Monday, July 2, 2012


My mother always told me to marry the smartest and kindest man I knew. While kindness is an obvious trait to desire in a husband, intelligence isn't always listed as one of the most important qualities in a future spouse. My mother told her children that we would appreciate intelligence more than anything, and we would be thankful for smart children. My father is one of the smartest people I know, so she obviously followed her own advice. (Thanks, Mom!)

Something I love about Nathan is the way he applies his intelligence. He is unique, he is creative, and he always finds a way to solve any problem (a different way than me, I might add). For instance, today, Eliza came home from an outing with grandma with a small bottle of bubbles. While playing, she knocked the bottle over and the bubble liquid all spilled out. She was so sad.

I suggested that we run to Walmart, but Nathan just quickly mixed together water and Dawn. The bubble action was back, and Eliza was thrilled. 
After a little while longer of blowing bubbles, Eliza said she wanted bigger bubbles. The tiny ones just weren't cutting it. A short while later, Nathan came back outside with a container of water/Dawn solution and a baby toy. He had discovered a new way to blow bubbles.
This little ball made the largest bubbles ever! Some were stuck together (and looked like Mickey Mouse to Eliza), and we had so much fun seeing all the various shapes and sizes of bubbles. Eliza was entertained for 4 hours playing with this stuff!

The boys enjoyed watching their sister play and even Grandma and Grandpa joined in on the fun.

And to think I wanted to go to Walmart...

Oh, and in case you are wanting an update on our children, here is a quick one! Eliza has been going to bed at 7:30 (instead of 8:30-9:00), and she slept for 13 hours last night. Ezra and Elliott woke up to nurse at 3 AM last night (after sleeping 7 hours) and then slept until 8:30 this morning. Ezra did cry for a while when he first went to bed, but tonight no one cried! The babies happily went to sleep. They have been asleep for 4 hours, and our house is silent. I am not exaggerating in the least when I say that my life has completely changed. I am so happy (and well-rested). 


  1. Hooray on the sleep!

    Your pictures are so cute! You can add a little food coloring to the mix, too, to make tinted bubbles. Those would make cute party favors for a birthday party, too!

  2. I'm so happy for you about the kids sleeping! (And a little bit jealous. ;)) I love that our husbands are so similar (go figure). Ty would definitely do something like that. How fun! Excuse me, I have to go make bubbles now.

  3. Wow, I am SO happy about your new sleep situation! It does feel completely different to be well rested. Nothing in your body or your mind works quite as well when you're sleep deprived, and it's so hard to do day after day. You're an awesome mom! Giving them the "gift of sleep," as the cheesy sleep books call it, is actually huge gift for the whole fam. I'm so happy for you!


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