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Wednesday, June 30, 2010


...Four years.

Four years of goodmorning kisses and long hugs before goodbye. Four years of warm meals set before us and prayers of thanks for another day together. 4 years and 4 homes. 2 children. Living, loving, dreaming. -and a partridge and a pear tree.

Sweetheart... it's been four, wonderful years.

My little white shoes are a happy reminder of the joy from that day. We danced until they fell apart. Literally. Funny, we're horrible dancers and we was like, so-to-the-so what! We danced any way. Joyously prancing around the dance floor in celebration of it all. Taking it all in. Faces hurt from smiles so big. You go, life & love!

We vowed to love eachother, "for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part." Amen.

And each day we're still learning and growing together. ...and I love every minute of it. And I feel as if we've grown so much already. Always busy trying to perfect our wonderful love. It's been an incredible growing experience and to have you by my side is heaven at it's best. Thank you, honey. For being a wonderful provider for our family. For being someone we can be so proud of to call our own. For your sweet ways. For the little things. ...Like placing the bird feeders out by our kitchen window because you knew it would make me smile to see the robins. For the little love notes you leave in the bathroom with Teddy's bath crayons or for the *bubble bubble* sounds in the morning as you started to make me coffee. You are not only a wonderful husband, but a wonderful human being too. And I respect and honor you.

"I will be here....
You can cry on my shoulder
When the mirror tells us we're older
I will hold you

And I will be here
To watch you grow in beauty
And tell you all the things you are to me
I will be here

I will be true
To the promise I have made
To you and to the
One who gave you to me."

I cherish you. Every moment. For now and for always. Four years now seperates us from that incredible day and I live for that memory. Thank you for then. Thank you for now. Thank you for making my life beautiful. My best friend, I love you. You have made my heart so very happy.

Xoxo, Jessica

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fathers Day and The Drive in.

He's the real deal.

truely the best daddy I have ever met.

I could write a book on the million little things you do that make you a special dad. Thank you for loving them. Putting them first. Thank you for making memories for them. Thank you for spending time with them.

You are wonderful.

-Father's Day began with breakfast in bed and the giving of handmade crafts and cards for our very special Daddy.

And, To our delight, grandma and grandpa joined us for an afternoon barbecue. (And speaking of Father's day and all of it's goodness... ) Grandpa, you're #1!
He is a wonderful man. And if you haven't met him yet... you should. If there were a Super Grandpa action hero... he'd be it. We are blessed he is ours. :) The kindest man I have ever met. And we love him so.

Ashton and Josie are so lucky.

The rest of the afternoon was spent out in the sandbox and swimming pool. And boy, do we love that sandbox.

This happens a lot.

He haste fully fills his green turtle box up until he has a centimeter of sand to play in. ...And he will play for hours. Building lovely summer memories playing with the very same tractors Daddy used to play with. ...Now if only he'd make some room for the sand to breathe.

When night was quickly approaching we decided to go for a late night drive in movie.
We set up their tiny chairs and covered the lawn with our big tie dye blanket. And, as we waited for the movie to begin, we sat and watched as the other children ran around and played ball. Laughing and loving on life. Proud daddies showing their littles how to catch and throw. Proudly clapping as they made that last catch. Happy Father's day to all you special daddies. And, of course, especially to ours.

During the night, I lay resting within Josh's right arm. Ashton sprawled out on top of me as Josie slept peacefully on daddy's left shoulder. I looked up and thought this was it. That moment of all moments that I want to remember above all else. My whole life. My whole world. Sitting quietly under that blanket of a star filled sky. Heaven at it's best.

It may have been Daddy's special day but I was feeling pretty darn special too.

In the meantime, it's been raining often... but that never stops us from enjoying our day.
We live for those rainy days. Any one care to dance?

It may be rainy outside but in here, our hearts are smiling.

Goodnight world. xoxo, Jessica

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Beginning with play dough...

Tonight I begin with our favorite play dough recipe. -8 months in the making! (Seen here and here.)

Ingredients needed:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons cream of tarter
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1/4 cup salt
- food coloring

1. Combine all ingredients (except food coloring) in a medium-sized saucepan. (-I combined them first in a bowl so Teddy could mix and stir).

2. Stir over medium heat until smooth.
3. Stir continuously until the dough balls (about 1-2 minutes). Remove from heat.
4. When dough is cool enough to handle, knead until smooth.

5. Form into a ball.
6. Divide into as many colors as you'd like to make.

7. Add food coloring to the divided dough.
8. Knead the food coloring into the dough. When the dough is a consistent color, ball and set aside.
9. Store in an airtight container until ready to use. It will stay soft for several weeks if stored airtight.
10. Play!

Ah, yes. Life has been filled with sweet play dough makings and watercolor paints lately.

Oh, and I'm quite sure Ashton has found his future wife.

Her name is Sadie and she enjoys Cheddar Bunnies and a nice stroll on crumb covered kitchen floors.

and, baby, he's in love.

In the meantime, my sister strolled in to town.

(Showing off her niece, josie and her granddaughter, jenna)
(if you are wondering what's the deal with the bandage... my niece, Amber, was in a car accident. Thank the Lord every one is o.k.!)

Saturday afternoon, we all met up at "moo and matts."

my handsome nephew, Ryan

even Faisal stopped by!

And, for my favorite picture yet... Here we are resting on a Sunday night after a long, happy weekend.
it doesn't get much better than this.

And, here it goes... my heart melting again...
I love watching him with her. Their bond is so special. Baby girl, you are loved.

A schedule change at Josh's work led him to have Monday off as well. So, what better way to spend a beautiful day than having a bbq at the Falls!
we played like it was nobody's business. It was truly something special watching Ashton in awe of his big cousin. His eyes lit up and his feet began to dance just at the sight of him. Life was made for moments like these.
And, watching my sister love on her niece and nephew. -She loves them so good!

sometimes pictures can speak for themselves
With the gentle, rushing sounds of the water falling before us... Josie rest her head against my chest and would quietly listen. And then, she closed her eyes.

Listening to God's beautiful lullaby to my baby girl. One of the sweetest songs I've ever heard.

We even found joy in the parking lot
this is one of his favorite things to do in the whole world.I love barefooted babies! (she still curls her sweet little toes like a newborn!)

Daddy is a rockstar!

We decided to stop for ice cream on the way home.
Sweet, sticky messes to end a flawless summery day.

And, there you have it! Another weekend filled with memories that we will store deep within our hearts.

"Where there is love there is life."
Mohandas K. Gandhi