still celebrating

This is my Father’s Day post and it’s a wee late, but the truth is, every day is Father’s Day around here, so I’m counting this as being right on time.

Drew and I started dating at the end of my Freshman year of college, and while we were both much more likely to be thinking about what to wear to the next costume party than our one day distant family, I think it’s fair to say that part of our story is that we both knew.  I somewhat famously told my friends that if “that Drew Walton and I just had one conversation, I know that we would be together”, and as it turns out, I was more or less right.  What started out as a conversation around a fire pit (quick aside, WWC should take a poll about how many conversations at the pond have ended in marriage) has evolved over the last 10 years into our story and most notably into the creation of one shining little life.

Drew is an excellent father.  For those of you reading this that know him, I’m sure that your mind is flashing with little snippets of his quick laugh, his calming presence, his ridiculously charming childish sense of humor, his big grin, his quick hug and the way that he makes everyone feel as if they’ve just been brought into the fold.  For those of you that don’t know him, I think that his light glows through the pictures, and the take-home point is that everyone that meets him walks away thinking, what a great guy.

Meeting Drew and getting to be his partner in crime is pretty much the biggest jackpot of my entire life.  I knew that early on…but getting to see him transform so effortlessly into the roll of father was and is nothing short of awesome.  He not only loves Asher with every fiber of his being, but he’s also been 100% committed to being all in in the partnership of parenting.  He’s never one to pass the buck on a stinky diaper (although the stinky diaper running dialogue that he has is hilarious) he can do bed time, wake up time, bath time, play time…any time, he can step in and do it, and he does.  Asher moves between two parents with confidence because there’s not one parent doing everything and that is not only incredible for Asher, but it’s also incredibly generous towards me.  He constantly reminds me to express gratitude not just through his words, but also through his generosity of spirit, and there’s not a single day that goes by that I don’t think that I must be the luckiest woman alive.

So without further ado, I thought I would share some of my favorite pictures from the last 21-ish months of Drew and Asher, with a few pictures of us tossed in for good measure.  Thank you, Drew for being so rad, you’re the most (to say the least).  Love you.

Catching Up!

The days are getting away from me…it must be Summer!! Well, I’ve got a bit of a laundry list, so here we go…
1. Father’s Day.

Watching Drew as a father is nothing short of beautiful.  He is attentive, active, gracious, proud, and above all, loving.  He loves his little boy, but more than just that, he loves being a father.  I asked him on Sunday what his favorite thing about being a parent is, and Drew answered that he loves the pride that he feels whenever Asher does something new.  I appreciated his simple and specific answer, and love even more that I have seen his eyes well up with that joy and pride on many occasions over the last nine months.   Drew brings so much to the world in all aspects of his life, but certainly his new found roll as a father is an area where his light shines even brighter than usual.  He is a joy to witness, and I am so grateful to be on this wild adventure with him!

2. New Things…
Asher is MOBILE.  He is scooting everywhere, in to everything, (especially if it involves dog food, poses any kind of health threat, or is out of his reach), and just generally exploring his world.  We had a lot of firsts this weekend…he ate yogurt and peaches for the first time, he pulled up to standing for the first time, stayed at daycare at the gym for the first time (fail.), and he waved and said “bye bye” for the first time.  He splashed in the dog bowl with his Grandpa Skip, attempted to climb out of the bathtub, has a new nap schedule, and is seriously keeping these happy parents on their toes.  I remember thinking that there was some magic that happened at three months, and then again at six months, and it would seem that nine months is not going to disappoint.  Every minute is an opportunity for this kid.  Here we go!! Here’s a video of his one-legged scoot:

3: Coming up…
Drew will be in a 12 hour mountain bike race this coming weekend in Northern Virginia with two of his friends. They have to keep a rider on the course for the duration of the race and try to ride as many laps as they can during the 12 hours. We will be there cheering him on and offering cold drinks and snacks between rides, so keep him in your thoughts as you move around on Saturday. That’s kind of the last big thing that we having going on until the middle of July. We’ve just concluded a very happy seven week stretch of having company or being out of town every weekend, so we’re looking forward to a few quiet (ha!) Saturdays before winding up again. Other than that, we’re just loving this hot summer and can’t wait to see what each day will hold for us and The Young Sir.