With the work of a new baby, I found myself looking forward to our anniversary celebrations a lot. I would think about it a lot, about where we'd go for dinner and what I'd wear...etc, etc. I realized that while there is nothing wrong with being excited for a date - perhaps I was putting too much emphasis on this one date. I was feeling like the world would stop and that all my problems would be solved. Well, if that's your expectation for any date you'll probably be disappointed. As I thought about it, I understood that when we celebrate our anniversary, we're not celebrating going to fancy restraunts...we only do that a couple times a year. We're celebrating the everyday kind of things that make our marriage and our lives so beautiful. We're celebrating all the work, expressions of love, dirty diapers, dishes, organic compounds Jon reviews at his job, laundry and the fun that we have as a family everyday. If it weren't for all those little things piled up - we'd have nothing to celebrate. I want to learn how to just enjoy the work that Jon and I have to do together.
Another idea along those lines: Every evening, he'd come home and I would feel a sort of rush to get dinner made, cleaned up, baths given to the girls, and get them to bed so we could have some quality time together. But, then I realized that the whole evening could and should be quality time together if we were going to be happy doing this for years and years. I've tried to enjoy the little daily things more and its made life wonderful. Thank you Jon for all of the incredible experiences we've shared in the last two years. Here are some pictures of those daily things.
|This once was Teriyaki Chicken. I haven't burned anything this badly in a long time...made for a good laugh|
|I get to see these cute feet everyday. Man, am I lucky.|
|I'm often holding Suzy in the sling when I'm cooking. Lily loves to do it too.|
|Jon often ends up with both girls on his lap while I get dinner ready.|