07 December, 2007

Super Dad to the Rescue!



If there's a place for pride, then this is it. I am SO PROUD of my Richie! I watched him get up for seminary this morning (knowing he'd had a particularly late night imputing seminary attendance and preparing for a seminary teacher training he was giving this morning) and I just had this surge of grattitude to him for everything he does for the boys and I.

Let me tell you about his days, every morning he gets up around 5:30 and heads off to seminary. Every morning I wake up with his alarm and roll over SO GRATEFUL that I get to go straight back to sleep. Most mornings he comes home around 7:30 and plays with the kids so that I can get some extra sleep (especially since I've been teaching that 9:00 yoga class and come home at 10:30 raring to go and don't fall asleep until around 2). He has set up his life deliberately so that he is completely accessible to us at any hour any day. His office is adjacent to the house. He got a great PDA so that he can work from the park or the grocery store or the car. . . Every day feels like a Saturday at the Norton house, because dad's always around. It's wonderful. Often he'll have to meet with clients throughout the day, but he's always glad to make a family outing of it. He'll meet with the client while we play at the park and then we're off for family fun! Then he comes home and often has meetings with clients in the evenings, so he'll help me get the kids off to bed and then he's out the door. But his day isn't over yet. He usually comes home, PICKS UP AND DOES THE DISHES FOR CRYING OUT LOUD and hops on the computer to catch up on his email. It's no wonder he crashes sitting up on the couch every night. He's like the energizer bunny, he just keeps going and going until there's absolutely nothing left and he crashes!

With all that, he still takes the reins and leads us in family prayer, insists on FHE etc etc etc. . . what do they need me for?? Seriously??

I promise I do make small contributions to the family as well. . . the greatest of which? Marrying super dad!

9 comments:

Jones Family said...

I love your blog, it is amazing. IF you want it to be more spread out just choose that format, it was one of the layout options. By the way, what do you charge for family pictures? I was thinking about doing some maybe in Jan. or Feb. with my big pregnant belly. I have seen alot of your work and I LOVE IT!!!!

shelly said...

Go, Richie! Just don't forget why he does all that, Natty! You're the best WIFE in the world! Being a supportive, loving, and caring wife, raising 3 brilliant and wonderful boys (4 and under, mind you!), every day, all day, holding a huge calling at church, being the BEST friend in every way to everyone you meet, being an incredible daughter, sister, and daughter-in-law, always enlightening your mind and sharing it, generous beyond belief, and then, teach YOGA (for nothing) at 9:00 at night??? Wow...sounds like a good team to me! I love you!

Damaris said...

long live good men! good dads and husbands are hard to come by. Not to mention that Richie is SUPER nice to everyone. At least he was always super nice to me the few times I ran into him

Heather said...

Richie is amazing!

CAPTAIN said...

WOW, sounds like his Father...

heidi said...

hey natalie!! of course i remember you! how fun that all of these blog goodies linked us together! how great that you are still in hawaii--love it!! beau and i are in lodi, ca...about 1/2 south of sacramento. i would love to see pics of all your boys--we have 2 little guys ourselves--super fun.

Gibson Gang said...

What an amazing guy! You did good girl! :) Kelii gets to work from home too - such a blessing with little ones! As long as he has his blackberry, he can go anywhere during the day... that's a positive about our technology era. I feel so spoiled! What would we do if our guys had regular 9-5's? I don't thikk I'd survive!

Jana said...

Hi Natalie! I love you and your family! You and Richie are both amazing examples of being loving mothers and fathers, husbands and wives. I love you guys!

ashley said...

Well my suspisions were confirmed that you two at the cutest adn sweetest couple and that you are perfect for each other. It is so awsome that he helps so much. I am so glad you found my bolg. Its is so much easier to keep in touch with people. Are you guys coming out for Christmas. If you are it would be great to see each other. Jsut let me know.