Sunday, June 27, 2010

Anniversary Trip

On June 24th, Nick and I celebrated our 10 year Anniversary. We took a little trip up to my parent's house in Oak Harbor, Wa, where we dropped Ethan and Reagan off. Then Nick, Jordan and I traveled even further north to Birch Bay to stay at the Semiahmoo Resort for a couple days. Up until then, summer had NOT arrived in the PNW. But it decided to show up for us. What a wonderful, relaxing and pleasant time we had taking it easy and going at a slower pace.After a couple days we went back to mom and dad's house to hang with them before going back home. We went to our favorite beaches and parks. The kids love it up there with all the fresh air and things to do on the island.

Along the way, miss Jordan got her ears pierced. She was NOT happy about it. But they turned out so sweet so hopefully she'll think it was worth it in the end.

10 Years Later, here's where we are. It's amazing how that length of time flashes by. We love our family, our life and our God.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

End of 1st Grade...Already!

Ethan's last day of first grade is tomorrow. How did he get so old so fast. He had a great year at his new school, Glenwood Heights Elementary. It was his first year at a public school too. He did so well. I went to his school for the end of the year field day and I was so surprised at how many kids would just wave at him and say hi and they weren't even in his class. What a sweet, sociable, outgoing little guy we have. Must have gotten that from his daddy because I was always scared and shy. We're so proud of you, Ethan. Great job!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

10 Years

I'm writing this for two reasons: one, it's our 10 year wedding anniversary next week and two, my sister is holding a contest on her blog about your own "love story". :)

Nick and I met at Multnomah Bible College in 1997, although he doesn't remember that meeting. He played on the college soccer team, me on the volleyball team. He'd fractured his hip playing in a game and the whole school prayed for him. I'd thought he was kind of cute and one day at the gym I saw him hobbling around on his crutches. I mustered all my strength and courage (I was WAY more shy back then than now) and asked, "How's your hip?" "Fine!" was his curt, short answer. Off I went, dejected. How rude.

One year later, two of my friends from volleyball wanted to get a group together to go to our school's Fall Banquet. The only guy they could coerce to go with us was Nick. :) I'd never talked to him or had any contact with him since the previous year so I was all intimidated and nervous. One night before the event, we were walking to dinner and I asked him if he liked any girls. He just seemed like the type of guy that's your buddy. He said that my roommate was kind of cute. In my head I'm thinking, O great, another guy to use me to get to Lisa. Fabulous (yes, it had happened once before). Then he blurts out, "I like you, too." Hmmm, what do I do with this information?

After the group banquet, he continued to ask me to a couple of group activities. I consider our first official date to Subway. We walked, it was raining, I was starving but didn't want to show what a piglet I could be so I ordered the cheapest thing on the menu besides a veggie sub, so I got a turkey sub. That Christmas, Nick came home with me to visit my family. It was then that I knew that he was the man I wanted to marry. We'd only been dating about a month and a half, and we were only 20 years old, but sometimes you just KNOW.

Another fun trivia tidbit is that Nick was my first kiss. Not that I didn't have chances to kiss other guys, but once you get to a certain age, why would you want to waste your first kiss on a "frog" when you can have it with your "prince"?

Nick proposed to me on my 21st birthday, Christmas Eve 1999. We were married exactly 6 months to the day later, June 24, 2000. I'm so thankful for my wonderful, loving husband. He's blessed us with 3 great kids, he's a hard worker, and provides for us more than I can imagine. Sometimes I don't get why people get married when they're not really in it for the long haul. What's the point? I could not imagine my life without him. There are days that I don't like him very much (and vice versa), but I'd rather have him around and annoy me, than have peace and quiet without him. Thank you, God, for my forever love!

August 1999, at my friend Janina's wedding
June 2000, opening our wedding gifts at Mom and Dad's house
Our bridal party

Monday, June 14, 2010

Growing up!

Yep, she's 4 months old. Jordan is our little chubbers. :) She still sleeps about 10 hours at night, STRAIGHT. Love it! She hasn't rolled over yet, and really doesn't seem very interested in doing so. She can use her toes to scooch a little. She's showing more interest in toys. Jordan loves to laugh at her family members, but mommy is her clear favorite. FINALLY, I have a baby who wants me over daddy. We love our sweet little red head.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Beach Getaway

Every year our MOMS PACED team gets away to the beach for some down time after the hard year of work we did. Out of all the yucky weather we've been having lately, last weekend was beautiful and we had such a marvelous time of just relaxing. Ahhhh!