Monday, August 21, 2006

The Best Two Years

My life started, in a way, two years ago today. The gift of eternity with someone who makes you feel whole is invaluable. That blessing that was given through destiny would take just as long to repay. Dillon is my everything. I am so fortunate to have him as my husband, my love, my companion, my best friend, my children's father, my family's patriarch...truly my everything. He knows me better than anyone on this earth. He loves everything about me - he wouldn't even change my "quirks" if he could because he says that's what makes me, me. Just when I think I couldn't love him any more, I wake up the next morning, discovering more room in my heart that he has filled. Not a day goes by that I do not reflect on how truly grateful I am for my wonderful Dillon and our marriage. This last two years have absolutely been the best of my life and we are just getting started.

I love you Dillon!

Another Year!

Cerra and I are celebrating our second wedding anniversary today. The past two years have been the greatest of my life. Thank you, dear. I love you!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Own Private Idaho

We took a trip the first weekend in August to our favorite resort get-away...Weiser, Idaho. Sasha, Dillon's sister was down from Nome, Alaska to visit her mom and whoever else showed up. Let me tell you, it was a full house. It was great! We ate tons of good food, visited, played and laughed. Sasha really does tell it best:

...That afternoon we headed to Boise to pick up Dillon and Cerra who were set to arrive on the evening flight. Nikki had us over for a BBQ and I got a chance to see my friend Brian for a while too. We went to pick up Dillon and Cerra at 10pm only to find that their flight had been cancelled and they weren't coming in until 11am the next day. So, home we went. We went to bed and woke up the next morning just in time to head back to Boise to really pick them up, which we thankfully were able to do. We took a long drive home on the old highway, stopping in one of my favorite little towns, Horseshoe Bend, for lunch.

The next day my cousin Carol, her husband Brad, and their 4 kids, Michelle 6, Lindy 5, Christopher 3, and Anthony 3 months were on their way up from Utah. They took the 7+ hour drive just to come and spend a couple of nights while I was in town. During the day, mom and I went looking for a inflatable swimming pool, but had no luck. So, while Dillon and Cerra ran some errands mom and I stayed home to build a pool. Mom had said that we could build something from the start, but truth be told, I just didn't buy it. At this point I was desperate to try anything though. So, we stacked hay bales in a rectangle and lined it with a new heavy tarp and filled it with water from the hose. It worked famously. Really, it was so much better than you can even imagine. We ended up with a really nice sized pool that kept us cooled off the whole weekend.

When Dillon and Cerra got home, mom and I had just finished filling it up and were laying poolside giddy with excitement to show them our masterpiece. Cerra changed clothes and joined us in the water and Dillon hung out in the shade of the peach tree next to us.
The water comes from about a hundred feet down so it was extremely cold. So cold that we actually had a hard time staying in the water for very long.

Cerra and I got silly and had a little swim/dive meet followed by a little pool wrestling. Something about water just brings the kid out in you. I think that is why I just love it so much.

Building this pool and just having fun with Dillon, Cerra, and my mom was probably one of the best moments of this trip. We really had a good time that night!

Carol and her family arrived later that evening. Their kids have all grown so much in the past two years since I saw them last. I can't even begin to talk about the beautiful and amazingness of these kids. They are just such special people who I love more than they could know. It was so fun seeing you guys and getting to know you even more as you are growing up. You all are just so cute that you're lucky I didn't eat you up!

They were as sweet and happy as ever and instantly made EVERYTHING better by being there. We had a really fun night BBQing, laughing and playing around the house. The kids just love uncle Dillon and had their usual fun taking turns giving him rides around the house.

Finally we got to bed, but I wasn't sleeping well so I had my light on and the next thing I knew Carol was there with me. We ended up laying in bed together visiting until 4 in the morning. We have always had a very special bond and being close to her is just good for me.

We were up early at 7am the next day and I must say that Carol and I did pretty well for only getting 3 hours of sleep.

We spent the day playing with the horses and swimming.

Michelle is quite the little horsewoman and could hardly wait to get going.

She and Cerra had a nice little ride together and Michelle shined with her natural ability.

My time was spent closer to the pool most of the day and it was great!

That night, Cerra's dad and step-mom as well as my friends Jim and Nikki, drove up from Boise for a visit.

Later that night, my friends Alethea and Eric along with their two kids, Ella 2, and Isaak 9 months, arrived from Utah just in time to have a bath and get to bed. It was so awsome to be in the company of so many people I love. Thank you everyone for taking the time to visit!

Carol and her family had to head home the next morning, but not without some goat riding first. We had some more fun before saying goodbye.

Alethea and Eric's daughter, Ella, just 2 years old, absolutely loved the animals and rode that goat around with ease.
That little girl had no fear either. She was climbing the round pen without a care in the world. So cute! Mom also left with Dillon and Cerra that afternoon to take them back for their flight home...