Usually when the children are all tucked tightly into bed, Steve and I steal away to have the night to ourselves. Who says you need date night all the time when you get every evening alone (also a nice way of saying we don't get date nights all that often because we have so many kids! Ha!)? This is seriously precious down time to us. Often Steve will do some studying and then if I'm super lucky we'll talk about nothing at all. I love those talks.
Or sometimes we'll just literally pass out from simple fatigue. The act of feeding, wrestling (Steve's job, not mine), directing and bathing all four children can put us right to sleep soon after them I must say. But some nights we watch something and over time we've come to really enjoy this sort of entertainment as well. We don't have TV but we do have Netflix and have been able to find some really fun documentaries, historical pieces and great movies to watch on instant view as well as on DVD.
Last night, we discovered another gem. We watched The Young Victoria and let me tell you, it was surprisingly wonderful. We love historical movies, especially biographical ones, so this movie was right up our alley. In short, it details the story of England's Queen Victoria and it is quite fascinating. Nevertheless, not only is it fun to hear more about her rise to power but, the best part about it is the love story between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Prince Albert, we came to find out, was really an honorable sort of man. A real prince you might say. And their love story is so unlike many that make up marriages in general especially among the monarchies of Europe at the time, where nobles were married off for political purposes. Theirs is a true love story. We were pleasantly surprised. And truth be told, it made me fondly remember mine because Albert reminded me of my husband, minus the sideburns and German accent of course!
It was a bit cheesy in some parts but I love cheese. Plus, if it's the real story, who cares? And we were shocked there weren't any sketchy scenes in it that would've ruined the story. It was tastefully done. A real thumbs up from both of us.
So there you have it. If you need something to unwind to look it up.
I am Nikki Dauphin, wife to Steve since July 2002, and mom to four boys and one little girl. Currently my husband is pursuing his PhD in mathematics, so as you can imagine, with five kids in tow, there are many adventures to behold! I'm learning how to raise a brood of boys and one precious princess, be a homemaker, how to be a lovely wife to my handsome and dashing husband and how to love those around me. Stop and stay awhile. Family stories, recipes, musings on life and lessons I'm learning are all a part of this blog. I love the life I've been given and thank God for His many blessings.
Steve-My amazing, fix-it, brilliant, math-loving, puzzle-solving husband is a Math PhD student pursuing his graduate degree through Colorado State University. He is also a Year Round Graduate Intern for Sandia National Labs researching and working on projects related to national security and preparing for his dissertation. We met at Cal Poly, SLO and were married in 2002. Seriously, he's my best friend.
Isaac-Laughter. My precious firstborn. Blue-eyed, blondie, logical, lefty. Particular, orderly, courageous, funny, and intelligent. Sees the world in patterns, numbers, colors and shapes. My first son. My joy.
Caleb-Brave. My mischevious secondborn. Brown-haired, coal-eyed, soldier. Needs explanations about how the world works. "Mathy", inquisitive, architectural and mechanical. Silly, passionate, tough, long-suffering and smart. My second son. My love.
Joshua-Saved by the Lord. My irreplaceable thirdborn. Bubbly, gregarious, social and playful. Loves to be surrounded by his family. Cuddly, kissable, chubby and charming. Life of the party, full of joy, overflowing with humor and laughter. My third son. My light.
Elliana-The Lord Has Heard. My long-awaited daughter. Petite, dark-eyed, beauty. Strong, coordinated, cheeky and spunky. Sharp as a tack and a flitting socialite. Loved by every member of her family. My fourth born. My only daughter. My treasure.
Nathan-God Has Given. My fourth son. Yet, it never gets old. My youngest little gift. Gentle, strong, sweet, angelic. Blonde and light-eyed. Littlest of them all but full of life and love. My fifth born. My littlest man. God's given. My gift.
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