Last weekend I took a break from my studies here in St. Paul and made it home so that I could celebrate Ayden’s 2nd birthday. It was the birthday bash of a lifetime. He was surrounded by many who care for him and he reaped a whole lot of toys. But I really think birthdays are not about the person who is actually celebrating their birthday. Instead, I think birthdays are more about the parents.
Aydens’ birthday was a time that Nikole and I can celebrate in the grace that comes with parenting. Yes, I said grace. So while we were celebrating Ayden’s birthday, his parents were celebrating something different on the inside. Even though Nikole and I make mistakes, mess up, get frustrated with each other, get frustrated with Ayden and hate those moments in life where we feel like we are on a free fall into chaos we celebrate grace. A grace that embraces us for who we are; parents who feel that very seldom we get it right.¹
The Sturgis Family
¹ Disclaimer – the bike in the photo IS NOT my bike. Are you kidding me….what was that parent thinking?
Last week Nikole spent 5 days in Philadelphia at a Science conference. It was the longest stretch of time that Ayden and I had together. We had a blast and Grandma and Grandpa even came down for a bit. Nikole celebrated her 31st birthday away from us so we sent this nice little pic text.
Never took this into consideration...
Our toilet exploded (pun intended) so I was able to try my skills at plumbing. For some reason, when people find out I’m tackling a home improvement project, the phone rings off the hook and everyone wants to know how it is going. Well, I put in my first toilet and so far so good. Maybe I’m officially a handyman.
We got the Burley out of storage and looking forward to taking our morning rides down to Racey’s for breakfast. Warm weather can’t get here any faster! The trails are still closed and muddy but I’m chomping at the bit to get out on the trails!
It has been a crazy few weeks here in our house. From traveling to Greenbay to being gone for two for school, life has been a bit chaotic for all of us. But the best part during this chaotic time was Ayden celebrating his 1st birthday. It was one year ago on the 14th that Ayden graced our family on a very very cold day. And since then he has kept us running, watching, and enjoying every minute.
He got his first birthday celebration in on the 2nd of January in Greenbay with all his cousins, Aunt’s, Uncle’s, and Grandma and Grandpa Tingley. We are pretty sure he had a blast eating his first full piece of cake and one whole scoop of ice cream. Plus we also think his cousins had more fun celebrating his 1st birthday with him.
On the 10th I took off over to the Cities and spent two weeks at school for my intensives. I won’t tell you what you missed while I was there but I will tell you what I missed while I was there. On the 12th, Ayden took his first step(s) – 5 to be exact. So I missed that. And then I missed his actual birthday on the 14th.
But I did make it back for his big birthday celebration on the 16th with all his family, relatives and friends. He had a “pj monkey” party will a full spread of food, monkey toes, cartoons, and pajamas. It was a great time and Ayden has been blessed with such a great circle of family and friends.
In the meantime – mom has been sneaking into the gym and getting some workouts in. I think she has a plan for some 1/2 marathons this spring and summer. She hasn’t said so herself but I think there is a conspiracy brewing. There are exactly 30 days until the Birkie. I’ve been skiing quite a bit but not racing (which I’m very fine with). We will see how the season goes. This will be the first Birkie where I specifically had to switch my training from quantity of skis to quality of skis. Big difference but at the same time I’ve learned a thing or two about myself.