Monday, February 27, 2012

Folsom Zoo

We went to the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary on Friday. Its a little zoo with rescued animals mostly and it doesn't cost very much to get in ($11 for all of us). It was the perfect mid-morning excursion on our last day off of school for the week. The weather couldn't have been more enjoyable and the animals seemed to be out and spunky.

Here are my three bear cubs. One, not tall enough to quite reach the hole and the youngest too busy eating to stick his head through.

The Tiger had just woken up and was just starting to walk around and investigate for the morning. What a beautiful tiger this one was. Michael kept signing and saying tiger, tiger tiger. He didn't quite understand why he couldn't pet the tiger. Penny was a little nervous and wanted Michael back in the stroller to make sure he didn't get eaten.

I must look extra plump and delicious.

Seriously, after I took this picture Penny told me that was enough and to get Michael back in the stoller so he didn't get eaten. I assured her that the tiger could not get out of his fence.

There really wasn't much between us and the tiger though, in all honesty.

Signing Tiger (which for him is a cross between tiger and cat)

There were tons of deer grazing in one area. They weren't caged, but had a whole hillside to roam around on (the hillside was caged). Penny wanted to know if we could have a deer for a pet. I had to explain that that was why some of these deer were here actually, because people tried to keep them as pets and you aren't allowed to do that so the zoo then has to take them and give them a home because they can't be in the wild once they are not afraid of humans.

My pretty little bear cub


My oldest, goofiest, bear cub.
We seriously hit all the exhibits at the perfect time. This big black bear was sitting in his cave (the opening faced us) just starting to stretch and open his eyes. He then meandered out and sniffed around. He was quite massive though this picture makes him look rather small. Dominic was impressed.

Dominic and my favorite animal, by far, was the peacocks. They make a horrible noise but they are so beautiful! There were probably close to 40-50 peacocks around the whole zoo, some just wandering about the grounds and some wandering about the cages. Some of the most amazing colors we've ever soon. Dominic was dying to have a peacock feather, just one!

There was a man who had a small steam train and took people for rides outside the zoo. It was about a 6 minute ride and $2 per person. So we went. Each train ride that we saw had at least 25 people on it. You do the math.....thats a good chunk of change everyday. Dominic did the math and was astounded! The guy grosses probably about $2000-2500 a day for driving a stinking train around a track! Awesome.

Michael told me he was "so excited." That phrase right there was worth the $8 to ride the train.

The the conductor (we'll call him that) asked if he could take a picture of us and adjusted all the settings on my camera and took this amazingly crisp photo...WITH MY CAMERA. so awesome. Let it be known I'm just over 30 weeks pregnant in the photo. Woot woot! How in the world will my tummy stretch any further over the next 10 weeks.....we shall find out I think.



It was a great day and my kids both said that was their favorite zoo ever. Forget you SanDiego Zoo! You got nothing on Folsom! =)


I think I love the small zoo's better than the large ones anyways, you can usually see all that there is to see in less than 3 hours (including eating lunch). That's my kinda zoo.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Awesomeness

Sitting with my kids and playing the ipad has become one of the only ways I get to sit and relax sometimes. I'll take it. I love Michael's finger ready to go. He kept trying to use his right hand but would touch the wrong spot because the back of his hand would hit before his finger.

 
Daddy got a haircut and then Michael wanted one too. At least one of my boys is good at getting haircuts. He did better with the clippers that Dominic does. It wasn't a great haircut, I need to fix it badly, but its still pretty stinking cute. I left it longer on top and just cut the edges.

Okay, so one year one of my brothers (Spencer, I think?) got me some metal cups. I was so giddy about them because they reminded me of my grandparents homestead in Central, Alaska. The cups are aluminum and so they make your drink seem especially cold and when we pumped the water up from the well, it just tasted better in these cups. I have no idea what happened to the cups that he got me that year, they got lost in a move. I found some on ebay the other day and could not contain my excitement that they were the original ones from the 50's, not a remake. These are the same ones my grandparents had (though all of theirs were the red color) And, in perfect condition. I haven't drank from anything else this week and its tastes dreamy. Dominic has claimed the green one and Penny has claimed the gold one.

