Thursday, March 10, 2016

11th Anniversary and Valentines...

Sadly I did not get any pictures of us on our anniversary this year. Like I said in early posts, We went on a very nice cruise at the beginning of Janauary to celebrate our anniversary so that was why we didn't do as much on the actual day. However, Jon surprised me and still took me to Charlestons for dinner and a night out. He also broke our deal and still got me a card. I love his little notes so I didn't mind! It is always fun to reflect on the changes and growing that have taken place since we were married eleven years ago! Sometimes it feels like we have always been together and I can't remember life without Jon. I am grateful for the eternal companion, priesthood holder, provider, positive man, and sweetheart that I have in Jon. He really is my better half and picks up the pieces where I fall short and I feel like I do the same for him. I am grateful for the family we have started and for the father he is to our beautiful children. It's crazy to think about how much more love can grow if you allow it! The biggest thing I have realized that has brought Jon and I closer over the years is when we are both allowing the Lord to guide us. When we put him first everything else seems to fall into place. Another thing I have learned is that I have to worry about me and let Jon worry about him. There is no happiness in forcing someone to do things. It is through constant and consistent patience, love , and in being an example to each other of righteous living that I have seen the greatest change in one another. Also honesty has to be at the forefront of every relationship to allow and cultivate a deep trust that no matter what happens, things will be ok and work out. I love Jon and look forward to learning, and growing in respect and admiration for each other as the years pass by.

 For Valentines I was not expecting anything " extra" because Jon and I had spent a lot of money going on a cruise and we discussed that we would show our love in other ways on the holidays other than buying gifts this year. Of course Jon still got flowers and a card that stinker! I did get him a card as well so I guess we both broke our promise. We went to dinner at one of our favorite Italian places called BRIO and we also saw a romantic/comedy movie that was out in theaters. It was a nice night out without the kiddos to visit and just be us! My wonderful dad also got me the see's cinnamon  hearts I love so much! He has got them for me since I can remember and I think it is so sweet!
 Here the kids and I are frosting the sugar cookies we worked hard to make. They turned out delicious and yummy looking! I love these helpers.
 Wyatt with his. He loves to help me bake and asks me a couple times a week to make cookies.
 Bentley boy gave them the thumbs up.
 Bailey made sure to spread her sprinkles evenly and loved helping.
 Here is the finished product. We took them to several different friends, parties, and family so we needed to make a lot!
 Bentley with the Valentine box he created for his class party. Star wars themed of course!
 My good friend had a little Valentines party for the younger kids who weren't at school. Cousin Julz got to come along too which made Bailey so happy!
 These girls are like two peas in a pod!
 They were checking out all the fun goodies they got.
 Sophia passed out after all the fun but still had a good hold on her popcorn treat.
 Bailey and Sophia at our Lindsey ward Valentine party. They were running around more then they were dancing.
 Which explains why Sophia passed out on our friend Blaine Spencer's shoulder shortly after the party started. Even with all the noise she was out!
 Bentley and his friend Taylor Sherwood were dancing so cute together and as soon as I pointed my phone at them to take a picture they both gave me these looks of embarrassment and jumped away from each other. I was sad I ruined the nice dance they were having.
 Cheycee Spencer is so good with all the kids and they adore being around her! Bailey with some of her friends Emme Mckay and Taylor Sherwood.
 I was honored and felt so special when Bentley asked me to dance.
 It was the cutest thing ever!
 I will always cherish moments like these. It was a fun party and it was bittersweet because it was the last ward activity we had as a ward before the split the wards and stakes. 
 Jon at Brio with me on Valentines. The have the most amazing Bruchetta!
Having fun on our Valentines date night out!
 Going to see our romantic movie 
 We surprised our little Valentines we love so much with little Valentine candy hearts. They loved them as you can tell!
 Cousins frosting Valentine cookies together! 
Wyatt and Jon dancing the night away. 

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