Dear Friends, I still can't believe the incredible outpouring of support and love that I've received the last few days. Y'all are amazing, and I don't know how to begin to thank you! I'm doing better... Just getting it written down and out there has helped immensely, as has hearing that I'm not alone. I love y'all!
Dear Mom, Happy birthday! I hope you have an absolutely wonderful day. Try not to freeze up there in Chicago! Love you!
Dear Moose, Burping in my face while I blog is really, really so far from okay I don't even know where it is. Ugh.
Dear Matthew, Taking naps is still super cool. You should try it sometime.
Dear Buddy, I'm SO excited to have you home today!!! Enjoy getting to fly a couple of times and then get your butt home to snuggle with your boys and me. It's been a long two months. I love you, hubbabubba.
Dear Terren and Juliana, I can't believe how blessed we feel that Ryan was put into a flight with your sweet (crazy) husbands. Not only did he get great guys to fly with, but I got two amazing Air Force sisters out of it. I don't know what I'd do without you two here!
Dear Sabre Flight, Ryan takes command today. I wish you the best of luck. (Seriously, though, SO excited for the new makeup of the flight... It's going to be awesome!)
Well, people, apparently my kid ISN'T happy 100% of the time. We were pretty sure he was, and then we got Eva to take his 1 year photos. The smiley ones? Yeah, those are LITERALLY the only smile pics she got. She didn't even have ones to pick from. The good news is, we're totally framing the last one and using it as blackmail the rest of his life.
If you're looking for an incredible photographer for any of your life's biggest moments (or even the little ones!), let Eva Cranford know. She's done our engagement, maternity, and 1 year photos (and she's one of my dear friends from high school). As you can see, she's beyond talented, even with a subject who has less than no interest in being photographed!
Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. Catholics are called to give up a vice for the 40 days of Lent, theoretically taking something sinful out of our lives (and hopefully keeping it out) or putting something good into our lives. For Ryan and myself, the TV has been a major distraction in our home. It gets turned on on Saturday mornings while we drink our coffee, and then it typically stays on pretty much all day. Sometimes we zone out to it, sometimes it's just on as background noise (because apparently Matthew doesn't provide enough of that for our taste).
For Lent, we've decided to give up cable. Rather than having it on as soon as he gets home until we go to bed, we're going to leave it off. We might watch a show on Hulu Plus or a movie on Netflix, but it will be intentionally chosen and then the TV will go off, rather than channel surfing for hours or watching show after show on the Food Network or HGTV (yup, we're just that cool). We watch Nashville as a "family" with Lisa, and are excited to see the second season of House of Cards. We'll watch a movie on a date night in, sometimes.
The point is to take back the family time that cable has removed from our lives. Hopefully, once we're used to having it off, we won't turn it on anymore like we used to (or may just cancel it entirely!). TV shows and movies can be great family time, when used appropriately, but for us, a lot of the time, they were distractions from spending time together. So for the next 40 days, we aren't going to have cable. It'll be quite the experiment!