Any other Hirt kids feel a little twang of nostalgia seeing these?

Michael loves to play with whatever his siblings play with......including Polly Pockets. Its cute to hear the dialogue that comes with it. "Be careful Polly Pockets, That hurt me Polly Pockets, Good job jumping Snow White, Hold the Kitty Polly Pocket."

Sean told him he couldn't dump them out and so he rummaged for a while through the box looking for something in particular. He didn't find it. He turned around and looked at Sean with big puppy dog eyes and said, "I dump it out please." and waited for a response. Who could say no to that?

A guy at the zoo on Friday held my camera and changed some settings on it. Its a decent camera but I don't know how to use the settings and so it only takes okay pictures.....except that he changed the settings and now it seems to take amazing pictures. =) It took him all of 15 seconds. He offers photography, getting to know your camera, classes for $20. I might look into it. Look at the detail in those eyelashes? Everything just looks so crisp now.

Penny has been loving her new legos. I found a staircase and a few other cute "house" gadgets on ebay the other day and Penny has been loving them. She loves legos just as much as Dominic. And, suprisingly, Michael gets his lego groove on too. He can put them together and only needs a little help getting them just right sometimes. His favorites are the people. He can take the people apart and then puts them back together. So fun.

Kiddos playing legos.

Choosing a book out for bedtime is a big deal. It usually takes her a few minutes to decide.

Here's a video of Michael playing late one night. He gook a late nap and had all kinds of energy to sustain him till 11:30pm. I love this time with him (because its not often its just Sean and I with only one kid) and he really enjoys the one on one attention. He was playing and singing "Its raining, Its Pouring" and "Choose the Right" intermingled with other jibberish. I love this little talker, he has so much funny things to say. Towards the end I ask him where my baby went, meaning him...Michael. Sadly, he looked at my tummy because to him the baby is in my tummy and he's big stuff now. Noooo! I want him to be my baby still. Love him.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bionicles

This year has been a great year to get away from the "latest and greatest" toy on the market. We aren't surrounded by other kids all week (and we don't watch TV commercials) so Dominic and Penny really haven't been exposed to the latest trend. Its been kinda nice in that our OLD toys have been rediscovered. Dominic has really enjoyed his bionicles again this year. We've had these since he was 6ish and he played with them a lot the first year, but then the last 2 years they have just been in one big box collecting dust. I debated selling them at one point but I decided to keep them a little longer and see if he'd get back to them. Well, this has been the year! Legos and Bionicles have given us hours upon hours of playtime again this year. These are just toys that keep on giving.

I love it when his friends come over and they don't ask to play video games, they ask to get out the bionicles. We really do have quite the assortment and they have made some really neat concoctions. They usually want me to judge the best ones but its so hard! They are all very creative.

This particular one was one they made together. Austin and Davis did the legs and torso and tail. Dominic did the upper body, arms and head. Mean and lean!

Wouldn't want to mess with this guy, thats for sure.

These toys, like legos, are pricey....but they are worth every stinking penny and will be saved for grandkids someday. Assuming we still play with toys by that day and age.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Michael videos

Just sharing some cute videos from this last week. He loves our HIRT family book (thank you mom and Eva). Usually his favorite page is Micah and Juwie but lately he's been picking a different favorite each time. Do you feel the love Vance? He's learning how to whisper when we look at it at church but sometimes can't contain his excitement to see all these amazing people!






He also loves to be throw on the bed but likes us to wait until he gets to 100. Quite funny.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Penny reading

She is super silly and kept skipping pages (and thought it was the funnest thing in the world). She starts out saying the title and then making up the gillustrators name (illustrator). 
I love her

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dominic

I couldn't help myself and scared the bejeebers out of Dominic yesterday.







