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My husband Chris and I are very excited to announce that our now softball-sized BB is A BOY!!

We had our 19 week Ultrasound friday afternoon.  I was so excited I could barely even breathe! lol I knew either way (boy or girl) that I was going to bawl my eyes out and more than likely freak out the poor ultrasound technician…which, of course, I did.  Chris was by my side to calm me down though and I managed to stop sobbing uncontrollably and make it back to the car…where I immediately started bawling again lol.  When asked why I was still crying all I could manage to say to Chris was “I’m just so happy!”…which resulted in him laughing his ass off at me hahaha

BB Hoobs, waving ‘Hi!’

Teeny tiny little toes!! ❤

We announced our big news yesterday at a family barbecue. My sister made an adorable reveal cake (FULL of either blue or pink icing on the inside! yum!!) and we gathered everyone around to share the news!  The cake was uber delicious and luckily for Chris and I the leftover half stayed at our house! Cake for lunch today! 🙂 lol

It was a great BBQ!  Full of great good, amazing family and lots and lots of love!  Everyone is very happy and very, very excited!  There are already 2 beautiful little girls on the Hobin side of the family (our nieces Addison & Alyssa) so our little dude is going to have a run for his money! lol We KNOW nothing is ever concrete, and come December we could always still end up with another beautiful little Hobin girl in the family, and we are totally OK with that! (why wouldn’t we be!? lol) but until then we are happy to announce that there will be another boy Hobin!!  The Hobin name WILL live on! lol!

BLUE icing! ❤

On top of all of this ridiculous excitement we’ve also been spending lots and lots of time working on the nursery!  The dresser that we wanted SO BADLY from Ikea (ok, ok! the one that *I* wanted so badly from Ikea!) finally came back into stock on Friday and we rushed over there after work to pick it up.  It’s a pretty, white, 8 drawer HEMNES dresser, and man are they popular!   When we got there we found only THREE left in stock! SCORE!  We snatched it up and got out of there like a bat out of hell.  It’s MINE!!

We (and by we, I clearly mean Chris lol) spent the remainder of Friday night and Saturday morning setting up the dresser and organizing the nursery so we could show it off at the BBQ.  There’s still work to do of course…lots of personal touches to add! Photos etc… boyish things! lol  But it’s really coming along. I already love spending time in there!

Of course, our dogs, Leia & Artoo have been a big help in the decorating process! Always lying in the way, or hiding under things… I worry sometimes that they think we’re replacing them …they get that super sad look in their eyes that only a dog can give you.  But then I see how much they both love kids, and how well they get along with kids & babies (Leia especially!) and my heart melts and I know everything will be OK. ❤

I’m so blissfully happy right now! It’s kind of hard to put into words… Anytime I think of something to say about it all it just ends up sounding super corny or cheesey. I have an amazingly wonderful, supportive, loving husband.  Two adorably entertaining dogs.  I have a bouncing baby boy on the way, and the thought of it all sounds like something out of a fairy tale to me.  My own personal fairy tale.  Sometimes I think it’s all too good to be true…like I might wake up to find I’ve been dreaming this whole time.  Then when I DO wake up I find it’s all still very real and the fairy tale begins all over again.

Here’s to the next 4 1/2 months of pregnancy and to a lifetime of blissful happiness!

Had-to-have onsie!!

Like I said…Cake for lunch! 🙂

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Where do I even begin!?

It’s been a roller coaster of a year so far.  2012 started off with devastation. First with Chris’ work shutting down their branch with no notice, leaving him unemployed, then with the sudden, tragic loss of my Grammy.  It definitely seemed like this was going to be the worst year of our lives.  But we have pushed on and kept our chins up, as we know Grammy would want us to do…and I’m usually a very pessimistic person, so I’m not going to lie…it was hard to do.

You know how people always say that optimism breeds positivity?  That if you stay positive and keep your chin up that good things will come?  …well, they’re right.

