I wish I did Christmas cards, but instead, I occasionally embrace my inner millennial and write on the internet instead. Here are the recipes that made 2017 for #teamhuey.
We bought a house!
3 months in the basement
1 pod stuffed with house
2 generous in-laws
every bowl in the house (just ask our in-laws how fast we used them all)
Granny Smith apples (to taste)
Steak (also to taste)
2 gallons of milk per week
Take pod with everything you own in the world, set aside. Mix in two generous in-laws, 2 cats, pregnant wife, and husband. Add at least one Granny Smith apple per day, preferably served in a bowl (mom craving). Mix in occasional steak (mom craving). Add a gallon of milk every 3 days (dad craving #everyday). Serve over 3 months. Also in bowls.
We had a baby!
1 excellent midwife
1 unexpected c-section
Several nurses as needed
1 terrible NICU nurse who shall not be named
More love than we could have imagined
Mix midwife, doctor, nurses, and c-section. Toss aside the worst NICU nurse ever. Add youtube videos from a New Zealand woman about swaddling, and plenty of diapers and wipes. Everly Alice arrived May 2nd (you can read all about it here if you desire), tiny and jaundiced and, in our biased opinion, absolutely perfect.
We have an almost 8 month old!
2 Carl the bunnies
1 Kenneth the unicorn
1 Hermione the frog
1 Seymour the bee
1 Virgil the snail
24 Wednesdays with Grandmomma and Pappy
5 plane rides
Several made up or adapted songs to include Everly’s name
Mix all ingredients together. Serve warm while laughing at a Tucker’s dad jokes that he now feels are warranted. Roll eyes as needed.
Tucker’s current favorite thing is when Everly stands up and then grabs his shoulder to pull him in close for a baby hug. My favorite thing is seeing Everly at daycare or for the first time in awhile when she recognizes me and kicks her feet in excitement.
And while Everly probably won’t get to meet Santa at her first Christmas season, it’s been so fun to watch her wonder at (both of) our Christmas tree(s) (don’t ask, I’m still sensitive), zoo lights, and all the people at the grocery store. We’ve had the better part of 8 months to watch Everly discover her world, snuggle in close, and move and play a little more and a little differently every day.
In the world I walk in, it’s easy to get caught up in the brokenness, education system, and changing social climate. As this year comes to a close, I want to be careful not to miss thankfulness. This season is sweet and I’m so grateful for this abundant, full life.