Also wanted to share his guitar playing skills. I'm so proud of him. He's really making great strides and I love having the music in our home.



Updates

Penny and Michael LOVE the cheerios book. Michael will often pull it out of the book bin and ask for cheerios in a panic (even if he's just eaten breakfast).
There's just one drawback with this book at our house...

You might  not want your kids to read this book when they come over.....its been slobbered on a few times over. Makes me laugh.

Lately, any time we get the vacuum out and start vacuuming, Michael drops whatever it is he's doing and gets our pretend vacuum out, turns it on and begins his chores as well. I wish that this childs vacuum actual did a job and wasn't just a toy. How wonderful would that be to have it just pick up small crumbs....nothing major, just a few crumbs here and there. *sigh* Is it really too much to ask since its already making noise when it gets turned on?

Ice cream cones are Michaels ultimate favorite. Except he always needs a bath when he's done because he makes the biggest mess.......it even gets in his hair.

But see? It was balanced with a good dinner of veggie salad and fettuccini alfredo and water and rice milk. I love this face.

We got a real treat the other day when a friend called and asked if we could babysit at the last minute as a doctors appointment had got changed at the last minute. She asked if she could bring their 2 month old also......I laughed and said, "uh, are you kidding me? Do you really have to ask me that? YES, please!" He's absolutely dreamy and adorable and my kids and I could not get enough of him. I didn't even mind that he had a poopy diaper, it just gave me an excuse to get him out of the carseat.

Penny and Michael would not leave his side at first. Michael was just as fascinated with the buckles that were holding him in, but he was absolutely smitten by this little baby. He kept saying, "awww cute baby."  Penny was dying to hold him so after he was changed, I let her.


Somebody is ready for their sibling to hurry up and get here. She talked to my tummy all the time. All 3 of the kids love to feel our baby kick my tummy....this was a real treat for us to get to babysit such a new and cute little guy.
Dominic finished his schoolwork and then came and played too. He loves babies and thought this one was especially cute.

I came around the corner and found them nose to nose, but he moved before I could get a picture and then just didn't want to re-pose. Dominic loves babies.

1.5 hours was just not long enough.

Michael loves to FLY on my feet. He was laughing so hard this time that it made him drool! He is super ticklish.

Again, I love his cheese face.

Ta-DA!




So I feel completely lame and funny to admit this, but my two youngest have barely ever even seen the snow. In fact, I think this was Michaels first time touching real, sky made snow (we touched some man made snow at a park that was more like shaved ice than snow). I was driving home after dropping Dominic off at Blue Oak (he goes in to help his 2nd grade teacher every Thursday morning in the classroom) and less than a block from my driveway was a bunch of chunks of snow that looked like they had slid off someone's truck or something. There is snow about 45 minutes from us so obviously someone was visiting the dentist from up the hill.......anyways. I stopped the car, got out, picked up a big chunk and put it on Penny's lap to take home and play with on the driveway.

These two were more than thrilled, but only lasted about 5 minutes before they were both shivering (it was about 40 degrees out that morning) and wanted to come inside to the nice warm fire.

I felt a great deal of satisfaction all day knowing my kids had (don't laugh) played in the snow.......           sounds pathetic, but its true. =)

I think we're going to schedule a sledding trip within the next few weeks

Penny's drawing have blossomed over the last few weeks. I love this picture of Daddy playing the guitar.

We rarely watch full length movies at our house just because the weather has been so nice and there is always so much to do.....but I was dog tired this night and so it just fit the bill. These two stayed snuggled up on the beanbag watching Jungle Book 2 (a great movie by the way) while Dominic spread out over the whole couch. What a dreamy relaxing night.

