Wednesday, October 18, 2017

6 years of love!

Dear Juje (If your name is not Juje, see last post, or don't)
There are plenty of things I could tell you about right now, but it's almost Nate and I's anniversary and I know how much you love the anniversary posts. And I feel like I didn't do one last year and so this year has to be really really good.

It's been a great year with my Nate. He is my most favorite person to be with. I just don't get sick of him, which is pretty insane, because I get sick of almost everyone at some point. He calms my freak outs, makes me laugh all the time and is such a good dad it's a little annoying.

Some highlights from the last year:

-We found out in June that we were pregnant with baby number #2!
We are so excited to add another baby to the family! I can't wait to watch Nate cuddle that newborn bundle for hours every night when he comes home from work. 
-This pregnancy, I've been a lot more emotional, especially the beginning. I finally feel like I'm getting a handle on things, but there were a few weeks where I felt like a crazy person. There were many days when Nate would come home and find me and Sloane both with red puffy eyes because we just kept making each other cry. Other times I would start crying over nothing or over something really stupid and Nate would try really hard to be nice, but he couldn't help but laugh at me. At the time I was annoyed, but even deep inside me the normal Hayley realized that laughing was the only appropriate response. 
-We were in Banff for Nate's birthday so he didn't get celebrated very well. I had full intentions of making him a cake and celebrating more when we got home, but that didn't happen. Sloane's birthday came too fast and I barely did anything for her and I was in the midst of crazy pregnant emotions. My particular emotion around that time was that I didn't care about anything. One Sunday (2 weeks later) Nate went into the kitchen to start making dinner and I said are you going to make yourself a cake? And he said, no I'm still trying to figure out how to make you do it. Then he said, "Alexa, add a book on how to make my wife make me a birthday cake to the shopping list"
And she did it. It made me laugh so hard. The book is still on the list, I guess he hasn't been able to find one. Thus, I still haven't made him a birthday cake. He finally made himself a cake. 
-Every Sunday Nate pretty much makes all the food. He usually makes a big breakfast, then while Sloane and I nap he makes a perfect dinner and usually has dessert baking while we eat dinner. Naturally, Sundays are my favorite days. 
-Nate has been trying to get me to watch Uncle Buck for years. And every time I just moan and groan about how much I hated it when I was young. He was sure I would love it and so he would reference it frequently to peak my curiosity. Finally one night I said, "Fine I'll watch it, but I am not going to like it!" So we watched...and I accidentally lol-ed once and then again and Nate sat there very satisfied with himself. After the show ended, I tried to tell him that I hardly liked it, but we both knew the truth. 
-I loved watching Nate baptize our niece, Maddie. They have a cute little bond. I firmly believe that he is all of his family members favorite family member. He is so caring, attentive and works hard to have a good relationship with all of them. I love that. He teaches me to be a lot kinder and to give people the benefit of the doubt more often. 

-This year for dance I choreographed a "fun dance" to fun music because it seems all the dances we do on that company are serious and heavy. Nate has commented on it a lot and I have always felt the same. So I made this dance for fun and as a little tribute to Nate. In the description of the dance I even wrote that it was "For Nate". I didn't tell him much about it, but I was excited for him to see it and I hoped so hard that he would like it. I was actually really really nervous for that dance on the night that Nate came because I wanted him to like it so bad. That was the finale of the show, so I got to go talk to him right after the dance. He gave me the best reaction! I was shocked by how much he loved it and how excited he was about it. It was the most genuine compliment and I almost cried. I felt so proud. He has a high bar and he doesn't give high praise unwarranted, so that made it even more special. The show was two nights and the second night of the show, he said he wished he could come watch my dance again because it was so great. It blew my mind. He has always been supportive, but never shy to let me know that dance concerts are not his favorite. The dance the second night was even better because I was "all in" and I had so much fun, I wish he could have been there too!

