Friday, October 23, 2015

I give you my life to keep...

It's been five years. 
And to be honest, I just really believe that we are totally rocking this marriage thing. We laugh often and enjoy each other. What we have, works. And the people we are complement each other. My current favorite part of our marriage is that we look at each other first when our children do or say something funny, amazing, or ridiculous. Its truly is amazing to have someone to connect with in this way.
And, sure we bicker about silly things like Mark's ridiculous morning alarm process, who has more covers, or when I don't screw the orange juice cap on all the way-- but these are all solved by a laugh and a smooch.

Of course I had no idea what our life would look like five years later. But I think our current reality is better than what I had imagined.

It's nice to re-read out vows every once in awhile, to remember the moment and remind myself of what our love is. I wanted our vows to be unique, but also to reflect traditional vows, and I'm still happy with how they turned out.

It will also be nice to inform Mark later that it's literally written into our vows to "sleep in your arms," which means he has to cuddle me even if he is hot.

I, Lauren, choose you, Mark, to be my husband:

To live with you and laugh with you
To stand by your side and sleep in your arms
To be joy to your heart and food for your soul
To bring out the best in you always
To be the most that I can, for you

Mark, with this ring, I promise to love you.

To offer you my fullest devotion and tenderest care in sickness and in health,
To provide you my deepest love and support in times of joy and times of sorrow,
To give you my faithfulness and commitment for as long as we both shall live,
Mark, as I have given you my hand to hold, I give you my life to keep.

My love for you grows every day, Marky. I'm so glad to share this crazy, beautiful life with you.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

William is Two.

(c) Tiny Bubbles Photography
William. Will. Wilbur. Baby-o. Trouble Tetrick. Nugget. Whatever I call him, the fact remains: my baby boy is two today. 

This child is wild and independent, but still wants "uppy" whenever he gets the chance. He's perfected his "cheese" face. He loves what he refers to as "nakey baby" time. He does everything he sees his big brother "Henny" do, and echoes the last word of Henry's sentences. He ensures both dogs get kisses and half of his lunch everyday. He shouts, "Hey! Hey Dad! Hey!" when he's looking for someone. It's easy to make him laugh. He talks constantly, screams when being chased, and saves a naughty little grin for you when you've had a rough day. William walks through life with no fear weather walking on the edge of a couch, or attempting to ride Sparty. There are never enough books before bedtime, and never enough animals in the zoo that is his crib.

I remember the moment William was born and the doctor placed him on my chest. In all my preparation to have baby number two, I had only imagined what birth was like with Henry. So in those first few moments of his life, it was overwhelming for me to realize that here in my arms is a whole new person in the world that wasn't here before.
At two years old, the world is still infinite and limitless for William with endless possibilities. How amazing is that to imagine? William-- I wish you a full, healthy and happy life full of adventure. Happy birthday, baby-o. I love you.
(c) Tiny Bubbles Photography