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.