And must add these words:
Congratulations to Chelsea and the birth of her son, Atlas!!!!
BUt alas, my camera was in the shop, and the camera I took with me, I don't have the cables for to unload-argh!! But Erin took these great shots with her iphone (yes, I still want one!) and I hijacked them from fb!!!
We had a great time at the creek!!! Love summertime!!! Thanks Erin!!!!!
Off to do crunches and sleep!
A friend of mine, Jennifer, posted this on her facebook wall, and I coudn't stop thinking about it! So I made this quick printout of it and wanted to share it here. Just click on the link below the picture and it will take you to a site where you can download a nice resolution one for free!!! Enjoy and spread the word! Thanks JBH!!!!!
Since having my knee surgery I have had much time to contemplate and think about things. I think about my memories, my growing up, my future goals, things to get done, things to purge, things to do. But more so than ever, I have been thinking about Trevis.
Yes, I realize Valentine's day is upon us, but this post really isn't about that one day. It's about the life I have with him.
He is an amazing father. I am so impressed with his willingness and just matter of fact love to be with his kids, take care of me and take care of our lives. NO, I am not awarding him a medal. He is doing exactly what he should be doing as any parent and mate should. But I want to give him credit where credit is due. Us moms often get credit for doing so, well, so should dads.
I recently read a post from Simple Mom that talked about how to teach him to romance you and i realized the pure simplicity and honesty of this realization. It isn't what he buys me, it isn't flowers or candy or "things." It's a whole bunch of other things, little things, meaningful things because I now take so much meaning from them. It's about what I CONSIDER to be romantic.
-Making sure I take my meds and have my legs elevated
-Laughing and playing with the girls
-Taking the girls to 4H and school and the park and to parties
-Making us all big breakfasts
-Making my coffee with me asking
-Asking my opinion and sharing his about the world, economy and politics (even though we don't always agree...we still talk
-Having patience when mine has run out, and vise versa
-Combing the girls hair before I braid them for the night
-Going to work and coming back home to work some more
-Giving me my fix of dark chocolate even though I shoudn't
-Fixing the bathtub leak
-Making me laugh
-Letting me cry
It's the little things that are romantic. Let's face it. I changed my ideas of romance, otherwise our relationship is based on material goods. No. I want our relationship to be based on respect, freindship and a genuine care...this is real life....not some glorified movie. I want the real life. I have the real life...with him...my husband...my best friend...throught the difficult lows and the wonderful highs. I could not imagine my life with him. Now is that romantic or what!?
Thank you honey for being you. We are not hung up on roles. We are just doing what needs to be done. You do know what I go through as I know what you go through. We are doing the best we can and that is all anyone can ask for. I like and love you with all my heart. And even though you may not get to reading this, I am glad it is out there. I appreciate you, and I know you appreciate me. Spark! is on and here to stay!
I was looking through my photo library and came accross a folder I made full of wine pics. I realized I had wanted to do something with these, so I went and got creative with some flourishes and this is what I cam up with! I love my MAC! Helping me SPARK! my creativity!! Especially with my bum knee!
I wasn't exactly planning of starting off the year with an intense kneee surgery. But I feel very lucky to be surrounded by a community of caring friends. This whole past week, my friend Robyn set up a week of care meals. Thanks so much to Robyn, Jeanne, Jennifer, Idona, Shannon, Candida and their significant others for all the wonderful food this week. It has helped so much and Trevis and I are simply overwhelmed. At one point we felt kinda non-deserving of all this, but then graciously took the help and kindness with love! We look forward to paying it forward when we have the opportunity! Thanks to Teresa for my care package and to Amanda for the crutches...and thanks to all my buddies and friends and family that have offerred words of care and comfort on facebook, drivebys and daily phonecalls (Emmer!)
I have to look at this knee thing as the SPARK! to get my health back and take it seriously. I still think this is going to be a great year! I raise my internet wine glass to you all and to the future and all that it may hold. Already only 11 months to go until the new year! Let's make them count!
About a week ago, the weather here became really cold. Now I am not complaining. Heck, I used to live in Michigan and Chicago. In fact I can't wait to take the kiddos up to the snow! But I had to share with Mom and Dad in India the weather here! Yes, I know you are loving your 70 degree weather in Ahemndabad, but you remember these days, bundling us up for the snow, shovelling the driveway, scraping the car windows...ahhhhhh...the good old days! Well, this morning instead of scraping, I of course, took a picture!!! And then sat there and enjoyed the silence for a few minutes---some meditation, if you will! Enjoy the weather! Can't wait to see you later this year Mom and Dad!