Monday, October 30, 2006


Hope everyone has a fun day! Aimee is coming down with a cold, so who knows if we'll be able to do anything tomorrow. Today was beautiful and our local coffee shop (The Fat Bean) hosted an awesome dress-up party for a mom's group that I belong to. I was so glad that we were able to go. Aimee had a blast eating the free giant cookie that was loaded with orange frosting and dancing to folk and bluegrass renditions of The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Old MacDonald, and This Land is Your Land.
The little dragon guy in the picture above is Aimee's new friend. His name is Seamus and he startled Aimee and made her cry when he decided that he was going to steal her away and grabbed her arm a little too assertively.

We went back to the Pumpkin farm with a good friend and her kids in the afternoon. Aimee got on the Pony again and stayed on for 2 laps this time.
It was a fun day.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Progress pictures

This is a picture of Brian and I exactly one year ago. We were celebrating our 2nd anniversary. I was wearing a (tight) size 24 and Brian a size 3 X.

Here we are yesterday. I'm in a (tight) size 16 and Brian is in XL.

Thursday, October 19, 2006


I began writing this about a week after 9/11 this year. I wasn't able to finish it and as more time passed, it seemed harder to find a reason to finish and post this entry. Today is our wedding anniversary, so I thought I 'd go ahead and post it.

9/11 is a really weird time for Brian and I. As 9/11 approaches we anticipate it with mixed emotions because we met the day before, 9/10/2001. As we listen to the newscasts that play in the background while we clean up after dinner we will catch the phrase, "It's been __ years since that day...." and we say, "Wow, have we really been togather for that long?"

Over the years, we've heard stories about how 9/11 influenced our culture. The return of religion into people's lives, childless couples deciding there was no better time than now, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lechaey getting engaged, it goes on and on...
I've never really stopped to think if 9/11 had anything to do with the speed in which our relationship grew. Brian and I met on Monday 9/10 and by Sunday 9/16 we both had decided in our own minds that we would marry. It took another week for us to each tell our parents that we had met "the one", and a few more weeks for us to tell each other. Both our parents thought we were crazy. My mom cautioned me that such a strong declaration so soon may not be sincere, while his family may have thought that I was a rebound from a failed long-term relationship. However, we ignored the advise of our parents and had faith in the trust we started to build on our 3rd date, which in retrospect, is really a building block of our relationship.

We met on Monday, and went on dates every day from Thursday-Sunday. The night of our third date , while we walked around Buckingham Fountain, we came up with an idea. We would tell each other the most embarassing and shameful thing we'd ever done. The one piece of information that we'd never want each other to know. That way, we wouldn't have to be afraid that the other person would find out and want to end the relationship. If this information was too much for one of us, then three dates was not too much life wasted on something that didn't work out. That little conversation has had a huge impact in our marriage. We are able to live our life in freedom. I don't have to fear that he doesn't love me. He learned what I thought was the most unloveable thing about me in the beginning, and chose to love me anyway.
It's been over 5 years since we met, and today, October 19, marks 3 years of marriage. I never imagined marriage would be so good. I knew it would be hard, and it has been. Working toward a healthy marriage has been more difficult than living in a bad relationship. It would have been easier to ignore the unhealthy, selfish, and ugly in each other. Instead, we have chosen to confront those things head on. Climbing a mountain to the summit is more difficult than admiring it from the valley, but you just can't get that kind of view from below.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


I go to the orthodontist every 2 weeks. I usually take Aimee with me. I put her in the stroller and park her right in front of the chair. They usually schedule me in the morning when they are not busy, so if she gets fussy, one of the assistants is able to entertain her.

To keep her entertained, I pack her little purple backpack with some toys, usually the pretend Veterinary kit my Mother in Law bought her. The kit comes with a thermometer, stethoscope, tweezers, a shot syringe, and stuffed baby animals.

Yesterday, I was sitting on the floor playing with her, and she took her tweezers and started to work on my braces. HOW OLD IS SHE? 16 MONTHS?

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Friday, October 06, 2006

A post with actual writing!

It's been difficult for me to sit down and actually write. First of all, it's hard to type with a clingy toddler on your lap. Secondly, it's becoming increasingly difficult to finish a thought, much less write a sentence you'd be comfortable lettng your friends and family read, with a clingy toddler on your lap. Thirdly, as we settle into life without visiting relatives it really is difficult to find time. I find myself working from the time I wake up in the morning until the moment when I put Brian's lunch cooler in the fridge (which marks the official end of my work day).

How are things? Great actually. I am enjoying being home with Aimee very much. I feel very blessed to be able to stay home with her. She's a fun toddler. She's vocal, energetic, demanding, and happy. She loves animals and squeals anytime we see one. She loves her baby and loves taking things out of containers and then putting them (halfway) back. She likes music very much and her new favorite place is the soft-play area in the mall. We spent almost 2 hours there yesterday and Brian took her back after dinner while I went to my Weight Watcher's meeting.

Our life is so different now than it was a year ago and I welcome it so much. I am a very different person now. I'm more confident, less anxious, comfortable in my skin, less apologetic. I guess I'm really starting to feel...grown up.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


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Visit to the Pumpkin farm

Today we visited Sonny Acres with Grandma Carol and Nancy, a family friend. Sonny Acres is about 10 minutes from my inlaws and Brian went there every year growing up. It was really fun (and exhausting). There will be more pics of our visit on her picture blog. Posted by Picasa