I’m well known for telling my children, “You’re my very favorite.” And isn’t it true? Each child tugs your heart in their own way. Today, it’s Xander…


Lucy has the choice of eight warm bodies to snuggle up with at night and she unfailingly chooses this boy– but she usually switches to Gabe come midnight because Xander’s such a wild sleeper.

Mary’s lifelong friend.

My 10 and 12 year old playing toy trains makes me smile.

Gabe’s homework tutor.

Spending Mary’s birthday in the basement because Elle needed a friend.

Making beautiful music.

Happy Birthday Alexander Christoph Baptiste!

(we need to use his full name at least once a year)

Welcome to the double digits, darling boy!

p.s. I’ll confess, I offered him $100 cold cash to skip a friend party this year– no go. We’re on the party train again tomorrow.
February 4, 2009
February 6, 2009



  1. Brooke

    February 5, 2009

    i can’t believe he didn’t take the $$$!

    happy birthday xander!

  2. Linn

    February 6, 2009

    My birthday is tomorrow and I’ll definitely take the money over the party. Oh wait, you weren’t offering it to me? Blast.

    Happy Birthday Xander!

  3. Bonnie

    February 6, 2009

    Happy B-day, Xander! Hope you enjoy being 10. I sure did.

    And HOLY COW, I didn’t realize how fast Lucy is growing! She’s a FULL-SIZED cat now!!! :-O

  4. martha corinna

    February 6, 2009

    I absolutely love that second picture.

  5. Claudia

    February 6, 2009

    I know you read these comments Xander boy, cause I’ve seen you in front of the computer.

    HAPPY BIG ONE OH! I hope you have an awesome birthday party. Keep your Dad away from the cake. I hear he’s been known to take cake’s away from babies even after they’ve drooled on them. Gross!

  6. Sheri

    February 6, 2009

    What beautiful photography. It is crystal clear. Amazing. I will definitely return to view you work.

  7. GeorgiaBecksteads

    February 6, 2009

    Happy Birthday to Xander – he looks so much like you Michelle!

  8. Tracy

    February 6, 2009

    Happy Birthday!!!

  9. duchess

    February 6, 2009

    He’s adorable & for the record my son (11 yr old) said he would’ve taken the cash.
    Thanks for the pep talk earlier – I’m feeling better. Blog friends are the best.

  10. Christie

    February 6, 2009

    You weren’t kidding about the birthdays this month. Oy. I’m tired for you!

    What a darling boy you have there. Why isn’t we don’t leave near each other so our kids could be BFFs? Tell your husband you need to move near to your new pretend internet friend you’ve never met in real life. Mmmkkay?

  11. katherine

    February 6, 2009

    Happy Birthday!!!10. Double Digits!!!

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