So we've been up to a lot lately but I feel like we just post our lazy pictures.....here are some actual updates:


Dominic almost 10- is doing great with guitar lessons They are only once a week and he has been going for 5 weeks. Its amazing what a little coaching and professional instruction can do to help steer in the right direction. He still really enjoys home school and though we said we wouldn't decide what was in store for next year until the year was up....he's already convinced that he wants to do another year of home school. He just finished his 4th grade math curriculum and is trucking away at the 5th grade math. We are using an online program this semester (ALEKS MATH) and he is really getting it and getting it fast! He loves scouts and is almost done with his BEAR. The kid reads like a maniac. He recently read Holes and The Tale Of Despareaux and really enjoyed them and the fact that they both had movies made about them that we watched when he was done. He started playing city league Basketball for the first time this year and absolutely loves it. He's a natural and at his last game scored 5 points. I find it really fun to watch. He continues to be a great brother and helper around the house. His mature nature with his siblings is amazing given that there is 5.5 years between he and Penny. He absolutely adores his 2 younger siblings and can't stop talking about the funny things they do each day. He has recently taken on teaching Penny how to build with bionicles. He is just as proud as she is when she creates something new. I love how encouraging he is. He had probably grown at total of 4 inches this school year. It seems absolutely impossible to keep pants that are long enough on this him. He is a good friend and I love our late night chats after Penny falls asleep reading with me. On a less pretty note, Dominic's ability to find something when given verbal directions to where it is is absolutely horrible (not completely uncommon for a 9 year old is it?), but he's figured out some skills to help him be better at it and its slowly improving. I've also figured out that instead of getting angry when he can't find something that I've given him very clear directions to (and when it is actually where I said it was) that I just give him a extra chore once I show him that it was in fact there. This has made him re-asses and make sure that he's following the directions that I've stated before he gives up and has me come look. He argues with Dad and I about things that he doesn't know or understand and has recently had a breakthrough in realizing that when we insist we know something and he disagrees that he's been wrong 98% of the time. He's learning how to swallow that humble pie graciously and be teachable instead of stubborn and argumentative. I'm learning how to re-direct his thinking in a way that doesn't shame him or pounce on his critical thinking skills.


Penny 4.5 -is a silly goof. No seriously. The girl is silly. Lately she loves to trick us into thinking she's done something when she hasn't. She'll hide behind the couch and say she hasn't got dressed for the day, when she in fact has....and finds it completely and utterly amusing when we "fall for it" *wink wink*. She's usually pretty obvious. She loves to lock her car door right before we try to open it for her. She literally laughs hysterically every. single. time.  Never gets old right Sean? One of her biggest accomplishments as of late is that she has learned to read. And read well! We've been using the "read, build, write" board that I found a month or so ago and she absolutely loves it. It gives her the confidence she needs to know the words when we actually get to the book. We do the board during the day and then read the book at bedtime. Some of the books she is reading look quite hard but she breezes through them. She's on level 2 books for the most part and those are keeping her plenty busy. Her reward for getting ready for bed without me nagging her, is reading. I love it when books are a reward! She's also doing great with math and can tell you many basic math functions. Ipad Games/apps have been a great tool for building these skills. Penny loves to hear her brother play the guitar. She is enamored by anything he does and says she would like to learn guitar too. We'll see what she actually wants to do when she starts kindergarten (in 1.5 years!). Santa bought her a lego set for Christmas (with pink legos) and she's completely hooked. Its fun to see her create things. She even lets Michael smash them without complaint and often says, "its okay, I can rebuild it." Lately she has been a stinker when it comes to playing being Dominic's idea. She likes to play when it is her idea but if it is Dominic's idea she squeals at him and finds every reason why something isn't funny or why she can't play with him. I'm having a hard time knowing how to handle the situation but with trial and error we're making progress. I've found if I stop what I'm doing and join in the fun to get it started, they are more likely to be able to continue playing after I stop rather than insisting that they should just be able to play without fighting. She's slow to eat and the magic wand of the chore chart wore off after only 2 weeks and we're back to 1 hour dinners. I've learned to just hand off the batton to Sean when I get too frustrated as I think spoon feeding my 4 year old is not helping solve the actual problem. Her stool problems seem to have diminished. She's been constipated for over 6 months and we've tried many things! Angry mom was the most ineffective method (just in case you were wondering) and the most effective method has just been to increase water intake and ask for obedience (Miralax only covered up the problem but didn't fix it). When I ask her to go sit on the toilet for a while...we have gotten to the point that she will obey and go sit and eventually, she poops! They are getting to be smaller as the weeks go by and this past week, she had a BM every day (instead of every 3 days) so something is working. She been praying at night that Heavenly Father will help her pull-up be dry in the mornings. That's our next potty milestone!


