Saturday, June 23, 2012

ode to ten

Awhile back Josh and I celebrated 10 years. I tried to post about it, but everything was too corny and cliche. All ya'll can thank me later for sparing you the drive on the cheesewagon.

One of my favorite things about being married for 10 years is that I am still learning awesome things about Josh. Last year around this time, Josh sung a solo in his school's musical. This year, he has impressed me with the following:

I have wanted matching night tables forever! Well, maybe just 10 years or so. And now we have them!! This photo is before the stain and varnish, and believe me, they look even better now.

Monday, June 18, 2012

right now

Last week of school looms before us. Call me crazy, but I said yes to Levi when he asked to have a year-end school party. There are 26 kids in his class. Sounds a little daunting but I have awesome YW that are coming to help, and what good is a big backyard if we never use it, right??

Thad refuses to go down the stairs. He is great at climbing up, but when he wants down, he just sits at the top of the stairs and screams and waits for me to come and get him. Yesterday at church he crawled up the stairs to the stage and clambered back down like he'd been doing it his whole life. This past week he has started taking steps, the most being 5 in a row to Daddy the other day.

Father's Day was yesterday. It was pretty low key- Josh had to speak in another ward and was gone most of the morning, but the kids all tried their best to be super good just for Dad. So in a sense we both got a break.

A week ago I was busy in the garden weeding and it was bedtime for Monet. Levi offered to put her to bed for me. He did an amazing job, reading her a story and making sure she said her prayers. Enoch did it last night, even remembering to make sure she brushed her teeth. He read her 3 stories. I love that they are enjoying taking care of their younger sister.

I am training for a half marathon. Never thought I would, but here I am. Ran 12k on Saturday and not feeling too bad. It is much more fun running with other women outside instead of on my treadmill by myself. The other highlight for me would be women's soccer. We play every Thursday night. We are terrible but it is so fun!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Despite all the storms and weather warnings last night, doomsday has come and and my baby is one. In one year he has gone from this:
to this:

Thad, your sweetness is beyond reason. You bring a smile to anyone who sees you. Your big brothers and sister absolutely adore you. You are such an important and wonderful addition to our family. Happy birthday Thadman.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


In high school I was in learn-as-you-go physics. My physics teacher had different tests so that we couldn't cheat and copy off each other etc. He always labeled his tests Doomsday A and Doomsday B etc. Tomorrow is Doomsday D for me.

My lovely, perfect, solid, crawling, hairy, soft, sweet-smelling, busy, standing, hungry, beautiful, toothy-grinned, everything-in-the-mouth baby will be one. That's 12 months since he was born. Everyday I tell my kids they should stop growing. And no one listens. I don't love the pregnancy stage, but I really really really really really love the baby stage. And it is disappearing all too quickly.