First Chris’ work gave him a pretty decent severance pay.  Then by some miracle of God he received his annual bonus (that he’s never once been able to collect in previous years).  These two unexpected bonuses saved our lives…and our mortgage…and our visas.  We were even able to get away on vacation for the first time in, well, ever!  The furthest we ever “vacationed” was usually camping in Grand Bend, or our honeymoon to Wasaga Beach.  Not this time!  The Hobins packed up and flew to Runaway Bay, Jamaica for a week!  A week of fun, sun, food, heat, fatigue and nausea! ….wait, fatigue and nausea?…

Yes, fatigue and nausea.  A few weeks after we booked our amazing all-inclusive 2nd honeymoon vacation Good Thing #2 happened.  I found out I was pregnant!  We hadn’t really been “trying” trying…it was more of a “let’s let fate do its thing”.  And fate has blessed us with, well, we don’t know yet! lol I’m at 14 weeks now and I don’t even have the “find out the gender” ultrasound booked yet, but I hear it happens within the 18-20 week mark…so we’ll see! But we DO want to find out!  We’ve been busy cleaning out our 2nd bedroom, re-painting and reading…a lot. lol  It’s all still a little overwhelming but we’re  both so, so excited!

Pregnancy has been pretty good to me so far.  No morning sickness, so that’s awesome!  I’m finally into the 2nd trimester, so the fatigue is wearing off and I’m slowing getting my appetite back, although I’m still not a huge fan of meat…as long as it’s chopped up and IN something (sandwich, salad, etc..) then I’m ok. But I haven’t had a steak or chicken breast in God knows how long lol  The only downside so far is a ceased SI joint (pelvis/spine) which rendered me couch & icepack bound most of this week. But I’m getting treatment for it and it’s already getting better.

On to Good Thing #3…which is bittersweet to me, but ultimately a very exciting thing!  My parents are moving!  My family has lived in that house since my parents got married about 31 years ago.  It’s sad to think of anyone else other than us living there (not that I live there anymore…but it’s still very much one of my homes).  SO many memories…good and bad of course…but so, so many.  Not that my ridiculous hormones are helping either…I tear up every time I think about saying goodbye to the house lol

My Mom & Dad have bought a very sweet 8 year old farmhouse out in Hagersville.  It has all the adorable charm they’ve always wanted in a farmhouse (2 acres of property too!), but only 8 years old!  So it’s got all new everything and no worries of old cracking foundation, or yucky old septic tanks.  It’s even got a nice big out-building for my dad to convert into a nostalgic gas station/workshop/garage.  Which is where he’ll keep his ’71 Buick Skylark and ’65 Buick Riviera of course 😉  I am SO excited for them!!

See what I mean about roller coaster?  From the worst year every to possibly one of the best!  And BB Hobin is due December 19th! So this is going to be the best Christmas I could ever imagine!  Although, the pessimist who still dwells inside my head can’t stop making me think I’ll end up overdue and stuck in the hospital for Christmas morning lol But I know that it’ll be worth it…and either way, a Christmas none of us will ever forget!

Oh! and Chris did end up getting another job!  He’s working where I do, helping in the shipping dept., which he seems to love to do!  Hopefully come January he’ll be able to re-apply for city transit again and get a job driving bus (which may not sound glamorous but it pays damn well!).  Which would be another blessing as we’ll need all the savings we can get…we’ll be PARENTS by then!! 🙂

Here’s a few photos to sum up all I’ve just rambled on about – Please stop by my LD Photography Facebook Page to see more photos from our Jamaica trip! While you’re there give me a ‘like’ too! I’ll be your new best friend! 🙂 lol  You can also click the link on the left side of this blog for another direct route to my page.  Thank you!

Jamaica! Dolphin Cove

Jamaica! Martha Brae River Rafting

The view from our room! ❤

Ultrasound at 6 weeks – not much to see! But it confirmed I was in fact pregnant! lol

Ultrasounds at 13 weeks – just…WOW!

More from week 13! in the bottom one we watched BB wiggle and stretch and flip right upside down! Amazing!

Goodbye old home – You’ll be missed dearly.

Mom & Dad’s new place out in Hagersville ❤

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If you didn’t already know, almost a month ago my family lost our Matriarch.  My Grammy, Kay Mannell, passed away January 28th, 2012 after falling in our family home… Only 2 weeks before her 94th birthday (although the doctor did give her a month for good behaviour…she always said she wanted to outlive, or at least live up to HER mother’s age of 94).

