A weekend of memories

This weekend we are being especially nostalgic. August 17th and 18th both hold special places in Alex’s and my hearts for a number of reasons.

Our first day with Aspen, August 17th, 2012.

Our first day with Aspen, August 17th, 2012.

Last year on August 17th we got to meet our little puppy Aspen. Alex’s mom flew her out from Illinois to come and live with us.

I'm pretty sure Alex fell in love with her the first day we met Aspen.

I’m pretty sure Alex fell in love with her the first day we met Aspen.

My little pup Aspen!

My little pup Aspen!

August 18th comes with some bittersweet memories. On August 18th, 2004, Alex and I met for the first time when we were moving into our dorm at Iowa State University. While we didn’t start dating for over a month, it really a day that opened the door to the rest of our lives.

Freshman year at Iowa State.

Freshman year at Iowa State.

Three years ago today we closed on our first house! We have lived here longer than anywhere in the last 9 years and we are so happy and thankful to be here. Being a homeowner is an enormous responsibility, but we are loving all of the pros and cons that come with the territory.

Our new front door.

Our new front door.

And sadly, last year we said goodbye to Alex’s beloved grandfather “Papa” who passed away on August 18th.

We are so thankful that Papa was able to come to our wedding. We have such fond memories of him there.

We are so thankful that Papa was able to come to our wedding. We have such fond memories of him there.

There are always memories to celebrate and dwell on. This weekend we’re doing just that!