Last week was a week full of much needed rest. Just when I thought I might fall off the deep end (ha ha, not really but you know what I mean), we realized that it was Spring Break for Texas A & M and the week off was exactly what our whole family needed. Once Steve was done wrapping up 3rd Quarter grades for his day job, aka Calculus/Physics Teacher, we had him all to ourselves. Many nights were spent wrestling with the boys, building a 1000 piece puzzle together and me gladly passing off the duties of putting them all to bed to The Man. Surprisingly, every day I seemed to feel a little more tired and eventually concluded that I was finally winding down after a bit of a sprinting session. Many of the nights I did not see 10 pm. Such is good for me! Over the weekend it was also my birthday so there were some festivities. Some of my best pals round these parts took me out to frozen yogurt, Yogurtland, on Friday night for some goodness and girl talk. It was literally pouring buckets but we ventured out anyway. It was so much fun. Thanks so much girls...love you! The next morning, my actual birthday, we went out to breakfast as a family to our favorite little place, Red Apple Cafe. After that, we ran errands all over town all together. Running errands together is one of my favorite things and since Steve's been in grad school we don't get to do it all that often since Saturday is one of his study days. It was so fun to stroll through Costco together and do some other necessary things. I loved it. Afterward we rested and then went out that night to one of our favorite dinner places, The Crow's Nest. We left the children with Grandpa and Grandma close to bedtime and headed out to a late dinner. We had the best time and left stuffed. We had skipped lunch due to breakfast out and then were hungry by dinner time so, that combo left us with full bellies for the second time that day. Oh well, one's birthday only comes once a year!!
All in all, it was a wonderful week of rest that ended with a festive and thoughtful celebration of my birthday.
31 isn't all that bad you know. I told Steve I'm really in my thirties now and he just laughed asking where I'd been the whole last year. I shrugged and said, "I don't know, somewhere in between I guess. It's nice to ease in slowly to these things."
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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