theodore's first year

Teddy's first week of life
The week before Teddy's first birthday

Theodore Scott 
you are one today!

My second baby. We spent so much time praying for you. Waiting for you. And as cliche as it sounds, we can't remember what life was like before you. From the moment you bulldozed your way into this world, all 8 lb 10 oz of you, you filled our hearts with joy. We were no less excited to watch you learn to roll over, sit up, eat food, crawl, talk, and pull yourself up than were with your big sister. You light up every room you enter!

Your first year was full of ups and downs. You did not want to be set down for your first 6 months, and our backs and arms suffered for it. (You weren't exactly a small baby). You nursed like a champ for 3 months, but we struggled to get you enough milk by the time you were 6 months, resulting in several trips to the nutritionist. (Perhaps a sign of how you can never get enough food?) After adding formula and solids, you were back to your fat happy self. And Slowly but surely, you grew into the most laid back baby. Once you could sit up by yourself and see what was going on around you, you because content to watch your big sister and play by yourself. When you started crawling, you became so excited to explore. You're all smiles all the time, unless your food is gone. Then your shrieks of indignation reach the ends of the earth. And that's the thing, Teddy Bear. You never cry! You're either happy as can be, or you're screaming at the top of your lungs. No in between.

You adore your big sister, and the feeling is mostly mutual. Except when you play with any toy ever. Even if it's yours, she insists she was playing with it. You already tease her by pulling her hair or getting in between her and her tv show. And don't even get me started on your love for doggies! Your eyes get wide, and you whisper over and over "doggie. doggie. doggie." each time you see one. And you can spot them from a mile away! You love tickles from Daddy and snuggles with Mommy. If anyone wants to hold you, you give them a fair shot! No stranger danger for you! As long as you can't see me, you're happy to hang out with whomever will have you.

At 1, your language is already exploding, and I can't wait to continue to watch your personality develop. I can't imagine a different fourth member of our family. God designed you just for us! We're so grateful we get to be your parents.
Happy First Birthday, Teddy Bear!

Theodore Scott

you are:

laid back
a foodie

you're awesome because you:

never stop eating
scream when the food is gone
say "mama, dada, Pippa, uh-oh!, ball!, doggie, 
Maggie, Gan-Gan, all done, night-night, hi, hola"
climb all over Pablo
whisper "doggie" in reverence whenever you see one
are obsessed with playing ball
seriously never stop playing ball
sleep from 7 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
roar like a lion, and make elephant and monkey noises
steal my chocolate shakes
give open mouth kisses
laugh at people's jokes
have a grin that lights up a room - and you use it often!
always have your tongue sticking out
love swimming
adore your big sister and already try to bug her

favorite foods:
banana, cheese, Cheerios, and toast

Teddy, Tedward, Teddy Bear, Theodorable


fitness photo challenge

I'm really excited to share the July Fitness Photo Challenge: Light 'Em Up, Firecracker! My friend Heidi and I thought it would be fun to share our progress as we work toward our health goals through a series of photo prompts. Each day, post your picture to Instagram (or Facebook!) and use the hashtag #shakeandshine. There are no rules! Just be creative and have fun! I'll be posting my pictures here each Friday this month. Can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

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It's a beautiful long weekend for many of us! Happy Independence Day (a few days early)! If you're looking for some good reads this holiday weekend as you relax with a cup of coffee, here are my favorites from around the web:

I love Christy Wright's take on self care.

If you're working on a second language with your child, try these apps.

Made me laugh.

For anyone thinking about starting a blog!

Working on making my local bucket list after reading this.

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In other news, I posted this on my Facebook Page, but I would like to share it here, too!

Life Goals: Get paid for eating healthy, looking good, and hanging out with friends. 
It seems far fetched, but it's starting to become a reality for me. When I had my daughter 3 years ago, I decided to stay home with her, but struggled to help make ends meet for our family. When I decided I was sick of cobbling together part time jobs on nights and weekends, I dove head-first into an opportunity to partner with a health and wellness company and earn and income from home. 
am a trained and certified Spanish teacher, so I used the teaching skills I acquired and applied them to my business - teaching others how to take something that feels difficult (getting healthy) and simplifying it. I researched social media best practices, paid for courses, and through trial and error learned how to grow my business from home, while fulfilling a need for a creative outlet and a need for a tribe & community. 
I'm looking to fill a few more spots in my summer coaching calls, to pass on what I've learned in the past two years. I would love to partner with you if you...
+ love learning new things
+ are motivated and coachable
+ have a heart for helping others
+ have an interest in health and fitness
If any of this resonates with you, fill out this application and leave a comment below:
Let's change some lives together - starting with yours!

Have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!