Clara is growing and thriving! She's 2 1/2 years old, and you wouldn't believe how much she's talking. Maybe I'm just saying this because I'm her mother, but she is seriously the smartest kid I know. She's observant, well-mannered, and funny. She's running and playing. Climbing ladders and obstacles at the park and going down the slide a bajillion times. Her vocabulary has exploded. I love her more and more with each day that passes.
We gave up the pacifier about a month ago, and we're currently tackling potty training. She's such a joy and I couldn't be more proud to be her mama.
In other news, I've met the love of my life! After Clara's Dad, I wasn't sure I would find someone. Kevin and I met in March through a mutual friend. We got to know each other better, and after dating for a while, I moved in with him. That was about 4 months ago. Things haven't been perfect, but that's how I know it's real. I laugh with him more than anyone. He's so sweet with Clara and loves her as his own. Clara loves him as well. If you ask her, he's HER Kev. :) He's the sweetest, kindest, most patient man I know. Yes, we argue. But we get through it. We talk it out until its resolved.
We've been through lots of ups and downs these past few months, and I can say with complete confidence that I'm going to spend my life loving this man. He gives me more than I ask for, and then some. I can see every time that he looks at me that I am loved.
About 3 weeks ago, Kevin proposed. It was the second best day of my life. :) The best part? I get the world's cutest step son, Jake. :) He and Clara get along so well. They're only 8 months apart in age and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Kevin and I will be eloping soon! Obviously, I'm not telling where or when, but I'm ecstatic to be his wife, and you'd better believe that I'll be writing a post about it when it's all said and done.