Wednesday, December 17, 2008

7 Years

It's 12:29 AM here early on the morning of December 18th. Today, in about 11 hours, Travis and I will have been married for seven years. SEVEN YEARS!!! Time goes by so fast. When I think about when we were first married, I'm amazed we didn't feel like strangers. I have learned so much more about him, and have come to love him so much more since then. When I think of how little time seven years is compared to eternity, I have to admit it's fun to think about. I get to spend FOREVER with this man who makes me laugh and makes me feel like I am something special. Who never intentionally hurts me, and cries when he accidentally does. Who is committed to the gospel and inspires me to be better. Who tells me daily that I am awesome, even when I'm at my worst. Who loves my children almost as much as I do. And most important, who makes me smile and laugh every single time I am with him. I could list a million reason why I love him and make everyone barf, but I'll just say this - it doesn't get much better than him. How did I get so freaking lucky?

So, in order to celebrate year seven, we are going to put all four of us in the car and drive 12 hours to Phoenix to visit Trav's sister and my brother. Awesome celebration. But he's promised to take me out to dinner somewhere fun and expensive, so I'll be happy once I'm fed:).

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What Do You Think?

Is he cute? Still a little alien-ish? No need to comment on how his nose is his dad's - the tech assured us that it is just baby nose. Still struggling with a name. But we always do. Jaxon likes Surfer and Travis calls him Parker Magic Marker. And no, Parker is not one of our possible names. My husband is just weird. Wish I could get some real name-picking help around here.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Super Post

It feels like it's been forever, but in reality it's only been two weeks. As I go through my camera, I found two main themes for our lives over the past few weeks.

First, November 22, 2008. Brylee's first birthday party, also known as the same day Utah played (or stomped on) BYU. We combined the two events, although I'm pretty sure it's not a good idea to watch the game with fans of the opposite team. Especially when your team is winning.

I woke up to pancakes in the shape of the letter U. Trav was a little out of control.
Then we moved to Aunt Amy's house in NSL for the birthday party. The Fathead (that's for you Jody) wasn't sure how she felt about birthday presents. Her mom's a babe though.
She definitely knew she did not like the birthday cake adventure.
We snuck her into some red pajamas when her daddy wasn't looking so she could watch the game with uncle Travey.
Second comes Thanksgiving. Every other year we travel to St. George to spend Thanksgiving with Trav's EXTENDED family. That means aunts and uncles and grandma and granddad from his dad's side. It always seems like such a hassle, and then always turns out to be the best trip. This year we decided to forego the whole hotel idea, and we rented a condo for the Wellmans, Grammy and the boys and us. We had such a good time. I forgot the camera for most of our adventures, but here are a few.

Grammy spent mucho time reading to the kids. They giggled and laughed and had a great time.
We stayed up late playing games. This picture was of us playing Balderdash. I'm pretty sure I almost laughed myself into labor. Balderdash should not be that fun. I don't think I could ever play it with anyone who wasn't as funny as these people.

We had a rockin' birthday party for Melanie on Saturday night. Obviously, we made the mistake of leaving Jeff in charge of decorations.
Jamey took some annoying pictures of himself with my camera. I'll post this to teach him a lesson.
Chandler and Jax started a shirtless band with Spongebob's hands and feet.
Travis gave Melanie her present, which turned out to be....
A stuffed animal version of himself.
We had a Spongebob pinata. Because Dr. Wellman is weird.
And Melanie beat Jeff up with a mop handle.
Then she blew out her candles on her birthday pie. Jeff bought trick candles, and Blakey brought them to her and told her she was going to be blowing forever. Kind of gave away the trick. Mel, might be my favorite picture of you ever.
We also spent lots of time at a really cool park just down the street. There were always about a thousand people there, and there was still plenty of room for all of us.
Good job Dad! You almost climbed the tiny wall as fast as Jaxon did.
These two are the best of friends. This was right before Jax fell off the rock wall I think. Oops.
Uncle Jamey ate Cody. Check out Jeff climbing the wall in the background.
Cody entertained me for hours on end.
Emory cried a lot. And yes, Travis is a hairy gorilla.
We also ate an awesome dinner at the hotel with the entire family, played games with half the Smart family (I always feel weird saying that, like the other half isn't smart), rocked everyone at our Family Jeopardy playing skills, ate at the Pizza Factory (yummy), missed the Strouds and the Magnussons, shopped at the outlets on Black Friday, looked for critters, and gave thanks for every member of our family and all of our blessings. Thanksgiving was good this year.

I have to say that this year I am very thankful that my husband has a steady job that isn't affected by the economy. We have good benefits and don't have to worry about whether or not he will be employed next week. In these crazy times, I'm so grateful that Heavenly Father blessed us with his job. Especially because I'm too lazy to work.

I am also thankful for my family. Every single one of you, whether distantly related or close. From my kids and husband to my aunts and uncles in law and second cousins once removed, you all make my life happier. Spending time with you gives me something to look forward to. Laughing with you and receiving thank you cards from you makes each holiday a little brighter. Family rocks.

Now for a funny moment. Jaxon always jumps on Travis when he's not looking, and Travis has asked him a thousand times to stop, but he keeps doing it. So one Saturday I heard Travis bugging Jaxon back in his room after Jaxon asked him to stop teasing him. As soon as they came out in the living room, Jaxon jumped on him. As Travis got mad, I reminded him that he had been bothering Jaxon about something and that he had asked him to stop. So they both went to time out. And yes, Travis had to stay in there for 29 minutes. Old man.

One last thing I am grateful for is my home. Here is a sunset from the other night off our back deck. We live in a beautiful place, and so often I look around and am reminded of all that our Heavenly Father created to make our lives prettier places.

24 weeks tomorrow and counting. I can't wait for this baby to come - is this the longest time period of my life or what???