So, I have some fun times looking at our blog stats. It gives me the names of other sites that link our page to theirs and how many times someone from that site views our blog. It also gives me search engine results that have led people to our blog. Today it was, “vicente fernandez impersonator”. REALLY? really? I was pretty sure we’d made no mention of Mexico’s idol, but apparently something in our text leads google to think this blog is a fabulous reference point for him. Must be Dave’s singing in the shower.
Things have been really busy here. My mom came out for 6 days and left yesterday. It was a great visit with her, and its funny how much things have changed. She still thinks she’s a mom per se, not only to me, but now to my kids. Ahh the cycles of life. It was pretty funny. We had a GREAT time at the hotel she booked for the weekend. Tori even taught Daddy how to swim!!!!!!!! We took the girls to the pool the first night. Tori was apprehensive to get in because there were six, yes SIX, obnoxious children whose mother was not paying attention to anything; gotta love Utah. They were “just being kids” but there is a point when it gets out of control. They had some pool toys that were airborn more than a few times at other people heads, furniture and fixtures etc… Charli was so scared she screamed when we put her in the pool, so my mom walked around with her for most of the time. The second night Dave went and got Tori some floatie wings and she swam around the whole pool! Thankfully, we were the only ones there. Both girls loved it! Niether of them wanted to leave when we said it was time for dinner. We had a picnic with Nana that night and both nights Tori got to sleep with Nana! She was in heaven.
Saturday afternoon we went outlet shopping in Park City. IF we stay in Utah, I’ve told Dave thats where I’d like to live. Salt Lake can just be so disgusting sometimes. The people, the environment, the culture… all of it. So, hopefully Dave will get in to the Master’s, and we’ll be out of Salt Lake in the next 5 years.
Speaking of the Master’s! Dave put in his application about 4-5 weeks ago. He finished his application, but unfortunately its not considered “complete” until your references email in their letter of recommendation. One of his references took about a week before submitting the letter, so its only been about 4 weeks since completion. They tell you you’ll have a reply in 4-6 weeks, in the mean time I’m going to go nuts waiting! We’re hoping to hear back any day now! I’m so excited and proud of Dave. He’s such a great guy. He tries his best in everything he does, and excels in so many areas of life. He’s a great dad, a great husband, an excellant student, a “valuable asset” to his department at work, and the list could go on and on.
Dave tries so hard every year for my birthday. This year was no different. I told him all I wanted was to be out of his parents house. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, but not because he and I both havent been trying. Since we’ve lived here, we have looked at over 100 places. YEAH… thats a LOT. There is always something that we can’t budge on, and the 3 that we’ve applied for have just not worked out. We’re waiting to hear back on another one sometime this weekend, but there are also 3 applicants ahead of us. While its frustrating, I know that there is something in store for us. We just have to be patient. Its really hard, especially when we do things differently than his family. However, every single time an incident arises, Dave is always incredibly supportive of me and our family and our decisions.
For my birthday, he went and got a cake, made me dinner, and gave me the piano bench he bought for the piano that is in the garage. There was also a very obnoxious, but cute card that had to do with coconuts… Unfortunately I’m not able to use the piano bench right now, but its really nice and hopefully when we get out of here, we won’t have to replace the piano. Its been sitting in the garage all winter, where its been freezing, and water has come through from the outside. I’m so frustrated with it being out there because I was so proud when we bought that piano! It played well considering the age and condition it was in, and I miss being able to play. Dave’s parents have a piano, but its more aesthetically pleasing than the music that comes out of it. Dave’s dad refinished it, and its beautiful, but some of the keys don’t work and its out of tune.
I feel like a chump for not writing a post about Dave for his birthday. We were pretty busy that day and I have neglected the blog quite a bit. Dave turned 28 on the 6th. While he feels like an old man, I keep telling him and attempting to convince him that he’s not. Considering the years that we’ve been together, he’s accomplished much and achieved a lot of goals in a short amount of time. I’m so proud of him as a person. When we met, he didnt have an opinion on most things, and never really took the time to care about himself. He was always serving other people and making sure others were happy, at the expense of his own feelings. It was frustrating to watch how his family treated him and the lack of consideration they had for his opinions and desires. Its admirable to me how he’s able to always put himself second, but he has since learned that standing up for yourself and what you believe in, even if others don’t agree, is not selfish, but being true to who you are. He is insanely generous and thoughtful, and takes great care of me and the girls. He loves spending time with us and helping me teach the girls about life. I’m so amazed at the balance he’s able to strike between work, school, family, and our marriage. He supports me in everything and its refreshing to hear his view on life, our girls, and things in general, especially since I’m about the only one who ever gets to hear it. We are so different, but so much the same as well. I could not ask for someone better to buoy me up when things get crappy. He’s amazing. So, babe, Happy Belated Birthday. When we get the heck out of here, we’ll really party down k?! 😉 I love you so much.
The girls are great too, if anyone is wondering! Charli is such a climber and my mom was astonished at how fast she is! The girl has no fear and loves to try and keep up with Tori. Tori is growing by leaps and bounds. Her eye condition has not changed at all, though her eyes thankfully have straightened out some on their own. We are due for another checkup in a few months with her. She has an extensive vocabulary and constantly amuses us with what she comes up with. She’s a great big sister and takes care of Charli.
Lastly, we are considering making this blog private. It was originally set up just for my family and friends, but has since grown some, and while we have spam blockers on the comments, it still doesnt stop whackos from viewing our sweet family. If you would like to be added to the list you’ll need to send me an email. If you don’t have my email, leave a comment with the email that you can be contacted through. Or find me or Dave on Facebook and email that way. (My FB uses both my maiden and married name, so make sure to search for at least my maiden)
We hope everyone is well and appreciate all the thoughts, prayers, emails, comments, and wishes for our birthdays, as well as Dave’s application for the Master’s and our ongoing search to find our own place. Au Revoir!