Tyler had a birthday! I like to do things for people, especially people I love. This year for Tyler's birthday I couldn't figure out what to do or get him. Very last minute an idea dawned on me. I called a few of our friends and asked if they'd be willing to meet us at our local waffle truck (it moves around every day and is the most delicious food you'll get out of a tuck - ever) to surprise Tyler for his birthday. Of course, all of our awesome friends were on board! The night before the surprise I delivered signs, party hats and noise makers to them.
The surprise was a hit! Even in the snow (lots of snow). I think my favorite part about it was when the waffle truck guy said, "So who's brithday is it?" and a random lady in line said "It's Tyler's. Can't you read the signs?!" It was a fun, wintery night. Thanks to our friends (not all of them are pictured in the photo below)! We love you!
Taking children to an art museum is a lot like. . . taking children anywhere. They bolt from place to place trying to find the maximum fun in the situation. Needless to say, our visit wasn't terribly long, but it still filled a bit of the art void in my life. And if nothing else, these photos make me really happy.
Finally, a little family reading time. When we built this reading nook this is exactly what I had envisioned in my mind. Man, I love my family.
These photo only show a snippet of our life. If you were to come to our house you would probably find us in our 'house pants' (as Simon calls them, thank you Fords :) crawling around on the floor pretending to be cows or cats (Simon's favorite game of late). We don't lead an overly exciting life. We aren't rushing from one activity to the next; we simply live. But our living is joyful and filled with laughter.
I read a quote the other day that said something to the effect that there is nothing wrong with leading a calm life. That thought has really resinated with me. I'm pretty sure we will never live in another country or even out of the state of Utah. We probably won't own a cabin in the woods with a stream near by. We won't take yearly cruises to exotic places. We probably won't ever live in a building with a doorman. And we won't own all the latest flare. We may not ever stand out in a crowd, but that's okay. It's okay because I love us, and I love that we love each other. We have a happy, simple life. A happy, simple life for which I am very grateful.
Conclusion: There is really nothing wrong with leading a calm life.