-It's no secret that Nate and Sloane are best friends. Nate is just the best dad I've ever seen. He never acts annoyed or put out on days when he has done the majority of the "Sloane work". He never tires of playing the same game over and over. He never complains about getting up with at night, and in fact most of the time he is genuinely happy to do it, because he adores that girl so much. I often feel like the 3rd wheel when we're all together and 90% of my photos and memories are images of those two cuddled up, or hand in hand or sitting by each other. It's just where they both like to be. Every once in a while I wish I could be part of the club or that Sloane would want me as bad as she wants Dad. But the majority of the time, I just watch with a bursting heart of happiness because of how sweet they are together. 

-This may not be Nate's favorite memory, but while we were in Vegas this year, Sloane would only let Nate hold her. She would loudly protest when I tried to relieve him and take a turn. We walked A LOT and poor Nate was feeling it, but he was still so happy to hold and didn't complain or try and pawn her off once.

-Nate's family growing up made a big batch of popcorn every Sunday night. We have started to do the same and Nate could not be more proud of how much Sloane loves popcorn. She is starting to learn how to help make it and is becoming a real good "salter". She is so much like her Dad in so many ways. 

-It's been fun to watch Nate start getting things done in the yard. He is really not afraid to do things which is really good because most of the time I'm paralyzed by fear, nothing would get done without him around. 

-Nate has been calling himself a "show concierge" because he has been giving out really good customized recommendations to people and all his clients are very satisfied. He watches lots of shows while he's working so he knows almost any show that anyone talks about and he is really good at knowing what people will like too. I think he needs to start charging for consultations. 
-Nate has had some really good lines this year, but unfortunately I was lazy about writing them down and I don't have a memory, so you'll just have to take my word for it. One thing he says a lot is, "compared to what". That is pretty much his response to everything I say, it makes me crazy, but it's also really funny sometimes. 
-Neither one of us is crazy about our last name, mostly because it's long, a little hard to pronounce with the extra i sound in there and it's just annoying. We both decided quite easily on a new last name and I can't wait until we get the guts up to change it. It's a really good one guys. 
-Nate has converted me to the church of Taco Bell. I was so resistant to it for so long and thought it was just like all the other gross taco fast food, but I was so wrong. I now have a testimony of Taco Bell. I love it so much. I wish I hadn't waited so long to believe him, I have missed out on so many crunchwrap supremes. His next project is getting me onboard with Burger King, but I am 99% sure it's not going to happen. 
-Nate has been driving down to salt lake once a week to play rugby with a team down there. I love how much he loves rugby and how much it's motivating him to get in really good shape. He is not afraid to set lofty goals like running a 6 minute mile or trying out for a professional rugby team. I'm a little wussy and all my goals are little dinky things that I think I'll probably be able to do without much work. 
-He is such a good listener and pays attention to the stupid things I tell him. He always surprises me by how many peoples names he knows from my work, or little things I've told him about my friends or my memories. 

Happy 6 years Natey! You have exceeded so many expectations as a husband and father and I am so lucky and happy to your wife. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Summer Part 2

It's happening. There's going to be a Part 2! To speak my truth, my blog stats (if you can even call them that) have gone way down. Besides losing all my sponsorships, this has no effect on me at all. Believe it or not, I don't do it for the fame. The part where it gets awkward is when I'm acting like I'm talking to an audience, when there is literally no audience. (I usually get texts from the parents about my posts, and even they aren't reading anymore. I can't imagine anyone else reading if my own parents are too cool to read) It makes me feel a little weird and not quite sure how to write, so if by some freak chance there's a weirdo out there reading...I guess just tell me your name and maybe I can just start addressing you personally.

Okay, Summer Part 2!

Fourth of July festivities included a giant breakfast, swimming, snowcones and then more food. Sloane likes going to the pool with Nate more than me. I don't really know why. 

Yay for America! 

I found out that I was probably pregnant in New Orleans but couldn't get a test until I came back, and WE'RE PREGNANT! We are so excited. I am now 19 weeks, almost half way! Baby is due in February! I have been feeling mostly good, just real tired and unmotivated. I have also had weird pregnancy acne which has been annoying. My energy is finally returning and it's so much fun to feel like a regular person! I started exercising again and sometimes I'll even muster enough strength to make dinner now! Things are really turning around. We find out the gender in about a week and half and I am super excited because I really have no idea. Sloane doesn't quite understand what is happening and always tries to get the baby out so she can play with it. She doesn't understand why I keep saying there's a baby in there and then she goes around pointing to everyone else's belly saying "baby in there". 

