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9 years

March 25, 2009 1 comment

Today marks the 9 year anniversary of Alicea and I getting married.  Wow – 9 years.  We’ve known each other since September 1992, and have been dating/engaged/married for all of that except 3 years.  9 years married, 17 years in each other’s lives.

I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  How lucky am I to wake up every morning next to my best friend in the whole world?  My soul mate?  My partner in trying to do the right things in raising our daughter?

9 years since saying “I do” on a perfect Spring night in Charlotte, NC.  9 years since one of the happiest days of my life – I’m still on cloud 9 (ha!) every time I even think about that day.

We were talking about it last night, and these past 9 years have gone by so fast, and at the same time we’ve done and been through so much. 

  • An awesome honeymoon in Charleston, SC
  • Starting our post-college lives and careers in Charlotte, only to get moved 3000 miles away at the drop of a hat
  • Cross-country drive (arriving in Seattle for our 1st anniversary)
  • Finding the perfect church on a whim on day
  • 10 day road trip to California and back on US-101
  • Buying a house when we never thought we could (we got our mortgage rate locked 2 weeks before they bottomed out!)
  • Finding out we were pregnant on on your birthday
  • Flying to the top of a snow-capped mountain in a helicopter
  • Having to go to the hospital a few weeks later for “some testing”
  • Having Kaitlyn born 3 days later; 5 weeks in NICU for her and over a week in the hospital for you
  • Getting to celebrate a “0th birthday party” because KC was home a month before her original due date
  • Spending a week on Maui while Grandma watch Kaitlyn for us (we TOTALLY need to go back!)
  • Raising a healthy and beautiful 4 year old daughter
  • Getting to spend each day knowing we have each other to come home to, rely on, vent at, care for us when we’re ill, and make us laugh.

9 has always been my number – I was born 9 pounds 9 ounces on the 9th day of the 9th month.  I don’t buy into superstition too much, but I’m betting that this is going to be a pretty awesome year none the less.  🙂

Here’s to you hon.  Thanks for being there every day.  Thanks for being my best friend.  Thanks for being the love of my life.  We’re still smiling!


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Parenting isn’t great w/o the troubles

February 12, 2009 Comments off

As the old saying goes, if there were no bad times you wouldn’t appreciate the good ones!

Kaitlyn got a beautiful, shiny, purple bead stuck in her right ear yesterday at preschool and didn’t tell anyone until last night as we were putting her to bed. 🙂 We spent the next few hours at the Overlake Urgent Care in Issaquah where they tried a few different techniques to get it out – didn’t work. Lots of pain for KC though in the process – not good. 😦 We got asked to head to Overlake ER in Bellevue, where the doc took a look and said him messing with it would just make it worse. Got referred to an ENT doc in Issaquah – went there this morning. Consulted with him and everyone agreed the best course of action is to remove the bead while KC’s knocked out so she doesn’t get even more traumatized. Fun times!

Kaitlyn isn’t in any pain as long as someone isn’t prodding around in her ear, and she’s being a trooper about the whole thing. All the nurses love her and she’s gotten a bunch of new stickers out of the whole deal! Awesome ENT doc too – even had Kaitlyn look in her stuffed bunny’s ears to make sure no beads were in there too. 🙂 The procedure is early on Tuesday (no worries about leaving it in until then), and we should be home by 9 or 10a.

What a trooper.  Kaitlyn told us last night, before we even left the house, “that was a bad thing to do – I shouldn’t ever do that again.”  At least we’re good enough parents that when she messes up she’s willing to tell us about it, and figure out self-corrective action for the future.

Good lord, my daughter is ready for the working world!  She just did a post-mortem on a high-priority incident!!!

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2007 Comments off

“Merry Christmas, everyone.”

I hope each one of you (that’s right, all three of you that read my blog) had an awesome Christmas.  Here at our place we’ve been completely overwhelmed with family, food, and fantastic gifts!

Kaitlyn’s been bouncing off the walls, almost literally, with all the “princess Christmas” gifts she got from Santa and all our relatives.  Favorites include a Cinderella doll and a fairy princess dress, complete with wings.  I’ve never seen Kaitlyn so happy, jumping and spinning and yelling with each gift she got to open.  Too fun.

The highlight of non-Kaitlyn presents has to be the video conferencing system I got so my folks can see Kaitlyn (and she can see them) during our weekly calls.  I think my mom flipped over that one.  🙂

But the best gift for everyone this year is that my parents are here for the holidays.  Kaitlyn totally latched on to my dad, aka Poppy, and they’ve been spending most of their days in the play room together.  It’s awesome to have them here, and they’re in town through Saturday to boot!  YAY!

Coming up this afternoon and evening is a great meal (Honey Baked Ham – oh yeah) and some SNOW!  WOOHOO!

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Happy Fathers Day!

June 17, 2007 Comments off

Kaitlyn and I had matching outfits for the day from Maui.  🙂

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