Michael 22 months -continues to be an absolute dream toddler. I seriously didn't think they got better than Penny until Michael came along. He is always happy, with only an occasional tantrum. His tantrum is usually because he needs a nap, which he proceeds to take for 3-5 hours. Today his nap was 5.5 hours long (he was kinda under the weather BUT STILL!). He sleeps 12 hours at night so its not like he's under sleeping in the off hours. No wonder his waking hours are pleasant! He soaks up everything around him and can talk in full sentences. Its not the talking that we have problems with around here, its the being quite. He can sing more songs than I can count and our favorite thing to do is try to figure out what he's singing (cuz its usually only in bits and pieces). He loves babies. He loves legos (and can put them together). He loves animal books and I recently discovered that those are not good books for church as he doesn't know how to whisper animal noises. Its kinda tricky. He loves to color and giggles with glee when he makes a recognizable shape or letter. He can tell you all his letters of the alphabet and recognizes them too. He can count to 16 and then goes to 70, 80, 90, 100! He loves the ipad and we've found many apps for toddlers that he can actually do. He has learned more than 15 shapes because of ipad games and can recognize colors and letters too. His favorite ipad games are fruit ninja and angry birds though. He thinks he can jump, but this white boy cannot get his two feet off the ground at the same time. Its cute to see him try though. He cheers his siblings on in everything they do and is such an encourager. We've taught him how to wait his turn by cheering the person on while he waits and its fun to see his encouraging nature come out in other ways too. He loves people and has to call them by name, "Hi Dabid. Hi Cafrine" Daddy is his favorite and he pretends all day long to talk to him on the phone. If he really wants him, he goes and looks in the garage because that is where he usually finds him. I often have to sing him "I'm so glad when Daddy comes home" as his lullaby to get him sleepy. I'm not sure how I'm going to ween him off a bottle or his pacifier (plug). Penny never used a bottle and she was done with the plug by 18 months. He only really has it for bedtime or if he gets hurt..... and he's so sweet the rest of the day that does he really have to be done with it? I suppose when the time comes I'll know, I hope. He is a good eater but won't stay sit down in his high chair, we've given up trying to make him. I have no idea where the seat belt for it went. He loves to play with rice and beans and because of that he has really learned how to pour and mix...which has led to him loving to help me cook in the kitchen. He loves his gymnastics class though we took him out for the next couple of months. He heard us talking about it the other day and came running into the kitchen saying "go gymnastics go gymnastics" I might have to put him back in (I took him out because I took Penny out because she wanted to do PGY instead and he was really only it in because it was at the same times as hers and it wasn't as torturous to be there if he had a class to join). He loves to do pullups. His latest obsession is giving knuckles. We all sit around and talk about all the funny things he says and does while he's napping and then fight over who gets to go and get him out of his crib. He's so very under loved around here.


