Friday, January 08, 2016

Stephen's 40th Birthday!

Happy 40th Birthday to my handsome, loving husband.  I used to say that with him, "What you see is what you get", but as we grow older together, I have learned that there is actually a whole lot more going on in that brain and heart of his than most anyone gets to see.  What a privilege it is to be his partner and get to see those secret places!
No one in the world makes me laugh and love and learn like he does.  He challenges me in so many good ways.  He gifts me with a life of adventure and intense loyalty and sweet devotion. We are so vastly different, and yet we complement each other so well. God has truly blessed us together.  I am so grateful for this man's life, and I'm excited to be with him for the next 40+ years of his life.  In marriage and parenting and in life, I feel like I've won the lottery- getting the chance to do it all alongside this wonderful man.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

After School Treat

Stephen and I headed out of town to celebrate his birthday, so Grandma picked up Berkley from school to take him to her house for a couple of days.  They were sure to send me this selfie of their first stop after school- a cupcake from Delicious!  Hanging out with Grandma is definitely far more fun than hanging out with me after school! 

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Breast Stroke Lesson

I love when Berk's swim coach gets super excited about what he's teaching and uses his whole body to demonstrate!

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Telling A Lie

This new sweatshirt is the greatest one of all time.  It's cozy and comfortable and soft and everything a good sweatshirt should be.  It has the word "Native" written above the state of North Carolina.  So, Stephen likes to say that every time I wear it, I am really telling a lie.  You see, I was born in Illinois! My parents lived there the duration of my mom's pregnancy, the first 3 months of my life, and then hightailed it back to the Carolinas when I was still an infant.  So technically, I guess I'm not a native, but I'm certainly not getting a "Native" sweatshirt from Illinois any time soon!

Back to School

The first day back to school after Christmas break always hurts my heart just a little bit.  The two weeks together are always so special and fill my cup so much.  But thankfully, Berk's school is on a main road in town that I "have" to pass by on a regular basis.  It eases the pain a little to picture him in that building, laughing with his friends, learning new things, and loving school in general...even as my eyes well up with tears.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Snuggle Time

Because some mornings are just meant for reading and snuggling together.

Taking Down The Lights

Usually I am the family member who is less than thrilled to take down the Christmas decorations.  But this year, as we started "un-decorating", Berkley started to cry!  We were so surprised, and just didn't realize how much he had loved the Christmas decorations.  So, to cheer him up, Stephen had the fantastic idea of wrapping him up in the lights as we took them off the tree!  That seemed to perk up his spirits perfectly!

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Surprise Party!

For Stephen's 40th birthday, I planned on surprising him with a little party.  I knew he didn't want a big "fancy" adults-only party, so I created a fun, low-key gathering on a Sunday afternoon at our local brewing company.  It's one of our favorite spots, and it's very family friendly, so I simply invited families to join us for a relaxed evening together.

Being a Sunday afternoon, there were only a few people in the whole place who weren't from our group.  We basically took over the place!

We celebrated with pizza and cookie cake, and everyone sang Happy Birthday!
It was so great to have so many friends gathered in one spot.  Since it was the end of the holidays, most folks were in town and able to come celebrate for a couple of hours.  And it got their kiddos out of the house!

Atticus's Birthday

Berkley was invited to his church friend Atticus's birthday.  His parents put on an incredible Harry Potter themed party that was super fun and interesting- even to a group of kids who don't all know the references.  

They had wands which they learned to "swish and flick"
They used them to pop bubbles- genius.
They had a potions "class" complete with crazy-colored liquids that did super-interesting things.
The party was a huge success and had Berkley ready to start reading the Harry Potter books!

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Last Moments

I always cherish those last moments of sitting by a lit Christmas tree before taking it down.  The last moments of the Advent season are a special time to reflect on the previous month, the joys that accompanied it, and to look forward to the year ahead.  But secretly, I can't wait until it's time to put up another tree next year!

One Magic Christmas

There are several Christmas movies that I remember from childhood that just aren't around anymore- One Magic Christmas & Santa Claus: The Movie. The first was a  made-for-tv movies, and the second was a movie in the theatre, and I am fairly confident I was probably the only person who saw and remember these special movies.
But I discovered that my friend Jared has the same movie memories and remembers two of them with the same fondness that I do.  So, he found them on Amazon and sent them to Berkley so that he could enjoy them too!  The package arrived after Christmas, but the decorations were still up, so it was still time to watch!  Next year we will start off with these movies first thing in the Christmas season.