Sunday, July 10, 2016

4th Of July

Such a fun 4th of July weekend in Southern Utah.
Pretty good tiny town parade -- about ten entries! 
Went to the park to have fun with all the games, courtesy of Grandma and Grandpa. 
Besties Benson and Bia had a blast (except when she kept wanting to hold him in her lap. He didn't like that too well, but she sure did!) These two are ridiculously cute together. 
Grandparents and donuts. What more do you need in life? 

Lazy Days Of Summer

Messy snacks:
Quality reading:
Creative play:
Movies and popcorn:
Text conversations with my brothers:
(P.S. Thanks to my brother Matt, I know my Transgender name. It's Bobby Aurora. His is Jenny Cinderella. These are the things you text about when you have my brothers.)

Scary previews:
Attempted exercise routines:
Invitations to lunch meetings with strange mustachioed men:
Big accomplishments:
Katee finished her first big girl book! 

A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

KJ and Katelyn's relationship in a nutshell:

Baby Haircut

Benson got his summer buzz. 
He looks so different! Baby transformed to little boy. 
He is changing and growing up so fast right now. He is the apple of all of our eyes. What a lighthearted angel! 

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Christmas Gift/The Turning Point

This morning I got thinking about my Harry Potter books. Not that Harry Potter belongs to me personally, but my own personal copies of Harry Potter. You get what I am saying here.
They are special to me. I don't even let my children read those copies, because they are loved and a little worn and loose in the spine. They were all gifts to me by my Double B. I'll tell you about my first two.

We have to go back to Christmas 2001.

I was dating a boy, a very cute, very nice boy that was really, really threatening every single one of my well laid plans. I had only graduated from high school seven months before, and I felt deeply... threatened that this boy had come into my life. I think I knew who he was. Which was; essentially, my plan destroyer.

I had enjoyed our casual dating since October, but by December, was in a full on panic. Because he wasn't going away. And he seemed to like me, like really like me, and essentially said "I'll wait." This did not happen. It was not supposed to happen. I did not, did not, did not know what to do about it. So I freaked out. I pushed on the brakes, hard. And here was this nice, lovely boy, going... "whaaaaat?"

The Double B likes to tell me, when he needs a little sympathy from me, that this was the worst month of his whole life. Courtesy of young Marie. But I was so scared.

I came home for Christmas break and he was there at my house. I essentially ignored him. I resented that he was there in my life to ruin all my well laid plans. I didn't know what to do. He didn't know what to do. My family was considering just throwing me off a cliff and keeping the Double B.

And then, Christmas morning. He'd put a gift for me under the tree. It was thick and heavy, and when I opened it, out fell two books. Not one, but two. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Gorgeous books. Pristine covers. Tight spines. Gorgeous. Perfect, perfect strategy. And I just felt... understood. My icy heart melted.

I asked my Mom if she thought he'd call. She said "I wouldn't, if I were him." I asked if she thought it would be too forward for me to call. She thought I should. I was pretty nervous. The phone rang a few times and then his sister Megan answered. I asked if he was there, and she hesitated then said that he was. When he said "hello?" on the the other end, I thanked him for the most perfect gift. He was happy. I was happy. The rest of the break was dreamy. I think the moment I unwrapped those books, something deep inside of me relaxed. I knew this was a man that would take care of my heart and care about the things that were important to me.

We grew into love and the rest is history. I guess I can thank Harry Potter. Thanks, Harry.

He bought me the third book on a date in Deseret Book. He knew I wanted it, and just... bought it for me. He gave me the fourth book on our wedding day. The fifth book came soon after. The sixth book he brought home to our lizard apartment when I was fifty months pregnant with KJ. He thought we should read it together, but I couldn't wait and consumed it myself. I was too pregnant to wait for anything! He gave me the seventh book with a request -- that we read this one together. We were up far into the night for several days, after we put the kids to bed, reading out loud to one another. It was about 2:30 in the morning and I sobbed as I read about Harry walking into the forest. The Double B said "Do you want me to take a turn?" I said "NO!"
They are special gifts, and they are special to me. They look beautiful in their special place on the book shelf.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Cousin Extravaganza

My two nieces were orphaned by girls camp this year, and we got to have them come and spend the week with us. It was a truly fabulous event. 
It included many adventures, lots of store visiting, even more swimming. 
Including some seriously epic swim moves (Addie's face. I just laughed and laughed and laughed!).
We also introduced them to Happy Hour at Sonic, and most importantly, to the wonders of Krispy Kreme donuts. So I guess we're awesome! 
This picture wins serious awards. KJ sat down and broke the cot just as I pushed the click button -- and I got this masterpiece! Easy fix, brilliance forever. 
A few movies were consumed, but mostly it was just hours and hours and hours of peaceful, blissful togetherness. 
My children lived the dream for a few glorious days. I love these sweet girls that help make my life so rich! Hoping a yearly tradition of cousin visits has begun. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016


Wednesday was our 14th Anniversary. Which is crazy on the one hand, but makes total sense on the other. Because time flies, but we have become such a unit -- and only many years could create that.  
We went to lunch and as we were filling the car with gas we were talking about the scandalous names of some landmarks and the Double B said something along the lines of "well, the tragedy is that women have always been treated as second class citizens, and..." I had to interrupt right then and there to tell him that was the sexiest thing he'd ever said! My husband, vocalizing his inner feminist. Rawr. 
Later we went wild and drove down to The Forum in Ceasars Palace to walk around, eat some yummy Gelato, and have dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. It was a great day. 
I really, really love the Double B. It has been a precious thing to be in a partnership with such a good man. It seems like after the ten year mark our bond has just deepened and gotten richer. I can't wait to see how our love for each other grows as the years go by. It really does become something beautiful. I am so lucky to have a companion as committed to the team as The Double B. We are in this together. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the amazing. I love him with all my heart.