Last night we got to see Alex Boye in concert. My mom originally bought the tickets for her and my dad but she fell sick and couldn’t go. Bummer. She would have loved it. We didn’t really know what to expect since I know so little of him but he didn’t disappoint. He was very interactive with the audience and very funny and obviously the singing and performance wasn’t bad either. He’s very talented.
I really wanted to record more of it for my poor mom but the first time I got it out and tried I got in trouble with an usher…twice. Yikes. Sorry mom.
I would definitely recommend seeing him if he’s in town. He’s very generous, funny and entertaining. He told us about his conversion and the trouble it caused him with his family and how he overcame it and chased his dreams…inspiring speech. Anyway, good times. I’m grateful that we got a free fun night out at the expense of my sick mom…I’m not grateful for that but you know what I mean. Love this man of mine too. SO in love with him.
Eating Lately : This isn’t all too new or exciting. I am not doing any sort of clean eating challenge or follow any specific dietary guidelines and don’t suffer from any limitations (except of course the stomach ache that most naturally occurs when you eat too much chocolate). We eat real good food here and love it. The other day I ran into an old friend and the subject turned to nutrition and eating as it usually does with people who know that I’m a ‘nutrition fanatic’ and she was absolutely shocked that I eat bacon….shocked. I told her we eat it several times a week some months and she almost fell over. What can you do?…I believe in natural, fresh foods and there’s nothing wrong with fat as long as it’s the natural kind and it’s not the only thing you eat. Easy peesy.
Watching Lately : David and I have become couch potatoes. Seriously, it’s bad and we’re about to make a change because we realize how pathetic we are and how many other things there are to do in the world besides sit on the couch and watch other people’s make believe lives. This is just how we’ve spent our time together in the evenings. We eat dinner, put the kids down and meet on the couch for a night of cuddling. It’s nice and though it’s not gonna last we’ve enjoyed 2 shows in particular. The first being Heartland. Innocent, beautiful show about a horse ranch in Canada…it’s my horse fix and we watch it when we feel like dreaming about our future horse ranch. The next one is Grey’s Anatomy. I know I know. It’s pretty risque and I probably wouldn’t let my little ones watch it when they’re older but man it’s fascinating. The blood and guts used to bother me but it doesn’t anymore which is cool and I secretly love to imagine my brother and his beautiful wife experiencing things like we see on the TV in real life. They are in their first year of medical school so they have a few years but it’s a weird connection I now have with the show. Plus let’s be honest, it’s addicting…you just have to know what’s going to happen!!
Doing Lately : This one’s pretty sad. I’m a mom. That’s what I do. No it’s not boring and yes it’s fulfilling but man is it HARD!! When mom’s used to say that for example over the pulpit I would wonder why it was so hard…why? I just didn’t understand. Well I do now and I guess it’s just one of those things. But boy do I love those boys. My days consist mostly of directing and guiding them to make the right choices, to learn how to be nice to each other and to others…how to go poo and pee on the potty (hehe) and how to eat their veggies. I cook, I clean, I cook and I clean some more. It’s exhausting but it’s right. I know that it’s what I’m supposed to be doing right now. When David has free time we enjoy going on walks together, going to the park or the zoo or any other free activity we can think of.
Apart from being a mom I have also been busy doing things for the business. I volunteered to do the Quickbooks far before there was ever anything to enter into QB so it’s definitely been a learning process but thanks to our new CPA I feel in control now and am excited to make it the most perfect QB account ever! HA! I also am the one who enters in and purchases the shipping labels for each days orders. It’s a bit tedious and most days I really really don’t want to do it but there is not really anyone else to do it at this point and hey the bunny lovers need their food! Onward!
Freaking Out About Lately : Last I knew, David was supposed to be done with school in December. This isn’t the case anymore. I should have know though right? This is just the way PhD’s are! And btw I am totally fine with it. NO disappointed wifey here. I actually like it better that he’ll graduate in the spring. Who wants to come to a Graduation Party in Logan in December?!! Not me! I guess the part I’m freaking out about is his research and whether or not he’ll be at the point he wants to be at in the Spring. This consists of boring material that I’m not going to bore you about but it’s what I’m freaking out about. Flu season. Yup. Freaking out. I am so scared of my little babies catching anything nasty. Stay away bugs!! Last but not least I’m freaking out about how little we’ve seen Lucie lately. It’s not OK and I wish beyond words that she didn’t live so far away, that being said we still need to make it work. We miss that girl!!
