30 June 2011

seven.

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Today Rob and I have been married 7 years! How did this happen? I still feel like a 19 year old.

Then I think back to this day seven years ago and realize how much has changed. A lot like those shoes pictured above.

Those shoes are the ones I wore, brand new, the day I got married. It was not a decision most approved of; my seamstress even made my dress a little too long to hide them. But when your feet are the size of a child's it's not easy to find white "grown up" lady shoes to wear to your wedding. I decided instead Rob and I would both wear black Converse tennis shoes. So we did.

Call me crazy, but after we got married I didn't pack them away. Instead I've worn them for 7 years. So they're worn, and faded, and have paint on them. But they're as comfy as can be (they're so well molded to the shape of my feet) and I love them. And still wear them often. They are one pair of shoes I don't think I'll ever get rid of, no matter how ratty they are.

And so it is with our marriage. 7 years ago it was new and shiny and squeaky-clean. But now it has seven years of wear, some rough spots, lots of comfy improvements, and has increased in love and affection a hundred fold. And I don't think we'll ever get tired of it.

They say there's a "seven year itch" in marriage. Well, I don't feel itchy at all. Not. One. Bit.

Our marriage isn't perfect, but I don't care. We'll continue to move onward and upward and someday, hopefully, we'll get there.

Ti voglio bene, Rob.

29 June 2011

i found this very enlightening.

I read this article the other day and I think it's pretty awesome:


As the mom of two boys (and probably will only ever be a mom to boys) this isn't something that I deal with very often. But it really made me think about my interactions with girls, and wonder what kind of an influence I've had on the (few) little ladies I've encountered and talked to. Granted, I don't think we should stop telling girls how adorable they are, but I will be conscious about the emphasis I put on various subjects and make sure appearance isn't center stage.



Also, I never ever dreamed being an adult was so hard when I was a kid.

28 June 2011

aunt paige visits!

Last fall my sister Paige came to visit one last time before she left on her mission. If you can't tell from these pictures, we had lots and lots of fun.

We...

went to the airport for the first time (well, first time for Max and Nick)...
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had playtime at home...
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went for walks...
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played at the playground...
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snuggled lots and lots...
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went to the field artillery museum...
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and visited the historical buildings on ft. sill...
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looked cute...
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checked out Medicine Park...
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visited the wildlife preserve's visitors center...
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went hiking...
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raided the leftover Halloween candy...
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fought for Paige's lap...
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and said goodbye.
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