Thursday, June 30, 2011

something borrowed

Since I've now been MIA in the middle of no-man's-land for three days, I'm starting to get a little lazy... so here's a post I borrowed from Sari, mostly so I have a copy of it to keep forever and ever.

"9 years of teaching that is!
It wasn't a bad year ... or a really great year. It was a fine year and I gladly take that! I have a really great job. I am a lucky girl. One of the best parts of my job are the people I work with.Three years ago Ruth was my student teacher. We hit it off from the get go. She was a LIFE SAVER! I had a tough year and don't know how I would have done it without her. We were SO lucky to have her join us as a full time teacher the following year. Ruth quickly became a dear friend. I can't think of much that I have not talked to Ruth about.We have run races together (Race for Red and just last week the UV half) {She is an amazing runner!} She was part of my PC team last summer. We do Bountiful Baskets together. We chat, and discuss everything when it comes to students and teaching. Why the tribute? Ruth is leaving me. She gets to be a stay at home mom. I knew it was coming, but that has not made it any easier. I will miss her more than words can say. I am so grateful for my dear friend and all that she has done for me!Ruth, Sari, Lacy
Halloween 2010

While I will miss her I am also really excited for this new chapter in her life."

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Stay At Home Dad

It's not really a big secret that Mr. D's been the SAHD during the past schoolyear. We really lucked out that my work schedule was early enough that I could run home and spend about an hour with Mr. D before I took over Baby D time and he would leave to work BYU athletic events.
 I was originally going to post this on father's day, but thought it needed a separate post altogether. Mr. D has really been incredible over the last 9-ish months to be not just able but willing to stay at home during the day so that I could continue work at my dream job.
 After the initial shock of the first month of school wore off, I was second guessing myself in the whole going-back-to-work bit. I missed Baby D SO much!! And the thought of him favoring Mr. D over me or me missing some milestone was almost enough for me to quit working...
 Mr. D certainly kept me going. Reminding me of the wonderful opportunity to work a job that I had been wanting for so long. The awesomesauce insurance that covered us. I was helping add money to our savings to get Baby D into a home someday. How close it was from work to home that I could come home for lunch everyday (and I did!).
 But most of all, he showed me what a good father he was. His patience with Baby D, his unfeigned love for the goofiest of goobers (even when his sleeping AND eating AND pooping was all out of whack), and his overall awesomeness in raising our boy over those 10 months is something I will never forget.
 So let it be known. Baby D has the best dad in the world. Period.
When I have told some people about our "arrangement" I am shocked at some of the reactions-- that he is "too lazy to get a full time job" or a number of extremely hurtful things. Mr. D works harder than any man I have ever know. And how many fathers do you know who would be willing to come home from work after midnight on most days (and sometimes as late as 2 or 3 in the morning), and then have to take care of a baby all day starting at about 7am?
I will forever be grateful for Mr. D and his love for Baby D and I. Over the last year, he never allowed me to feel guilty about working, or falling behind on the household stuff, or freaking out because I felt (numerous times) like I was being a "bad mom" in some way, shape, or form.
He is my number one support and the best example to me of a stay at home parent.
He is always with a smile on his face and I definitely credit him to being the reason our Baby D is so happy "all the time", as Granny puts it.
Hopefully, even though Baby D is still so young, this will be an experience that Mr. D will cherish forever. Because I already do.

Monday, June 27, 2011

What I'm Making Monday: another colorful meal and muddy buddies

I leave for Girl's Camp tomorrow. Not to worry. I have a slew of posts lined up for your enjoyment.
But you will have to excuse the lameness of today's making... I am too busy madly packing and worrying about getting eaten by bears at the moment.
 Mmm oven roasted broc with olive oil, (homemade bread crusted) oven baked chicken and fusili.
Oh then SOMEONE had to make a puppychow/muddy buddies post on Sunday, so you know I was craving it all day and finally caved and made it at 10 o clock at night. But seriously. So good.
And if I don't post by Saturday.. you know the bears got the best of me.
Anna. you get my garmin.
Surah. you get my macbook.
You can fight over the rest.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

you can't run away from motherhood

but it won't hurt to try. And yesterday, it kinda felt good to try.
The last 24-ish hours have been a little bit like this:
 And this
 and a whole lotta this:
Yup, total crankypants. It was exhausting... thankfully Mr. D let me sleep in till almost 1pm (unheard of!) yesterday and then took Baby D to the pool while I got a run in. At 2:30pm. 
It was about 90 degrees and I ran out of water at mile 4. I DO not recommend running in that kind of heat. I was super sick afterwards but extremely grateful to Mr. D for being such a good hubby... he knows I go crazysauce when I don't get my workout in. Oh and then he let me go out for a (much needed) girl's night as well. Don't worry there will be a post dedicated to his awesomeness soon enough.

Even though I slathered on the sunscreen and did everything I could to prepare (full water bottle, shot blocks, etc), I am definitely repenting of my midday-running ways. Never again will I go on a midday run in the middle of June. I am more than happy to resume my 6am runs, if only I can get Baby D to work some sort of obedience to the sleep learning the house rule that nobody wakes up before 5am.
From probably one of my all time favorite books:
“For an overstressed, overtired, overextended mother there are few other sensations that rival a delicious run. Once the sweat starts running down my temples, I daydream, analyze, smile, wonder, channeling something cosmic. I feel alive, and most importantly, like myself again.”
If you have never read "Run like a Mother", and are a running mom, GO DO IT NOW.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

happy wedding day!!

I love weddings. There were two weddings today I WISH I could have been at...but after Monster Baby D's no-nap-tantrum this afternoon, I'm relieved we didn't make the trip(s). 
Happy Wedding Day to Kyler and Sarah in Cali!!
 And Laura and Jordan in D.C... because we all know how much Baby D loves his Laura!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

regalitos y mas tiempo a la piscina

My lovely mother got Baby D a package of 4th of July garb for fun yesterday...
Here's how present opening in the car went:
shaking the package...
 tearing it open... (okay, so I had to do that for him)
 pulling out the merchandise...
 making sure to collect it all...
 confusion as to why Mama Astrid would let the swim trunks still be attatched to the shirt...? 
(she has this thing with taking off ALL tags off EVERYthing she buys us)
Then commences the excited shaking of said merchandise.
So excited for new presents :) Thanks Mama Astrid!!
Wednesday was simply the perfect pool day. So of course I had to take pictures.
 Want hair like Baby D?? The secret is not hair gel...but Sunscreen. :) Lots of it!
Happy Friday!
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