My sweet baby Eden...
...turned six on July 26th.So I have officially said good-bye to my five year old Eden.
It was harder than I thought it would be. I realized it is because "five" was still little. My five year old still played with babies. She still liked Dora and silly kid songs. She played dress up with princess clothes and tutu's. She wore clothes found in the "little girl" department. She snuggled me every morning and loved it when I read to her. She was messy when she ate and still needed help tying shoes and brushing her teeth.
My six year old Eden is ready to be a big girl.
She plays with "play" make up and toy cell phones. She watches High School Musical and sings big kid songs. She shops with me in the big girl department. She still snuggles me, but not every morning. Now she can read, so reads to me. She isn't quite as messy when she eats, but even if she does make a mess, she cleans it up herself. She ties her own shoes and not only brushes but flosses her own teeth.
I will miss my little Edee, but I am already enjoying my big six year old. We went shopping together last week and had a great time. She picked out some awesome outfits. (I will have to post pictures later.) We had some great conversations about good deals, tatoos and classic wardrobe pieces. It was interesting how the whole trip was supposed to be about making Eden feel special, but what I noticed is that I was the one that felt special. I felt so honored and so blessed to be her mom. Eden reminds me of what my purpose is. She reminds me that there is nothing more important that I could be doing right now than being a full time mom...all day, every day.
HaPPy BiRThDaY ! I LovE YoU MY EdeN BuGS !
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
So there you have it. If you are interested in a copy, you can click on my book icon found here on my blog, or if you live close by, I can hook you up for $10. Or you can leave me a comment with your email and I can send you a copy with a personal message. I can't guarantee it what it will say, it may be inappropriate, it may be Camden scribbles...but it will be a personal message. All proceeds will go towards our adoption fund...until we pay that off and then I will buy shoes.
Please...PLEASE do not feel obligated to buy one just because we are friends. If you know someone who would be interested, then by all means give them my link. Otherwise, just leave me a comment that reminds me that "I'm good enough...I'm smart enough...and gosh darnet people like me." I'm feeling a little exposed so that would be nice of you.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The adult race was earlier in the morning. I tried to run it with Jessica, but she smoked me. I was able to keep up for about a mile but then decided it was supposed to be "fun run" so I pulled back.
Well that does it for our race coverage. We can't wait to do it again next year.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
First we had the Fourth of July Eve camp out...
The Hansen's joined us this year. Aric and Kyle loved being squished like sardines with the girls.
Then comes the parade...
The mother's of that gang.
We had a great fourth. It was jammed packed with good friends and good food. The best part of the whole weekend was on the home from the fireworks show, I explained to the girls what the fireworks represented. Before Eden went to bed that night she asked me to tell her more about it in the morning. At church the next day we sang the Star Spangled Banner and during the song Eden whispered to me, "this song is about what you were teaching us about..."
Yes, the fourth was full of fun but we still took the time to remember what it was all about. I hope your fourth was fabulous.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Last year I did my first "Birthdays and Brothers" post. You can click here to read it. I have three brothers, Jason, Eric and Ben. Their birthdays are very close together, so last year I only featured my brother Eric.
This year it is Jason's turn.
Today, is his 32 birthday. Jason is just younger than me. We are 20 months apart. We couldn't be any more different, but we have always seemed to love each other in spite of those differences.
(This picture was taken right before early morning seminary, basically a scripture study class we took at 6:15am every week day morning of our high school lives. I would get ready for school after seminary...which explains my fabulous look.)
Jason has been blessed with great hair and many talents. He is an artist. He is a musician. He plays the bass...self taught...in a band. He can sing. He can act...we were actually in a play together in high school. He is smart. His brain skills are ridiculous. We were in the same math class when I was a senior and he was a sophomore...I barely passed that class and he aced it. He is loving and he is kind.
Jason is also a great dad to my niece, Zoe. I'm not sure why after 11 years this still freaks me out. Maybe it's because after all these years, this is how I still see him...
Growing up in a dysfunctional family can either tighten a sibling bond or break it. Luckily for us, it bonded us. No matter what life has thrown our way we have always been there for each other.