Well there you have it. Feels good to write sometimes doesn’t it? You know I just read an article that says writing has a direct link to health…it can actually make you healthier! So go grab a pen and paper or your computer! Go!
Life is crazy. But life is good crazy. David has handed in his research proposal. It’s everything he’s learned in the past 3 1/2 years written down and perfected. Yesterday his 5 committee members met with him, read it and signed off on it.
I am no expert when it comes to PhD protocol and/or lingo. I have no idea what’s going on… but I can tell you that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Since his proposal was approved and his null hypotheses stated he can now schedule his comprehensive exams. He has 5 of them…both written and oral. And whilst doing these exams he will be testing said hypotheses in the lab to see if he’s right. To see if these little ideas and thoughts that have popped in his head the past 3 years about this ‘holy grail of agriculture’ were inspired or something else.
It’s a weird place to be in. And I’m just the onlooker. The wife who pretends to understand what he’s talking about when he gets excited about something new he discovered today (don’t worry, he knows I don’t understand…but I still pretend…to be the most supportive….and he still shares with me…it’s a little fantasy we have going on).
Nevertheless I read or scanned his highly impressive proposal and though I didn’t understand it I could still undeniably feel the importance and the excitement of it’s implications oozing from the pages.
It’s very hard not to think about what it could mean if things in the lab turn out right. But I really try not to because it’s one of those things that would be life-changing….world changing and more….and we’re just, well, us. The likelihood is slim.
But the likelihood that he discovers a major stepping stone is pretty big and that’s awesome.
I am so proud of him. And so no matter what the results are in that lab up on the hill he GRADUATES in December. We’re done. No more school. Whew. He did it. He is doing it. He’s doing it well. Especially when you add in the fact that he’s growing a business as well. Ya, no big deal.
In case you were wondering, I’m married to Superman…and he doesn’t even know it.
Yesterday we went to Summerfest which happens every year here in Logan. It’s 3 days at the grounds of the Tabernacle where vendors set up tents and sell their stuff…their really cool stuff. If I had it I could spend a LOT of money there. This is just one example. And I’m also putting it here for future reference. Lot77. https://www.facebook.com/lot77nibley Such cute stuff.
The boys had fun. Lots to see and yummy things to eat. We all CHOWED down on kettle corn and the famous Texas Twister drink! Yum!
Someone mistook William for a girl…again. It happens. A lot. Oh well. He is pretty beautiful.
This summer has already been so much fun (still need to write about California!) and there is still so much to look forward to! Vegas in July and Garden Valley in August. William turns 1 soon too! Yikes! How’d it happen?!
I love my boys. All 3 of them. It’s been nice today to celebrate Father’s and focus on just how blessed I am not only for the wonderful father I have but also how wonderful David is as a father. He goes above and beyond every single day. He makes me fall in love with him over and over when I see him with our boys. We are blessed. Thank you love!!! I love you!
It’s when this time of year comes around that I love living in Logan. I could stay forever if it stayed like this. Forever. But alas it doesn’t and unfortunately it gets about 8 months of winter…bummer. Anyway we are definitely enjoying our time and our yard right now. The smells, the flowers, the sky, the breeze, the cool nights with the windows open to clean out the house out of the winter must. We are missing my mom since she flew south but know that her warmer weather down there is doing her good. I’m afraid she’d find this blessed weather a little too cold still.
David finished classes and we had a partial celebration (we can’t fully celebrate till he’s REALLY done). I am so proud of him. He works so hard and has more on his plate than maybe most doctoral students (ie: business, needy wife) yet he still managed to pull of A’s and a B+. He’s amazing. He’s been taking a well deserved breather this week and the boys and I have seriously savored it. This summer is going to shed a lot of light on where our life is going to take us. It’s kind of fun thinking of the possibilities! Right now we just tell people we don’t know because we don’t and there are too many possibilities to name!
