When I woke up this morning and rolled over to look at Jake, I realized he is even hotter now, being 30, than he was yesterday at 29. Amazing. He said when he turned 20 on his mission it was very traumatic to leave his teenage years behind. He is embracing this new decade though and welcoming his thirties. He told our friends last night that he's basically "been 30 for 7 years now." We have 3 kids, a mortgage, a career so it feels like we're a lot older than we are sometimes. I have to say, though, that even with 3 kids, a mortgage and a career, I still see him as my young, sexy babe. I remember the first time I met him he had these huge chops, so laid back and carefree. He rode his long board around campus and really loved his punk music. Well, he still loves his punk music. The long board has been retired, but maybe we can convince him to pull it out for old times' sake. He keeps me laughing. He's so smart and witty. He's not afraid to get his hands dirty; whether it's cleaning a toilet, changing a poopy diaper, or washing dishes. I love to watch him play games with Ben and Emma and read a book to Josh, and read another one, and another one, and another one. He has a great smile. That was the first of his many great physical features I fell in love with. I like that he is a frugal spender (although it can get a little frustrating at times when you want to buy him a nice present and he loudly protests.) I appreciate how hard he works for our family, providing us with everything we need and even quite a few wants. I love that he heads family prayer and encourages and participates in FHE. I love how Jake races the kids to their beds at night, which usually involves a lot of wrestling and tickling. I love that he gives me massages when I ask, even though I know he doesn't like to do it. I love when he plays guitar and works really hard learning a new song. I love when he grabs me as I'm walking out of the room and pulls me towards him just so he can hold me and kiss me. Of course I could go on and on but my point is, I love you, Jake. I couldn't imagine my life without you. Thanks for being such a wonderful husband and father. I'm definitely the lucky one. Happy 30th... and many more to come!
The first picture is of Jake with the kids this morning, right after he opened his present from us... new Nike running shoes. The second picture was taken last night. We went out to Benihana's with our friends, Shawn and Amei. It was our first time eating there and it was really yummy!