8 Year Anniversary and a Kindergartner

Monday, Match and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary! Some days it feels like the wedding happened yesterday. Wasn’t I just planning the wedding on this blog? Wild! We celebrated 8 years in a pretty low key way. Saturday night we went out for drinks with friends, and enjoyed a rousing game of scrabble.

Sunday we went to the zoo and watched the animals play.

Monday, our actual anniversary, we decided to make ourselves a gift-a homemade cornhole game. I still need to paint the boards, but I love how they turned out.

We love playing games, so it’s fun to get back to our roots a little bit. It reminds me of when we were dating and poor, and we used to play penny can. It’s amazing how time flies, and how life changes, and how some things stay the same. Match is still my best friend, and we still love playing simple games and just being together. I love our little life.

Speaking of time flying, today was Piglet’s first day of Kindergarten! I still can’t believe he’s in elementary school. He was so excited to start school. I love that sweet little boy so much. He is growing up so fast, and I just want to press pause. Wasn’t I just blogging about my pregnancy with him? Wasn’t he just a tiny little baby in my arms? I blinked.

I love how his backpack is as big as he is, my petite little man.  I love that he told me he wished I could come to school with him every day. I know one day he won’t feel that way. I also love that the minute I left, he started talking to friends, and had this huge grin on his face. That grin was even bigger when I picked him up. I knew he would love school as much as I did. For his night night song tonight, we sang “We’re Going to be Friends” by the White Stripes. I have sung it to him before, but today the lyrics were perfect for the first day of school. He fell asleep giggling, and that smile of his lit up his room. In case you’re not familiar with the song, here are the lyrics:

Fall is here, hear the yell
Back to school, ring the bell
Brand new shoes, walking blues
Climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are going to be friends
I can tell that we are going to be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee
Through the park and by the tree
We will rest upon the ground
And look at all the bugs we found
Safely walk to school without a sound
Safely walk to school without a sound

Well here we are, no one else
We walked to school all by ourselves
There’s dirt on our uniforms
From chasing all the ants and worms
We clean up and now its time to learn
We clean up and now its time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell
Nouns, and books, and show and tell
At playtime we will throw the ball
Back to class, through the hall
Teacher marks our height against the wall
Teacher marks our height against the wall

And we don’t notice any time pass
We don’t notice anything
We sit side by side in every class
Teacher thinks that I sound funny
But she likes the way you sing

Tonight I’ll dream while I’m in bed
When silly thoughts go through my head
About the bugs and alphabet
And when I wake tomorrow, I’ll bet
That you and I will walk together again
I can tell that we are going to be friends
Yes, I can tell that we are going to be friends

The Leather Anniversary

Being in a couple is hard. And committing, making sacrifices; it’s hard. But if it’s the right person, then it’s easy. Looking at that girl and knowing she’s all you really want out of life, that should be the easiest thing in the world. -Marshall, How I Met Your Mother

Tuesday Match and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. We started the day off with a walk in one of our town parks.

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Of course I had to bust out the camera and capture a few shots of my boys. Piglet decided he didn’t want to ride in the stroller-he wanted Daddy to carry him.

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They are so handsome!

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After the walk, we went for a drive through the countryside, and spent a few hours daydreaming about living there. 3 years before we were still house hunting. We laughed, thinking of where we will be in the next few years. Who knows? Maybe we will be living in the countryside.

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That evening we got all dressed up, and headed to a nice steakhouse. Match even busted out his cowboy boots in honor of the “leather” anniversary. We didn’t actually exchange gifts this year, but the traditional gift is leather.

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I got really excited because I managed to squeeze into the dress I wore for our bachelor/bachelorette party. The girls were just a tad bigger this time. I am not used to having anything remotely like cleavage, so I was a little self conscious. Match gave a big stamp of approval. 😉

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We crossed our fingers that Piglet would be a good little boy and sleep through dinner.  Piglet had better ideas. First he wanted some cuddles, and he decided to read through the menu.

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Then he insisted we have a family picture taken by the nice lady at the table across from us.
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Finally, he decided that right when dinner was served, he would like his dinner. He couldn’t figure out why mom wouldn’t whip out her tatas, when they were right there. Daddy being the great hubby that he is, stepped up and gave Piglet some expressed milk in a bottle, and allowed mama to finish her dinner.

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After only a little fussing, we made it through dinner. Afterwards, we went for a walk in the park across the street. They have this beautiful old footbridge that was just begging for pictures.

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My failed attempt at a timed photo. Match’s closed eyes just make the picture!

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Our beautiful boy!

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On the drive home, we talked about how much we’ve been through in these last 3 years. Last year we were just coming out of the fog of our grief as parents.  Like leather, we were a bit worn out, and a little bit stretched, but we also realized we were durable. This year we had my high risk pregnancy, and then the scary delivery of our beautiful son.

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We are now getting into the groove of parenthood, and so incredibly happy to finally be a family. We’ve gone through the typical ups and downs that any couple goes through in the sleep deprived haze of new parenthood. We’ve survived the newborn stage, and now we’re basking in the joy of infant smiles, cuddles, and longer periods of sleep at night. Watching Match love our son, and be such a supportive, loving father has made me fall more in love with him than I ever thought possible.  We’re reconnecting as husband and wife, and we’ve even scheduled a real, honest to god, date night for later this month. I can’t wait to see what this next year brings!

 

 

Match and the Anniversary Date

Jim: [regarding Pam’s father] What did he say? Is it my fault?
Pam: Yeah. He said that you told him much you love me. About how you feel when I walk in a room. And about how you’ve never doubted for a second that I’m the woman you want to spend the rest of your life with. I guess he’s never felt that way about my mom, even at their best.
Jim: You okay?
Pam: Yeah. [Cut to interview room] When you’re a kid, you assume your parents are soulmates. My kids are going to be right about that. –The Office

img_55431Our anniversary date lived up to my expectations and then some. Match and I had discussed ahead of time not buying presents for each other and to just do cards and a nice meal. So when I got home, I was surprised (and oh so pleased) to see a bouquet of red roses waiting for me. 🙂 The card he gave me was incredibly thoughtful, and my cheesy homemade photo card paled by comparison. He wrote to me about how much I mean to him, and that he’s found the one.

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A Year Ago Today

The two of you have something most people search their whole lives for and never find. -Barney, How I Met Your Mother

It was a year and four days ago that I got a message in my inbox that would change my life forever. It was a year ago that I went on my first “official date” with Match. It was a year ago that we shared our first kiss on that garden path downtown. It was a year ago today that I fell completely and utterly in love with Match, that I felt a way I never had before, and I knew nothing would ever be the same. Continue reading A Year Ago Today