Look! Look! Look!
Remember yesterday I told you we had fall pictures taken of the boys…well, I got a preview from Erica today!
Check out my little stud muffins.
I can’t believe how big the are getting. They have grown up and changed so much since last fall. Bonus is such a ham. He is not camera shy at all! We got a few really great pictures of him and his silly faces. I think he will appreciate them when he’s older. 🙂
These boys are more then I could’ve ever expected when I dreamed of having kids. They make me laugh everyday. Yes..sometimes they drive me crazy, but it’s worth every minute. I love being their momma.
Thank you Erica for the great pictures. I can’t wait to see the rest of them!!
I’m back with the second part of ‘Our Love Story’, if you missed part one you can read it here.
Now that Jeremy had my phone number, I was really nervous. As I mentioned before, I wasn’t looking for love. He would call me and depending on what day it was I might answer. He’d ask if I wanted to hang out and I’d say no. I’ll give him credit…I played hard to get for quite a while and this guy never gave up. I couldn’t get rid of him!! He’d come down to my area everyday and have break with me. I mentioned one day that my mom was giving me a ride home after work. (I had rear ended someone and my car was in the shop.) As I was cleaning up and getting ready to go that evening, I see someone walking down the aisle. Jeremy always had a huge smile on his face…It was one of the things I liked most about him. He was checking to see if I needed a ride home. I told him no and expected him to say, “Ok. See ya tomorrow!” and walk away. Totally not Jeremy’s style. He insisted that he give me a ride, so I finally gave in.
Jeremy waited on me to finish up and we walked down to the area where he worked. He introduced me to some of his friends and we laughed the entire way to his truck. (He is seriously the funniest person I know.) I knew there was something about him…something different that I’d never seen in another guy before. It was very intriguing.
He drove me home. We talked the entire way. He didn’t try to force himself on me and he treated me with respect. I’d never had someone look at me, the way he looked at me. That was the turning point in our relationship. I liked him. I finally let my guard down.
A few weeks after we started dating I went to the emergency room. I was in a lot of pain and it came on quick. The next day I had surgery for kidney stones. No big deal. I missed a few days of work. Recovery was easy, especially with Jeremy by my side.
This is where I feel in love. I knew from this day, I’d love this man forever.
After the surgery Jeremy came over. He had made me a mixed tape of all the songs he liked. He put it in and we listened and talked. No Such Thing by John Mayer came on. Jeremy got up and started dancing. I knew then he would do anything for me. He was in my room, dancing, all to make me smile…to make me feel better.
No one had ever done that for me. I knew then…seeing him dancing…smile on his face…the look in his eyes as he looked at me…I loved him. I knew it from that day on. I loved this man more than I ever knew was possible. The man I least expected had swooped in and stole my heart.
It hasn’t been a breeze the entire 11 years. We fight, we cry, and we love. Somedays are bad, but most are good. I will say, it’s the best 11 years of my life.
I wouldn’t change it for the world.
It’s no secret…we know our kids names are a little different. Have you ever wondered why or how we came up with their names? We get asked often…especially on Bonus. They always ask twice, as if they miss heard what I said. Nope you heard right! It’s Bonus!!
Here’s the story if you’re interested.
Jeremy and I have been together for 11 years. Marley was 2 when I met Jeremy. We always knew we wanted kids together and talked about it often. Believe it or not, we had both boys named 5 years before we ever got pregnant. These names weren’t something we threw together…they were perfectly planned.
Atticus Beeker Shock was born February 21st, 2008. We always loved the name Atticus. Most people assume it’s from the book To Kill a Mockingbird. I hate to break it to you, but it’s not. Jeremy recently read the book and loved it! He is proud to have his own little Atticus running around, but sadly had no importance to us when choosing his name. Beeker is like the muppet, but spelled differently. Beaker is Jeremy’s favorite muppet, but I wanted it spelt Beeker. I just liked the way it looked better. We had a few family members think we were pulling a joke on them. We wouldn’t really name our kid that, would we? We sure would! And we did!! Atticus Beeker is the perfect name! The name Atticus isn’t really as rare as you’d think. We come across quite a few on a regular basis. We haven’t ever met one with Beeker as his middle name yet!
My sweet Bonus Gibson Shock. This story is funny and a little embarrassing at the same time. Let me just break it to you quickly….Bonus is named after a cat. Yes…I said cat. Laugh all you want too!!! Jeremy and I had moved in together and a friend mentioned she had kittens. We’d just got settled into our new apartment and thought a cat would be a great addition to our new little family. Kittens are adorable and instead of one, we ended up with two! Two of the best cats you could ever ask for. Manny and Bones. They were like our kids. We loved those cats. Sadly we don’t have the cats anymore. That in itself is a sad story that makes me mad every time I think about it. But, I won’t go into all that! Sometimes we called Manny-Manuel and Bones-Bonus. Gibson is a family name on the Shock side and a name we both really liked. One day one of us called the cat Bonus and it just clicked. Bonus Gibson. It was perfect. I guess you could say purrrfect. Hahaha I crack myself up! Most people assume Bonus was an accident. He wasn’t. We had his sweet name picked out years before we decide to try for baby number 2, and again people couldn’t wrap their head around his name. My grandma said “Well, I guess we can call him Bo!” I don’t think so….my childs name is Bonus! That’s what he will be called. It’s funny how normal it is now. They don’t even think twice about it.
I found this and it pretty much sums up what I’m trying to say, but couldn’t find in my own words.
On personalities attached to names:
“As a researcher, I have to say that we don’t know what, if any, the effects of names are. However, as a parent, my intuition tells me that it’s 100 percent true that it’s not the dominant effect on the human you become, but it probably plays a certain role. The name probably puts some constraints on you and opens up some opportunities. In my kids’ case, I know that, because they have the weirdest names in their schools, people have known who they are well before they’ve met them.”
I agree with what he says. Everyone already knows who Atticus and Bonus Shock are. I ran into a girl from high school last week and here’s how she introduces me to her husband. “Honey, this is Stephanie…she’s the one with the kids named Atticus and Bonus!” Yep…that’s me!! These kids are 4 and 5….by the time they are 18 everyone will know them and they’ll be impossible to forget.
Here’s one of our favorite pictures of them. Talk about unforgettable. I thought you’d enjoy it!
We have one more boy named picked out. I’m not sure at this moment in life if we will have another child. If we do, people will be surprised once again. I won’t ruin the surprise for ya. If we get pregnant, I’ll make sure and let you know what name we have come up with next! Believe me…it’s a good one!
Have a great night!