The 2 rascals are doing great. William is almost 10 months (I don’t know how it happened) and still wearing 6 month old clothes. Don’t worry we’re still watching him. The only reason I don’t worry is because he is just progressing everywhere else. He is so talkative and happy and SMART! He throws temper tantrums, he plays cars with Ben with the car noises included and he is seriously thinking about taking his first step. He’s mastered the whole standing stationary thing (without holding onto anything) and thinks he’s pretty cool. He loves big boy food and will often eat food that Ben wont, which helps with Ben. If he’s full and rested he could play by himself for hours. He’s pretty awesome. I kinda love him.
Ben is definitely 2. I have to remind myself of that now and then. He is quite the talker and shocks me sometimes with the words he knows. Ie: this morning while playing the bowling game on the ground and missed said, ‘dane it!’ (Dang it!) Whoops! Gotta work on that. Sorry bud, I know I confuse you when you hear me say that and then tell you not to. Then there are things that just make me laugh like crazy. Like when he asks for apple pie and I am just confused because he’s never been exposed to apple pie or has any idea what pie is, especially apple. But then I realize that he’s referring to the PINEAPPLE that we enjoyed the night before. HA! That’s funny right? ! Almost buddy! Just a little switcheroo and insert an N and you got it!
He knows most of his alphabet, not necessarily in order yet (isn’t that nonsense anyway?) and lots of his numbers. It’s wild. He knows I am a Child of God and Oh My Father WORD FOR WORD and sings along. Proof that if you want your child to know something just repeat it over and over from the time they are an infant. Voila! Pretty sweet. I mean really sweet. It just melts my heart to hear him sing those songs in his lyspy way.
Anyway that’s my boys. They love each other. I love them. We’re a happy family. Barney? hehe
Right now we are awaiting the arrival of daddy and papa as they’ve been in San Francisco on rabbit business. Currently they are stuck in the SLC airport because they lost their luggage Grrrrrrr! Ben has missed his daddy. He keeps saying, ‘dada home?’ Dada awake?’ It will be a fun reunion. Oh the fun! We are blessed.
It’s been raining for days here. Except for a few hours here and there. It nice too because it always seems to be when we decide to go for a walk to the park or something. Then when we get home it starts back up again. It’s a working miracle as we see it. We NEEDED moisture, we fast, and we receive. Awesome.
And when I say we, I mean the saints as a whole. My family was not apart of this miracle unfortunately. Fasting is a practice we need to reacquire. After 2 pregnancies and months of nursing afterwards we have kind of gotten out of the habit….and I guess more than that since sometimes we just simply choose not to fast even when we remember. It’ll happen again. We don’t plan on getting pregnant for a while so I feel like we’ll get back to normal in some ways. Boy do babies seem to really throw me off. Is that normal? Is it also normal to picture yourself with just the amount of kids you currently have? I’m 97% sure I want more kids but 3% sure that I don’t, at least and especially right now. I wonder how I would be viewed as the Mormon mom who chose to have only 2 kids (not that I view moms with 2 kids any differently). Weird. But not relevant to think about at this point. Like I said, I’m sure I’ll get the baby bug several years down the road and bam it’ll happen again and I’ll love it.
I love watching my boys interact with each other. William is only 8 months old so he’s not really ‘playing’ per se but they interact and follow each other around, make each other laugh and are just very aware of each-other. I know as time passes they will fight more, that’s inevitable but my goal is to teach them how to forgive each other and think of eachother’s needs instead of their own and most importantly how to have fun together and love being with each other. Lofty goal? Maybe…but an important one. My chances are pretty high though I must say simply because of who they have as a father. He’s a pretty amazing guy, one of a kind, genuine person so how could they not turn out great? They love him SO much. I feel so blessed.
The other day I told David that when he graduates, it’s my turn to go get a job and be out of the house so that they get sick of him and love me when I walk in the door. hehe
Do you know what freedom tastes like? We do. We are so close to being free from classes and then school altogether that we can taste it. It’s torture. But that’s how it goes. It’s fun to dream and plan and dream some more. It will be fun to see where we actually end up. Who knows??!!
But for right now we enjoy the simplicity of our life. I get to stay home with the boys while David wears himself out at school. We enjoy simple evenings together and then it starts all over again the next day. It’d be easy to call it monotonous and boring but I don’t. At least most days I don’t. I have a strong feeling that we’ll look back on this phase of our life and long for it in ways. It’s simple and slow but the beauty of this life is we can learn to enjoy every phase of our lives by being grateful and keeping perspective. The Gospel gives us all the tools we need to be happy, no matter what. How wonderful. Dontcha think?
