Monday, November 29, 2010

A year in the life

This past weekend Reed turned 34. In celebration he spent the day fishing the rivers of TN and GA and NC. I'm so blessed to be married to Reed. I've been privileged to know him for 13 crazy, busy, fun years. They say a picture is worth 1000 words, so here are some pics (hijacked from his phone) from the past year that best capture Reed's life.

Laughing. How much do I love that Reed found this during sacrament meeting? How much do I love that he promptly sent it to multiple people? Finally, how much do I love that this is saved on his phone 6 months later?
Playing with his boys. It's truly astounding how many soccer games, school activities and random adventures these boys get to enjoy with their dad.
Schmoozing. That's right, on one of his travel's my hubby found 'my' flower shop and as a true mobile advocate sent me a text as a sign of his love.
Teaching his boys new tricks. I had been gone for less than a day when C mastered this one.
Going new places, meeting friends. 4 continents, multiple countries; always meeting up with old friends and making new ones.
I love you and I can't see what adventures you embark on next year.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Heaven Sent

This year we were in Utah for the anniversary of Elle's death. As strange as it may be, the boys love visiting Elle's grave. It may have something to do with the bunnies. The bunnies can be chased and occasionally caught (true story, I'll post w/pics when I get home). So, thanks to beautiful weather and in memory of Elle we headed down to East Lawn for a good hour of bunny catching.

You can't quite see, but there are approximately 12 bunnies by the far bushes. Completely unaware and unafraid.
G got close, but since our inside man "Fuzzy-Kick" was MIA we didn't get one.

Since I can't seem to get a good pic of all 3 at the same time, here are all 3 at different times :)

Happy, Happy Christian
Silly G
Pensive Matts
I must admit my heart broke a little when Matts' said, "Look Mom, all 4 of your kids are together right now". As Matts and Gray ran off after the bunnies I cuddled Christian close. But, before I slip too far into the past, or feel too sorry for myself I was called back by the sounds of bunny hunting. And that's how I know that Heavenly Father loves and cares for each one of us. He knows what we need and will provide. Be it bunnies, beautiful weather, or 3 wonderfully spirited boys to keep life busy, full and happy.

Grayson, Gray

Thanks to a happy turn of events Grayson got to celebrate his 4th birthday in Utah. It was his first taste of a family birthday party and I think he may have been a tad overwhelmed as he ran out of the room, embarrassed, during the Birthday medley. Don't worry we were able to coax our little treat monger back with the promise of sugar.

The Birthday boy making his birthday wish.
Even Miss Gentry joined the festivities to wish G a Happy B-day.

The cake(S). Battleforce 5 and "treat" cupcakes.

As the ultimate sign of love I took Gray to Chuckee Cheese. Yup, I'm totally smitten with this little man.
The coolest Birthday poster ever, compliments of Uncle Tom

The birthday boy with with birthday breakfast "cake". (Do you see a trend?)
Grayson, Gray; You are such a gentle, fun loving guy. Underneath your sweet exterior you are tough as bolts; independent, scrappy and determined. I love spending time with you, laughing with you, tripping with you, sharing treats with you and cuddling with you.


October was a blur of travel, costuming a la Star Wars, soccer, races, RS meetings and school. Honestly, every aspect of our lives converged into chaos. Maybe someday I'll be inspired and post pics. But for now, let's just say it was awesome, but I'm glad it's over.