Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Our 10 year Aniversary got a little lost in all the events when we were in Seattle, but we managed to get away for a hour and 1/2 to go to dinner.
10 YEARS! That's a decade! We've been together for over 11.
10 reasons why I still love Trav:
#1- He is my Ron Burgandy. And I am his Veronica Corningstone. We quote that movie everyday and still laugh at ourselves. There's nothing better than eating icecream in bed watching Anchorman.
#2- He is and always has been my "calm water."
#3- He is an amazing Daddy and our children insainly adore him.
#4- He still loves my body after 10 years and 4 kids later! He can't keep his hands to himself!
#5- Even though we are COMPLETE oppisites, we make it work.
#6- He is a good man. Besides getting mad at drivers and authority figures, Trav is good to the core.
#7- He watches the kids ALL the time and never complains. He is active in their lives and that is why he is loved by them. He reads stories. He puts them to bed. He plays games. He takes them swimming. Takes them to the movies by himself. Makes dinner. Bathes them. And plays with them.He is always there, and they are so lucky.
#8- He is patient with me.
#9- He is crazy smart! Really, I am amazed by his knowledge of EVERYTHING! When I ask him: "Where did you learn that?" He says: "Didn't you pay attention in school?" Or when the kids ask me something I don't know, they'll say: "I'll go ask Dad."
#10- He will "Rock-a-bye" the girls. Almost every night, he rocks Daisy & Grace while singing to them. It melts my heart.
Posted by Emily at 12:59 PM
Oh, how I want my normal life back!!! It's been 2 months now and I'm just tired of not having a kitchen! We have recieved all of our insurance checks now, we are no longer traveling, and the Bishop can help us in a week get things back together. (Hopefully in the 4 days that he has off, if not, it'll be another 2 weeks before he could get back to finish!) I am being patient, but it's been hard with everything ripped apart in the center of my house. Anyway, we ripped up the vinyl the other night in prep for the floor guy to lay our new one. It was not fun, but we got it done. Between a tiny 1 inch scrapper, a BBQ flipper, a butter knife and a fork, we scrapped off all the old stuff underneath! Oh, how fun it was...
Posted by Emily at 12:01 PM
A few months ago I was feeling like a REALLY terrible Mother because my kids wern't involved in anything. That's right- nothing, Zip. Zero. So when Annikan called and told me about T-ball coming up, and that it was only $ 25.00, I thought: I HAVE TO DO THIS! I have to have proof that I am OK as a Mom! So we signed her up and she's had 3 practices so far. The first one we missed because we were driving home from Seattle, the first one was a little funny because she had never really swung a bat, caught a ball or played any sport in her life, so after running like a fairy princess to first base, Trav & I knew we had to help her a little bit. I bought a mitt at a yard sale for .50 and opened up a T-ball set we had and off to the park we went yesterday to practice the basics. Let's just say that last night's practice was: MUCH BETTER! I was really proud of her for working so hard!
***Side note*** One of my biggest fears in the entire universe is head lice. Honestly, Satan himself invented it because it's the most horrid thing imaginable to me as a Mother. Seriously, I started praying 3 years ago when Tristin went into Kindergarten, that we would be spared. So anyway, my kids know NOT to put hats on at yard sales or thrift stores because of lice, so yesterday I was FREAKING OUT over the helmets they use because nobody sprayed them after the team before was done! I was so grossed out but I didn't have my Lysol on me and I was complaining about how discusting it was when all of a sudden we saw the coach put the helmet on Daisy's head and she said to her: "But I'll get head lice!!!" We busted up laughing and the coach told her:"NO you wont get lice." It was the funniest thing ever- seeing yourself in a 5 year old. Like Mother, like daughter!
