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Some of you may have noticed that I missed a very major milestone on this here blog. In defense, I often miss the big ones, because, well those are the ones that are paired with busy days.
My baby girl is growing up!
We camped in Moab, Utah for Maiya’s birthday. I would show you the pictures, but I just saw them myself today. I promise, I will post them, Moab was beautiful, and we had an awesome time. It might just take me a few months. 🙂
Maiya thinks that her birthday is in the desert, in Moab. I don’t know how we are going to top that next year!
We are moving back to Michigan at the end of June. We are constantly thinking about the future and what direction we want to be heading. We want to live a more simple life, close to family, lots of time spent enjoying nature. Taking the leap to Clint being a freelance illustrator has been the scariest hurdle. Moving back across the country with two young kids is the other thing that has been holding us back. So, what the hell, let’s do both! The logistics of making these things work are pretty daunting. To start, we are moving back in with my parents until we find a house. I am a total control freak. There are so many things right now that I don’t know the answer to. So many things that I can’t even try to figure out until we get back to Michigan. All of this feels to me like we are jumping off a very high cliff. Some days the anxiety is almost paralyzing. Thinking about the really big picture, I know that we are doing the right thing. It will work out. This is the right direction for our family. Thinking about everything that needs to get done to get there is very scary. Right now we just need to break it down into what needs to get done right now. Ok, what’s next? I am so thankful to have a strong husband who works so hard to take care of us. Also, our families our so loving and supportive. The older I get, the more I appreciate the value of family. No one can replace your family.
The past 3 1/2 years here have been an amazing journey. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We have grown as a family (in many ways-we are coming back with a daughter and a dog!). We have met some phenomenal people that are very dear to my heart. And we have had some life-changing experiences. This place can be other-worldly, but I miss water and humidity, and green, and deciduous trees and cider and donuts in the fall, and most of all-my family. It’s been fun Colorado, but its time for us to go home.
Yesterday I went out for a trail run and right after I left I got this text from Clint:
Maiya just said “look how cool mommy is”
Holy hell! I am going to treasure this moment like its the last drop of water in a desert because this girl as a teenager might just break me, but I will always have that ONE time when my daughter said I was cool without being forced to say it!
I’m the luckiest gal in this galaxy. I love my family more than anything. I had no idea this feeling existed before I became a Mom. It is such an overwhelming feeling that it often leaves me speechless. All I can say is Thank You to Clint, Mason, and Maiya. You made me the person I am today and you mean the world to me. All is right in the world as long as we are together.
I have been writing down soundbytes, but they haven’t been making it much further than my Field Notes lately. So here we go…
These were from a draft I saved a year ago. 🙂
Yesterday Maiya said “I love you so much, Daddy.”
Today she has been a broken record “Mommy, airport.”
I ask “Why? Don’t you love me?”
Her reply “No! Mommy airport!”
Clint(about 2 seconds ago): “I used to listen to this on mini-disc.
Clint:(halfway through reading the kids Sleeping Beauty) Are there different versions of Sleeping Beauty? The last one I read she was living with some dwarfs.
Clint:(after finishing Sleeping Beauty) What do you call it when you butt falls asleep after sitting around for too long? SLEEPING BOOTY
Clint:(trying to convince Maiya to sleep in her bed a full night and not wake us up) If you sleep all night and don’t get out of bed I will give you a giraffe.
Maiya: but I want a tiny elephant!!!
We asked mason what he wants to try out this summer once he is out of school: ” I want to try modeling .”
Clint and I both burst out laughing, offending mason
After some clarification: he wants to make stuff and take classes at the art center
and the winner…
When something is really funny, maiya says “Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, that cracked me nuts!”