I haven’t spoken publicly about it much…I haven’t really found the words yet to do so…but I’m going to try, so please bare with me here.

I owe everything I am to the women in my life…My Mother, my Nana & of course, my Grammy.
There are tons of people who only know their Grandparents through family stories and photographs.  I am truly blessed to have had Nana & Grammy there my whole life.  And my mom?  I don’t know what I would do, or who I would be without her.  She’s an angel. Plain and simple.

Mom

Like I said…this woman is our guardian angel, right here on Earth.  She has taken care of our family with an indescribable amount of unconditional love.  She is always there when you need her, whether you know you need her or not.  She stayed with Grammy day in and day out when she was in the hospital.  She cared for Poppa (her father) when he was hospitalized, before he passed away…and again when Nana was hospitalized and had to have her leg amputated.  Hell, she was even there with ME in the hospital when I had to get my tonsils removed! (like I said, whether you know you need her or not! lol)  There are no words to describe the amount of love and caring my mother shows the world.  When we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders somehow my mom always has just enough strength to help push us through.

We are a very emotional family (I blame my dad) and my mom is the glue that holds us all together…and let me tell you, thats no easy task.  When I say we’re emotional, I mean it’s absolutely ridiculous how emotional we are.  My mom’s unconditional love must be made of freaking super glue or something… No matter how terrible a situation may be, mom always has a way of making us feel better, stronger.

My mom has taught me to stay true to myself and always stand up for what I believe in.  Given, that did get me in trouble a few times throughout my teenage years, but I’ve found a less rebellious way to be myself now a days.  She has taught me to embrace myself, my personality, my fears and dreams and mould them all into who I want to be.  I may not have conquered all of my fears (I still can’t watch ET for the life of me, or go into the basement in the dark) but I know that I am a better person, a better wife, and one day one hell of a mom, because of my mother.

I love you so much mom.  I’m sorry if I don’t say it enough.  You’re the best mom a girl could ask for, and I thank God for you every day.

Nana

Nana is the epitome of strong women.  She was married to Poppa for Christ’s sake!  That alone takes balls! lol  In all seriousness though, if Nana has taught us anything its that you have to be strong in life.  When Poppa’s health started to deteriorate Nana was the backbone of the family.  She did everything for him.  She showed us that no matter how difficult a situation may be that true love, determination & patience will always get you through.

After dealing with the difficulty of losing her husband, Nana also had to overcome the difficulty of losing her leg.  She was hospitalized and it had to be amputated.  It was a terrible time for our family.  We were all so scared that we would lose her…the first amputation, below the knee wouldn’t heal, and they had to go back and take more.  My mom was at the hospital a lot…again.  But Nana pulled through because she’s strong as all hell!  Not only was she strong enough to come home, but she’s continued to be strong every day since then.   If her confidence has ever faltered she’s never once showed it.

Watching her overcome this tragic event has made me a better person.  It has shown me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to, and that the only person standing in my way is myself.  Nana also has an amazing sense of humour…I’ve watched her turn tragedy into comedy, which I think is amazing.  Being able to laugh at a situation rather than sulk about it is a great trait to have.  One of my favourite Nana moments was when she had returned from the hospital and she came over to visit.  We were kind of worried about how it had effected her or whether or not it would be weird…but the first thing Nana did was unfold her empty pant leg from underneath her and wave it at us and yell “helloooooo!!!” I almost died laughing.  We instantly felt at ease about the entire ordeal.  If Nana wasn’t upset or frightened about how could we be?

I think back on this all the time.  Anytime I start worrying & complaining about paying bills, gaining weight, working overtime, or simply getting sick I stop and think about how small and insignificant those things really are….I think about Nana and her courage & determination and think to myself, if I can be even half as strong as Nana is, then I can get through anything.

Thank you Nana for being a wonderful, beautiful and always entertaining woman.  You’ve shown me time and time again that a little optimism goes a long way.  I love you so much!

