I always have a hard time getting organized enough to get a picture taken, order prints and address cards for Christmas so this year I’m sending out Valentines cards. This is the link to what I will be sending out.
I find that one of the most interesting parts of being a Dad is watching as my children discover who they are. Cooper struggles at times with his awkward and inappropriate sense of humour and Levi is just discovering that he has hands. As a Dad over this past year I have loved watching the kids grow into themselves and develop into such wonderful people. Indulge me as I share a bit.
He would never admit it, but he is a deeply caring boy who at times can show a tremendous amount of empathy. He is confident in his abilities and is very matter of fact and honest sharing with others things he has learned. Whether it is mathematics, grammar, the necessity of baptism, or the importance of democracy, he will gladly share what he knows. His 10-year-old sensibilities about fairness can be a struggle for him at times, but it also means that he is generous in giving credit to others when due. That’s good for me because I still get lots of hugs from him. I’m lamenting the day when it isn’t cool to hug dad anymore.
Proudly proclaiming a love for all things “boyish”, Catelyn is the girliest girl in the house. Her love for mud, Legos, soccer balls, and a propensity for injuring herself is balanced by one of the sweetest and most generous of personalities. Catelyn has the ability to make friends almost instantly and she will literally give you the food off her plate or the clothes off her back if she feels you are in need. Her love for art, music, and singing fills our home with a constant energy that is noticeably absent when she is away or engrossed in a book or reading The Friend magazine.
Of late, my little princess has dubbed herself the quietest child in the family. This is mostly true between 9pm and 6am. She says she is quiet because she is thinking. And she does! At times she will break her silence with completely off topic questions or statements, but often she will interject with a perfectly timed and thought out one-liner that will have us all laughing. Her developing sense of humour is not too surprising in a home where her big brother and dad are always trying to one up each other on the funny scale.
My angel baby is a miracle and a joy that I am so grateful for. His complete dependency and innocence are a tremendous responsibility and privilege. The way his face lights up when he sees me melts my heart every time and watching the way Becky works so hard to care for him has made me love her more than ever. Levi has a distinct advantage of having three siblings who dote over him and cant wait to teach him everything they know.
A lot has happened with work lately but my Sunday afternoon project these last two weeks was to make a little art piece for the baby’s wall. It’s made entirely out of construction paper and was a lot of fun to make. Nothing supper fancy but it’s better than a blank wall.
Sun = Lydia’s hands
Fish = Catelyn’s hand
Trees = Becky’s hands
Little boy fishing and snake = my thumbs
Giraffe = Cooper’s hand
We were messing around this afternoon and decided to share our fun with the world. This is our version of the Death Cab For Cutie song “I’ll Follow You Into The Dark.” Enjoy!
This afternoon is a rare time when things are quite around the house. Becky is resting, Cooper is playing Lego’s, Catelyn is eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and Lydia is playing with dolls in her room. This is all in stark contrast to how things…. wait…. just as I’m writing this Cooper came down to show me his Lego creation, Lydia started singing at the top of her lungs, and Catelyn started to yell math problems at a calculator. Don’t ask me why she is doing that, she likes math and she like to be heard, that’s all I know.
A lot has happened over the past couple months, here are some highlights:
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I’ve been meaning to post pictures from our wedding reception for a while. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long. We really had such a great time and want to thank all those who came and helped make it so memorable. For those who couldn’t make it: ENJOY! :)
Becky has written a couple posts so I figured it was my turn.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, in a matter of just a couple of weeks I went from being a bachelor, eating frozen foods, and staying up to all hours of the night … to a husband, father of three, eating amazing home cooked meals, and being awakened at all hours of the morning by sleepless children. I’m a pretty lucky man if you ask me.
Fatherhood is something I’ve aspired to my entire adult life but I always imagined reaching that goal in a more organic way. You know, the traditional process…
~ “I’m late”
~ …9 months later…
~ ”It’s a boy!”
~ ”your turn to change the diaper”
~ … two years later …
~ ”It’s a girl!”
~ ”I really hope that’s chocolate on your hand!”
~ … two and a half years later…
~ ”It’s a girl!”
I’ve been blessed to skip those first several years of fun and jumped right to the “I’m exhausted” phase.
I’ve also been blessed to skip right to the “‘I love you daddy’, bedtime story, Cub Scout, singing together at the piano” phase.
Overnight triple fatherhood isn’t something I would necessarily recommend but I couldn’t imagine my life any other way. I’d write more but I’ve got two girls wanting more of my attention.
There are so many things that I loved about our reception. In fact, I loved everything about it. But right now, one of my favorite things was the family silhouette that Tim created. I love it. I love that he stayed up late the night before to work on it. I love that he spent the 40 minutes leading up to the reception bringing it to reality. I love that he did it because he knew it was important to me. And I love that it’s our family.