Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter (and a Lawn Mower Accident)

Today we celebrated Easter at home. Last week Erik had a little run-in with a lawn mower...he chopped off the end of his big toe when he tripped and fell while mowing the lawn. The mower blade ate through his shoe, his sock, and proceeded to chip and fracture the bone. The doctors are calling it an open fracture...the wound above the break can not be closed so Erik has to keep it bandaged and elevated until it's healed over. It's likely he'll be off work for at least a month, maybe two. This morning he tried to get up so we could perhaps go to church. After about 20 minutes he had to put his foot back up because it was too painful for him to have it down.

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I had this lengthy list of projects that Erik and I were going to accomplish before Avery's birthday in June. The best laid plans, or something like that, right? Yesterday I went out and replanted some daylilies, did Erik's annual blueberry bush feeding, weeded the flower beds, planted strawberries, and transferred dirt around our fruit trees. Tomorrow after work I need to mow (yikes!) and get the garden soil ready for planting. Most of these things we enjoy working on together, and it's easy to see how much better we are as a team. As for Erik, let's just say he's not one to sit around. In fact doing nothing is basically just a form of torture. He wouldn't even care about the pain as long as he was able to do something, build something, plant something...heck, he'd probably give anything to go out and mow the lawn again. 

Well anyway, back to today. It's Easter and I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the blessings I've been given. Like my wonderful, loving husband (who's accident could have been so much worse, but luckily it wasn't). And for our sweet, beautiful little girl who never ceases to amaze us. Watching her grow has been the greatest joy of our lives. Blessings so vast, so endless that there would be no way to write them all here. Instead I'll post a couple of Easter photos so I'll always remember how happy Avery was dying eggs with her dad. And how we listened to the Frozen soundtrack on repeat all day while Avery dramatically and passionately sang along.

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Like I said, endless blessings.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Break: Ocean Shores, Olympia, Tacoma (and a Baby Shower)

Last week was spring break. Erik ended up getting the week off so we quickly made plans to head to the beach for a couple of days. We decided to stay in Ocean Shores because it had been a long time since either of us had been there. (The last time we were in Ocean Shores was in middle school. Remember this post about a necklace that Erik bought for me when he was in 6th grade? That happened in Ocean Shores.) It hasn't changed much since the early 90's...in fact, it hasn't changed AT ALL. What a sleepy little coastal town it is, but the beach was beautiful and the sun even came out for our little seaside get-a-way. (Also, Erik found a necklace in one of the gift shops just like the one he bought for me back in middle school and proudly pointed it out with a wink.)

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From Ocean Shores we headed east to Tacoma to stay with my brother and his family. My sister-in-law's baby shower was on Saturday, so we decided to stay with them for a few days since I was planning on going up there anyway and Erik had the week off. On our way out of Ocean Shores Erik asked if I wanted to stop in Olympia to show Avery the capitol. Erik's great-grandpa helped build the capitol back in the 1920's, and it was nice to show Avery a little piece of family (and Washington State) history. It was warm and sunny, the tulips and cherry blossoms were blooming, and the capitol was quiet. The perfect spring day for exploring with my favorite people.

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We spent the rest of our Spring-Break-Tour-of-Western-Washington in Tacoma, hanging out with my brother [Kody], his wife [Emily], and our sweet little girls. We played tourists in downtown Tacoma and stopped by the glass bridge, then my mom and sister joined us and Kody and Erik made naan and kabobs on the grill for dinner. There was also a cheating incident during a rousing game of Uno Attack, but we won't get into that (I won despite Erik and Kody's desperate attempts to fix the scoring). There was also a cheating incident during Bezzerwizzer. Basically my brother is a giant cheater. 

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(Just a blue-eyed girl, waiting patiently for dinner.)

The week ended with a beautiful baby shower brunch for Emily and baby girl #2. (Can I just say that I love it when people have babies who aren't me.)

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Needless to say it was a pretty great week.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Avery and The Tooth Fairy

On Sunday morning at seven o'clock we woke up to Avery excitedly shouting that she'd lost her first tooth. Finding out last month that her tooth was loose made me really sad. Her sweet little baby tooth was loose. However by Saturday night I was ready for it to fall out. That tooth had been hanging on by a thread for two days, and Avery adamantly refused to let us pull it out. But that didn't stop her from preparing for the eventual tooth loss by writing a stern note to the Tooth Fairy that read "First tooth, Tooth Fairy. Don't take my tooth." She drew some nice pictures to go with it, but the message was clear: Avery wasn't giving up her first tooth.

When it fell out she immediately felt bad about not wanting the Tooth Fairy to take it, so she went about setting up a "Fairy Village" to welcome the the Tooth Fairy when she arrived. Avery knew the Tooth Fairy would undoubtedly be disappointed that she'd come all that way to pick up a tooth that Avery had decided to keep. Her "Fairy Village" was pretty extensive (I mean, it was basically a peace offering...even a 5-year-old knows not to tick off a fairy who gives out money for baby teeth). The "Village" included two fairy figurines (Tinkerbell and Rosetta), La La Loopsy, Flynn Rider, a yellow frog, coins, furniture, a boat, Barbie hot dogs, pinecones, miniature plastic trees, and a "fairy swing" made out of a beaded bracelet hanging from her bedside lamp. Avery also laid out her notes and drawings, and then placed her tooth in her special Tooth Fairy box (a sweet gift from our good friends Sagen and Ronda).

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Of course the Tooth Fairy was cool about the whole thing and let Avery keep her first tooth (probably because Avery had been so thoughtful setting up the village, not to mention the welcoming committee of tiny toys, and hot dogs). The Tooth Fairy left Avery 4 quarters and a tiny note thanking her for setting up a place for her to rest her weary wings. Avery was so excited about receiving a note from the actual Tooth Fairy that she folded it up and placed it in her Tooth Fairy box along with her tooth, her 4 quarters, and a bottle cap (I don't really know what the bottle cap has to do with anything, except she thinks it's made out of real gold).

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The next day she got a special tooth award from her teacher at school, and she now has the slightest lisp, which could be the cutest thing ever. I just can't get enough of this kid. 

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