Friday, February 04, 2011

the little things

I always tell you about how fast life goes, especially mine. There are days that after changing 17 diapers, washing bottles 3x in one day, and throwing food in the crockpot - those little things slip by. The ones that make you grateful to be alive. Like these...


That 'family' sign above, was a gift from some of the people that share a gigantic part of our heart - Lauren and Rico - I believe it was a gift from them on our very first Christmas as married's. It's traveled from Texas, to Pennsylvania, and it now is home in Oklahoma. Everytime I look at it, I think of them. That's a little thing that makes me grateful to be alive.


I love my husband. He knows it. There are days though - that after changing 17 diapers, washing bottles 3x a day, and after throwing food in the crockpot that I forget...I forget to be sweet. I do. I'll 'fess up. Sometimes he comes home and I nag, about many things. In lieu of my lack of sweet, I've set up '30 reasons why I love you' all around our house. Some funny, some real. A reminder that I'm not always a nag, and I really do love you. Even when you leave your wet towels on the floor...even when. *sigh*

Leaving JR notes, that I know he appreciates...that's a little thing that makes me grateful to be alive.



I used to make us meals that came out of boxes when we first started dating. That was a long way from the ramen and hot dogs I ate while in college. I didn't even know Food Network existed. I didn't really care. Thankfully, things changed. I now cook, and I now love it. It doesn't scare me like it once did. I almost caught our Dallas apartment on fire. Really. What's even better is that every meal I make, I have JR rate on a 1-10 scale. We like games like that, keeps it fun y'all.


We're snowed in. We have been for a few days now. There's only two things 'people' do when you're snowed in, right? We won't name them here, publicly. As all are calling for a baby boom, I'm COOKING. Holed up in my kitchen. Our house will NOT be contributing to the snow day baby boom. Instead, I made you bread. If only I could blog the smell the bread gave my house. This was with no breadmaker, sister. Just me, flour, my kitchenaid, flour and flour. Did I say flour? It turned out delicious. The recipe called for six loaves, I ended up with three. What??? Either way it was fun to make, and I am dang proud of myself. It's so delicious and even nutritious! Beat that. Can't.

Being able to gift it though to your friends, is one of the little things that makes me grateful to be alive.


...oh, and these two faces. my angels. (my toddler-tempered baby boy, and baby belle). angels, 98% of the time. we're working on that other two percent :) oh, my heavens.

9 comments:

mama faith said...

What a great idea to do that for your husband. It is easy to forget about them in the day to day life of craziness. Also, if you will, share the bread recipe! I would love to make some homemade bread!

Meghan said...

beautiful post. you've given me lots of ideas. :) your babies are just beautiful. they look so much alike! yet hudson is all boy and belle is such a cute little girl.

Glamorous Newlywed said...

I love your '30 reasons I love you' idea! We're snowed in as well, and since we already have a baby on the way, in lieu of that activity, I made bread this week too :)

The Neaves' said...

I'm thankful for you, my friend! Thankful for a friendship that started about 18 years ago! :)

the rigdons said...

what a sweet wife and mommy! and i agree- you do have a couple beautiful kiddos!

Lindsay said...

You tell the best stories Natalie. I feel like I know you in real life :) Your such a good wife and momma. We need to get those tots together soon!

Abby said...

Aw. Great post, girlie! The babes are getting so big!

{And how jealous am I of your bread baking skills?! YUMMMMMM.}

Life at the White House said...

Loved this post. And you're right --- it's the little things that matter and make you stop and realize how great life really is [and how very blessed we are].

You are precious and I'm sure you're not TOO much of a bear to the hubby!!! ;)

Ashlee and Carey said...

Our series at church this month is all about love and the notes are a great way to remind our spouse how much they are loved!