Happy Birthday, Mom

So this video isn’t nearly as cool as I wanted it to be. But as we all learned yesterday, I’m not really that cool anyway, so this actually fits quite well.

Today is my awesome Mom’s birthday and she’s half way across the world. I so wanted to fly to England and surprise her for her birthday, but alas, it wasn’t to be. Instead I had the kids write down 60 reasons why they love their Byshka (short for Babyshka – Grandmother in Russian). And here they are, all 60 reasons.

Unfortunately you can’t understand a word Landon says due to his lisp and inability to say several letters but he’s painfully cute so it doesn’t matter.

(A small disclaimer: I promise I bathe my kids, although in this video they are visibly dirty. The bruise on Tia’s chin is the result of an unfortunate run in with a parked car as she sped down the hill on her bike. We’re still working on riding without training wheels. The mark on Landon’s nose is the result of me not clipping his nails soon enough. I have no idea what’s on Sloan’s face. Carry on…)

Mom, I love you and I hope you’re having a grand time in London today. We’re sending kisses from across the pond. I think we’ll even pick up a little birthday cake and eat it in your honor today. So thanks for having a birthday – it gives us an excuse to splurge on a cake. And cake is good.

Love you and see you in a few weeks!!!


  1. Candy martin says

    That is the best birthday present ever!! It is 6:30 am and what a great way to start the day. I am drinking my coffee with tears splashing in it! Thank you Kelli. I love you dearly and my 3 precious grandkids are a blessing. I cannot wait to see you all. Enjoy some birthday cake on me!

  2. That’s the greatest birthday present for Bushka!

  3. Anonymous says

    That was the BEST video compilation ever!! Landon and his love ya babe actions were my fav!! Love Gods blessings at the end what a cool touch. Happy Birthday to a great woman!!!!

  4. Oops I’m anonymous 😉

  5. Rebecca Elam says

    That’s precious!

  6. Vonita Hill says

    Kelli, what a wonderful gift! Not only to your mama but to your children also. You’ve helped them SHOW LOVE in a powerful way. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

    PS… any Byshka that loves Jesus, sings silly songs and takes a kid for ICE CREAM is a rockin’ Byshka in my book. Oh, and being married to a guy named “BOSS” has got to be a high point as well! 😉 What a precious family you are!

  7. Your kids could seriously not be any cuter than they are in this video 🙂 That is so sweet! I bet your Mom just loved it! What a great present 🙂

  8. So sweet, I love when Tia said “she is a good mommy to my mommy”!!

  9. Thanks guys. It was fun. I’m super blessed! @Melissa – I’m loving your gravatar pic. 😉

  10. Happy Birthday Candy! What a wonderful gift from our precious grandkids. You are most blessed indeed. Hope your day is a great one.

    Kelli, I thought you did a great job on the video and those kids, well what can I say other than they are adorable.

  11. so i almost cried watching this. so sweet!