|spending the morning playing with Natalie and watching Monk, his faves|
This is how they do presents - hit over the head and guess what it is! Naturally, most of Austin's spoils involved books, but he is also pretty excited about the electric carving knife he got.
Since he's 23 this year, I thought I'd list 23 reasons (by no means a complete list!) of my favorite Austin traits/memories. Feel free to pass if the gush factor is too much for you!
1- he loves to read, just like me. We can discuss books for hours, go to Barnes and Noble once a week, and our apartment continues to overflow with books. A really good problem to have.
2 - he is the hardest worker I know.
3 - he NEVER complains. And not in an annoying I-know-you're-frustrated-so-just-spit-it-out kind of way; he's just legitimately content 99% of the time.
4 - the way he gets laughing hysterically with his old friends
5 - how he jumped up and down and practically squealed when we found out we were pregnant with Natalie
6 - his example of being a righteous Priesthood holder, always being willing to serve, and leading our family in prayer and scripture study
7 - the outfits he chooses for Natalie - preferably polka dots/stripes with mismatched colors
8 - reading all seven Harry Potter books out loud in our first year of marriage
9 - shrieking like a girl together on the roller coasters at Cedar Point
10 - watching him play with Natalie - it's fun to see them interact, and see him grow as a father...he's the BEST dad in the world
11 - playing yahtzee late at night
12 - loving Pride and Prejudice, and letting us name Natalie Jane after Jane Austen
13 - putting up with Downton Abbey, even watching it with me most of the time
14 - how he gets so pumped watching NBA
15 - getting letters from him when I was in Europe
16 - the way he throws his head back when he thinks I'm being especially funny
17 - he's such a good money saver
18 - the way he always supports me in school, working out, raising Natalie, church callings...anything and everything. He's always got my back.
19 - his Star Wars obsession and book collection
20 - singing Wicked at the top of our lungs
21 - seeing him run toward me in his tuxedo when we were taking wedding pictures downtown, and seeing his face light up when he saw me in my dress
22 - his willingness to always give me foot rubs and paint my toenails when I was pregnant
23 - the way he loves me and serves me and takes care of me every day
I love my husband so much! Happy Birthday!