Saturday, April 19, 2014

how eggcellent

what fun we had dying eggs! we haven't done it in years and i'm not sure why since we eat hard boiled eggs all the time. probably just lazy... but it was worth it with EZ's excitement over every detail. and they're so pretty!

#fanteggstic #increggible #stupeggdous #ameggzing #ameggballs #eggstraordinary #hashtegg


We celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary last Sunday! We had a hop-on for our date, but we didn't mind because he smelled so good.

I think we get better with age, Matticus. Love you big time.

also... I took this picture of Sully while we were out and about and it's basically the best. We love our grumpy baby.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

dee dee & sully

oh my word, we love this woman.

it's been one year today since her sweet companion Grum passed away. she's been tender yet strong during this last year, and we're so thankful for her continued example of what it means to be one thousand percent devoted and loving toward your spouse. matt and i always tell each other that if we can be anywhere near dee dee & grum's example, then we'll be just fine.

she snugged sullivan for hours over conference weekend at the cabin and they got along just fine  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

a six week sullivan

he has perfected his scowl face & rarely can we coax a smile out of him while he's awake. he's a fairly serious baby and is either perfectly calm and sweet or wildly unhappy... there is little in-between-those-two-emotions right now. he's also pretty gooey since along with a clogged duct & his acne, he's started with some cradle cap too (which we're trying to nip in the bud with rigorous oiling.) he still curls his toes & his legs like a newborn and is very floppy (which we love.) he's definitely packing on the pounds and is looking chubbier each day. his eyes are starting to turn blue (especially when he's in a blue shirt) but they are still navy dark. he smiles a lot when he's sleeping and still sucks his bottom lip in (just like ez!) he's mostly still doing every 3-4 hours with food and usually freaks out every night for 30 minutes to an hour where we aren't sure why he's unhappy (belly? food? tired? witching hour? what? what?) and it usually stops when he's swaddled tight and then left alone in his bassinet. he's still sleeping in our room, but mostly because i'm scared to have the boys share (but i want him out soon... he's a grunter and noisy!) he loves the ergo carrier and movement is his friend. ez is still really gentle with him (fingers crossed that doesn't change) and sometimes when i see sully from across the room i gasp because of how much i miss him when we're not touching (like i'm missing a limb.) ooooh man it's nice having him around.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

not every day, but some

yesterday was pretty idyllic in our camp.

we kissed the husband off to work with smiles and cinnamon roll covered plates. the baby nursed and slept and nursed and slept all day without much crying or complaining in between. the toddler (who really seems more like a boy) was helpful during chores and put himself down for a nap when it was time. the mother cleaned and laundered and cooked with satisfaction and fulfillment in her step.

forts were built and pirate ships were sailed from the front room to shark infested waters while passing by friendly crocodiles. skateboard and scooter were ridden with wild abandon and "fighting gear" was donned as we crossed swamps and ate lunch. dishes and kitchen were cleaned as podcasts were heard and dishwasher hummed. sleeping baby was swaddled and rocked as a book was read and laughs were shared through texts and hashtags.

afternoon was filled with a visit to the farm where ducks were fed as ninjas scurried about honking at geese. tiny lambs were touched and tractors driven as giggles and squeals abundantly filled the sky. swords were drawn and towers were climbed, slides were slid and chases ensued all the while a baby cooed from the stroller.

then welcome homes, dinner on the table, a short scurry to find lost glasses, then a trip for diapers and treats before lights out and cuddled tv time.


from the outside it appears so simple and ordinary, but days like these are the most memorable for the extraordinary simplicity of a life so beautifully curated and maintained. it's not everyday housework is fulfilling or playtime so rewarding or children and parents so well behaved. it's not everyday where kisses are more prevalent than quarrels or smiles outweigh the tears or happiness triumphs the hard.

but occasionally, the days do come. so we will enjoy them and embrace them and remember them fondly with words and photos and lingering feelings of gratitude.