Uhhh. So it’s been six months.

Yeah.  I’m definitely playing catch up.

Let’s see.  Since I last posted anything of substance here, consistently, I made it through my most difficult term yet, we started a junior youth group, took a few road trips, ran a few loads of laundry, and didn’t burn the house down.  I’m feeling pretty darn accomplished.  

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Fall term ended toward the latter half of December, and you’d think I would have had time to keep up with something (this blog, among other things) that I really want to maintain regularly for myself and family far away.  But apparently one needs a few months to recuperate from, not just fall term, but the last eight months.  They have included summer term (harder than this last fall term if only because it’s twice as fast), a two-pronged root canal (after the tooth died - something I would gladly trade for childbirth any day), a couple of weeks alone while hubby was off in a very remote field sampling location, oh, and then hubby’s new job.

Yup, that began right after fall term ended.

So all of that may come across sort of complain-y, but I can assure you that while I am quite open and willing to share my challenges, I am equally, if not more, aware and appreciative of our blessings over the last several months.  One of which is said job.  

Alex had been working at his first, straight-out-of college job for five and a half years.  He started just before we got married - and I mean just.  To the point that we could take a three day honeymoon because it was too soon to ask for any more time off than that.  The job was great for long enough, but once we moved to Oregon, and he transferred to the Portland office, communications with his boss got harder to manage than they already were.  Work became tedious.  And rather uninspiring.  

Alex is as steadfast as they come.  We had just had Jasper around the time work started to suck the life out of him.  But he kept on keeping on because he was the provider for me and Jasper while he was at his smallest.

His new job is glorious.  It’s the opposite of tedious and uninspiring.  It’s the opposite of easy.  And he’s as happy and fulfilled as I’ve seen him since he first started his straight-out-of-college position when you feel like that degree you spent however much on is actually worth something.  And that makes me so, so happy.  There are few things like watching your most-loved-one go through such feelings of confusion, and uncertainty about their life, and their worth, and their abilities.  There is even less like seeing your most-loved-one overcome that and surge upward into a realm of endeavor that refreshes, invigorates, and challenges him, but - even better - that also provides him with an opportunity to truly serve others, while subsequently growing himself.  We should all be so lucky and blessed.

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My main endeavor since Fall term ended has been to narrowly escape Spring term classes.  …no, actually because of a glitch in my schedule last summer, I had no more classes to take this Spring until I pass my Midpoint Review - a thesis proposal, and portfolio review. Here you can see a bit of what I’ve been working on.  I’m pretty darn excited to be able to design my own focus for the next year and a half or so.  I’m even more excited about what I am going to design.  

Jasper is, of course, ever more adorable, and amazing to us.  He’s talking like a frickin’ 10 year old or something.  It’s surprising.  And I have to remind myself sometimes that he’s still two, haha!  He loves to sing songs, and play his array of instruments.  He’s sweet, and social, and playful and has the best laugh in the world.  The intention here is to inundate you with pictures of videos of him, so I need not say more for the time being.  :)  

Lastly, we’re moving!  But more on that later.  

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Snuggling a slightly sick little monkey.

Me: “It might be time to read books before bed.”

Jasper: “It might be! But, it’s not.”

Come on. You know this, Daaaaad.

Alex: Hey, Jasper where is mama this morning?

Jasper: Can’t tell you, Dada. I have food in my mouth. Can’t talk with food in my mouth.

Today’s Bliss

The things making me really happy right now: 1) thinking of Jasper’s shrieks (and I mean shrieks) of delight upon watching the snow fall this morning, 2) listening to Bollywood music while I study (Why didn’t I think of this sooner!?), 3) the little two year old boy gleefully catapulting himself off the arm chair next to me, over and over again, 4) I’m done with two out of three finals, and 5) its snowing again. At least kind of.

“I nibbled on Jaspers foot.
Jasper: “No, put it back!”
I “put” his toes back.
Jasper: “Thank you.””

When your grandmother is Scandinavian

When your grandmother is Scandinavian, you get to wear fuzzy Viking hats.  

Then, you run around the whole house giggling and yelling, “I’m a viking!”  

Finally, you stop for a sip of water.

Oh this day TWO YEARS AGO a force known as Jasper entered the world. (Finally.) The sky filled with song, dreams became realities, and sweetness, love and humor has since never left our side. You are one tremendous little man, Jasper Kilean.
Happy birthday.  Your mama and dada love you SO MUCH. Oh this day TWO YEARS AGO a force known as Jasper entered the world. (Finally.) The sky filled with song, dreams became realities, and sweetness, love and humor has since never left our side. You are one tremendous little man, Jasper Kilean.
Happy birthday.  Your mama and dada love you SO MUCH. Oh this day TWO YEARS AGO a force known as Jasper entered the world. (Finally.) The sky filled with song, dreams became realities, and sweetness, love and humor has since never left our side. You are one tremendous little man, Jasper Kilean.
Happy birthday.  Your mama and dada love you SO MUCH. Oh this day TWO YEARS AGO a force known as Jasper entered the world. (Finally.) The sky filled with song, dreams became realities, and sweetness, love and humor has since never left our side. You are one tremendous little man, Jasper Kilean.
Happy birthday.  Your mama and dada love you SO MUCH. Oh this day TWO YEARS AGO a force known as Jasper entered the world. (Finally.) The sky filled with song, dreams became realities, and sweetness, love and humor has since never left our side. You are one tremendous little man, Jasper Kilean.
Happy birthday.  Your mama and dada love you SO MUCH. Oh this day TWO YEARS AGO a force known as Jasper entered the world. (Finally.) The sky filled with song, dreams became realities, and sweetness, love and humor has since never left our side. You are one tremendous little man, Jasper Kilean.
Happy birthday.  Your mama and dada love you SO MUCH. Oh this day TWO YEARS AGO a force known as Jasper entered the world. (Finally.) The sky filled with song, dreams became realities, and sweetness, love and humor has since never left our side. You are one tremendous little man, Jasper Kilean.
Happy birthday.  Your mama and dada love you SO MUCH. Oh this day TWO YEARS AGO a force known as Jasper entered the world. (Finally.) The sky filled with song, dreams became realities, and sweetness, love and humor has since never left our side. You are one tremendous little man, Jasper Kilean.
Happy birthday.  Your mama and dada love you SO MUCH. Oh this day TWO YEARS AGO a force known as Jasper entered the world. (Finally.) The sky filled with song, dreams became realities, and sweetness, love and humor has since never left our side. You are one tremendous little man, Jasper Kilean.
Happy birthday.  Your mama and dada love you SO MUCH.

Oh this day TWO YEARS AGO a force known as Jasper entered the world. (Finally.) The sky filled with song, dreams became realities, and sweetness, love and humor has since never left our side. You are one tremendous little man, Jasper Kilean.

Happy birthday.  Your mama and dada love you SO MUCH.

Where are youuuu?!

I just got a call from Alex.  When I picked up all I really heard was some rustling and words between him and Jasper.  Finally I heard Alex say, “Mama’s there, Jasper.”  

Jasper said, “Mama, I got the phone, and I said, ‘Mama, where are youuu?’”

And then he proceeded to parrot back to me what Alex was asking him to say to me about their plans.  

I caught, “six-thirty,” “house,” and “I love you.”  I’m guessing that means they’ll be home soon.  

And I love them, too.  <3

Waking up, in 20 seconds or less.