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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Savannah & Charleston


Last week Curt had work off.
We had planned on doing Rome or Paris or Hawaii.
But then Des had throw up sickness just before and I wasn't feeling well so we didn't.
Thank goodness we didn't, 9 or 10 hours on a plane with the kids would not have been good.

But, no exotic location aside, the week was awesome.
Monday: home
Tuesday: Savannah, GA and Tybee Island beach
Wednesday: Charleston, SC
Thursday: drove home
Friday: electricians came and installed can lighting in my downstairs{!}

Here are a smattering of trip pictures.


First we went to Forsyth Park, which was crazy busy for a Tuesday afternoon.
Which didn't make sense until we found out it was local spring break. Oh.


Des played on the playground then we headed to Tybee Island to check out the beach.


It was fun while it lasted but was a little cold for our taste so we headed out to check in to the hotel.


We stayed in Residence Inns each night and can I tell you how I love having a separate bedroom and a kitchen when traveling with kids?
Especially when one of those kids is a three year old who will eat literally nothing at restaurants except for fries and ice cream and maybe a bite of pizza.

We had an hour long standoff in a Chick-Fil-A where Des just held a bite of chicken in his mouth and ultimately opted out of getting to play on the play set to spit it out. Ay-yi-yi.


Wednesday morning we walked around Savannah's historic district.
I will refrain from posting the one-beeeleon pictures I took, but suffice it to say that there were pretty architectural details + gorgeous, huge, old, spanish moss covered trees.








Then we drove to Charleston and toured an old aircraft carrier.










We stayed the night then drove back home.
I'll show pictures of our new lighting in a house update post.
But shocker, I love it.

And as for Rome or Paris or Hawaii...maybe we'll do those trips sans kids.



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Orlando


A couple weeks ago I was able to go down to Orlando for a long weekend.
Curt took off work and manned the fort at home.
It was the longest I had been away from Des and Evie in their lives.

I attended the Time out for Women event, which Curt's mom had played a large part in organizing.
It was lovely and it was good to see family.


There were many, many people there...


 ...a few of whom are friends...


...and a few of them family...


 




After it ended we had a delicious family dinner at Grandma and Grandpa Hogie's and I stayed the night before heading home.  I sure love to visit with these two.

And I got home and the kids were happy and Curt had flowers waiting.
Super great recharge weekend.
So thankful.

 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Des


We have a three year old.


I'm going to repeat that...we have a three year old.
It doesn't seem possible, but here he is.
Bright.
Articulate.
And loved. Very, very loved.


He had a couple little friends over to mark the occasion.

 


And took some pictures with the birthday item he had been asking for for months...balloons.










Friday, February 14, 2014

things I love about Curt



I don't do mushy.
We didn't have a 'proposal' moment because emotionally I couldn't handle that.
Curt cried at our wedding and at the birth of each of our children, I didn't.
Testimony meetings have sometimes been excruciating for me.
I don't think this is super awesome way to be.

I understand the value in authentic sharing of feelings and thoughts.
Curt is my safe person to share these with.

Allow me to try and take a step in the right direction.
A Valentines list of a few things {10} that I appreciate in my husband.
Shared publicly.
If it's too mushy feel free to discontinue reading {trust me...I understand}


1. Curt is teachable.
When I ask him to improve on something he does so willingly and with an honest effort. He doesn't get defensive to criticism. 

2. He is cheerful.
I am a huge worry wart. I had pretty much figured out a way to balance out that personality trait so as to be even keeled and happy before I met Curt, but I have to admit that his unflagging cheerfulness helps me so much. I love to be around him, I miss him when I'm not.

3. He compliments me.
And he's sincere about it. Even when I feel gross and have baby snot all over me. 



4. He appreciates me staying at home.
I never feel like he feels my role is less important than his of providing. He expresses appreciation for the things I do for him and our family. I have his full support.

5. He allows me my 'me' time.
For many Saturdays and even some of his vacation days he takes care of the kids so I can do my home improvement projects. This helps me to recharge and to keep the parts of my identity that aren't necessarily included in 'mom'.

6. He's not afraid of being alone with our kids.
In fact, he kind of excels at it. Where I dread heading out of the house with both in tow, he looks for the opportunity. He changes diapers. He's a partner in bedtime routines. He plays. He loves them.
I want lots of kids, he's not intimidated or apprehensive.



7. We balance each other well.
I'm an introvert. He's outgoing and naturally friendly, striking up conversations with strangers anywhere we go. A lot of people who have become my dear friends have only gotten to know me by first being friends with Curt. When I have ideas I want to implement he always is on board and adopts them as his own. We counsel together and because of that we both have better lives. 
I've already mentioned how his emotions at special moments balance my non-emotions.
I'm *ahem*, how do I say this, a strong personality? opinionated? ambitious? Many people wouldn't deal well with this. He complements me so that it's not even an issue that we have to work through, we just fit.

8. He's loyal.
Even though he knows my weaknesses and annoying quirks better than anyone else, I never have to worry about what he's saying to other people about me. He's never out to embarrass me, even mildly. He doesn't undermine me in my parenting. The kids know that if mom says no, dad says no too, even if it's not something he feels strongly about.

9. He wants to be with us.
The kids and I know there is nowhere he'd rather be than with us.

10. He's fun.
Life is so enjoyable because he's around. He fills our life with beautiful piano music and rhythms on everything. He's enthusiastic and sometimes loud. We're happy.


Happy Valentines Day sweetheart.
11th one spent in each others presence.



Friday, January 24, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

getting smart


So, this is the year.
The year I join the 21st century.
By getting a smart phone.

That's right.
After all of my adult siblings, all my in-laws, my dad, my mom, and even my grandpa.

I got the iphone.
The price was right {free} with the contract renewal.
Biggest selling point: camera in my pocket.
Sometimes I just don't have {or want to lug around} my big camera.

Anyways...
Today was Martin Luther King Day and we got to keep Curt home with us. Love that.
I raked all the pine needles off of the back lawn and it was so beautiful out {almost 70} that we got dinner and had a picnic.
And yes, the kids were in pajamas. And yes, Evie sure rocks the bedhead.






trying lemonade. she liked it.


all photos taken with my new nifty device.
recording moments that otherwise would not be recorded.
not sorry I waited, but oh so glad to now have.


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