We’ve rediscovered a gem in Logan. It’s a place that David and I first held hands and held eachother close…dancing. When we were dating we would go country swing dancing all the time and this place called the Fun Park in Logan had one night a week where they would do it. Otherwise we would just go with groups of people to random places, church buildings etc. It was so much fun. Especially since I didn’t know what I was doing and he did so I could just let him swing me all around…oh he was so strong. Anyway since we’ve been married and had kids and been at school and gotten ‘out of shape; we haven’t done it and we’ve both missed it.
This place, the Fun Park is normally just a rollar skating rink but it also has tons of arcade games and a huge jungle gym for little tykes to play on so we went there for the kids of course. Ben had fun climbing all over the place and really wanted to rollar skate…maybe next time. Anyway it just brought back memories of our early time together. Someday we’ll make it back there so he can swing me all over the place again.
The weather has been sooooo nice the past 3 days (today it’s back to yuck) and we’ve definitely taken advantage by going on walks to the park!
Last night David and I went out as kind of a last minute get out of the house away from the kids thing (thanks parentals!) and of course as it usually does it ends up being about the boys. We either spend all night talking about them or we do what we did last night! Toy shop! Found this amazing puzzle type board that Ben just loves! It teaches all different types of latches…hard to describe. Anyway and what date would be a date without ice cream!? I love this man of mine.
There are SO many reasons why I love my husband. This is one of them. He takes time here and there out of his busy life (during the day even) to create something with Ben. Something just for Ben, to make him happy and put a smile on his face. There are so many creations like this one I just never documented them till now.
Ben loves his soccor ball that he got for Christmas. It glows in the dark and now he can’t go to bed without it. Daddy will ususally hold it under the bathroom light extra long right before he takes him to bed, which turned into holding it under our LED grow light for a few second which super charged it! Ben would get a kick out of this every night. Especially when he was walked into his dark room and his soccor ball just would just glow like crazy! Wow! he’d say.
So one afternoon David created this piece of work which now happily sits in Ben’s room waiting for bedtime. Yup! That is a chamber lined with tinfoil that the grow light sits on and does it’s thing! The ball cozily sits on a rack so as to expose all sides to the light. And boy does it work! Look at that smile!
William is sleeping thru the night!!! Seriously he turned 6 months and something clicked. He always did it randomly up until this point but at 6 months it was like clockwork. So weird. So lovely. I can’t believe how hard these 6 months have been! I won’t bore you with the deets but just saying I’m soooo glad that phase of my life is over. That sounds bad. Don’t judge. They’re so cute!! That fact and my amazing husband and family and naps got me through it. And really I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.
I’ve crossed many hurdles and my next one is a big one. At least for me. Some may gawk but the hurdle I speak of is the grocery store. Till now I’ve avoided taking both kids to the store, alone. We’ve taken them together David and I or I’ve gone when I have a willing babysitter or I go at night when they are sleeping. ..but never alone…with them. It scares me. I don’t think I can do it. But I must. I’m going to face my fears, buck up and just do it. I’ll let you know how it goes. p.s. this may be why my kids are always in their jammies…I never take them anywhere! And I hate laundry.
I love my kids so much. That’s so cliched and believable but it’s also true to the core. I also love my husband more than anything in the world. He is seriously my hero and my boys feel the exact same way. Right now he feels like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders (in some ways he does) and he handles it with such grace and agility. I’m grateful he puts up with me, his frequently incompetent and cranky wife. I don’t know what I’d do or be without him!
Right now we are bunkered down and getting through this last semeseter of CLASSES. I emphazise classes because it doesn’t mean he is done with his degree. Grrrr. It’s ok though. Once classes are done he can fully focus on the research and have the burden of scheduled classes lifted. Research and lap work is what he enjoys. In the past year our ‘plans’ have changed a lot. We’ve gone from graduating and being done in May to being done with classes in May and graduating in December to what the plan is now which is done with classes in May and graduate next Spring. Maybe we should learn our lesson and stop making plans. Oh doctoral degree why do you have to be so mysterious and unpredictable! The silver lining is that it’s a pathway worth going down, as hard and long as it may be. Right? ?? hehe
Sherwood Forest is growing! The business I mean…that was NOT an announcment. Nope! That’s not happening for a while!!