Sunday, June 30, 2013

one year anniversary

happy one year, my love.
I love you more today then
I ever have before.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

guess what?

and we are thrilled!

only six more months until 
we welcome our little babe!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

oh dad, I love you!

dear dadders,
thanks for being such a good man from the beginning.
thanks for loving your family and for doing
what you know is good and right. (this picture is
from the day he came back from Sweden).

thanks for marrying this sweet english rose

and for staying married to each other for all these years,
showing us that love can grow stronger and better.

thanks for hanging out with us and for being silly.

thanks for coming and rooting from the sidelines.

thanks for sharing your love of food with us and 
making us learn to clean our plates.

 thanks for appreciating me

and for giving us the chance of "livin' the dream,"
or as you called it, LTDing.

thanks for being one of my dearest friends 

and for ALWAYS making us laugh. a lot.

thanks for loving me enough to give me to another
wonderful man.

 and, thanks for just being you. 

I love you! happy father's day, dad.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

part IX: lille, hardelot, and the van peteghem's

do you remember how I met and became close friends
with this family when I came to lille two years ago?
the van peteghems are, hands down, some of the nicest people 
I have ever known. they befriended me two 
years ago when I first came, and they opened their 
home and their hearts again to us when we visited lille
 during our trip to france. in fact, they planned the whole
weekend around us: they picked us up from the train station, 
took us to my favorite museum and then we hopped over to beligium 
together. they fed us wonderful dinners during our stay and were 
persistant in making sure that phil really got a taste of "the north" - aka: 
lots of frites and an interesting meat stew at one of the local flemish 
style pubs.they even took us to their beach house up in hardelot 
(right on the english channel) for a weekend of dune games, 
walks in the forest, shrimp fishing on the shore, and lots of late
 night card games.when they dropped us off on sunday to go back 
to paris (before we returned to sweden), marie and I embraced 
and I couldn't help but tear up with feelings of overwhelming 
thankfulness for them. they are such wonderful people
 and I couldn't believe, once again, how sincerely 
and unconditionally kind they had been toward us.

merci infiniment, didier et marie! 
nous vous attendons ici en utah!

^^ one of my favorite places

^^up the clocktower in tournai

^^on a bike ride before dinner
^^the most incredible crepe griddle where everyone makes their own. it
was our savory crepe maker for dinner and our sweet crepe maker for dessert.
vive la france and all its culinary delights!

^^ on our way to hardelot

^^ so windy!

^^ a flemish pub-style dinner with
after dinner games

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

part VIII: paris

our day about in lovely paris.

^^ just a little bit of lovin' for louis xiv.

^^on the river, this is lover's bridge where all lovers come and write
their names on a lock, secure it onto the fencing, and toss the key into the Seine,
assuring that their love gets locked forever.

 ^^ ladurée on the champs-élysées!
we had the raspberry, salted caramel, 
rose, and melon macarons/little bites
of french heaven.

 ^^ there were a few thinkers around these parts.

 ^^ our frenchified american dinner:
mcbaguette sandwiches.

l'amour en france