Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Carriage Ride

Monday night the Wink’s invited us to go on a carriage ride with them. It was so much to get out and do something as a family and with friends. The ride was about 45minutes long and took us around campus and around the temple. It was gorgeous out, with the sun setting and the weather was great. I even think Thayden might have had a great time. He wasn’t quite sure what to think of the horses and being in the carriage, but Shane held him most of the time and that helped. We are so grateful to have such great friends to make memories with and to be able to do fun things with!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Our Second First Date

Last week a friend of mine was talking about a preference dance happening the following weekend, thinking this would be fun but would never happen I casually brushed it off. A few days later we were talking again about the dance and how her husband and she were going and that we should go to. Still dreading the thought of leaving Thayden and thinking how the heck I could pull it off, I once again didn’t think much of it. The following day I get a phone call about doing a big group dinner and then going to the dance. Finally I was thinking, there has got to be a reason I am being reminded so much of the dance, so I caved in. After hanging up, a flood of emotions over take me; I can’t do this, I need to find a sitter, I have nothing to wear, what the heck am I going to make, etc. so, I get on the phone to a friend who graciously says she would love to look after Thayden, and looking at my fridge of food, I figure out a plan.

As Saturday approaches I still have this pit in my stomach, so I call the handy sister who knows everything, and of course I feel 100% better after talking to her. I knew I was leaving Thayden in good hands, it was only for a few hours, we weren’t that far, and we always have cell phones.

About 7pm Saturday night we drop Thayden off, I do a spin to show off my dress and shoes, and were out of there! For the first 3 minutes I question every action and every thought, I was so nervous about leaving Thayden. A few minutes later we get to dinner and all my fears just float away, and I realize that Shane and I are on our second first date.

It was so much fun to be with friends for dinner and we had a great time talking, Youtubing, and just being out of the house. After which, a few of us made our way over to the MC to go dance the night away!! It was packed to the brim in the ballroom, which of course means it was hot, but that didn’t deter us from having a great time. We danced like a crazy married couple and forgot about any other care in the world. Having that special alone time was just amazing. It was so great to have just the two of us and be around great friends.

An hour and half later Shane and I are getting tired, the heat is getting worse and we are starting to miss our little one. We make a gracious exit and leave to get Thayden. The whole way back to get him we are just grinning from ear to ear and reviling in the great night we’ve just had. After getting Thayden, and finding out that he pretty much slept the whole time we get home, feed him, and put him back to bed. Shane and I were so exhausted that we both crashed and slept until Thayden woke us up the next morning! It was a great time, and we were so glad that we went, its nice to have those quite moments to reflect upon how great your life is and how much love we contain in our hearts.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

His first Halloween

This year, Halloween meant a lot more to us than normal. It was still a little goofy, but we had a great time dressing up Thayden. The saturday before Halloween we had a ward party where we carved our pumpkin and were able to mix and mingle. We decided to dress Thayden up in a costume we bought when we were in Florida Feb of '07. He was a Thing 1 from Dr.Seuss, which made a lot of since to us because he was our first child! Anyways, we had a lot of fun that night, it seems like most of our ward was there and dressed up in all sorts of silly costumes. Shane was a construction man and I was a farm girl.

Halloween night was a lot of fun also! Our apt complex always has a chili dinner and trunk-o-treating. All the cars line up in 2 rows right outside our building and we can go around to eachothers' cars, mingle, and get candy! It was great because we had the excuse of Thayden to get candy! that night Shane and I dressed up in our matching MASH pj's with boots and jean bomber jackets. It was fun dressing up Thayden again, however we had to quickly bundle him up as it got really cold. I hope to have more fun next year as Thayden might be able to understand Halloween a little better and be able to get his own candy. It was the start of a great tradition, and we hope to share more with you next year!