Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Spring is coming!

I can feel it in my bones...

and we had 3 sunny days last week (:

It snowed 6 inches today.


Monday, February 25, 2013


Ugh. What a day.
Full of misunderstandings and snarky comebacks.
Squibbles and squabbles.
The coffee was out, dinner could have slayed vampires,
with lunch and everything in between just too painful to mention.
We forgot we were "us" and turned on each other instead.

A day to forget.

To make up with kisses and hot chocolate,
and claim the new mercies the morning will bring.

Ugh, what a monday.
Hope yours was better (:


Sunday, February 17, 2013

the weekend

 was full of
~ winter light streaming in dirty windows
~ sweet birthday greetings and wishes
~ cups of coffee kept warm on the heater
~ the tiniest of braids promising growth
~ all things sweet and yummy because they're husband's favorite
~ studying while eating said yummy things
~ my new favorite candle which brings the scent 
of spring to every nook and cranny

oh yes, and many, many episodes of "Lost".
Oh amazon prime, what a blessing/curse you are (;

Hope your weekend was bright and restful!


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Happy Birthday!!

to my beloved,
my friend,
partner in all things fun,
and the coolest Samurai of all time.

I love you so much.
Happy 24th Birthday!!


Friday, February 15, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The sun came out today...

 and even though its rays were deceiving and still biting with cold,
it was a lovely surprise to find in February.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Yesterday after work and school we took ourselves (and our expired groupon, boo)
out to an early dinner where we had a delicious burger and CAKE.
I'm not really a fan of cake, but this cake I really like.
Maybe because its only half cake, the other half is something amazingly creamy and delicious.
Which after we started eating realized most likely contained dairy.
Oh well.
We also received letters and packages from family yesterday!
Which had us holding our sides in pain from laughter
and tearing up from the feeling of being loved and thought of.

And this morning I'm dreaming of schemes of how to go south on 
spring break. So not going to happen but I'm going to dream of sun on my shoulders
and laughter over family dinners anyway.

All in all it was a lovely conclusion to a sad snowless monday.

Hugs from family and cake,
I mean could there be a better way to end a day? (:


Sunday, February 10, 2013

As I was looking through pictures from April 
I began noticing some pictures I hadn't really studied before,
and quickly began to notice a theme.

and I love it (:
I think it portrays who I am in such small, beautiful glances.
I so admire April's ability to do that.

and then there's this one...

Ugh. Her skill and ability to capture the essence of "us" is incredible.
And I'm not just speaking from bias (;

So again April,
We cherish these and our precious time spent with you.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Turns out I'm not as brave as I thought

(photo by April)

Its been quiet here.
 Our lives have been this quiet, almost melancholy flow of late. Not really sad, please don't misunderstand, but an almost joyful, quiet, melancholy. Which I am so very hesitant to write about and share. I'm not quite sure how to share. 
I much prefer to just be quiet and retreat to the quiet understanding of my home. 
The winter months are hard for me and for us.
 I somehow feel winter come in and feel it deeply. The cold winds seem to come into my very being 
and I'm never quite warmed through until the sun shines warmly again. 
The gray seems to settle as a fog into my mind causing all thoughts to be slow and muddled.
Somehow the slush covering the ground makes me conscious of my sluggish limbs and invites insecurity to reign over my sense of self. The violent gusts of winds accurately reflect my emotions as 
they shift and change without my permission or understanding.

There are so many things about the season of winter that I enjoy and I 
remind myself of these all the time (:
but it's still hard.

And thus it is hard to share.

But this is our life. Our learnings and growings.
God has given this for our good.
So we will enjoy and rejoice in it.

And blog about some of it for love of you (:


Today I'm grateful for


~Eucalyptus and Lavender and for how it makes our apartment smell when sprinkled on our heater.

~Warm leggings and remembrances of fun times with April.

~Secret birthday plans and the giddy feeling I get knowing I'm the one who gets to makes birthday plans for my man. I am so very happy and honored to be his wife.

~For rest. Because 1/2 of my nanny littles are sick with colds and I'm giving my body a day of rest to fight the cold I can feel coming.

~For this time just the two of us. The Burkhardt's. I am so grateful for this sweet time of just us, and although it is not what I planned or even hoped for it has been and is beautiful, and I am so grateful for it.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!


Saturday, February 2, 2013

A good bye to January, I promise I'm still blogging, and a chubby baby

January was such a weird month for us.
January will go down as the month we realized I am probably allergic to dairy.
I know I know, cue the "whaaaat?
I have been in almost daily pain for several years now,
varying from a dull aching to mind numbing pain depending on the day.
We were sharing a little bit of this with some friends of ours who in response
asked if we had ever considered it being a reaction to dairy, 
because you know dairy can cause inflammation right?
And inflammation from dairy could present itself like arthritis right?

Um, yeah no, never EVER considered that.

And yet through a series of experiments and an elimination diet we have
found out that I am indeed allergic to something in dairy products.

So January has been full of changes in diet, lots of studying, lots of headaches from said diet changes and general Januaryness, lots of frozen mornings, wondering if our toes will be ever be warm again, lots of working and cute slobbering babies.

cutest thing ever right?
And he LOVES to give hugs and kisses (:

27 lbs of pure cuteness and slobber.
I love my job.

So long January,
we're grateful for the lessons and laughs you brought.

Hello Febuary!
Bring on the hearts overload (;