Saturday, March 31, 2012

my little helper

...and this is what she wore to the grocery store today. i love having a three year old in the house.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Daddy!

We got to celebrate another birthday in our house on Sunday...oh how we love birthdays!!! Especially now that we have a 3 year old in the house! We went out for a fancy lunch on Friday and the girls got to wear their prettiest dresses. Here is a list of reasons Annika and Audrey (and their mommy) love their daddy. (Annika helped me compile this list) 
You are the best daddy because you: 
1. play blocks with us
2. take us to Jake's
3. wrestle with us
4. read books with us
5. go to ice cream with us
6. ride bikes with us
7. play on daddy's skateboard 
8. draw with chalk
9. make breakfast for us
10. sing to us
11. rock us
12. kiss us
13. take good care of us
14. take us hiking
15. play tackle with me (annika;))
16. play guitar with me
17. watch dora
18. take me to lunch
(mommy's list)
19. clean and tidy up all the time
20. do laundry
21. take me out
22. play golf with me
23. always have time for me
24. keep me balanced
25. challenge me
26. sit on the couch and just read with me on cozy nights
27. let me speak Spanish to you
28. support me in my work
29. always watch the kids so I can go run/have down time
30. love me so well.

We love you so much E happy 32 to you! 

Monday, March 19, 2012

For the girls...

A while back my friend Jill sent me the following article. We already knew it, but it was nice to hear it was the topic of a lecture from a fancy Stanford prof...

They Teach It at Stanford

"In an evening class at Stanford the last lecture was on the mind-body
connection - the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker
(head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of
the best  things that a man could do for his health is to be married
to a woman  whereas for a  woman, one of the best things she could do
for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends.
 At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.

Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems
that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life
experiences. Physically this quality "girlfriend time" helps us to
create more serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps combat
depression and can create a general feeling of well being.  Women
share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities.
They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about
certain things or how their personal lives are going. Jobs? Yes.
Sports? Yes.  Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf?  Yes.  But their
feelings?  Rarely.

Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our
sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very good for our health.  He
said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our
general health as jogging or working out at a gym.

There's  a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we  are
doing  something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with
friends,  we are wasting our time and should be more productively
engaged-not  true. In fact, he said that failure to create and
maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as
dangerous to our physical health as smoking!

(ONLY photo I could find of us, sorry:) 
So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat
yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something
good for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky.  Sooooo. let's
toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good
for our health."

Our husbands understand this need that we have for our girlfriends very well. Periodically they send us off for a day (or two or three if we're lucky) to reconnect and reenergize. 

I am so grateful for this time with my girlfriends.
Thank you all for being you to me!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturday, March 10, 2012

My Wife's Birthday

(I apologize to those reading this that it is not typical blog material, but in these last few weeks we have both been missing our community that is now scattered literally throughout the world, from Africa to Bahrain and  DC to San Diego.  The gift I wish I could have given my wife would be to have all of you together under one roof to celebrate her birthday.  Since that option is not feasible, consider this the toast I would have given her if we had all been together.)

In just a few short minutes my wife will turn 31.  Tonight as I was reflecting back on the picture that sits atop our blog, I thought about all of the unknowns marriage brings and how much you take on faith when you say those vows.  We don't know for certain how the other will handle kids, career changes, family, friends, growing older, etc.  We hope that the character of the person we see in front of us will remain steadfast and true over time.

As I get to watch my wife more and more, see her handle life transitions, uncertainty, motherhood, and mostly me, I can only give many thanks to God for bringing her into my life, for being the mother of my children, and for being an amazing partner to walk through life with.

Kara, everyday, in so many small yet significant ways, you make me love you more than I knew possible.  Your authenticity and creativity are inspiring; you are a beautiful model for our girls to emulate, and for that I will be forever grateful.  You are more amazing to me today than the day that picture in the vineyard was taken... and that's saying something.

Happy Birthday babe, I love you so much.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


{I know, not a great picture of me and lynds, but we don't have many of just the two of us together} This is from a recent night out for lynds and kevin and me and eric. It was the first time we had EVER hung out without kids as Eric came into my life right about the time Ethan was born. We had a blast. I am so glad my girls have each other to grow up with just like I had my sister.