We went to Bear Lake with my family in July and it was a complete disaster. JK it was really fun, but our camgrounds were like 2 minutes away from each other and that was just really hard for everyone. 

Peg getting adventurous on the paddle board. I have some realll good videos of Lachelle and Peg trying to stand up on the paddle boards. It was maybe the funniest thing that happened the whole time. We also played a game of BINGO where you fill the squares in with things that always happen or things that are always said when we get together and had a little contest. It's scary how predictable everyone is. 

This girl loved playing in the sand and water. It was so hard to drag her away at the end of the day. 

I took Sloane out on the paddle board and as I was paddling I looked down and she was dozing off, I hurried and paddled back to shore and as soon as we got back she said, "bampa" (grandpa). So we took her over, dropped her on his lap and they were both asleep within 10 minutes. 

Somehow even after playing and swimming all day in the sun, Sloane still had so much energy at night! She just wanted to run around the campfire and chase people. It wasn't my favorite activity because of the raging fire in the middle of everyone, but she was having so much fun. She also found a brush and went around brushing all her cousins hair, they loved it. 

One night it got super windy. This is Nate trying to help anchor the Bennion's tent. 

And this is Sloane pretending to help too. 

I love quiet mornings on Bear Lake. We camped right by the water so we were the first ones there in the morning. 

These two cuddled up in morning is probably the best part about camping.
We brought our giant mattress again and it was heavenly. 

After my family left, we met up with the Coombs and they took us out on the boat. Sloane and Rocco both wanted to drive, but neither one of them was very good at it. 

Sloane loved boat life.

We got on the boat right at nap time and she held out for about 2 hours and right when we decided to go back to the marina so we could let her sleep, she fell asleep. The girl has got great timing. 

Nate surfing like he's been doing it forever. This was his first time trying. 

After Bear Lake we went home, worked for a week and then it was time for the Christiansen campout. 

Nate's mom brought a little cardboard kitchen she made and a few dishes and Sloane was in heaven. She made an entire dirt menu and was entertained for days! 

We saw in our camp one day and Sloane loved it. Later Nate and Sloane went on a walk and he asked her if she saw any animals and she said, "yeah, moose". She does that a lot where she just repeats things she heard recently so he didn't think much of it. Then she said it a couple more times, so he stopped and looked around a little closer and not too far in front of them was the huge moose. They were a little too close for his comfort so he slowly backed away and then came back to camp in a hurry. 

This is pretty much what Sloane looked like the whole time. It was a fun trip. We camped up near Park City in Wanship. We left one day to go play in the reservoir near by and then went and watched one of our nieces play in a soccer tournament. Nate and I tried to go stay in Park City after the trip, but every single hotel room was taken. LAME!  

Sloane and her big girl bed! 
Sloane went through a terrible period of sleeping. She figured out how to climb out of her bed and would climb out the second we put her in. It seemed like way too early, but we switched her to a toddler bed. It took about a week of adjustment, but she finally started staying in bed and now she sleeps better. And she can get out of the bed in the morning by herself, which is good and bad. Good when she comes and climbs into our bed, but not so good when she does that at 5 AM. Every time she comes into our bed she packs up her entire bed and brings it with her. It's so funny to watch her come in trying to carry her bear and moose and pillow and blanket, it's quite an armful. 

Playing with Flint (the little boy that she babysat with) and her dog, Sammie (bammie as she calls him). I love that she gets to have a dog at her babysitters and that I don't have to have a dog. 

Climbing trees on our run along the river trail. 

We went down to Salt Lake for the day and played at City Creek and ate at Crown Burger. Sloane loved the mall so much, she just ran around like she owned the place. After we ate, we dropped Sloane off with Uncle Lance and we went to see one our favorite comedians, Nate Bargatze. He's so funny, watch all his stuff. 