Baby #4  30 weeks gestation- Growing great! At our first ultrasound they found some placental lakes which are pools of blood on/in the placenta. These happened to be right around the cord insertion which can often lead to decreased nourishment to the baby (not enough nutrients are able to pass through the umbilical cord if there is a pool of blood blocking the process). They ordered a second ultrasound to track the baby's growth and since I wasn't having any other signs or symptoms that come along with this type of condition, I really wasn't worried in the least. And 2nd ultrasound concluded that baby is continuing to grow at a normal rate so the placental pools are completely benign and will most likely continue to be. When this condition is a problem it becomes an issue of at what point is the baby more at risk being in the womb than out of the womb. But, since the baby is growing fine, they will continue to assume the baby is at no risk. She/he is very active and we all love to feel those kicks and rolls. Even Michael knows that there is a baby in mommy's tummy and apologizes when he forgets (and jumps on me or pokes at me) and wraps his arms around my tummy and says he's sorry to the baby. We've picked out a girl name but have yet to find that perfect boy name. Boy names have always been the hardest for us. Though we'll welcome this baby's arrival when she/he is ready to, we're hoping that the timing will be closer to the due date rather than early as in times past as my sister is getting married only 2 weeks before. I had to take that awful glucose tolerance test and this time instead of a 1 hour test, they have changed the national standards and it is now a 2 hour test. Lame. I was so close to not taking it because I don't feel any different than my last pregnancies and felt it an unnecessary precaution with my history. But, I had a window of time where Sean's mom was in town and I could make it work and so I did it anyways. Baby #4, if there was any indication that I didn't already love you, it was all washed away with 75 grams of (room temperature) lemon lime flavored sugar syrup, 3 blood draws and 2 hours in a waiting room. We all love you so much and can't wait to meet you.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day!

We had an awesome Valentine's Day this year. Mostly because I just put a lot more effort into it than I normally do. Valentine's day is one of those holidays that you either love or hate (I've noticed) and I've always loved it but in years past I didn't know why I love it or how to show that in real ways. I was never pampered on Valentines day in grade school and in fact I don't think I ever had a steady boyfriend on any Valentines day until I got was engaged so its not like I love it because I've always been really spoiled on this day. I haven't had a true Valentines for more years of my life than I have.

So, this year I gave it some thought and figured out that I love it because it is fun to make the day extra special for someone you care about. Unlike the argument that you should do that every day of the year, why do you need a holiday to show that? Much like Christmas or Easter are celebrations of Jesus Christ and his birth and resurrection. I am thankful for Christ every day, the whole year long. But, at Christmas and Easter, I get to let those feelings shine brighter than any other day of the year.....I get to really dig deep to understand my Savior better. I use symbols in the form of decorations, color and music to find a deeper meaning. I feel this way about Valentines Day. I appreciate my husband, my kids and my family and friends on Valentines Day a little more than normal because I'm reflecting on why I love them so much, why they are an important part of my life. I use the colors, symbols and decorations to create a visual reminder or those feelings.This year I finally was able to understand why I love Valentines Day, and why I always have.

Because I tried to figure out why I like this holiday, I was able to find cute ideas (thank you pinterest) of how to make it a special day for the ones I love so that they could see how I notice their presence in my life.

I made a special breakfast of sunshine and heart filled toast and eggs.
Strawberries cut into hearts and pink yogurt to dip in
chocolates
some heart paper that Dad and I wrote letters on in white crayon and they painted them to see the message.

The kids said it was the best breakfast ever. My only wish was that my Valentine wasn't working and could have enjoyed it with us. He left me some beautiful roses and bought me the most perfect glass looking (but not glass, because who wants glass pitchers for lemonade that your kids help you make) pitcher for when we make lemonade...which is often. It was a great start to the morning. 

Dominic only ate 2 of the chocolates out of his box and was going to save the other 3 for later and left it on the kitchen table.....only for Michael to find 10 minutes later and consume all of them. I love that Dominic just laughed and called him a stinker. We both snickered at the thought of Michael coming across another box of chocolates and helping himself.


I ate half of every chocolate in his box......What?! I had to make sure they were edible!

He liked dipping the strawberries in yogurt. He says "straw-duh-berries" and we all love it so much we can't correct him. He loves his straw-duh-berries.