Grammy

Grammy was an amazing woman…actually, scratch that.  She was THE MOST amazing woman.  She touched any and every life that was lucky enough to intertwine with her own.  She was ‘Grammy’ to everyone…whether you had known her all your life, or had only met her once, it didn’t matter.  She was Grammy to all.  She taught me so much about life and love…about what it takes to be a good wife, mother & grandmother.  And really folks, it doesn’t take much.  Love, mostly…a lot of love….patience, a great sense of humour, discipline, and patience…I know, I already said patience…but you need it.  Especially when you’ve got 5 kids, 12 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren!  Not to mention in-laws & family friends who considered her their family as well….We all owe everything to Grammy’s unconditional love.

Grammy was strong, independent, elegant, beautiful, brave and above all, incredibly stubborn.  That’s what we loved the most about her, I think.  Her ability to make you laugh with the simplest of facial expressions was priceless.  When she’d roll her eyes at my dad for telling her to turn up her hearing aids….or the look she’d give you for telling her to do anything for that matter!  The look that instantly told you “I’m 93 years old and I’m going to do whatever I damn well please!” …you were smiling within seconds.

The 2 weeks that Grammy was hospitalized after her fall was by far the worst 2 weeks of my life…probably of all our lives. We had spent days and nights with her there…watching over her, comforting her, comforting each other…not knowing what even the next hour would bring.  Then we were blessed…  I was raised Catholic, but I am not an overly religious person… but I do believe that we were given a gift from God during her hospital stay…  Although she suffered a terrible fall, resulting in brain damage, she never lost the ability to be Grammy.  The doctors told us a couple days in that she might not last the night…but Grammy being her strong, stubborn self was not about to be told when she was going to die.  The next few days were amazing.  She was awake and talking to us…reading magazines with me…looking at old family photos and pointing out who was who, and what they were doing that day.  It was within these few days where one of my most favourite Grammy-moments happened.  She was hungry and wanted food.  The nurses told us they would bring some apple sauce for her to try out.  They gave my dad these tiny apple sauce containers and said she had to eat them slow and in little bits.  My dad fed her only ONE spoonful before she grabbed the whole thing from him, took the spoon, gave him that awesome Mannell Death Stare and ate the whole damn thing herself…then asked for more.  Then ate lunch, had tea, a glass of milk & finished off her supper that night with lemon pudding.  But that look! Oh my God…the death stare my dad got for trying to feed her was absolutely priceless!  We were all laughing so hard.  It was just so Grammy.

There wasn’t a single person who ever met her that didn’t instantly fall in love with her.   It’s no wonder her and Grampa were married for almost 70 years! (Grampa passed away 7 months before their 70th wedding anniversary).  Chris and I actually got married on their anniversary.  Our wedding day would have been their 70th…I am so absolutely honoured to share this day with them.  It means more to me than I’ll ever be able to express in words.

It breaks my heart that she is no longer here with us.  I’ve cried almost every single day since January 28th…She may have been 93 (almost 94!) years old, but I still don’t believe it was her time to go…but even still, I don’t cry for that reason…Grammy lived a long and very happy life.  We are all so lucky to have had her in our lives for so long.  I cry, because, well…it’s just so hard to picture life without her in it.  Our family home (my parents house, where she lived with them) seems empty now without her in it.  Theres an empty place at the dinner table…an empty seat near the fireplace…there’s no one quietly shuffling around upstairs in her room… It’s going to take a lot of getting used to.  Even my parents dog & cat are lost without her there.

I’ll always remember what Grammy told Chris and I in her speech on our wedding day.  “The secret to a long and happy marriage is simple.  Always go for walks together after dinner and never, ever stop talking to each other.”  We won’t Grammy.  I promise you that.  I love you with all my heart and I miss you more and more each day.  I hope you and Grampa are walking those beautiful Hawaiian beaches together once more….Every time I see purple in the sun rise or set, I always think of you and know you’re looking down on me.

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Not the most exciting day of the trip.
Day 8 consisted of driving the last leg of the trip.  Home.
As excited as I was to see Chris, Leia, Artoo, Gambit, Wolverine, my family and friends, I couldn’t help but feel sad.  I already missed Memphis so much.  The spring air.  The warm breeze.  The trees & flowers in full bloom.  Graceland for christ’s sake!

