Brandon is 30!!

You guys this week has seriously been so crazy. Crazy and lazy. I got sick last week and Brandon has just been the biggest champ for putting up with me wanting to do nothing. I finally have energy to do things, but this cough I have keeps me from being able to breathe! Luckily, I can feel that it's on its way out, which is good since we are leaving for Arizona tomorrow!

But today is Brandon's birthday!!!! He is 30 today, which means that I have known him for EIGHT years! 

He is the coolest 30 year old that I know.

People in their twenties go through a lot. You graduate college, get jobs, change jobs, buy a house, maybe buy another house, and occasionally move states. Get married, have babies. The usual things. Brandon has gone through so much in the last two years, having to be a dad to heavenly babies. It hasn't been easy for me, so I can only assume it has been hard for him. But you guys, he is the best dad. The best husband. I am so grateful for him. He is the kindest, most loving guy I could ever ask to share this crazy life with.

I've heard from a lot of people that being in your thirties is even better than your twenties, and I can see that for Brandon. He's going to be a dad to an earthly little boy, he's crushing it at work, and he's pushing his own boundaries and becoming the wonderful man he is destined to be. 

B rand, I am so grateful for you, you have no idea. I love you so very much, and I am so excited to see where your thirties take you. 

 
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Brandon's birthday week!

Brandon turned the big 2-9 on Thursday last week!! Sometimes it's weird to think about the fact that he was 23 when we got married, and is 29 now, because in my head I think he'll always be right around 26. But I guess we all have to get older sometime, right? We went and saw The Circle on Tuesday last week, which was pretty good. I liked it as much as I liked the book anyway. Wednesday, we went and got ice cream. Random question. Has anyone else ever had the banana ice cream from Coldstone? Not every location sells it anymore and it makes me so sad!! It's so good!! Anyway. Thursday, Brandon's actual birthday, he went out to lunch with a friend, and we saw Guardians of the Galaxy that night. Brandon loves popcorn, so getting to refill our giant bucket twice in one week was honestly probably the best birthday present I could give him haha. But I did give him a real present! He gets to drive a super fast car around an autocross track. It's not happening until July but he had so much fun driving in Amsterdam that I thought this would be even more fun for him!

Friday night we actually decided to be social and went to a new friends house for tacos! We met lots of new people, played games, and ate really good food. I was really happy we decided to not be homebodies for a night; it was nice to get out and do something different! We stayed until about ten, even though we probably could have stayed longer, because we wanted to make sure we got up early the next morning to head to Logan. 

We got to Logan around noon on Saturday (so no, our getting up early plan did not work), but it was such a nice day that we were able to sit with Carter for a long time and just chat with him and each other. Brandon picked out eclairs for his birthday treat, so we took those to the cemetery and shared them with our boy as much as we could. After our time with Carter, we went to Brandon's parents house for a family barbecue. We ate kabobs, had cake, and watched Brandon open his presents. It was nice to have some time with his family! We tried to leave before the rain came, but it was raining pretty hard when we stopped on our cemetery on our way out of town. Right as Brandon put the car in park, the rain lightened a little, so we were able to get out and say goodbye to Carter without getting soaked. 

Sunday was uneventful besides our nice little bike ride down by the river. We've been in Logan for out of town for so much of the weekends since we lost Carter that it's always nice to be home and have quality time with Brandon. And I'm stoked that it's finally staying warm enough that we can go play outside! In summary, I'm pretty sure Brandon had a good birthday week. He's most important, obviously, but even if he didn't have fun, I sure enjoyed all the time I got to spend with him!