This princess was all smiles with her craft and breakfast.

I have never been the mom to do my daughters hair all extra special for holidays. I mean, I make it look nice and stuff, but not something all matchy-matchy to the holiday. This was quite fun and she loved it. See the hearts? Another way to let her feel special.



Beautiful girler. She looks so grown up in this picture!

I organized a Home school Valentines Day Party with our friends. This was something I didn't want Dominic to miss out on just because we are homeschooling. I loved doing valentines every year as a kid (I would even glue all the valentines I received from classmates into my journal), and I didn't want him to miss it this year and he was pretty stoked to still be celebrating. I'm so happy that we had enough friends to do a big party....and even more happy that my friend Lisa was okay with hosting it! We had a potluck lunch and then handed out valentines. There were 25 kids to make Valentines for and over 35 people in attendance at the party It was a beautiful day outside and we never even got to the craft. The kids had plenty of fun on the swings and trampoline outside.

We lined up a bunch of paper bags with the kids names on them and then each kid, assembly line style, handed out their valentines and the kids got to go through their loot when done. Michael went straight for the suckers in his bag. 

I heard one kid ask if there was dessert......"Its in your bag." Was my response. hee hee.

What a fun 3 hours it was! I loved all the time to talk inside (and out) about anything and everything. A lot of it was about homeschool, but a lot of it was just about life too. Its so nice to get a reprieve from the everyday routine of homeschooling and get to socialize with other adult mom's who are doing the same thing. It was, as I kept saying the rest of the day, so refreshing for me!

I love these two little buds.

Michael's valentines that he *ahem* I made.

We also made Valentines for our grandparents and put them in the mail. They were the kids handprints, cut out of construction paper and then attached to a string to show how long their arms were. Since we live far away from many of their grandparents and great grandparents, we were able to send them a hug from each child. Oh, those were fun, I just forgot to take a picture. We took some to G-Gma Matteson the day of and she wore them around her neck all day long! It was cute.



So, there you have it. I love Valentines Day. Its a popular day to say is stupid... but this year....I decided which side of the fence I was on and am sticking to it.

And in case my Valentine ever reads this, I love you more than anything. Sean is an amazing father and husband. He is not perfect and neither am I, but we balance each other perfectly. He is able to get me to loosen up in ways that I need to.... and I am able to get him to be serious in ways that he needs to. He's humble, kind and gentle. I love it when his big, strong hands play with my hair or face. I feel so protected and loved by his hands. They would do anything to keep me safe and happy. And he can turn an absolutely delicate moment into a fit of laughter in the blink of an eye. For instance, the other day he was walking by me as I was resting in a chair and his hand rested on my cheek for a second..... He then proclaimed, "I would never beat you to death and then stuff you into a trunk." (we'd just been discussing a recent news story about a sick, sick man who did this)  Thanks sweety, I always wondered....now I know. Phew! There was a tender moment for just a split second until he opened his mouth. I take what I can get. I try my best to be the best for him. When we first got married, I never made the bed....EVER. Until one day he mentioned that he likes a made bed. So I changed...and started making the bed (because I'm always up hours after he is, not because he can't). I came to realize that I too, like a nicely made bed. I have tried to set standards for our home and many of them were very different than he was used to and though he resisted at first to some of them, he quickly came around because he knew it was right. Years later he has thanked me for setting the bar high. I love his humble nature. Neither one of us likes to be wrong, but Sean has taught me that its okay to admit it and still feel like a strong, confident person. Its not always right away, but with Sean... it is always. He has taught me that by example..... though I'm sure if you asked him, those opportunities that he has been able to be the example are few and far between (he's rarely wrong right?)....... I didn't know I needed that, but now that I have him, I can see how important it is. I love him. We are team mates. It's just Sean, myself and Jesus Christ. He's the perfect father for my family and the perfect Valentine for me.
Here's to eternity!

Happy Valentines Day!