Saturday, July 30, 2016

10th Birthday Celebrations

Yesterday, Lana asked to spend the day at Waterville with her cousins.
We had a great time, and were there from the time they opened the gate to the time they closed it!
Here are some videos from the Flowrider:
Dan and more Dan

Her actual birthday was today, and we spent the day doing all the things she loves the most.  

We started the morning with my homemade blueberry muffins and Dan's smoothies.

Then she wanted us to blow up an air mattress and watch movies all morning.
We gladly indulged in that request!

Dan's administrative assistant Mariah delivered Szotski's to our door!
She was thrilled, and even shared with us.

After lunch, she requested an afternoon and evening trip to the beach.
It's our very favorite time of day there!

It was National Cheesecake Day, so at the birthday girl's request,
we made one more stop on the way to the beach!

Good thing we did, 
because we entered a drawing and won cheesecake for a YEAR!

One more stop at Jersey Mike's for italian subs (her fave), 
and we made it to our happy place.

 I am obsessed with this picture
of my beautiful 10 year old in this beautiful place.

It was a perfect day to relax and be together,
celebrating the absolute joy she is to us.

This guy - his favorite thing to do at the beach is snack.

He also discovered the "butterfly shells" 
that I remember playing with throughout my childhood.

We had such a lovely day with our girl,
doing the laid-back, wonderful things that she loves.
Here's to another year with our beautiful Allana Marie!

Happy 10th Birthday, Lana!

We are celebrating a decade with the most beautiful girl that I've ever known. Happy birthday to my precious Lana, the one who made me a mama, the very sweetest part of our family.
She was beautiful,
but not like those girls in the magazines.
She was beautiful,
for the way she thought.
She was beautiful,
for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked
about something she loved.
She was beautiful,
for her ability to make other people smile,
even if she was sad.
No, she wasn't beautiful for something
as temporary as her looks.
She was beautiful, deep down to her soul.
She is beautiful.

--F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Flowers from my son.

He's almost 7, and he still brings me flowers.
Every time he sees some that can be picked,
he thinks of his mama.

He loves when I put them in my ponytail, or behind my ear.
I love it too; his love for me on display.

There will come a day when flowers will make him think of another girl;
I pray for her often.

But, for now, he thinks of me, 
and each blossom is a treasure.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

14 years.

Fourteen years today.
Over 5,000 days we've been married; he's seen me at my absolute best, and absolute worst, and we're still here, still choosing love.
So to honor this day, and this incredible man, I want to share 14 things you might not know about Dan.
1. He pastes my toothbrush every night. I never paste his, I always forget; but he never does. He even does the 1/2 baking soda paste and 1/2 regular toothpaste on mine because it's what I love.
2. He is the one the children wake in the middle of the night because he is unfailingly patient. They almost always go to his side of the bed.
3. He cooks breakfast for us every morning, and his fried eggs are the best you'll ever have.
4. He really is that unfailingly optimistic, that irresistibly charming. He can talk customer service people into making exceptions for him or doing what he wants, almost every time. People just genuinely LIKE him. (And no wonder.)
5. He holds my hand so I can fall asleep at night. It's one of the great comforts of my life.
6. He has a sweet tooth that knows no bounds; cookies and milk are his love language.
7. On road trips, he always drives so that I can sleep.
8. He is the sweetest, strongest presence in the delivery room. Both times I've had our babies, under completely opposite circumstances, he has been my absolute rock.
9. He believes the best of everyone, everyone, everyone. Even when they treat him poorly, he chooses to extend grace and believe the best some more.
10. He can pack a lunch for school faster than you can blink.
11. If ever our clothes are neat, if ever we look presentable, it's because he helps us pick out clothes and iron. He is the one with the fashion sense in our family.
12. He is the best in a crisis. When the bottom falls out, when things fall apart, he is steady and calm and peaceful. He's the one you want around if things spiral out of control.
13. He has to be pushed to do things he loves, like playing golf or softball or fishing, because he doesn't want to neglect our family.
14. He loves Jesus like crazy, and has from the moment he chose to follow Him. He's got the most incredible faith.
I've been many things over the years: daughter, sister, friend, student, teacher, mom....and of all the things I've been, being his wife is my favorite.

This girl is my rock! She's also my safe place to land. She's just good like that y'all. Somehow she manages to be the energy that keeps Team Davis moving forward in the right direction and the anchor that holds us firm in this life full of craziness. I started to make a list, but she beat me to it. (If you know us, you're not surprised by that.) "All the things that matter most" would pretty much some it up though. She's loving and kind to everyone she meets. She lights up the room with her incredible smile. She speaks life with the words she says and the life she lives. She can have an entire conversation with her facial expressions alone. She is raising two of the most incredible children in the world and she's doing it like a boss. She's a born teacher who loves to see children learn. A small business owner (even when she didn't want to be, but it fell in her lap.) A Jesus loving, disciple making, woman after God's own heart. And she's MINE! Has been for 14 years. Grateful to God for the gift He has given me in her.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Yes Day 2016

We love YES DAY!
They happen once or twice a year.
Mom says yes to any question the kids ask, within reason.
The questions can't be expensive,
and they can't involve travel.
Other than that, anything goes.

Tucker's first question of the morning:
Can I drink some of the white chocolate syrup?

The next few questions were predictable:
they involved cartoons and junk cereal.

 The rest of the day included questions like these:

Can I play the Wii?
Can we leave our beds unmade?  Skip our chores?
Can we go to Fast Eddie’s and play arcade games?  Can we get 100 tokens?
Can I wear slippers to Fast Eddie’s instead of real shoes?
Can I wear a hat instead of fixing my hair?
Can I braid your hair?
Will you wear it all day?
Can we go to the park?  
Will you push me on the swings even thought I can pump myself?
Can I hang in this tree?
Can we go out for lunch?
Can we have ice cream?
Can we play electronics instead of having rest time?
Can we go to the beach?
Can we take Pepper with us?
(She wasn't a huge fan.)
Can we stay until it’s dark?
Can we have Krispy Kreme for dinner?
Can we stay up late tonight, until 8:00?
(This was Tucker's 8:00 dance to celebrate the YES!)