I cannot express how much I truly love this man, I am so lucky to call him mine. Don't get me wrong things aren't always perfect but thats what I love about our relationship. He knows me better than anyone and has me all figured out. I cant imagine life without him! I love you Matthew Hunter Gailey...... thanks for being mine!
I cannot believe this little baby is now a big boy. How simple life was back then... I took it for granted....I stayed home all day and did nothing but hold him and tell him how wonderful he was... I am so lucky to be a mom and I have loved every (well almost every) minute of it. I love you sweet boy....
Well it has finally happened... I am officially a mother of a preschooler.... I know its kind of late in the year but its a long story:) Hunter was tested for his speech and qualified for speech therapy. I was told that he would be able to get this done free of charge through the school district and that they would get back to me quickly with more information... Well after 6 weeks of constant nagging on my end they finally set up an appointment for him at the local elementary. We were so excited! I had been telling Hunter about "Speech School " and he was pumped. Well it turns out this appointment was actually ANOTHER testing not therapy and they said they would submit this to the district and would have an answer in a few weeks! I was beyond frustrated by this point. I had not enrolled Hunter in a preschool thinking that he would be having therapy so I felt defeated. Then my Aunt Mary came to visit. I was telling her about Hunter and she was explaining to me how the same thing had happened to her son James when he was little, to make a long story short she being the AMAZING person she is found me an AMAZING school called the Evergreen Montessori Academy and enrolled Hunter for me. This was his first week and HE LOVES IT! The best part is that he gets speech therapy there so I don't have to take him anywhere else.... I am so proud of him and cant wait to see him improve more and more each week! I need to thank my Heavenly Father for hearing my prayers and answering them through my Aunt Mary. I have learned so much about being a better parent because of her.... I am so grateful for my family and for everyone who helps me get him to and from school... I love my boys and will do ANYTHING to ensure they succeed!
So i feel like i have been on one of these for the past few months. I have been going "back and forth " on the subject of having another kid.... Matt and I both know we want another one but its just hard to decide WHEN is the right time... Hunter is 3 and will be 4 in Feb. and Taggart just turned 2 in August. So i definitely have my hands full , but i really don't want a HUGE gap between the kids.... especially if its a boy because I WILL NOT have more than 3 boys:) I also am almost 5 years older than Danielle and although now you would never notice ... growing up we hardly had anything in common, I was just bossy....and she was just annoying. ANYWAYS, I am sure all you moms out there have gone through something similar so I need some advice. I know that every person is different..... I do have to add that I already made a HUGE step by taking out my IUD in July... I had been praying about it and knew that I needed to be ABLE to at least get pregnant if it was "meant to be" and that wouldn't happen with that in. SO that was one big step already. But i am just debating on timing... Matt wants to wait until the beginning of next year to start "TALKING ABOUT IT" and he said if it happens before then (by some chance) then he is ready for one... but i really don't want to have a baby in the PEAK of sick season ( we all know my kids track record with RSV) so i am torn.... I had to finally write down my frustrations so i do not drive myself crazy with my slight case of OCD i have seemed to acquired. You are all probably reading this thinking I am crazy and I probably am....Oh well
Well what can I say... time flies when you're having fun. I cannot believe my sweet Taggart is 2! He has grown up so much these past few months, he has quite the personality and is such a Mommas boy.... He loves his brother and copies everything he does. He is still obsessed with Daisy our dog and LOVES TO EAT! I dont know what we would do without him around to keep us laughing. He has a million different facial expressions and talks pretty well.... I am so proud to be his mom, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAGGART WE LOVE YOU!
We were very fortunate to be able to do so many fun things these past few weeks. We went on our first official family vacation ( without either of our extended families) to visit my Aunt ,Uncle and Cousin in MONTANA! WE had so much fun... It is seriously one of my favorite places ever... I have so many memories there and it was fun to start making new ones with my family. I know this will be a place the kids will love to visit... hopefully every year!
Hunter got a "Buzz" fishing pole.... It was so nice because it came with a fish already on it :) He became quite the fisherman , he cast and reeled all day long.... He loved it ... This picture shows just how beautiful it is there. This pond is like 5 seconds from their house... besides the mosquitos it was PERFECTION! Here are the boys holding some real fish Matt and Uncle Bill caught... Matt got to go on a fun float down the river and got a lesson in fly fishing....
Here are the boys in the raft... We had so much fun and can't wait to go back! We love you Uncle Bill , Aunt Chris and Tay Tay.... I don't have very many pictures of our next few adventures
( mainly because I am in them in my swimsuit and I didn't want anyone to barf)
but I thought this one was too cute not to post... my little Buzz and Woody.... My Aunt Cindy is building a cabin @ Bear Lake and we parked the trailer up there for the whole summer so we can just go up and stay whenever we want, We have gone several times and have LOVED it! I cant wait until the cabin is done.... This is another place where I have so many memories of going there every year with my family ... I can t wait to continue the tradition with my family....
