Molli and I got to spend an amazing week in Arizona with my family. I cannot even express the sweetness of this week. Molli and Jackson were incredible together! They are total opposites, in pretty much every way.
Molli is a tall little girl, Jackson is a little on the shrimpy side.
Molli is rough and tumble, Jackson is sweet and sensitive.
Molli is wild and constantly on the move, Jackson is content to sit and watch.
Molli loves to touch and be touched, Jackson is brought to tears by Molli’s touch.
Molli is working on her ninth and tenth tooth, Jackson has zero.
Molli was quick to sit/crawl/walk, Jackson is in no hurry.
Molli wants everyone’s attention, Jackson prefers Mommy and Daddy.
Molli is busy and LOUD, Jackson is calm and quiet.
Molli fights eating, Jack is an eating champion.
I could go on and on. They are seriously so very different, and both so perfect.
The overriding theme of the week was most certainly “love.” I think in previous posts I’ve made it clear just how much I love Molli. However, I never thought I could love another child with comparable intensity. My darling nephew, Jackson, is so perfect, and perfectly wonderful. I am blessed. I feel like the grinch at the end of the story- although I was never grouchy about anything- my heart feels like it has doubled in size. The same way I cannot bear to think of anything bad ever happening to Molli, and the desire I have to watch her grow up healthy, happy and confident is equal to the desire I have for all of these things for sweet Jack. I love these babies.
My parents were absolutely in heaven with these babies. It was such a joy to me to watch my parents interact with them. Mom and Dad were so amazing with them and the love they have for both of them simply radiated from their faces. Their eyes lit at the opportunity to help with what are otherwise everyday, commonplace tasks. They were thrilled to take care of bath time, feedings, dressing (except involving Molli, who thrashes), bedtime bottle and pushing the stroller. So thrilled, in fact, they became jealous when the other got to do these things too often. Dad jumped at every opportunity to lull our cranky babies to sleep in the stroller, and Tamara and I were more than willing to offer our tired tots in order for Dad to fulfill his hearts' desire. Mom says Myles and I are good parents, but I can only hope that we do half as well as she and Dad. I love my parents.
My brothers are such special people to me. Growing up we didn’t always get along. It wasn’t until high school that we really became friends. Nate and I had each other’s back, and Brian and I did each other’s homework. When we played our cards right, we stayed out of trouble and got good grades. Nate and Brian were in Arizona and it was very fun to hang out with them. Unfortunately, Zach wasn’t able to come on the trip, but he was definitely thought about. I can always count on my brothers to make me laugh, and with two of the three present, you can bet we did a lot of laughing. I love them.
My sister-in-law, Tamara has grown to be someone very close to my heart. I never had a sister growing up, and although I know I can never replace her beloved sister, I am honored to be sisters with her in this way. God knows what he’s doing and I am sure glad that He has brought her into our family. She knows how to laugh at herself and be silly (which is important in our family). She also has proven to be a wonderful, caring mother who puts her son and his needs first. I am glad that she and my brother have each other, and I look forward to many more years getting to know her. I love my sister-in-law.
My husband has been so understanding about letting me go on trips without him. He has taken his role as the provider for our family seriously, and therefore stays home to work while the two most important people in his life leave him. Molli and I both miss him when we’re gone, but I’m sure not as much as he misses us when he is all by himself. I definitely wish he could come with us on all the trips I have taken with Molli, but I am so very thankful that he realizes how important it is to my family and me to see one another. We are glad to be back together, and are excited about our next adventure that begins on Wednesday; As a family, we are going to Florida to be with Papu and Nanette! I love my husband.
So much love in this family! I am so very happy to have had the opportunity to spend time with these people whom I love so dearly. Family, you are wonderful!
(There are lots more pictures, these are just those I had on my phone...I'm sure I will not keep them all to myself.)