Addisen and David Frey are married:
It’s been over two months since I last posted! Uggghhh! I stopped taking notes after the first week, so I’ll just go off of pictures and what I can remember. I’m so glad the last two months are over. There were many wonderful, spiritual, happy moments, but mainly it felt like a lot of work. I’m sure I’ll get better at this phase of life and learn some tricks to make it go more smoothly.
THINGS THAT DIDN’T WORK
Reading Follow the River by James Alexander Thom. It was a true story and was highly depressing. I learned a lot, but as she starved I couldn’t eat myself (I made up for that in December). I finally had to stay up late one night to finish it so I could move on in life. I have to say it was the best book discussion I’ve ever been to.
Dixon: “Why can’t I say hate?” Mom: “You can, once.” Dixon: “HATE!” Smiling coyly like he just did something super big. So funny!
Having a talk with Royce about Santa, etc. I won’t go into detail here, but it was time for it and he cried for 30 minutes. A moaning kind of cry. Especially as we added information about the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy. I was dying as he cried harder and harder. Oh the horribleness of it all. I’ve decided I can’t have “The Talk” with him, it’ll break his innocent heart. But I don’t want him to learn it from anywhere else. Oh the dilemmas of parenting…. Royce has since recovered and is really happy to understand it all now.
Dixon almost getting tricked by Bryson.
Rough patches during the wedding. Expected, but not in the way that it ended up happening….. 😦 Some things in life can just be down right disappointing.
Dixon getting his mesiodens pulled. I could hear him screaming in the back room. We decided it would be best to have Kevin back there, because I would only make it worse by wanting to run out with him. Kevin did an incredible job with Dixon and Dixon came out so proud of himself.
Tessa, Corbin and Hadley having sassy mouths. We’re getting them back on track with a little soap action. They had many opportunities to clean themselves up before we had to resort to this. Happy parenting….. By the way, it worked. 🙂 They are all speaking kindly to each other now.
THINGS THAT WORKED
Addisen and David’s Sealing! Incredible day with incredible people. I can never thank everyone that helped enough. So here is a huge THANK YOU!!! Our entire family felt the love.
Learning to sing parts to hymns as family. Some family members have been able to do this, but now we are all trying to pull it together. Bryson said he’d waited his entire life for this. 🙂 We still have a lot of work….
Playing fun games over break and for Family Home Evening. Jenga was a hit as the littles could participate too.
Church Primary Program! I think it is my favorite day of the year. I couldn’t help smiling through the entire thing. Those kids are the cutest and Dixon kept singing super loudly, which cracked me up. The spirit was strong and made my day.
Time Out For Women! I got to go with the fabulous Tiffany Fox, but I think I caused her to end up in the hospital. 😦 Just kidding. We were all set to have a great night at the Marriott but then she had a gall badder attack. At 7 1/2 months pregnant, it was a horrible thing. I hooked up with my ward ladies and loved it. It was so nice to run into people from all over Oregon that I hadn’t seen in years. My heart was all filled up spiritually and lovingly.
Renting our Alabama house! We are so relieved to have a good family in there.
College kids rolling in for Thanksgiving and Wedding/Christmas. What an incredible experience to follow them through texting as they drive home. Filling the house up with their personalities. So fun!
Royce: “Merritt, what do you imagine the Tooth Fairy to look like? I imagine her like an angel.” He is my little believer….
Christmas Eve side of the road trash pick up tradition. Royce just told me his jacket still smells like beer. I was wondering how he knew what beer smelled like…..
Zoo lights with Nana. It was cold and rainy but still great.
Sledding on Mt. Hood! Such a fun day with great people! Thank you Dewey and Barney families!
Thanksgiving, wedding showers, guests at our house, Addisen and David getting Sealed in the Temple, Christmas Eve, Christmas and so much more that I can’t even go into. Facebook will have to do for this. We haven’t edited the wedding pictures yet, so those will come soon. I get exhausted just looking at the pictures of the last two months. Here is to the next year being calmer and more serene. I’m focusing on being present for the kids and simplifying. I want to do only the things that really matter and feel right. The rest gets thrown out.
Kevin and I celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary! We went to a fabulous dinner, but a long overdue trip will have to wait. So many memories flooded back at the temple in December. I am so thankful to get to live my life with this wonderful, faithful, good, fun, funny, spiritual, gorgeous, loving man.
Bryson and his talents. Love my Bubba!