Happy Birthday Archives

I blogged on Friday and then I didn’t blog through the weekend.  I had expected I would pick it up again on Monday but then I didn’t do that either and now it’s Wednesday so I figured I’d just post an update of sorts.

Things that happened while I wasn’t blogging:

— Our main toilet has started flushing on it’s own.  If you have read this blog for any length of time you know that it was about time something like this happened again.  We are known for appliances and other supposedly inanimate objects to start deciding things for themselves.  Remember the Tell Tale Microwave? How about the range?

— Kait’s guy sprung for dinner on Friday night and it was a great evening.  I really enjoy double dating with those two.

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I almost spit water out of my nose, which is par for the course when I’m around Kait for any length of time.  I would explain why she’s sitting on the ground by the trash can but you kinda had to be there. You really missed out on that one.

— Rabbit got me exactly what I wanted for my birthday, which we celebrated on Sunday night.  I wanted my own Aden & Anais bamboo blanket because Lanie’s is so soft and I felt bad for constantly stealing it from her.  He got me two of them.

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I’m over the moon in love with these blankets. And him.

— Will somebody please make an infographic to help husbands understand that if an Amazon Prime package is delivered to our door we will be compelled to open it unless we know that we shouldn’t because you tell us there is a Prime package coming that we shouldn’t open? Because that happened.  Again.

— I turned 42 on Monday and now have the answers to life, the universe, and everything. This should be a very informative year for you all. You’re welcome in advance.

— Spring happened on Monday as well and BAM! Just like that, it’s 85 degrees. Loving it.
I love Spring weather. I love the sun. I love warm afternoon rain showers. I love the rosy glow of my kids’ cheeks when they’re warm from running around outside. I love their bare feet and dirty toes and wild hair.  I love Florida.
Also, I love free ice cream at the Dairy Queen.

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— Tuesday was World Down Syndrome Day. We are still trying to figure out how our family will celebrate this day but yesterday we wore our Nothing Down About It tee’s and went to the library.

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Then we went to eat a Chick-fil-a.  There wasn’t one table open. Not even outside.  We ended up having to have them bag our food so we could take it home, which was sad because the kids couldn’t trade their kid’s meal toy for an ice cream cone.  I gave them a dessert anyway but now I have all these little kid’s meal toys all over the place.
Rabbit commemorated the day by wearing mismatched socks under his flight suit and I also did my morning run in mismatched socks.

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— Matthew and I have been running at least a mile every day. We do 5K races together but pushing Lanie in the stroller was killing me and running was no longer fun. We have some good hills in our neighborhood so I make sure to run some every day to help make pushing the stroller easier and help keep the enjoyment in running. Today was day 8.  Lanie loves it.

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The hills are still killing me but I can tell that I’m getting stronger. I’m starting to wonder how it would feel to run without pushing a stroller. I bet I could run like the wind blows.

Oh, and Maggie decided to floss.

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I asked her what she was doing and she said, I need to floss. My tongue is stuck in my tooth. 

And there you have it, my (mid) week in review. Now go and make yourself a Bavarian Crepe today because it’s National Bavarian Crepes Day.  Who knew.

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Happy Independence Day, ‘Muricans! 

oldflagI don’t think many people, especially our younger generation, really appreciate what it means to be a citizen of the United States.  I was born in Rhode Island. Do you realize what kind of blessing that is?  What kind of gift it is to be born into the best country in the entire world? A country people risk everything, including their lives trying to get into?

Yes. The United States has its issues.  It’s a giant relationship and we have a lot of work to do but when you think about it, all of the best relationships in our lives require work and patience and care.

It’s July 4th, people.  Let our celebration of freedom mean something. Tell your kids what our independence means for them. Make a vow to teach them to love this country; their country. The only way to heal our nation is for the next generation to care enough to protect it.
People died for America. For us.  Take it seriously.

But, also, laugh.
And light a sparkler or something.

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Jesse has hit the half a decade mark.

Sweet, sweet, calm Jesse.  My number 7.  My 6th boy.

This little guy has such a quietness about him.  He’s friendly and good and is always wanting to make sure he’s doing the right thing.
He loves dinosaurs and cars and Minecraft and ninjas and things that fly.  And his puppy. Which he’s affectionately named, Puppy.

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And guess what?  Jesse is five!

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Yesterday was Jesse’s fifth birthday. Kait took some time with him and got some amazing pictures of his adorable little face.

We asked him what he wanted for dinner and Jesse answered, without hesitation, cereal.  Kait and I looked at each other and said at the same time, well, that’ll be easy, and we picked up a bunch of sugary goodness from the breakfast isle at the commissary.  We were all happy to have breakfast for dinner last night.  It was fun.

Kait made him a strawberry ice cream cake while I wrapped his present and created clues for our traditional birthday treasure hunt.

He got the exact green dinosaur he wanted.

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It was a pretty big deal.

Poppa and Nona sent him some money as well, and he’s already planning on adding it to his Christmas gift card from Nana to get the orange T-rex.

It’s a weird combination, the tinge of pain I get when I think about how much I love watching him grow.

I love you, Jesse!
Happy birthday little dude. Don’t grow up too fast. Keep playing and smiling and brightening up our days.
You are so precious to all of us and I know God has such great plans for your future.
Love,
Mama

P.S.  I honestly don’t know how things would go around here if I didn’t have an awesome almost 19 year old daughter.  She really is a blessing.

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