Posts Tagged ‘Anniversary’

March 27, 2018

Eight Anniversary

I cannot put into words how wonderful Domingo is, and how lucky I feel to have him in my life. Every year I think this is as good as it gets, and I cannot possibly love him any more. Yet here we are, each year more in love than the year before.

One of this year’s sweetest moments was from January. While waiting for the induction to start at the hospital, Domingo told me he brought something for me. Since I had been on the gestational diabetics diet, I wasn’t allowed any of the sweet treats I love. During that time I had had a particularly strong desire for chocolate donuts. Domingo had packed a small package of mini chocolate donuts in his hospital go bag. That way, the moment I was given the ok to eat, I could satisfy my sweet tooth. It was an especially sweet moment because he insisted I eat them all, even though the hospital cafeteria closed at 3pm and he was left with only vending machine as his only option.

It should be no surprise that the sweetest guy in the world is father to the sweetest girls in the world. Alexis is better at remembering to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ than I am! Her favorite saying these days is “you’re the best!” and will thank you for the smallest things. Nicole is amazingly empathetic, and will often take the lesser toy or snack because she doesn’t want to see her sister be sad. A few weeks ago little sister was scolded for purposely annoying Nicole. Nicole told me I was too harsh and gave Alexis a hug, telling her she only wanted her to be happy.

I still can’t believe I got exactly the family I was hoping for. My business continues to grow, in no small part due to the support of my family encouraging me along the way. The wildlife around our house is a photographers dream. A few days ago I saw, and photographed, my first coyote.

What more could a person ask for?

March 27, 2017

Seventh Anniversary

It has been seven years since our wedding vows. Nearly thirteen years since we first met. Which means we’ve been married for a little over half the time we’ve known each other. Crazy.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the first time we met. It was a chance encounter in a hallway at work. I instantly liked him but the timing wasn’t right. I found myself thinking “I hope I end up with someone like him one day,” and then was immediately struck by what an awkward thought that was, especially because I had a boyfriend at the time. He seemed so warm and friendly, and I wanted to stay talking in that hallway forever.

Our paths didn’t cross again for at least a year when I switched projects. We were fast friends. Despite all the time we spent working together, and outside of work together as friends, it still took me another two years to finally work up the courage to let him know I liked him. And I only worked up the courage to tell him because I felt like the opportunity was going to slip away.

Now, I can’t imagine how life could have turned out any differently! He is the perfect partner for me, whose strengths match my weaknesses. We are better people because we have each other in our lives. I can’t believe how lucky I am. I adore our life together, and the wonderful family we’ve created. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

This year will see a lot of changes.

Nicole is going to kindergarten, which means the kids will be in different locations during the day. There will be homework, and community volunteering. I continue to try and grow my business into something non-trivial so I can justify the time I spend home with the kids, which is becoming more and more of a necessity. Domingo has also been on more travel lately, and expects it to continue. Our move to the suburbs make all of these changes so much more tractable. I’m eager to see what this year brings.

March 27, 2016

Sixth Anniversary

My happy, crazy, amazing family

It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since the anniversary of our wedding vows. In those six years we’ve had three homes (three cities and three different daycares), two amazing girls, and one incredible do-it-yourself career adventure.

I am constantly amazed at the compassion and considerate my not-yet-four-year-old shows. She is so loving with her little sister, offering her hugs and toys when she cries. Her teachers tell me she is the first to start cleaning up, and the first to the table at activity time. A few months ago Ms. T, her favorite teacher, was cutting with scissors and somehow managed to cut herself. Concerned, Nicole fetched her a wet paper towel, all on her on.

Alexis is our vampire kisses and tackle hug champion. She is incredibly clever, just like big sister. Before she found words she was amazingly good at inventing gestures to indicate what she wanted, whether it be the way she tapped on the trey to indicate the type of food she wanted, or the way she’d throw her head down to indicate she wanted to be picked up upside down. She’s our happy little ball of energy

And Domingo. Boy, did I hit the jackpot with him. He’s amazingly supportive of my desire to start my own company, even though it’s taking longer to get it off the ground than I would like.

We’re loving our new home, and our new community. The change of pace from silicon valley (and the reduction in commute time) has done us a world of good.

March 27, 2015

Fifth Anniversary

Still working on that family photo…

Today marks the fifth year anniversary of our wedding vows, and what a journey it’s been!

Five years.
5 years of wedded bliss
4 places of employment
3 continents traveled together
2 amazing daughters
and 1 incredible adventure on the horizon!

I am so incredibly grateful for all we’ve been able to build together. Sure there are sleepless nights, spit-ups and hiccups, but I can’t imagine navigating life with anyone else by my side.

March 27, 2014

4th Anniversary

Mommy’s Little Shutterbug taking a stab at the family portraits

I know I’ve said it before, but I am a lucky girl!

Ever since we moved Domingo has been handling our town home. Almost every day he stops by the home during his lunch break to clean, organize, and bring any left over stuff to our apartment in preparation to sell. I really shouldn’t have been surprised that he was also researching real estate agents in the area. He found not just the company but the specific agent that sold two other units for above asking in our community. He asked if I would mind if we just going with that agent. Of course I wouldn’t mind! I couldn’t be more grateful that he’s been taking the reigns on this one!

