Thank. You. So. Much. Your sweet comments both on the blog and Instagram yesterday meant the world to me (and my family). The amount of support and help that you guys give to us is beyond incredible. We read every single one and you guys really are the best.
Update: Brooke and I went to be with my dad yesterday and he was doing a lot better. He is currently on bed rest (for 48 hours) in a dark room with no electronics/reading etc to allow time for his brain to truly heal. He still is missing blocks of memory but he seems more like himself again. It is so nice to see my dad again… on Saturday night I burst into tears after I first saw him and heard him repeating the same thing over and over again. Isn’t it crazy how just one second can change everything so quickly? I’m so beyond thankful the best possible outcome is happening with this situation.
Picture with my mom from Saturday morning… She really appreciates everything you said.
Just a few things from our Sunday. It was just Brooke and me since Andrew was at the hospital all day for school and Knox was with his mom. Brooke had a little speaking part in front of the kid’s group at Church. She did excellent… she was so proud and spoke so clearly. I loved it.
Cornflakes and coconut and oatmeal and chocolate chips in a cookie are a great idea.
My niece’s bday was yesterday so she invited us to come for dinner—> taco soup.
They were busy building a snowman.
It was our 6 month anniversary but Andrew was at the hospital all day. Brooke and I were with family for a good chunk of time but we will go out this weekend to celebrate. We don’t have our kids this weekend so we will plan a date.
I wrote this a few days ago and didn’t post it yesterday so I thought I would post it today instead.
15 things we’ve learned in the last 6 months about marriage and each other:)
1. We’ve learned to work together with housekeeping chores. Andrew does most of the cooking and I do the clean up and we have figured out how to divide and conquer and work as a TEAM.
2. Take joy in the little things and especially the little ones. Because they sure aren’t going to be little for long. At the same time we have learned how incredibly important it is to make US time a priority.
3. We’ve learned to pace ourselves. For some reason we thought it was a brilliant idea to get married, remodel a house, take a trillion trips, blend a family all at the same time… We wouldn’t change that for the world BUT from here on out, we are spacing things out a bit more;)
4. To go along with number 3, we have both learned big time about how much we love to be at home. I’m sure you remember pre-Andrew… I don’t think I was ever home. Being married to Andrew has made me want to be at home way more and just slow down and enjoy time together.
5. I’m wrong a lot. I forgot how wrong I am after being single for so many years because Brooke always thought I was right either way. Marriage is really quite humbling.
6. Being married to your best friend doesn’t mean there isn’t conflict, we are just learning better how to listen to each other and adapt. Understanding each other’s different needs and how to help the other feel loved is top priority.
7. “The way to raise a girl is very different than the way to raise a boy in so many different ways… I had Knox and I grew up with basically all brothers (he has one sister that is much older than him) so this is a new world.” -Andrew
8. “You lift those you are around and make them feel they are the most important and I especially love it when you do it with our kids.” -Andrew said this about me but I think he is trying to earn brownie points or something.
9. We have both learned that our sleeping schedules are completely different. I want to fall asleep asap at night and Andrew HATES sleeping at night. I love mornings and bouncing out of bed and Andrew likes taking his time to wake up;) I also need a solid 8 hours to be feeling great the following day and Andrew does not need nearly that many hours of sleep.
10. Andrew has sure helped me relax a bit. Between teasing each other, finding new adventures, letting go of worries… I love how much he has helped me to have fun and be completely myself.
11. That Andrew’s favorite snack on the entire planet is graham crackers dipped into milk.
12. Andrew is the official light turner off. “EVERYONE leaves the lights on and I feel like my job in life has become turning off the lights constantly, I’m surprised Beretta hasn’t started leaving the lights on in different rooms.” -Andrew
13. I’ve learned some pretty great parenting things from Andrew. Andrew is so good about calmly handling problems/kid things etc. I’m learning to act and not react from him.
14. The hardest part about blending our little family has been the kids going from getting our complete undivided attention all of the time to sharing the attention. When I was single I was in full 100% Brooke zone pretty much all of the time, the same goes for Knox. It has definitely been an adjustment for them to sharing the attention and it is getting easier and easier for them but has been a big change for them. So there is this fine line of being understanding of the changes they are going through and helping them learn to share the attention etc.
15. These kids absolutely adore him. He is by far the favorite.
I”m getting a few of my workouts for this marathon training cycle HERE. This is what week 2 looks like. I’ll get in the tempo miles and probably cut the mile repeats down a bit because I’m not there yet and get in plenty of easy miles along with these workouts. Last week I hit 50 miles and 13 of those miles were at half marathon goal pace—> including a 5 mile tempo and a 4 x 2 miles at 6:51 pace with 3 minute recoveries. Trying to get my body more used to the idea of multiple miles in around the high 6:something pace. Here’s to another week of training for us all!
Do you see Monday as the first day of the week or Sunday? I feel like Monday is (that is just what my brain tells me it is) but Andrew thinks Sunday is the start. What do you think?