Comedy Club! 

With the funny guy himself! He was such a nice and had some funny things to say about Utah and Salt Lake. 

The next weekend was the good old Cache County Fair. I love going to the fair. Sloane loved the carousel and probably would have gone on every ride there if we let her. 

The next weekend we headed down to Beaver to hang out with the Beechers. They had a sweet cabin hook up and we had been talking about getting together forever, so I invited us to come too. On the way down, our car started having some really stupid transmission problems and we had to stop a few times to let the car cool down. It took us so much longer to get down than we expected, but we did stop at some really weird A places, so there's that. The first stop was an exit with no services, but there was a lot of garbage and super hot rocks that kept Sloane entertained. (I'll do a travel guide soon and be sure to include this hidden gem). We also stopped at the Scipio Zoo. Yep, Scipio. I had no idea it was a thing, but they have this tiny little petting zoo and it was full of the craziest people. Sloane loved it. They are pretty legit, they have bunnies, goats, a camel and a freaking zonkey (zebra-donkey).  

After we made it to Beaver, we figured the car probably wouldn't make it up the mountain, so we forced Austin to leave his vacation to come and pick up the visitors who invited themselves along on his trip and he totally did it. He's a little too nice. 

We went four-wheeling and explored the mountains, ate lots of snacks, hung out on the deck by the fire, chatted, sat in the sweet hot tub, played games and watched movies. It was such a nice weekend. And only a little tainted by the stress of our car being broke. 

Kiddos on a log. 

We all got to have our own four wheeler and it was awesome. It was my first time getting to be the driver, and I loved it. I've gone four wheeling a lot in my life, but I always go with someone who is more experienced and they always got to drive. It was a little nervous at first, but so much fun! 

Taking an exploration break. 

On one of our longer rides, both these babies fell asleep. It was a pretty rough trail and I'm still in shock that they were able to sleep during that. I'm even more shocked by Nate and Austin's driving skills in being able to navigate the trail and holding a sleeping baby. Dads, ya know? 

Nate is on the phone with auto repair shop. They are not telling him the things we wanted to hear. BUT look at that girl snoozing away, she'll take some of the stress away. 
We weren't able to get anything fixed because they didn't have the parts they needed, so we just drove home carefully, keeping the speed under 75 seemed to do the trick. It wasn't so bad to be passed by everyone on the road. 

Solar eclipse of the heart. Nate and I got together for a lunch date and watched the eclipse together it was a fun day. It was crazy how chilly and dark it got, and we weren't even in the totality. Next time we're driving to be in the path though, we regretted not driving the two hours to experience it. 

We have the giant stump removed from our driveway, and then decided to go to town and just destroy everything while we're at it. 

My girl. 

My parents came up to visit one weekend, so of course we went to the bookstore. Sloane terrorized that place and it was pretty fun to watch. She was too small for any of the toddler sized clothes and my dad was ticked about it. 

A quick break for some yard destroying...
This is the "I dug this all out with my bare hands" picture. It's so funny. 

We went to the Fruit Heights Apple Days celebration and it was the best. They had the best parade and dumped so much candy it was insane! We had a huge bag without even trying. Sloane loved the parade and wanted it to keep going forever. After the parade we went over the city center where they had all kinds of games and inflatables to play with. Everything was free and there were hardly any people there. Nate and Sloane went down some of the big inflatable slides and Nate played a fun soccer game that was kinda like darts. No lines, no tickets, no money. Small towns are the best! 

This picture gives me so much happiness. 
Nate walks Sloane over to the babysitters house every day. I watch them as I get in my car and go to work. I love and hate watching them walk away. Some days it makes me so sad that I have to leave and some days I just enjoy watching this little scene. Sloane is getting to be more independent these days and she is starting to request outfits. She is not a girly girl, so it always surprises me how much she loves to wear her little tutu. She also put on a bandana for a necklace and had to hold her water bottle. I love watching her become a little person. 

It was a really good summer. I'll miss you sweet sunshine and long days.