It's been one heck of a week! Ups and downs and back ups again! Goodness!
Well, let's start with the weekend, shall we? Since there was no real sense of where the week started off for us.... ok, for me. We both worked a lot on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and then decided to go down to David's family reunion/get together thing on Monday. I could have kicked myself because I had literally hundreds of pages of reading to do for all my classes this week and I didn't bring a single book. So unproductive. This was also really our first time going to see family together since he's been back. It was an interesting day.
Ok, I'm going there. I know there are those that immediately adjust into their spouses' family, and there are those who never adjust, and then still those who take some time adjusting. I am the last one. And David is the first one. It's all based on the family we've had and what we're used to, and the family we're coming into. It's just very different, and I forget how different it is every time. Different isn't bad, it's just learning how to find my place in the mix of it. I think that's been the biggest struggle is adapting to the differences of what I've grown up with and then also figuring out how I fit into it. I love David's family, they are my family also! And I don't doubt their love for me. I would do anything for any member of the Roark clan and I cannot even begin to explain to you HOW MUCH I love my nieces and nephews!! They are my pride and joy and I brag about them constantly! And I have plenty to brag about!
**Proud Aunt moment coming**
Josh is the oldest and he is so intelligent, as are all of my nieces and nephews! He has the most descriptive and incredible imagination of anyone I know! And goodness he could read in any setting. On Monday, at one point, he was reading while laying backwards on the couch with his head on the ground, feet in the air, and book upside down on the floor in front of him! So funny!
And then there's Andrew! He is such a loving and passionate boy and he gets so excited about everything he has to tell you! He's protective and caring of everyone around him and he is also a new believer in Jesus Christ! We had the joy and pleasure of watching him get baptized on Monday.
Jacob is next and it is hard to describe Jacob... he is just that! Goodness, he can be the biggest stinker and sweetheart all at the same time! I love my hugs from Jacob and how smart and perceptive he is, even for a four year old. I will never forget coming over to visit one day and Jacob told me about evaporation and cumulonimbus clouds... I felt like I needed to go back to elementary school!
Gabe is the next oldest and that boy just brightens my heart! I love when we pull up and he screams "AUNT BISCUIT!!!!" from across the yard and races to give hugs!! There is a happiness and joy that exudes from him that is so contagious!
Faith isn't much younger and probably the most interesting soon-to-be 4 year olds to have a conversation with! She is so carefree and spirited! This summer, we had Faithy/Aunt Ruffles dates and at one point, she rode with me to go to Oklahoma City to pick up Gabe. We talked the entire way there. She is intuitive and perceptive of even the smallest things and I feel like I can have a real conversation with her. She is also brilliant! She's very smart for her age and is quick to soak in any knowledge around her. We were stopped getting lunch one day and I had Stravinsky's Octet playing, I was conducting to it, and I looked in the mirror.. and she was conducting it almost perfectly as she watched me! I was a little jealous! ;)
Anna is the baby girl in the family, but not for long! She is definitely a princess, but she can hold her own! She is so sweet and innocent and says the cutest little things! And like all the other kids, she DEFINITELY loves her Uncle David! She is just darling, there's no other way to describe her!
Israel and Gideon are the current babies of the family, and they couldn't be more different! Izzy is a boy of few words, but you'll know what he wants when he wants something! He gives the funniest faces and plays like he doesn't understand what's going on. He also has a very carefree.. I do what I want attitude and I love that about him! On Monday, we all sat down to watch Tangled and Izzy climbed up and snuggled with me multiple times! It was so precious! Gideon is not talkative, but he's vocal! And he gives the best faces too. At lunch on Monday he kept screaming NOOO and I was trying to tell him to stop. He'd do it again, and then just give me this look of "I know what I'm doing, and I want your attention!!" So snarky! I loved it!
They are all so different, but I love them with every part of me! My favorite times are when Uncle David and I walk through the door and can't get through the entry way because all of the kids have gathered there. And they are all growing up so quickly, I don't want to miss a single thing.
So, Monday was adventurous, as always. I felt bad because after lots of working and not a lot of sleeping, I just crashed at Sarah and Jeff's house. It wasn't for long, but still. After a little while, David and I headed out to go Car Shopping! He'd brought up leaving a little early to go look at some places, and so we did! We'd been looking at Muranos since before he left for Afghanistan last year and then we also started looking at Rogues a few weeks ago. We had already decided to go and get our car at a dealership in Tulsa, so today was about getting a good feel for the vehicles and deciding which one would be best for us.