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My Husband the Entertainer May 22, 2008

Filed under: Family News,Marriage,Scott — familydunn @ 10:59 pm

Most of you reading this are probably my mom or my grandpa, so you already know that Scott is looking for a new job in his actual field of study.  Teachering.  He wants to learn the kids to read.  And to read makes their speaking english good.

Anywho, I am so proud of this guy.  I have so much to write, or blog – if you will, about lately, but never enough time to sit and get anything accomplished.  Most of the the day I’ve got my wee one on my arm, and when I have two hands to use, I use them to pack boxes.  However, I wanted to share a list of 33 things that I love about my Number One Man in honer of his birthday last Thursday.

  1. He loves me.  Yeah, it’s more about me than him, but let me tell you, the man loves me.  Can’t get enough of me.  Watches out the door for me to pull in the driveway kind of love.  And I love him too.  I am his treasure, and I love it!
  2. He is the most kind hearted person I’ve ever known.  I’ve seen him in some sticky – irritating – situations, and he always maintains his cool.  He rarely says a harsh word to, or even about, anyone.
  3. He actually gives new foods a chance!
  4. He is a great Daddy.  He gets up in the night if he needs to, and he doesn’t complain.  He changes diapers, gives baths, has playtime, reads, rocks, and laughs with our babe.  She is completely smitten with him, and I have no doubt that I will now be the sole disciplinarian of the house.
  5. He is not afraid to say “no” to me.  In all actuality, I know he will be able to say no to Cassidy too.
  6. He is a pack-ratto say the least, but he has cool trinkets from his childhood lying around the house.  He loves the sentiment and the memories.
  7. He says he wants to learn to cook, but when it’s dinner time he’s ready to eat whatever I can make.  Hunger is not a learning state for him.
  8. He cares way more about making a difference in the world, living a full life, and being happy than he does making money or being safe.  He is a good balance of danger and caution.
  9. He has not hesitated to tell people that he’s not out for money, even when he’s criticized for it.
  10. He cried when explaining the ending of Quantum Leap to me. 
  11. He got all emotional during Dan in Real Life and then sobbed over Cass for a while.
  12. He reminds me to get over myself.
  13. He works hard.  Is constantly acknowledged as the hardest working man at his job.  He’s got a crazy work ethic.  It demands him to break a sweat almost everyday.
  14. My nephew fell in love with him, and he will willingly play for hours in the hot hot sun with a insatiable two year old who calls him “Sock.”
  15. His own niecesand nephews adore him and get really really rambuncious when he’s around, but he pays attention to each of them.  He really likes to read books to them and help them with school work.
  16. He has the ability to think things through before he acts.
  17. He is very serious, but will gladly have fun when I ask him to.  Infact, he wakes up a little more goofy each day.
  18. He is creatively funny. 
  19. Awesome is a complete understatement when tryingto describe his video-ing skills.  We bought a video camera a few months before Cass was born.  The first thing he did was film our fan, zoom in on the lights, and declare in his best cinematic narrative, “Inside the light bulb lives a creature few have ever seen!”
  20. Try as i might, he is totally and completely and utterly stuck in 90s fashion. 
  21. He will forever love KISS.
  22. When he was a kid he formed an air band that “played” covered of early 80s rock songs.  The bands name was Iron Cross.  They put on a show for the neighborhood in St. Louis before he moved to Batesville.  Scott multitasked rocking both the air guitar and a quasi-mullet.
  23. When I have nightmares he scoots closer to me and says “I got ya.” before he drifts back to sleep.
  24. He gives me a back massage every single night.  And has since the week we started dating.
  25. He is the defender of breastfeeding.  Oh, how I thank him!
  26. He dreams about moving to Seattle, Portland, Austin, San Fransisco, Chicago, or somewhere north with me.
  27. He refuses to fight with me, even when I push his buttons.
  28. He is a strange form of neat-freak.  Throwing anything and everything into a drawer or closet to merely have the appearance of organization.
  29. He likes to take me shopping.
  30. He knows how to be thrifty.
  31. He grows out his beard only to cut it, and cuts it only to grow it out again.  And he laughs when people say, “I like your face.”
  32. He plays basketball to have fun.  He plays golf to remind himself that there are other sports he enjoys more than golf.
  33. He is absolutely positively certainly the most fun person to have at a party.