The further north we drove the less pretty everything got.  The trees slowly became naked again.  The grass was a little less green with every state we drove through.  We even hit a gnarly thunder & lightning storm the night before in Cincinnati…as if even Mother Nature wanted us to stay south.  The storm even slowed our trip.  We were hoping to make it further north…possibly stay just north of Columbus.  But the weather & traffic turned sour and we had to get off the highway in Cincinnati to stay the night.  The hotel was nice, but more expensive than we were planning on.  We even had to take out some more money for accommodations and  gas lol.  Even as nice as the hotel room itself was, our room overlooked the highway.  It’s all we could hear all night.  Right near a turn in the road as well, so all the trucks had to use their air brakes.  Sleep didn’t come easy…that’s for sure.  Dad probably only got a few hours.  I slept better, but was woken up intermittently.

The last of the drive on day 8 sucked from the moment we woke up lol.  We were both very tired…and Dad didn’t want me to sleep in the car so that he has someone to talk to…to keep HIM awake! ….God forbid he started to doze. Luckily the storm that lasted through the night was working its way west to east, so it only took a couple of hours of northern driving to get out of it.  Most of the morning was still pretty grey though.

We stopped at Perkins for brunch around 9:30-10:00am.  We ate all we could possibly stomach in hopes of not having to stop for lunch.  There was a Grandpa’s Cheesebarn beside Perkins so we thought it might be fun to check out.  We bought some fudge for Mom & Grammy, and some white cheddar cheese for Grammy too.   I even picked up a little pink & white polka dot easter bunny for Liz. lol

The rest of the trip consisted of country music and more driving.  The best part of the drive was just talking to my dad.  We haven’t really even had time to talk like that before.  It was kind of weird talking about my parents eventual retirement, my relationship with Chris, and our eventual family…my dad and I usually only talk about Elvis, work, photography & cars.  To talk to him about more personal stuff was really, really awesome.  A bit awkward at first, but really awesome 🙂

In the end the trip was a monumental success!  I had high hopes of it being the most fantastically amazing trip of my life, but it somehow even managed to surpass that.  It really is hard to put into words just how great it was.  Not only did I get to experience so much of Elvis’ life, but I got to experience so much of my own as well.  I will never forget all of the time I got to spend with my dad.  Bonding over something as silly as Elvis Presley.  Not that its silly to us of course….but for the rest of our family it probably seems stupid lol.  Both me and my Dad are overly emotional…anyone who knows us, knows that.  But as much as it sucks sometimes, I’m glad I’ve inherited that part of him.  If there’s one thing you can always count on with us its 1. We’ll always be there in a loved ones time of need.  2. We WILL sit and talk about Elvis Presley like he was part of our family, and 3. We’ll start crying at the drop of a hat when expressing something even remotely important to us.

Thank you Dad, for giving me the best 25th birthday (or ANY birthday) a girl could ask for.  I love you very much.  You’re the best dad in the world! ….and yes, I’m crying as I write this 😛

As long as I'm living, my Daddy you'll be.

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Address To A Haggis

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftan o’ the puddin’race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace
As lang’s my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’ need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!

Then, horn for horn,
they stretch an’ strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve,
Are bent lyke drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
“Bethankit!” ‘hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him ower his trash,
As feckless as a wither’d rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs an’ arms, an’ heads will sned,
Like taps o’ thrissle.

Ye Pow’rs wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer,
Gie her a haggis!

My Poppa used to write poetry, and he spoke at Robbie Burns Suppers every year.
Today means a lot to me.  Plus, Haggis is delicious!

Cheers!

xoxoxo

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If you live in Burlington, or have ever ridden Burlington Transit there’s a good chance you know Bus Driver Bob….or maybe you’ve even ridden on Bob’s Magic Bus?  or maybe, JUST MAYBE you’ve seen his face plastered all over buses, magazine bus ads and banners scattered around Burlington? Then again, maybe you haven’t…but you will now!

My dad’s ego has severely inflated since the beginning of this summer when his work colleagues decided to take his photo (used in a Burlington Tourism magazine), blow it up and use it as one of their Burlington Bus wraps.  We should have known it wouldn’t stop there.  I continue to see his smiling face in Ribfest guides, pop-up banners, and in family member’s profile pics on Facebook.  Everywhere I look my dear ol’ dad is looking back…seriously.