Posted by Emily at 11:43 AM
We left May 23rd (On Tristin's 8th bday!) for the Oregon Coast & Seattle for my brother's wedding. We were so excited to go and all the girls could talk about was being flower girls in the wedding. Tristin was a little more nervous to be the ring bearer, but I told him he would do great. We drove to the coast first and stayed 2 nights there. It was heaven to be near the water again and we had ok weather to enjoy it in. It was cloudy with a few sprinkles here and there (the last day we had more rain). It was nice to go down to the beach several times without it being so cold. We just wore coats and we were perfect! The kids had fun running around, playing in the water, building castles and collecting shells and decaying sea creatures! We went shopping, swimming, played at the arcade, ate yummy food, candy & ice cream. The kids loved the carosoul, buying toys and watching cartoons at bedtime. We had a great time, and it was nice to rest for a few days before driving an insain amount of miles again with 4 kids ready to jump out of the car. We left Tuesday afternoon and headed to Mom's. She had ribs & potato salad waiting for us when we arrived (and my lemon squares! That's how much she loves me! Did I mention she works full time too? She's amazing!) We rested, got our Pj's on, read stories and went to bed. We knew our next week was going to be busy.
We also stayed a night at my brother, Jake's house ( but I didn't have my camera!) He and April watched the kids so Trav and I could go out to dinner for our 10th wedding Anniversary! We had a fun time with the cousins. We also made it to IKEA, but only for 1 hour before the rehersal dinner (DEFINATLY not enough time in that store! But I found a new table within those short 60 minutes, so it was worth it!)
We were gone 9 wonderful days, but were eager to get home as well. We drove over 1600 miles, so we were all really tired. (That's over 3000 miles of traveling in the past month for us!) It was wonderful to see family, friends, see Eli & cindy get married, meet Steve & Carmel from London and be home for a week.
Posted by Emily at 11:07 AM
My Mother wins the: MOST- AMAZING- WOMAN -ON- THE- PLANET AWARD!!! I adore her, admire her, and hope to become like her. She has been SOOOOO busy the past few months hosting, planning and preparing for about 50 thousand different events, and I have heard the exaustion in her voice every time we've spoken. Even from hundreds of miles away I could tell she was over doing, over planning & over stressing about every detail. She would tell me about the 25 pounds of hamburger she had browed and then put in the freezer, or about the deserts for a party or the things still had left on her list and I would hang up and just smile- that's my Mama, always wanting to make someone's moment special. She had a HUGE dinner to do for the rehersal and naturally it was perfect! People were taking plates of food home it was so good. Everyone was complementing her and she deserved it. She worked so hard and in all that work, hidden beneath pounds of lasgana, was her reason for doing it: She loved her Eli so much and wanted to show an ounce of it by doing something special for him/them. In addition to tons of parties, She also had an amazing turkey dinner another night when we were there and ribs another night and my homemade lemon squares made too! She doesn't know how to do anything half way, so it didn't surprise me, I'm just so thankful for her and everything she worked so hard to accomplish. (And now for my Grandparents 60th Anniversary party! You'll do it Mama!)
There is my borther Caleb holding Dexter, the dog.
And Mom & I had pedicures! Oh how I laughed...
Posted by Emily at 10:10 AM
It's tradition that when ever we come home for a visit, we have to stay 1 night with my Grandparents. It's purely selfish, let me confess... when we come, I request a few things: her homemade chicken noodle soup, waffles the next morning, a game of Super Mario Brothers on the Nintendo, and our thrift store shopping trip. It's just what we do! Trav, Trisitn & G-pa played golf while we went and shopped our little hearts out. Everyone was tired when we came back, so Daisy fell asleep early on G-ma's lap. We ate yummy food, watched Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy, relaxed and had a fun time. I love my Grandparents with all my heart. G-pa fell in love with Willow, and she in return!
Posted by Emily at 9:55 AM
The morning after the wedding we drove to Sequim to see G-ma Lillian. She was heart broken that she couldn't attend the wedding, so we brought her some treats from the reception and stayed to have lunch with her. It meant the world to her that we came for a visit, it was just something we had to do, I couldn't leave without making the 4 hour trip to hug her!
Posted by Emily at 9:46 AM
All I can say is Cindy is AMAZING! The wedding & reception details were incredible and the wedding was precious. The kids did a fabulous job and everyone looked gorgous! It was a wonderful night and we couldn't be more happy for Eli & Cindy! We love you guys!
Posted by Emily at 9:22 AM