Monday, June 29, 2009

I'm Awful

I'm so terrible about posting right now. We have been so busy, I haven't taken any pictures in forever, and I have just been so exhausted! I promise though, there will be many posts coming up. In the meantime, just know a few things:

1) Hailey gives the best hugs in the world. Today I told her I needed her to give me my favorite thing, and she gave me a hug. I actually meant an onion, but she's right - her hugs really are my favorite thing.

2) Danny finished up a bunch of our backyard landscaping. He followed that up by making me dinner while I laid out in the sun. He then served me dinner complete with a glass of wine. My hubby is a rockstar.

3) I am secretly glad that Hailey's last softball game for the year is tomorrow. I love watching her play, but I really am not crazy about the parents or girls on this team. Previously, we have always been really lucky and loved Hailey's teams, but this year their attitudes stink.

4) We are having out first real function at our house this Friday. Our friend Dustin is helping us, but the menu includes: ribs, kielbasa, and brisket in the smoker, ribeyes on the grill, cheesy hashbrown casserole, green bean casserole, baked beans, deviled eggs, summer salad, and homemade ice cream. Doesn't that sound amazing? We are so incredibly excited.

5) On Saturday night, it will be just us and I'm making fried chicken. That's right, be jealous.

6) Each day, I am amazed at how much integrity my daughter has. She knows the difference between right and wrong and is never swayed. I know that this will change as she ages, but for now, I will bask in knowing that we must be doing something right!

7) I have killed every plant that I have ever had. My junior year of college, my stepmom gave me a plant that she guaranteed would live. It died in a month. After that month, it continued to sit in the window, and periodically my roommate would be convinced she could revive it by giving it a little Busch Light. I know a little Busch Light won't hurt anyone, but the plant never grew. My thumb must be turning green though because our plants are thriving. We've had a few ups and downs as we learn what kind of sun and water each type need, but we do have the best looking mailbox on our street and I have a hibiscus that loves my driveway! Couple that with some happy hostas, some vibrant vincas, and some wily wildflowers, and we have ourselves quite the yard.

8) The finches have come! I've been waiting and waiting for some finches, and they are finally here. Now if I can just get some hummingbirds....

9) My dog, Journey, will ride on my lap while I mow the lawn. Now that's devotion.

10) After 2 years in Kansas City, and as much as I love my life with Danny & Hailey, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't get a little bit homesick for Quincy.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

You always hear stories about little girls who want to grow up and marry their dads. Every girl eventually grows out of that and moves on to thinking her father is an old fart who is not hip with the times. I didn't exactly grow out of it. I grew older and realized that I wanted to marry a man who was a combination of both of my dads. Yes, I have two dads. My parents separated when I was 10, and I have had two dads for more than half my life. They are two extremely different people though.

I wanted someone funny and playful like Dad, but someone who worked until the job was done like Marvin. Someone with a strong appeciation of family and sports that both of my dads have.

It took me 23 years, but I found that man in Danny.

Hailey and I spent the whole week telling him that this is his weekend to relax and we would wait on him. So far this weekend, he has done a bunch of landscaping and is currently weed eating. On the same scale, he has taken the time to play in Hailey's pool with her and play fetch with Journey.

Happy Father's Day to my Dad and Marvin. I truly am blessed to be loved by both of you.

Happy Father's Day to the love of my life. You are an amazing father to Hailey, and I can't wait to watch you with our future children.

Hailey with Papa Marvin
Hailey with Papa Marvin and Grandma Joni

Hailey with Grandpa Jeff and "Aunt" Riley

Dad and I on my wedding day

Our happy family with the best father in the world.
Here is the video to Danny & my favorite Father/Daughter Song