So in hopes to help inflate his ego (and ultimately attempt to piss him off *grin*) my sister and I have made him his very own FACEBOOK GROUP! <—click it!…now!

They have stripped his face off of the sides of buses (for now, i’m sure), but you can relive it all here! On Facebook!  Be part of something awesome and join in on the fun!  Stop him for his autograph!  Have your picture taken with him!  Just don’t fuck with his schedule or be uber creepy about it! 🙂  I AM his daughter, keep in mind…and I will be monitoring for creepy bus passengers…you know who you are.  I know you’re our there.

My dad is cool as shit! ❤

Autographed Ribfest Guide!

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This past weekend Chris and I celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary!
WOW! How fast did that year go?!  We celebrated on and off all weekend long with Star Wars in Concert (our second time seeing it…STILL AMAZING!) on Saturday night, and dinner & a movie on Sunday night.  It was so much fun, and I loved the low-key-ness of it!

In light of my one year of epic awesomeness I thought I’d give you a rundown of my year of marriage.

Here’s a photo-enduced list of everything awesome that has happened this past year!

Starting with the obvious:

1. Chris Hobin & Lori Mannell Get Hitched!
It obviously all starts here. What an amazing day! So many friends and family came from all across Canada and the US to spend our day with us! We’re so very lucky to know and love people like all of you!  We did hit our speed bumps that day mind you, but aside from rude people and torrential downpour we made it through!

Got Married! July 25th 2009!

2. Chris & Lori HOBIN go Honeymoonin’
We spent an amazing week in Wasaga Beach, soakin’ up some sun and hangin’ out with our pup Leia.  YES! We brought our dog with us! Why the hell not! ❤

Honeymoonin'


3. Bought our First Home!
The day after we got home from our Honeymoon we grabbed our shit out of our 2 bedroom apartment in downtown Burlington and  headed for the East End!  Right off of Burloak Drive, we settled into our little Dream Home.  Over the past year we’ve painted, we’ve decorated and we’ve torn apart the front & backyard to transform it into AWESOME!

Backyard-Before.

Backyard-After!!

4. Chris cuts his hair off!!
Chris wakes up on the morning of his birthday, February 20th, and decides he no longer wants long hair. (his hair was almost to his butt!).  We make an appointment, chop it off and surprise the SHIT out of everyone who came to his birthday dinner!  He looks more handsome than ever ❤

Hobin-long hair

Hobin-haircut!!

5. Increased our little family by ONE!…we bought Artoo 🙂
Leia told me that she was a lonely little pup and that she desperately wanted a little brother.  Specifically a boston terrier brother…ok, ok! That’s at least what I told Chris after making a super sad pouty face.  After whining for weeks he finally caved and let me…err, i mean Leia get her little boston terrier.  We named him Artoo, after the most amazing character to ever grace a movie screen.

Artoo!

6. The Hobins celebrate one year of awesome!
As I mentioned before we spent the weekend overloading on Star Wars, beer, wine & our first 3D movie, Despicable Me! (it was insanely cute and funny by the way!).  I am so, so grateful for everything that we have…we worked damn hard for it all!  I love my husband so very, very much & I know how lucky I am to have him.

6 years ago when Chris and I first started dating we were out to dinner with a bunch of friends. He didn’t have any cash and wanted a beer…nervously he asked me to buy him one and of course I did! (even though I was only 18…don’t ask how I managed it! I guess I looked older lol).  In return Dear Christopher said he’d buy me a Bucket ‘o’ Beer (East Side Mario’s offered it).  Well…he never did.  And for 6 years I’ve been hilariously holding it over his head.  SO for our Anniversary dinner he sought out the only place around us that still offers these Buckets and took me there to surprise me with my long waited Bucket ‘o’ Beer.  It tasted more delicious than any beer I’ve ever tasted before.  Sweet Redemption! Followed by a couple glasses of red wine and I was well on my way!

Bucket 'o' Beer!

Wine!

Star Wars in Concert-R2D2!

Star Wars in Concert-Obiwan! ❤

Star Wars in Concert-Leia!

This past year has been the best year of my life!  Made even better with the help of our family and friends! …you know who you are! We love you all very much!

Here’s to many more awesome years to come! This is only the beginning baby! ❤


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