When we were kids we each took turns running away from home. I remember helping him pack his bag...he was five and I was seven...I was giving him advice on where to go. I thought I would meet up with him later. Thankfully the cops found him before too long. Even back then we were looking out for each other.
Other favorite memories are watching Fragle Rock, Goonies and Police Academy until the tapes wore out. The day he hid my favorite jelly shoes in a giant dirt pile, they were clear, we never found them. The infamous big wheel crash of 1982. The night we snuck out when we were in junior high and spent hours running around town dodging the police. There are many, many more. I'm just so glad that despite the chaos that we were living in, the good memories are the ones that stick out most. I wish we lived closer but I know that miles mean nothing, because we are connected at the heart.
Happy Birthday Jason! Te Amo!
So was June just a big huge blur for anyone else? Honestly I am so behind on blogging that I decided to do a big ol' June summary.
Here we go!
I think I managed to blog about stuff up until mid June...
So we celebrated our anniversary the weekend after our actual anniversary. One of Aric's clients had given us a gift certificate for Christmas. It was good for a one night stay and dinner at a new hotel downtown. We had a great time. Aric surprised me with this box:
At first I was uncomfortable and nervous. It looks like a jewelry box. I'm not a big jewelry kind of girl and we had agreed, no gifts. He already broke that rule with my new ipod so I was really trying not to be annoyed. I was bracing myself for a fake surprised smile.
But then I opened the box and found this:
I was so relieved and confused. Aric knew about my jewelry thing and thought this was a funny way to present me my gift.
Which was this:
It is a picture from our Hawaii trip we took a couple of years ago. Aric's bubble says, "Happy 10th Anniversary!!! How would you like to go back to Maui with me next April 24th? I'm so cool, it's hard for you to resist..."
Then my bubble says...
()"Yes! I'm so surprised! You're cool and handsome!"
()"No, I'll be too busy washing my hair or something"
()"Maybe. I agree you are cool, but I don't know if I feel comfortable making that kind of commitment."
(please check one)
I of course checked "yes"!
I was completely surprised! He had been working extra hard on some work stuff to qualify for this trip. I know, I know...he's a keeper.
Okay now onto Father's Day.
My mom and Joe came up to stay with the kids while we went out for our anniversary so they were here to celebrate Father's Day with us.
Joe really is an "amazing" Grandpa. The girls love to play tickle monster and wrestle with him. He never gets tired of it. He usually gets roped into making pancakes and going to Dairy Queen every visit...but I really don't think he minds too much. Those are things my mom frowns upon so when he's with the grandkids he gets to live a little more. Joe has only been a part of my life for the past fourteen years, but he has been there for my kids since each of them have been born. He is a great blessing in our lives. We love Papa Joe!
The girls always make cute little cards.
Just so you know, Aric's gift was not a hint. It is what he wanted.
I can't say enough about how great of a father Aric is. My kids are truly blessed to have such a fun, attentive and loving dad. Watching him with our children makes me realize all that I missed out on, which is a bittersweet emotion. I will never experience that kind of father/child relationship. At the same time it heals that void in my heart knowing that my children will have what I always longed for.
In June I also got to see my Karen. A hug from her is like a breath of fresh air.
One of her sons, Andrew, got married and I got to be there.
It was a quick trip but I enjoyed every second of it. I don't have a picture with Gary or the rest of the clan but I love these people!
And here is a picture with a couple other people I love...
Jessica is on my left, we've been friends for what seems like forever, our lives just get more and more intertwined as time goes on and I love it! Andrea is on my right, she is one of my blogger girls. I've been loving her blog for months now and in June I got to meet her in person. She is as fabulous in real life as she is on her blog. She made me some amazing CD's...I am so loving them! And no it isn't Halloween we just look like Halloween threw up on us.
I cannot end June without a nod to the King of Pop. A little cheesy...yes, but this is the Michael Jackson that I remember.
He was a little cuckoo, there is no doubt about that, but his music was a huge part of my childhood and adolescence. I have some great memories singing and dancing to his songs. The Thriller video still freaks me out and every time I hear Billy Jean I sing along. I had no clue what the words meant back when I was a kid and now that I do know how scandalous that song is I still can't help but sing along...every single word and "he-he!"
Okay, so that concludes my June summary. Now I can move on to July and get back on track.