Happy “The Verseries!”

We are pretty cool, right?  We have a nice place to live.  You make it nicer, fill it full of cute things, we like the neighborhood, etc.  It’s not in need of too much.  We drive okay cars.  They get us from point A to B.  We have a pretty much everything we’ve ever asked for.  This recently includes the new camera and will soon include a giant bed.  I think we’re doing okay for ourselves.
None of that matters too much though because it could change in an instant.  What matters is that we have a tremendous appreciate and love for each each other.  We have an amazing little girl.  Our love is sealed for eternity and we will always have each other.  You are my everything.  The bonds between us will not change.
You do so much for our little family.  You are always taking care of Elsie and doing something else for us at the same time.  You never stop and it must be tremendously hard to have her as a responsibility plus all of the rest of the chores and errands.  It’s a tremendous sacrifice to continually not get to do what you want when you want and it shows how much you love us both.
During a car ride home from the parentals I wanted to be in a bad mood because things hadn’t gone exactly as I had wanted them to.  My planned bad mood didn’t last more than a few minutes into the ride because I got caught up in your conversation and we started talking about whatever it was we were talking about.  I enjoy spending time with you.  You are the one I spend time with by choice.  I don’t like some of your TV shows but I always enjoy watching TV with you because it’s time spent near you.
I’m looking forward to a long car ride with you to the Great White North.  I’m looking forward to eating lunch with you today.  I look forward to doing anything with you.  You are fun.  You are giving.  You are kind.
I feel secure and comfortable because I trust you and I know you love me.  I’m happy and I want you to be happy.  I need you.  I want you.  I love you.

Happy Valentines Day

Dear Wendy,

                Do you remember that book we read called the “Wednesday Letters?”  Maybe I’ll follow a tradition of the Valentine’s Day letters.  I wrote one last year.  I’ll write another one this year.  Maybe I’ll write more frequently, but I’ll at least try to do that much.

                I love you so much more now than I did just one year ago and I knew that would be the case.  I’ve always felt like I couldn’t love you more but every day I do.  You make me happy just being around you.  I love the way you look at me sometimes and you’re reaction when I ask you what you’re doing.  I’ll try to look at you that way more often.  I’m always looking away because I don’t want to get my face “icky.”  It’s that OCD thing again.

                We’ve done so much this year.  We had fun camping and going to Goblin Valley.  We’ve played ultimate frisbee every week.  We went to Florida and visited the Keys.  I won’t take the time to mention all of the little things we did.  Every time I do anything I want it to be with you.  I love looking at our pictures and remembering how fun everything was. 

                I really am thankful that you put so much work into the house.  And I really am bugged sometimes that you want to do it in the first place.  Even though it’s not a priority to me I’m very thankful for your hard work and effort and I know that you do it for us.  I can tell that you love me and you want to make me happy.  I can see how much time you spend trying to make me happy.  I want you to know that I appreciate that.  You are amazing.

                We’re going to have a family together this year.  I’m scared to death but I’m happy that I have you to help me.  You will be a super mom; the kind of mom that anybody would be proud to be.  I hope that you know that.  I hope you haven’t given into my non-stop criticism.  I worry that it’s going to sink in and you’ll believe that you are less than you are.  Don’t let me do that.  I’m trying to be better but never stop pointing it out.  Hopefully that won’t be something I pass onto our children.  I grew up that way, being criticized about everything.  I eventually learned it was a less effective way to show love and concern but not before it became a part of me. 

                I love how hard you work and how patient you are with me.  I can be an absolute jerk sometimes and you still love me.  You put up with my quirks better than anybody I’ve ever known.  You are always working on something and always looking to better yourself and everything around you, including me.

                Thank you for putting an emphasis on us attending the temple.  It’s something I don’t typically enjoy doing and I’m glad that you’ve made it a priority for us to go every month.  I’m also very thankful for you help teaching primary.  You bring a lot to our team. 

                Don’t worry about your job so much.  Something will work out and I think we’re doing okay for now.  I don’t want you to be so stressed out that you make yourself sick or sad.  You are doing everything you need to be doing and that makes me proud. 

                I love you, Wendy. 

Ben’s 31 birthday!

Ben turned 31 on Tuesday November 17th. His family celebrated on the previous Sunday. They made a yummy dinner with salmon and veggies and for dessert his sister Holland made Swedish pancakes, which he loves! I have come to find out you cannot substitue whole wheat flour for white, which I like to do. Also he will not eat brown rice unless I make it into sugary rice pudding. 🙂 Anyways, on his birthday we went to Tucanos and ate till we wanted to explode! It was yummy, but neither one of us know when to stop.

After weeks of debate about whether to get a Playstation 3, Wii, or XBox 360 we finally decided on the Playstation 3 because it is also a great Blu-ray player.  We headed off to Best Buy with 3 Best Buy gift cards and 2 Visa card gift cards to make the purchase. It was quite the expense with the added remote control and extra controller and of course we had to buy a couple Blu-rays. We got great ones though; Disney’s UP, Star Trek, and Chronicles of Narnia- Prince Caspian (First movie Ben and I watched Together).  Happy Birthday Sweetie!!! Now we are only 4 years apart instead of 5. That makes me feel better 😉 .