanitizing pump parts. This is real life people!
  11. Getting back in to jogging with my neighbor. It’s painful.
  12. A glimpse of hoodie season!!! Sadly, it didn’t last long. It’s been so darn hot.
  13. Jimmy Buffett at Alpine. This marks the 5th trip Aaron and I have made to see him here (plus two others together, and an additional one for him). He’s our happy place.
  14. Park time.
  15. Niece Kayla is a teenager. Say WHAAAAAAAAAAAT!?
  16. Big Grandma’s birthday — Mary Ann celebrating 88 years young!
  17. Brother bath time. It works, kinda. ūüôā
  18. Brooks helping Momma meal plan.
  19. Paw Patrol — all day every day for Smith. He’s obsessed!
  20. Hawkeye Express train ride to head down to tailgate a bit for the Iowa vs. Iowa State game.
  21. Play time – Smith loves his letters.
  22. HA HA! I broke down and got Snap Chat. Face swap = hilarious!
  23. Brooks finding his toes.
  24. Playing catch, or rather, rolling a ball.
  25. ¬†Project Runway premiere. Season 15, and I’ve been here for all of them.
  26. Date Night Done Right — Sister Act at Theatre Cedar Rapids.
  27. Another fun tailgate with friends and kids.
  28. Move It! Dig It! Event at the Children’s Museum. Smith loved it.
  29. Maddie’s Cross Country meet in Solon. Aaron’s first one!
  30. Typical night in the neighborhood, kids all over loving every minute of it. (Also, Smith being particular and Aaron being goofy — sounds about right! :))
  31. Brooks’ tuckered out after his 4-month shots. And those bug bites, GOODNESS!

We hit a lot of milestones with Brooks this month. Including Momma and Daddy’s first overnight away from him. It’s never easy, but always kind of nice to break the ice!!

Bring on fall, we are ready!!!!!!!

Month 3 – 1SE

Wrapping up the first quarter using 1SE. Still loving it and the memories it triggers looking back. Enjoy!

Month 3 in Lagneaux Land, July 22-August 21, 2016.

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  1. [Bonus picture] Brooks’ 2-month milestone picture.
  2. Aaron cleaning bottles with his drill. Oye!
  3. Smith painting.
  4. Movie Date with best friends Aubray, Cruz and Jaxson – Secret Life of Pets.
  5. Walking to work.
  6. Fresh new start to a book.
  7. Maiden boat ride of the summer with friends.
  8. Craft night with the neighbor gals.
  9. Friday donuts at the office are my jam!
  10. Bonfire at the neighbors.
  11. Haircut by Daddy.
  12. Smith walking in to our room to snuggle, with all his animals and Lovie in tow. (Gone are the days of him staying in bed!)
  13. Flying to Colorado!
  14. Paddle boarding on Lake Dillon.
  15. Gondola ride with Smith, Jess and Lexi.
  16. Cousin Noel’s wedding.
  17. The Olympics have kicked off, Rio 2016!
  18. Brother play time.
  19. Pumping. All the pumping.
  20. Resume work.
  21. Smith attempting to feed Brooks. Hehehe!
  22. Ice cream, because¬†it’s summer.
  23. Brooks is such a happy little dude.
  24. Longview Estates block party.
  25. Rolling from tummy to back for the first time!
  26. Strep throat (round two) and more Olympics. Love the track and field!
  27. Sushi date for our anniversary.
  28. Wipers on the bus go, swish-swish-swish!
  29. Bath time.
  30. Walking around the pond looking at jumping frogs.
  31. North Liberty’s inaugural Porch Festival.
  32. Stories with Papa Jim at George’s 3rd birthday party.

Month 2 – 1SE

Here is month two in Lagneaux Land. Moments captured from June 22-July 21, 2016. Enjoy!

