Sunday, February 14, 2021

2020 - What a dumpster fire…

I once started blogging because I felt like it was something I could consistently update and give my kids a chance to read once they became older. Well, here I am, with a handful of blog posts because I lacked the motivation and they can now read (sigh).  It seems the only time I feel compelled to write is during the annual Hallmark holiday of Valentine's Day.  It gives me a chance to sit back and reflect on how amazing my better-half is and the two wonderful kids we are raising together. Given, one of them is a bit of a hellion, but that’s perhaps a blog post for another day (most likely not, but we can hope). 

Boe - Talk about this rollercoaster we’ve been on together for well over 14 years now. We’ve had our ups and downs, but one thing that’s never changed is that we are always there for one another.  I joke that we are a power couple, but I’m only half kidding and half serious. We never look at an obstacle as something to stop us, but something to simply challenge us and overcome.  When I have my doubts you are the first one to pull me out of the rut and say, “we’ll figure it out, we always do”.  Something that not a lot of people know, if anyone is what Boe had inscribed on the inside of my wedding ring. It reads, “Like I said, we hungry.”  What was once a joke now beholds a whole new meaning. Together we can achieve just about anything we want, because we have the hunger for it.  Thanks for everything you do. There’s no one else I’d rather live this crazy life with than you.  I love you babe! 

Teagan – There isn’t a day that goes by when you don’t cease to amaze me.  Your huge heart, always looking at the silver lining, and being positive has helped to make me a better husband to mommy, and a better dad to you and your sister.  When I’m stuck at a crossroads, I think to myself, “What would Teagan do?”  Even with the challenges of remote learning over the past year, I’m absolutely blown away at how much you have excelled including just the other night when you showed us how to calculate area using the method your teacher showed you.  I hope you never lose your motivation to try new things (well, except for food) as that will take you places in life and present the opportunity to have experiences that others may never have the courage for.  Thanks for always being genuine.  I love you my peanut!

Hadley – All of us certainly need a little karma and spice in our lives.  That’s for sure!  It’s good to see that even with the challenges of the past year that you’ve come out of your bubble a bit.  A good example is when you taught us all how to dance to the Git Up song.  I smile and think of you every time I hear it!  For someone that used to be very shy and quiet, you are slowly learning that it’s OK to speak your mind (minus demanding dinner – DOH!).  Your strong willpower and focused attitude will certainly clear a path and allow you to be who you want to be without worrying about the perception of your peers.  Mommy and daddy will always support you and help keep your chin up.  You help to remind me to practice patience and make focused decisions without being influenced by my emotions.  While you are a spitfire, your difference of opinion continues to show me that I always need to hear both sides of the story before making any kind of rash decisions.  Thanks for always marching to the beat of your own drum and showing us that it’s OK to be one-of-a-kind.  I love you my lovebug!