Wonderful company helped us close one year and ring in the next! 2012 was a very good year for the Dunns. I’d love to go into all the highlights of the year, but to be quite honest, my brain is mush right now. I’m sleepy and I’m not sure all of my thoughts would flow or even be coherent. Lazy, eh? Well, at least I’m attempting to document my life despite lacking wit or inspiration.
My parents came in for Christmas and spent the next week with us. What a great time we had! Despite being cooped up in the house for most of their visit, we made the best of it with fires, yummy coffee, card games, and quick spurts outdoors until fingers were too cold. One morning while my mom and I did some after-Christmas shopping with Graham, Dad and Parker entertained themselves at Cabelas. (Imagine that?) When we picked them up, they had one small package in tow. A box of wooden airplanes. Those airplanes only lasted about 30 minutes, but in the minds of two little boys, those were some pretty fantastic minutes.
He was a little disturbed with the tail broke for the 50th time and mommy could no longer put it back together with hot glue. He’s learning the phrase, It was fun while it lasted.
Boys aren’t really that different at 32 than they are at 5.
Sweet face did not like when his plane bit the dust, but enjoyed every second up to that moment.
Mom and Pops.
One morning, we took the boys to the jump house. I HAD to get some of their energy out.
While Mom and Dad were visiting, David and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. It’s kind of crazy. I’m sure I say that every year. I feel like we have grown so much year nine, and I’m beginning to realize how much I truly respect my husband. I don’t always do a perfect job showing him, but I now grasp how blessed I am to have such a wonderful guy by my side. Thankful. Extremely thankful. We kept it simple this year and just tried a new restaurant before stopping by our engagement spot. Thanks Mom and Dad for letting us have a lovely, much needed date night.
My mom and dad hit the road for home on the 30th and we anticipated our next visitors just 24 hours later.
My long lost friend (rather dramatic, Em, I know) from high school came and visited me with her beautiful family! What a fun week. Em and I could sit and talk for hours over coffee and Eric, her husband, and David seemed to get along great too. There’s only so many people who can understand my love for thrifting, share a common desire to live on a farm one day, and who can do circles around my crafting abilities. That’s Emily. Crazy talented and bold like my husband. I admire the trait in both of them that truly doesn’t care when they don’t fit the mold. They thrive in nonconformity. So inspirational to an approval-seeking, people pleaser like myself. Em, as cheesy as it sounds (and I know you like cheesy), all our kitchen counter and sofa chats were good for my soul.
The kids were an absolute hoot to watch. The first day, Parker and Ellie had some mad love going on, but by the end of the week, Parker was getting a little less tolerant of all her affection. In her little two-year old mind, she just couldn’t understand why. It was so cute. Ellie is such a smart, affectionate girl. She and I could be real pals quickly.
I gotta tell you a funny story that happened when Eric and David took the kids for a walk in the double stroller. At one point, Ellie was feeling the love and leaned into Parker’s face (5-10 inches away) and said, “Parker, I love you.” After a long pause and not knowing what to do with his awkward feelings, Parker responded with, “That…makes…me…feel………delicate.” Kid you not. I just can’t help but crack up.
How did Graham behave with all this? He was Graham. He had sweet moments with Ellie and moments where his ugliness was put out there for all to see. It is so nice being around people with other non-perfect kids. They understand the melt-downs and need for constant love and discipline. You don’t feel the need to always explain yourself, you know? Ease is a good word to describe how I felt around the Ness’s. Comfort and Ease.
They got to see first-hand my kid’s obsession with Legos. People, I’m not exaggerating. I think Ellie might have learned a thing or two about construction.
We even got our paint on one afternoon.
Then there’s baby Will. Easiest baby ever. I’ve already had many talks with Evie about how I expect her to model after Will. My kids also loved him. Parker patted him on the head ever time he had a chance and smeared a kiss on his cheek when he felt it necessary.
Em and I had one afternoon to do a little thrifting.
One of Emily’s favorite memories of me is my awesome teenage taste in bedroom decor. I sported this little Pueblo guy in my room for a good bit of middle school and high school. He sat next to the dream-catcher. I liked him. She found him at the mountain mission. It took everything in her not to purchase him for her home. Em, it could have brought back so many great memories. You missed out.
While we were looking for treasures, the Dads took the children to the Clay Center. Em and I showed up for the last 45 minutes of action.
I’m a sucker for a good photo booth experience.
If this isn’t cute, I don’t know what is.
Glad to see someone else’s kids enjoy a good crazy face as much as mine.
We had to get the kids out of the house despite really cold weather, so we bundled them up and went to the closest park to burn off a little energy. We are beginning to learn that summertime is better for entertaining visitors!
Mini pinecones are always fun…even when you keep seeing them show up in the washing machine and dryer for weeks.
Baby Will trying to hang on for dear life while David and Eric incessantly tried to break the ice on the pond with sticks and stones.
Emily getting her Crossfit on.
You should see Em’s baby pictures. Will is a mini boy version of her for sure!
Practicing her skills.
These two are alike in many ways.
This just cracked me up. Gotta do what cha gotta do to get the shot, right Em? I just can’t relate to the problem of long legs getting in my way.
Despite me hating to be in pictures at the end of my pregnancy and all of us being a hot mess, we wanted a group picture. Obviously Ellie did not.
We tried the whole “we’ll just take one without you” to coerce her into the shot.
Didn’t work. Do you see her drama? I have a lot to learn about girls. We’re just over there laughing. Mean mommas.
Well, leave it to her daddy to convince her to get her picture taken. He promised a wild tire ride where he would voluntarily throw himself in the mulch for laughs. It worked. She thought it to be a grand idea. Thanks Eric.
Awaiting the promised good time.
Yep. It was as good as it sounded.
How did I miss getting a picture of Eric rolling backwards upside down? Regretful. It was pretty awesome.
I cannot say thanks enough for driving the long country roads to spend a week of your lives with us. You were a timely and great encouragement to our family. The patience level you maintain with your children is something David and I took major notes on. Really looking forward to our next visit with you all. So. much. Fun. You wore this pregnant gal out!