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  1. Stories and naps.
  2. Playing at the mall.
  3. Driveway beers – we love our neighbors!
  4. Smith reading stories to Brooks.
  5. Folding laundry – while wrapping!
  6. First bottle with Dad.
  7. Bike rides.
  8. Walks.
  9. Pedicures.
  10. Our first road trip to Spirit Lake! (It only took an extra hour and a half! ;))
  11. Shucking corn, yum!
  12. Fun at Arnold’s Park. The fishes and boats were Smith’s favorite.
  13. 4th of July parade in Iowa Falls.
  14. First smiles. And they are oh-so-sweet!
  15. Scott and Jess visit!
  16. Friend gathering.
  17. Breaking Bad binge (and by binge, I mean we watch line one episode a week!)
  18. Blues and BBQ.
  19. Smith made Grandma Barb a birthday cake.
  20. Morning snoozes.
  21. Work trip to Chicago (H&M!).
  22. Happy Birthday Grandma, thanks for staying with us!
  23. Geyer’s Pizza in Oxford.
  24. Smith helping Daddy make hamburgers.
  25. Aaron’s tomato garden.
  26. Alexa (Amazon Echo) signing Itsy Bitsy for Smith.
  27. Yoga, Ahhhhhhh!
  28. So fresh and so clean after bath.
  29. Smith making us coffee cake.
  30. Sprinklers. Hottest.Summer.Ever!

One Second Everyday – Month 1

I’m one of those gals who loves the idea of crafty/keepsake things — yet I don’t always like putting in the effort it takes. Hello Smith’s baby book that has two pages filled in. Don’t judge!! ¬†However, I¬†am excellent at copying ideas from¬†those blessed with the creative juices. So alas, here is my latest little project. Thanks to one of my favorite bloggers/social media personalities, Elise Joy, for sharing this awesome app.

So what is it? It’s called One Second Everyday (1SE) and the idea is that you record one second of your life every day and merge it all together in a¬†video. So my goal is to capture our first year of life as a complete family of four.


Photo cred.

So I plan to share it in this space with a quick note about each second. Consider this my monthly scrapbook;  Month 1 Р1SE.

  1. Brooks is born, his very first photo!
  2. I’m a Momma of two boys, our family of four.
  3. Going home!
  4. Smith sharing his Lovie with Brooks (big deal!!).
  5. A family walk on a nice summer night (ugh, post-preggo bod!)
  6. Cheers! A pit stop at a brewery for my first drink in 10 months.
  7. Meeting Big Grandma for the first time.
  8. Snuggles. All the snuggles!
  9. Cousin Ian’s graduation party.
  10. And then there were nine. All the [Brown] cousins.
  11. A relaxing night at home with our feet up and babes sleeping.
  12. Ice cream truck!!
  13. Milk coma.
  14. Smith picking on Brooks. The first, but not the last, time!
  15. DSM Farmers Market with some great friends.
  16. Cousin Alex’s wedding in Des Moines.
  17. Peaceful sleeper.
  18. Story time with Daddy.
  19. Snack time on our new table (thanks G&G Brown!).
  20. Garage Sale SCORE!
  21. Dinner with friends.
  22. Minion movie at Kinnick.
  23. Brooks cool new stool from G&G Lagneaux.
  24. Play date with the Felton family.
  25. Tummy Time.
  26. Itsy Bitsy Spider.
  27. Brooks loves the swing.
  28. Garage beers with neighbors.
  29. Fire Station fun!
  30. Fathers Day – Swim party and drive in (Finding Dory)!
  31. Tootsie face!
  32. Fishing with Friends.

If I intrigued you with this app – I’m glad. I really do love it! Some helpful hints I learned in my first month.
~Hold your phone horizontally, it fills the frame better.
~Those “moving” photos you can take on an iPhone work great.
~Don’t overthink it. For me it’s about capturing life. All of it. Not every day is fancy!
~Whatever your goal may be, break it down to be manageable. For me, it was more my phone storage that made me chunk it out, but now I’m really excited to turn it in to a digital monthly scrapbook.