Nicki is also growing so fast these days it’s amazing. She adjusted so quickly to our new city and her new home – quicker than either Mommy or Daddy even! I’m constantly stunned at all the new things she seems to understand daily. I have no idea how she knew this but when I got out the tripod so we could take this year’s family photo she started chanting “picture! picture! CHHHEEEEESSEEEEE!”

The “cheese” must have come from daycare, I never ask her to say it. Anyway, if you want a great toddler smile, let her push the button on camera remote. It was apparently grand fun.

March 28, 2013

3rd Anniversary

Self Portraits with a baby are hard!

Yesterday was our third anniversary. It amazes me how quickly it has gone by, and how much life has changed in what felt like a blink of an eye. We celebrated our -1 (the year before we got married), 1 and 2nd anniversary with a four course fondue dinner. This year we had Olive Garden take out after Nicki went to bed and watched some TV together while snuggling on the couch. You know what? I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

At the risk of sounding cheesy, I have to admit that while packing Nicki’s bottles for day care this morning I couldn’t help but think how lucky I am. I have an amazing husband who also happens to be the best dad ever. He can always make me laugh, no matter how bad my day has been. He supported my crazy idea to go back to school, even on days when I’m ready to throw in the towel. He puts up with my momtographer crazy tendencies, and has gotten quite good himself. He even drove an hour round trip to pick up Olive Garden the night before. It’s been 5 years and I still feel incredibly lucky and blessed that he wanted to marry me.

I also lucked out in the daughter department. Nicki is such a happy baby, even when sick! She’s a (mostly) excellent sleeper. Last night? She slept from 7:15 pm to 7:50 am – 12 hours and 35 minutes! That’s the most sleep she’s gotten since I’ve been keeping track. We’ve had some rough patches for sure, but a typical night is eleven plus hours. I can tell she’s incredibly bright. Maybe even too bright. We tried to teach her to roll over with the toy just out of reach trick. What did she do? She grabbed the floor mat and pulled the toy closer to her! Silly girl.

I am so ridiculously happy with the life we’ve built, and the family we’ve started. I feel so blessed.

March 27, 2012

2nd Anniversary

This year went by amazingly fast. Last year at this time I had finished an anniversary craft project, and an anniversary video slideshow highlighting our first year. This year? I still have no idea what I will do for an anniversary craft project. At least I know what photos I want to use for the slideshow, but I haven’t even resized them! It should be easier to make the slide show this year, since I already have a flash template to work with, I just need to get on the ball. At least I have a good excuse for being so busy, right?

I just have to start off by saying what a difference a year makes. Compare my Anniversary photo to the photo of me in the “About Sarah” section of the side menu. The bathroom scale might not report much of a change, but I see a world of difference. Okay, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

I have been wanting to do a family travel map for a while, so when our anniversary was coming up I thought it would be a fun project to do together. I loved the idea of working on a project together, that’s also practical in the sense that we’ll hang it up and love to look at it rather than something that gets stored away. (Like our wedding album. Sad, but true.) We wanted to combine the traditional first anniversary wedding gift, paper, with the modern anniversary gift, clocks, so we added a series of world clocks to the map.

I’m very happy with how this turned out. I ended up using just traditional rubber cement to mount the map onto a foam core backing. Most people recommend spray adhesive for an even spread, but I had so much rubber cement left over from a wedding project that I wanted to use up. Rubber cement worked fine for this project because the map was on thick matte photo paper: no wrinkling or bulging. It’s not perfect, but it works well enough.

The frame came from Walmart (about $18 + tax). I could have gone a little cheaper, but I liked the look of the frame, and the dark mahogany brown color. It matched the map perfectly. The frame had a plastic shield over (ie fake glass) but it was fairly easy to rip out and make room for the pins. Once I pulled out the plastic, I realized how flimsy the frame was. The foam board backing is necessary to help it keep it’s shape, as well as provide a place for the pins to go.

We used medium black tacks (purchased on amazon since they were cheaper when you factored in shipping – $9). The tacks have a tendency to disappear when you stand a few feet back because the map is so dark. We decided to pin places we had been to together, including before we were married or even engaged. Other options include having pins of different colors for each family member, or pins for with kids and sans kids.

The wall clocks are of important locations to us. We met, married and honeymooned in three different time zones which happen to move West to East. The progression works very well with the concept of world clocks. The time is set to the time of our ceremony, 5 o’clock Eastern Standard Time. I suppose, if we hadn’t, I probably would have had one large clock for where we were married, and several smaller ones indicating either places we had been, or wanted to go. I printed the clocks on photo paper which gives them a bit of a glossy shine, kind of like the glass on a real clock.

I want to keep up the tradition of an anniversary craft project, but next year will prove to be a challenge. The traditional gift is cotton, and the modern gift is china. I have no idea what I will do.

March 27, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

One year ago we said “I do!” It’s been an amazing year, I am so lucky to have found the love of my life.