We went up for a quick Day trip to Bear Lake visit Grandma , Grandpa and Cindy... The water was BEAUTIFUL and it was so sunny and fun. The kids loved it and cannot wait to go back to the BIG WATER ! (as hunter calls it)
AS i was doing my usual "blog surfing" today, I came apon this most AMAZING blog. This woman (who I do not know) is my idol. She has 5 kids ( she says she doesnt know if she is done yet) , is BEAUTIFUL and you can just tell how much she loves her family. It left me feeling at first like I was a bad mom, but now I am inspired to do a total MOMMY MAKEOVER..... watch out family , you're about to get a new and improved ME!
This picture was taken exactly a year ago..... I cant believe how much they have grown up! I am so lucky to be a mom and I love my boys so much. I cannot describe the unconditional love I feel for them, even though at times I feel like I could easily run away forever:) Those overwhelming feelings of frustration and stress leave at fast as they come when that sweet face says "are you OK? " as they pet your head. It only takes that one moment to put things back in perspective.... I know that I am blessed to have 2 beautiful healthy boys and I feel very lucky to be trusted by my Heavenly Father to raise them. My hope is to help them become respectful , hardworking men that have a relationship with the Lord. I know that free agency is a very real part of life and I am sure they will make some choices that I wish they wouldn't but I have comfort in knowing that they have such a great Dad to look up to. Matt is the reason I am who I am today and I cant wait to see the impact he has on our boys. He is my everything and I am so thankful for him. Al in all I guess I am just one blessed happy girl with the world at my fingertips...... I can t wait to see where we are a year from now.......
Danielle and I took a fun road trip to see our family in Montana. It was Taylor's Prom and we took up some stuff to help decorate, It was so awesome! The theme was Alice in Wonderland and they went ALL OUT! Danielle has pictures of it on her Blog if you want to see it. It was so fun to be with Danielle and just spend some quality SISTER time, Hopefully we can make this a tradition to do a sister trip every year! I love her so much, I loved giggling all night when it was time to go to sleep .... doing the "remember when" game and just realizing that we are still best friends..... For my birthday this year Danielle used her "hook ups" to get me the most AMAZING birthday cake.... in my favorite color of coarse..... It was such an awesome birthday and so MANY people did sweet things for me:) So thank you!
I know that I am a little behind, but I just got the Internet at our house.... yes we have lived almost a year without it;) But now I can finally post the latest pics of the boys. They have a slight obsession with their "Water Boots"so that's why they have them on, Hunter is also in Love with Buzz, His favorite show changes every few days but he ALWAYS loves to play with buzz.....He has quite the imagination, and Taggarts face says it all..... we are in trouble.I am so lucky to have such handsome, silly , crazy and LOVABLE boys..... They are both getting so big.
Here we all are after Church today. The boys got to wear their new Easter outfits. They looked so handsome! We had such a fun day :) The boys are having so much fun playing in the new sandbox and Grandmas house . I cant believe how much nicer it is when they can play outside all day!
Hunter is getting so big. He has been potty trained for about 6 weeks now and I cant tell you how nice it is not having to buy so many diapers! He is in LOVE with all his toys. He has the best imagination and can keep him entertained for hours. He loves watching movies and playing with his brother.
Speaking of Taggart, he has turned into quite the handful. He is definitely a mommas boy and is still sleeping with us, unfortunately, but he is starting to say quite a few words and is so sweet and funny. He is OBSESSED with our new dog Daisy, she is so good to let him always lay all over her. He is getting so big!
Matt is officially out on his own with his Lawn Care business. He is doing good but it has certainly been a little stressful. I am still working at the Tanner Clinic, I LOVE my job and the Dr. I work for. It is nice to be able to get away for a few hours during the week and I finally took advantage of the health insurance there and all I can say is MY PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED! Hunters one night in the hospital cost us 3800.00 dollars! Ya I don't know about you but we certainly don't have that just laying around to hand to the hospital! ( Thank heaven for payment plans:) ) So now I will not have to worry about and OUTRAGEOUSLY high deductible & premium.... I am already sleeping better.
I am just so happy right now, life is good and I Love MY FAMILY!
Well I know that I have been a blogging slacker but it is for 2 reasons. One I lost my camera but I dont dare tell Matt :) And secondly we dont have the internet at our house. But I was looking at all my old posts and I cant believe what a good journal it makes. I want to start doing it again just so I can look back and remember things. So I am offically back in the blogging business, now I just have to somehow get a new cameraa.... I think I will call my mom :)
Matt and I met while being set up on a blind date by our friends Brett and Megan. It was seriously love at first sight.... We were married on June 10th 2005 in the Bountiful Temple. We now have a houseful of 3 crazy boys and 2 dogs, lets just say we are never bored. I love my FAMILY!