I'm Jen Nichols...I love hearing that name. Dave and I now live in West Jordan. Dave currently works at Pioneer Valley Hospital and Jordan Valley Medical Center. He is a Therapist for Pioneer Valley Hospital and does crisis work for them as well. Reagan is 3 yrs old and she is only getting cuter. Matthew just joined our little family on March 22, 2012. He is a sweet little guy. We are just enjoying the ride.
I love watching these two play together in the bath tub. I know that they won't be bathing together as they get older but right now it is so adorable. Reagan just loves her brother and he is absolutely in love with her. I love being able to catch these moments when I can. Because having two kids makes it really difficult to take pictures of them together...standing or sitting still that is.
I'm in love with this last picture. I love that they have so much fun together right now. Hopefully it stays that way for a while longer.
I seem to be having a hard time posting things on time. Matthew turned 11 months old on the 22 of this month. The time has flown. I can't believe we already have an almost one year old again. He is such a happy and healthy boy we love him so much. He has been such a blessing in our lives. He is almost walking as well. He will take a couple steps then fall over. He doesn't really eat a lot of food other than baby food right now. He does eat oatmeal in the morning and then baby food the rest of the day. Whenever I give him anything that we are eating he throws it right back up. I'm hoping he gets over that really soon. Other than that he is gaining weight and is just a happy guy all the time. Thank you Matthew for adding some more joy and happiness into our lives.
There are a couple of things mixed in with these snow pictures. I need to be better at blogging. The kids have been sick so I've been slacking.
I got a couple of pictures of Matthew in here. It is hard to take a picture of him because he is always on the move. But I'm trying to be better at taking pictures of this little cutie on the go.
I took some cute pictures of Reagan while she was playing out in the snow. She has so much fun in the snow. I love watching her out there playing.The picture of her with the sad face is the face she gave me when I told her to come inside. I love the picture of her in a towel asleep at the bottom. I told her to put her bath stuff away and get her pajamas on. But when I came out of the bathroom she was in front of the tv curled up naked...that's right naked in her towel.
January 26, 2008 has a lot of meaning for me. It was the day that I made the best decision I have ever made in my life. I brought my dear wife with me to the Timpanogos Temple in American Fork, UT and we were sealed for all time and eternity. It was a beautiful day with snow covering the grounds at the temple. There was a snow storm that week all the way up until the night before our wedding. The storm passed over just in time for us to get married and take pictures outside. I don't remember much from that day other than 1) how hard it was to smile at the photographer due to the brightness of the reflection of the sun off of the snow, and 2)how madly in love I was with Jennifer Nielsen and how excited I was to start my new life with her. This year marks our fifth year together as a married couple and a lot has happened since we got married. Here are the major highlights (both good and bad) of our 5 year timeline together:
*Our first experience moving into an apartment with a member of the opposite sex :)
*Our first experience having to balance a joint budget...
*Our first experience overdrawing on a joint budget (Totally the bank's fault) :)
*Dave got his Master's degree in social work and his first Career job working at Youth Health Associates as the Clinical Supervisor and therapist for at-risk youth.
*We had our first child together (Reagan) and she was and is still the cutest little girl in the world.
*Jen had an ectopic pregnancy, and after losing a dangerous amount of blood and after having a blood transfusion, she miraculously made it through surgery okay
*We bought our first Newer car together (Mazda CX-9)
*Dave got a new job at Pioneer Valley Hospital as a therapist on their psychiatric unit
*We had a baby boy (Matthew)
*We bought our first home in West Jordan,UT
*Matthew spent a night at Primary Children's Medical Center after he stopped breathing, Jen gave him CPR and he is miraculously okay
*Dave was called to be the Young Men's President in our new ward
*Dave received his License and is now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and will be starting his own private practice soon.
It feels like I have known Jen for a lot longer than I have. 5 years goes by quickly. It's almost sad how quickly time passes when you're caught up with school, starting a career, having kids and trying to balance a chaotic schedule with work, family and church. Although the past 5 years have been probably the most challenging in my life, they have also helped me to grow more than I could ever imagine. I never knew how much I could love someone until I married Jen. I never knew how much I could sacrifice, until I had children, who I love and would do anything for.
5 years is a major milestone in a marriage and Jen reminded me of that as I racked my brain with anniversary ideas. Due to finances, hospital bills and a very sick little boy, we were unable to do much for our anniversary this year, which was very difficult to accept. HOWEVER, I when we get our taxes back, I shall redeem myself and I'm sure another post will soon follow with the REAL celebration of our 5 years together. So STAY TUNED. Despite the bad luck which prevented the IDEAL anniversary, I can't thank the Lord enough for the greatest blessing he has ever given to me: a life with my best friend and two of the best children anyone could ever hope for. I love you Jen Nichols. You are an amazing woman, an incredible wife, a very patient and loving mother, and I love you today more than I ever have. Happy 5 years sweetie and Here's to eternity!