Saturday, January 21, 2012

My favorite things...

I thought I would take a moment, and share my very favorite things. These five things are truly the loves of my life, and I am excited to have them. 

Amelie: Is it lame she is one of my favorite things? Maybe. But you don't know her like I do. In fact, no one does. She really only likes me, no idea why- Kurt is much nicer to her than I am. She is my baby! (This picture taken before we had actual babies, lol! She helped us learn to fit a car seat properly! This picture was taken by one of our phones seven years ago- quality of pictures sure has changed!)

Kurt: The love of my life and my eternal companion. I love how hard working, ethical, strong, level-headed, and fun he is (after all, as Kurt told me 8 years ago "Why would you ever date [or marry?] someone who isn't fun?" lol!). He leads our family so well, and he is perfect for me! Kurt adores being a father, and he is an excellent one. His favorite things are messing around with our kids and doing family activities. He is such a great role model for our boys, and such a great partner and friend! We met while working together, and after I moved, he chased me! Talk about romantic! He is a man of strong faith and honors his priesthood. He is very competitive and can beat me at everything... except golf! We grew up with vary different backgrounds, but that is part of why our relationship is so much fun! (Picture is Kurt taking a walk on his family's farm with Carter in October 2006. Our wedding 2004.)

Carter: My little prince! Carter is the perfect first born and he is an excellent older brother. When I was pregnant with Carter I knew he would be quiet, thoughtful, and a lover of trains and books. How right I was! Carter loves all creatures and is a fighter for justice. Carter met, and fell in love with, his "girlfriend" Kayla about three years ago- he has never stopped insisting he is going to marry her- and he has never "loved" any other girl (Kayla is one of my best friends, in her 20's, and lives in Utah- Carter can show you where on a map). Carter hates loud noises, being rushed, and busy places. He is a quiet little man, a deep thinker, and observer of human nature. (Picture is of Carter, meditating with the waves in Mexico, 2011. Picture on the right is Carter hugging a puppy given to him by his beloved Kayla, 2011.)

Harrison: My tiny spaceman! Harrison is such a great little guy! He delights our family with his bright smile and seemingly endless enthusiasm! Harrison is a lover of the arts- he enjoys visual and auditory art, and has a desire to make the world around him more beautiful. Harrison has always loved to color, paint, and sculpt- his desire for artful expression is so strong! His passionate ways of expressing himself- through speech, body language, and tone- often have us doubled over with laughter! Harrison loves life, and is our family's earliest riser- greeting his family at dawn with a huge smile and "good morning!!!!" We have no idea where he gets this beautiful love of life, but we sure enjoy the energy it brings to our little family.

And lastly, my newest favorite love:

Our new baby!

On December 4th my grandmother, residing in Michigan, called my mother and congratulated her on her soon-to-be grandchild. My mother finished the call and then promptly asked me if I was pregnant. I sadly responded no. Just under a month later we found out that we were, in fact, expecting! Our newest little friend is due in September! The boys are both THRILLED for the new baby! Harrison actually already decided on a name: Ewok (Hey, we already talked the kid out of Yoda!). Our family now laughingly calls our baby, Ewok, and can not wait to meet our newest family member! I am amazed, simply amazed, at how much we love this baby already!!!