Well my friends, we had an awesome 10th Anniversary. More on that later. And now that Steve is done teaching summer school, our anniversary is over, and some of our best friends have moved (more on that later too), we're just finishing out the last two weeks of A & M and I feel like I can finally nest. I've been doing one big project a day. Today the kids helped me tackle the playroom. It was probably the first time I haven't given a ton of toys away. We've finally whittled ourselves down to the basics that get played with here-trains, blocks, legos (big and little), board games, puzzles, tinker toys, guns and cars. Elliana also has her doll stuff and kitchen. So instead of making decisions on stuff to give away, we tossed trash, put pieces back in their spots and just re-organized. It felt great.
But I also found some great little treasures while we cleaned stuff out. I found this letter from Caleb telling me, "Dear Mom, you look pretty." In his own words of course. That's a nice thing for a mom to hear when she's got just about two weeks left. Perfect timing.
And then I found this replica of Steve one of the boys made for him this past Father's Day. Hilarious! That needs to go to his classroom.
This past month has been really busy with lots to take in, think about, say goodbye to and also celebrate. So I'm glad for these last two weeks to just clean, have Steve study during the day and be around at night (mostly so I can pass out with the kids), and take things a bit more slowly before #5 arrives. Although I am going to have to pull-off some sort of birthday party for my nearly 7-year-old because he is at the age where he needs a party and the baby is arriving three days before his (and his Dad's) birthday. I'm thinking pizza, Dads and sons, and playing baseball (and a hardy thanks to my lovely friend Allison for the idea).
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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