I love you, Scott.  I hope we can make 33 a good year!

 

Happy Mama’s Day! May 14, 2008

Filed under: Cassidy,Family News,Mommyhood,Pictures — familydunn @ 2:56 am

Sweet Cass,

Your Mama named you Zelda long before she saw you were a girl on the ultrasound.  Most people thought you were a boy.  Your Gamma and your Aunt Michelle knew you were a girl, and so did your Mama.  Your Daddy always said he thought you were a boy, but felt like you were a girl.  I tried to make him pick one or the other so many times…he never did.  He wanted you, a girl, though.  He had fantasies of your sweet little baby self in a ruffled swimsuit on the beach.  He loved you from his first thought of you. 

But I knew who you were.  I don’t know how, but I did.  I just knew.  I read somewhere that 70% of Mommys know their baby’s gender from in the womb.  I did, so it must be true.  And I named you Zelda.  My little Princess.  A Prophet Princess, full of rolaty, wonder, wisdom, and magic.  My babe.  A hero. 

Did you know that’s true?  Did you know that God has planned for you since before you were born?  Since before He even created the world?  Did you know that He picked the time and place that you would be born and live your life?  He created you to do something special.  Mommy can’t wait to see what you turn out to be.  I can’t wait to see what God has made you to do.  You are completely unique.  Completely you.  Did you know that God spoke the entire world into being, but he crafted you with His own hands – just like play-dough?  Did you know that He stayed with you while you were in your Mommy’s tummy, and He helped you grow, and then when you were born, He breathed your first breath of air right into your lungs?  Did you know?  You can’t see Him, but He is there.  He is watching and waiting for you to recognize Him.  To talk to Him, and to listen.  Did you know that He promised that if you would just love Him, He would work everything in your life out for good?  That means even the bad and the sad times can turn out to be something good!  It might be hard for you to understand, but think of it like this.  When you learn to ride your bike and you fall down, you learn from the fall, and eventually, you learn not to fall at all.  God does that with life!  He loves you so much, and so do I!

I don’t know much of this motherhood stuff figured out yet, and I probably won’t ever get it down just right – Mommy tends to learn as she goes.  So I don’t have any advice yet, but I want to tell you a few ways you’ve changed my life.

Because of you:

  • I watch my temper.  I can finally roll with the punches.  I am very grateful for this, because I think the person I was before you wouldn’t have been much of a mother!
  • I wake up early and I make the bed.
  • I don’t smoke or do drugs.  I would much rather rock my babe to sleep at night than party on with Wayne and Garth.
  • I have broadened my musical taste.  I try to find songs that you will like, and that you could sing along to in a few years.
  • I am closer to my family, and Daddy is closer to his family, too.
  • I love your Daddy more.  I see him in your face, and it is beautiful.
  • My heart beats a little faster when you laugh, and a little slower when you cry.
  • I cry more.
  • I laugh more.
  • I talk baby talk to everyone! 
  • I appreciate my own Mama more.  I understand her now and I love the Mother that she is.  I am so glad she’s my Mommy and I know that I will be a better Mama because of her.
  • I think about myself less.  Most of my daydreams are about you now.
  • I love the lady that your Aunt Amy is.  I can’t wait for you to be old enough to enjoy her.  She is a hoot.  A hoot with a big heart.  Friendship is hard work sometimes, but it is one of the biggest joys in life! 
  • I pray for your friends.
  • I know that somewhere there is a little boy there is going to break your heart, and I want to give him a SPANKING!!!
  • I know there may be another boy who your Daddy will give you to at the end of an aisle one day, and that your Daddy will be so bittersweetly brokenhearted that I will have to comfort him to no end.  I pray for that boy.  That He will love Jesus more than anything else.  That he will know how to be a BLAST.  I pray he plays hard, and works hard, and loves hard, and that he has parents who love him just as much as Daddy and I love you.
  • I realize that this love for you is a BIG LOVE.  A love that is felt and acted out and overdone at times.  But this BIG LOVE is necessary.  It will cover many wrongs, make many thing tolerable, and keep us bound together long after commitment caves. 

So here’s to BIG LOVING you, Cass.  You are my favorite.  A true princess.  I hope I raise you well.

Love, Mommy