June 28, 2012

June ramblings

I forgot to mention in my last post that June 3rd is also a significant day because it marks exactly 3 years since we moved to Eagle Mountain.  Aspen is the same age Toby was when we moved in.  Isn't that nuts?  Even though we get lots of people asking, "How do you like living way out there?" - we really do love our little rural community.  It has proved to be a great place to raise a family. Also, this is the first ward we have been in that actually feels like a ward family.  We have lots of awesome friends with whom we double date and swap babysitting. We love it here and have no plans of leaving anytime soon.

Aspen continues to keep us on our toes.  How quickly we forget the frustrating little things about this age - until we attend church. Sitting through 3 hours of meetings is definitely a struggle since Nick is still working Sundays. But somehow we make it through week after week.  But I must say that even though Aspen is a fairly busy little girl, she is a millions times more mellow than Toby was (and is).  Not only was he extremely active, but he seemed to scream at the top of his lungs whenever he was happy/mad/sad/indifferent...ugh.  So grateful my #2 child is much easier on the ears.

Here are a few pics of our summer so far:

It is so fun to see them start to play together

Monday will mark exactly one month since Kaya left our family.  It's still hard without her and I still cry a lot whenever I think about her.  She was not just apart of our family and our day-to-day, but she was a good friend during some of my most challenging years.  The other day I was reading in my blog about how we decided on the name "Kaya."  Part of our reasoning was because in Native Eskimo, her name means "Stay!" and that I wanted her to stay with us for a very long time.  Yep, that definitely brought tears.

Thanks to a good friend, I found and bought this gravestone marker for her.  It is hard to read in the pic but it says: "If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever." I still need to plant some flowers around it.  Below are some favorite pics of Kaya and Aspen.

Also I thought I'd throw in a video of Kaya herding our chickens.  She was pretty good at it but in the clip she gets distracted and doesn't finish the job.  Such an awesome dog who will always be missed. 

The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different - Hippocrates

June 14, 2012

No seven-year itch here

June 3rd was our 7th anniversary.  We are still trying to find a good night to go celebrate...things just keep popping up.

So Nick and I have never had a song that was "our song" (although I did with my high school boyfriend and to this day whenever I hear "I don't want to miss a thing" by Aerosmith, I burst out laughing. And Nick rolls his eyes).  Anyway, one day I was out and about running errands whilst John Mayer serenaded me via iPod (shocker right?).  One of his songs took me off guard.  I had never really listened to the lyrics until that moment.  Basically it's about how most people are never truly satisfied with their current relationship; Eventually one or both persons inevitably move on to find that "you complete me" feeling once again  But the chorus was what got me me reflecting on the past 7 years of my life:

And I don't need another kind of green to know
I'm on the right side
I'm on the right side with you...
You don't need to lose to know that you had it good

Sure, Nick and I have had rough times, long days and longer nights...but at the end of the day nobody could ever take his place as a husband or father. Period.

I am forever grateful I changed my mind on that cool evening in October and decided to go to that silly corn maze instead of stay home with my roommates.  Crazy how one little decision led me to years of happiness with one amazing guy.

Happy 7th, Nick. :)

June 2, 2012

More Kaya pics

We didn't know when or if she would be leaving us, so we took some family pictures with our Kaya. I start crying every time I look at them, but I am so grateful we have them.  In some pictures, you can see in her eyes how very miserable she is.  I am so glad she is no longer suffering. I hope now she is frolicking in green pastures, herding a chicken or two.  :)

Miss you so much, sweet Kaya. We will never forget the joy you brought to our little family, even if it was only a short while.

June 1, 2012

Sad day

It is a sad day at the Sibert house.  Our sweet Kaya passed away peacefully today.  We took her into the vet to have more blood work done and the doctor said there was no need.  Her stomach was bloated and there was fluid in her lungs - which are the first signs of her organs shutting down.  Nick called me, totally choked up, and told me the horrible news.  We made the decision to put her down because the vet said she was likely suffering more each day.  There is no replacing a dog like Kaya. We are going to miss her so much. The only thing that gives me peace is to know she is no longer suffering or in pain...but I am still so very sad to see her go. 

Goodbye, sweet Kaya. We hope Mikel is taking good care of you on the other side.