When you wake up, you’ll be two

Kylah,

Ever since we found out about you, our lives have been better. You’ve taught us lessons. You’ve made us laugh. You’ve made us cry. And we love you more and more every day for this.

When you wake up today, you’ll be two. Two years since you changed our lives. Two years since we first got to look into those beautiful eyes. Two years since we held you close to us with no intention of letting you get too far. Two years since we made a promise to do only right for you.

And as you continue to grow and become your own person, we couldn’t be more happy with who you are becoming and who you can be. You are smart, kind-hearted and more amazing than we could have ever hoped for.

When you wake up in the morning, you’ll be two. You’ll have more adventures in potty training and running and jumping and laughing and time outs (yeah, even our precious little snow flake gets in trouble…).

Happy birthday to our amazing daughter and thank you for making our lives better.

We love you,

Mommy and Daddy

One year

One year ago, our lives changed. Kylah was born and our lives changed. We had hard nights, hard days and amazingly happy times in between. The last 12 months have been nothing short of amazing. All the times somebody told Kelci and I about how our lives were going to change it was hard to imagine the ways that would happen.

I’m not sure how I’m supposed to put these last 12 months into words. I just can’t. I think of her smiles. Our smiles. Her tears. Our tears. Her cries. Our cries. Her victories. Our victories. There are no words to capture what her presence in our lives has meant. I think I’m going to let pictures tell their thousand words.

I love you Kylah.


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A public thank you

I haven’t yet gotten to thank all of the friends and family for an amazing birthday. Thanks to your donations and an extra thanks to Big Al’s Brewing, Kelci and I have been able to drop off more than $300 worth of diapers, formula, baby food and clothes to the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network.

Aside from your generosity, I appreciate that I have surrounded myself with people willing to take time out of their lives to celebrate with me and contribute to this cause.

Surprisingly, turning 30 was really no big deal. I had a much harder time mentally with turning 20. Moving out of my teen years and into my 20s meant being an adult; no longer having an excuse to act my age. It was the year that I got really serious about journalism school and it was the year I was no longer a teenager.

But turning 30 was different. Kelci and I have been married for nearly six years, we’ve been in our house for almost three years. And now we have Kylah, who has already been working her way toward turning one. So, for now I concentrate on career and family and building both up in a way that brings me nothing but joy. After all, if you can’t find happiness in an action, why do it?

So thank you everybody for helping make this the best birthday in a while!

Happy Birthday Mommy!

I just want to say happy birthday to Kelci. The best mom. The best wife. My best friend.

OK, I don’t want to just say happy birthday. But today is her 30th birthday and I thought I’d embarrass the both of us with a little note to here on the blog.

Kelci and I have been together nearly 10 years after meeting in Hawaii during our first year of college (that’s a story for another post, but ask me and I’ll tell you). Over the last decade, we have traveled a path that has taken us through losing jobs, losing close relatives, gaining new friends, gaining a new home and now gaining our wonderful daughter.

One thing that I can count on in my life, however, is Kelci. She is there for me when I need a shoulder or when I simply need her on my shoulder. She is there for me when I am being a hyperactive ADD wild-child. She is there for me when I look down at Kylah and then give Kelci a “what the hell do I do now?” look.

There’s no point to this other than to share how extremely thankful I am to have her in my life.

As her and I have gotten older (I am definitely not maturing, so I don’t thing aging is the right word), I have become more and more thankful that I have her in my life. She has helped shape me and helped me become who I am.

When we were dating and getting more and more serious, we started to describe our relationship as a walk down an unknown path. For the most part, it is an easy, flat and straight walk that is surrounded by beauty. On occasion there is a bend in the road, or the scenery isn’t quite as gorgeous as you hoped. Our path has had curves, hills and a few trees that have fallen across it.

But we have continued to navigate it. We have guided each other down this path. We are a perfect team. And that’s why I want everybody to say with me:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KELCI!!!