Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Short video of Charles doing his victory dance(he likes to do this when he wins something like on field day or whenever):
The family playing a game of "headbands"
Monday, July 29, 2013
Andrew and Charles are the same age and are good buddies.
We have ten between the two of us :). We did a babysitting swap for a year or so where her and Matt would go out while we watched kids and then the next month Scott and I would go out while they watched our kids. The children loved it and so did we. Lindsay has also taken our family pictures for years and I got to do a few birthday cakes for her family. Lindsay is also about the most patient, loving person I know. And she has five young kids so that's pretty impressive. Even though she's younger than me, I totally look up to her.
Gina is my longest-standing Utah friend. We met when our families lived in the Wymount student family housing 9 years ago. She got me into cake decorating and we took some cake classes together at craft stores. I didn't get a picture of her kids but she has 5 also and is pregnant with her sixth. Our children love each other and so do we.
I've mentioned Kim Scott before as well, and here are some pictures with her family. We had dinner and games over there recently and here are some pictures with our evening together.
I've talked about several people and families in this post and in previous posts but we really have so, so many people we love in this area that it would be impossible for me to name them all and get pictures with everyone. I am so, so, so grateful for our time in this area. I am so grateful and blessed to have known the people I have known. I have learned A LOT by watching their examples. I really do feel like where we live is mostly about the people around us; who we can lift and help and change and who can lift, and help and change us. I know Colorado will be wonderful and filled with wonderful people just as Utah was wonderful.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Ten years ago today, Scott and I were sealed for time and all eternity in the Washington D.C. temple. We have been married for a decade! That is so cool! And I feel so happy and blessed to be able to spend forever together with Scott. I have a hard time finding the right words to express what Scott means to me. Maybe it would be better to paint you a picture of our relationship through a few personal stories. How about ten short stories/examples since we're celebrating ten years of marriage.
Story number two: Every Sunday we go to church. Our family all sits together for about an hour and 15 minutes on a pew or bench while we listen to speakers and have the sacrament. Every Sunday Scott sits by my side. This may seem insignificant but you must remember that we have five young children, all of which want to be sitting by our sides or on top of us. But he holds his ground and will not let anyone sit in between us. So we usually have a baby on each lap(1-year-old Nora and three-year-old Jane), a child on each of our sides, another sitting close enough to touch while Scott and I hold hands or just sit close. Sometimes it may be easier to have kids divided in between us to keep them from bothering one another but I'm glad and flattered that Scott wants to have me by his side.
Story number three: The children like to follow me around the house and just be wherever I am. Scott and I are the same way but with each other :). When he's home from work we're always together. If there are projects to do we usually do them together rather than dividing and conquering. We just enjoy being together. And I'd like to add that he and I are very respectful of one another. We talk kindly to one another and use kind voices. And it's not that we never disagree on anything, but when we do, we talk things through in a loving and respectful way.
Story number four: Because of the stage of life we're in right now with five young kids, Scott and I don't get out on dates very often and rarely get to go to the temple together. We still go to the temple regularly, but usually alone. The one exception to this is our annual trip to do sealings at the temple on our anniversary. We love doing this. We love being there together, remembering the covenants we made with each other and with God all those years ago. We end up looking into each others eyes most of the time and smiling and people think we're newly weds :). We've had people ask us afterwards :).
Pictures I scanned from the time we spent in Europe on our honeymoon
|experiencing some serious jet lag after our flight to England|
|On the train to Venice|
|Colosseum in Rome|
And just for fun, here are some pictures of when we were dating and engaged: