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Anniversary Weekend “Getaway”

We’ve got lots of celebrations this spring with both of us turning 30, celebrating the impending arrival of our baby via a few baby showers, and our fifth anniversary. This last weekend was focused on celebrating being married for five years. Our celebration led us to Woodinville, a nearby town, to stay the night at Willows Lodge and dine at the only five diamond restaurant in Washington, The Herbfarm.

I think that having a staycation or a local “getaway” can be just as much fun as hopping on a plane and going somewhere out of state. This experience proved that point quite nicely. Willows Lodge is an exceptional hotel – it’s a mountain modern style of architecture with very beautiful rooms, giant soaking tubs and gorgeous grounds to stroll through. The bonus is that it’s across the parking lot from The Herbfarm, so we didn’t have far to go after our nine-course dinner {I should also mention that a wine pairing is included too! Of course I had the non-alcoholic pairing option.}.

{Our lovely little place setting...}

{Our lovely little place setting…}

The experience of our dinner was certainly a highlight. The service truly was impeccable. The restaurant had one seating, at 7 p.m., so all tables were seated at the exact same time. The servers had memorized which tables were for which groups and we had a cute little “happy anniversary” sign at our seat. I have a few dietary limitations and one of the owners came to discuss the menu with me to assure me that they were aware and had made other arrangements. Throughout the meal one of the servers was in charge of filling up water and she memorized which diners had a preference for ice and which did not. Another lovely touch was that they had thick, cozy wraps available on hand for if anyone got chilly, which I inevitably did. Other than the food, one of the best parts was that the restaurant wasn’t fancy – it felt like we were going over to grandma’s house for dinner. It was quite comfortable and we didn’t feel like we had to be prim and proper. We could relax and enjoy ourselves.

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Since its beginning in the late 1990s, the restaurant focused on very locally sourced and seasonal foods, which now is of course a trend, and almost a requirement here in the Seattle area, but they were well ahead of the curve. Each month the restaurant comes up with a different theme and the theme for our dinner was “Super Cattle” – perfect for us steak lovers! The whole menu was centered around cows…

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My personal favorites were the Japanese Waygu steak – it was absolute perfection. The steak tasted exactly how a steak should taste. It was really interesting comparing it side-by-side with an Oregon Waygu. Kind of similar to trying the same wine varietal but grown in a different region. Additionally, my other favorite was the pasta, which was the third course. Because of my shellfish allergy they omitted the clams and instead replaced them with pancetta and black truffles – pretty sure I was eating a bowl of pasta sent straight from heaven.

{This was "Tin of Tartar" which had a layer of beef tartare topped with foie gras, covered with these little bubbles of worcestershire sauce. Because I can't have raw meat or foie gras, I got a delicious bison slider with little baby pickles, my own worcestershire caviar and crunchy fried onions. So good!}

{This was “Tin of Tartar” which had a layer of beef tartare topped with foie gras, covered with these little bubbles of worcestershire sauce. Because I can’t have raw meat or foie gras, I got a delicious bison slider with little baby pickles, my own worcestershire caviar and crunchy fried onions. So good!}

At the end of the evening we waddled across the street to our hotel room with full, happy bellies, though not before being greeted at the door with my jacket and a little doggie bag of bread. Alex happened to mention how much he loved the bread so they sent us home with some to enjoy at a later time. The little details all evening were so lovely.

All in all, it was a most wonderful experience that we’ll both remember for a long time, I’m sure. After our wonderful breakfast at one of my favorite Woodinville restaurants, Barking Frog, we did some exploring and headed back home.

Wine Weekend Getaway

To celebrate our fourth anniversary, Alex and I headed east to Washington wine country this past weekend to enjoy a little getaway together. It’s a quick 2.5 hour drive over the mountains to Yakima, which is where Washington’s wine country begins. We have been to Yakima several times so we’re familiar with the lay of the land, but even so, we were looking forward to trying some new places.

{our thoughts exactly!}

{our thoughts exactly!}

Yakima is basically the gateway to Washington wine country. From Yakima to Walla Walla, which is right on the Washington/Oregon border, there are vineyards as far as the eye can see. Most people either go to Yakima or Walla Walla since they’re about 2 hours apart, but we were also turned on to a town in the middle of them both called Prosser, and it seems like that’s a town where you can stay and walk to more wineries.

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There are a few tasting rooms right in the heart of Yakima but most of them are outside of the city. Our agenda had us going to Zillah, which is one of the next towns and about a 20 minute drive away.

{Owen Roe, our first stop}

{Owen Roe, our first stop}

We hired a driver to take us around to the different wineries. It goes without saying that it is the smart, safe choice, but it also makes it more relaxing to not have to worry about driving. Plus, Cindy knows what’s up and she’s well-connected within the wineries. We had hired her on a previous trip so it was nice to see her again and she definitely remembered us!

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The weekend we set out for Yakima is apparently the busiest weekend all year – it’s the spring barrel tasting weekend in the whole area. We were really excited for the hoopla and to get back to Yakima.

20150425_221231180_iOSOur first stop was Owen Roe Winery, which we had never been to before. This winery is quite substantial and was offering ten different tastings! Most wineries offer more like four or five. We weren’t super impressed with most of their wineries, but nonetheless, we had a great time checking out the vineyard and the view.

{two of the tastings were up this very steep hill...}

{two of the tastings were up this very steep hill…}

From there we went to J Bell Cellars, another new winery for us. We were very pleased with the wine at J Bell! They had a food truck set up there, so Alex got some ribs and beans {perfect pairing to wine, right?} while we enjoyed our first taste, which was my favorite of the day {riesling, surprisingly!}.

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My second favorite of the day was actually their barrel tasting, which was a merlot. It was SO fantastic. I always think of barrel tastings as drinking wine prematurely, but this wine was ready to go now. It had been hanging out for 30 months and they’re letting it go for about 6 more months. I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like then!

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The third stop on our tasting tour was at Cultura, which is probably our favorite winery in existence. We are wine club members at Cultura and absolutely love, love, love, love, love their wines. There’s really nothing else to say, other than I ate a fantastic hot dog here, too.

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Our final winery for the day was Dineen Vineyards, which we had also been to before. Dineen has one of the nicest properties and views of the valley. And they also know how to make a great wine! We enjoyed chatting with the winemaker and also the chef.

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The day went by so fast. After our last winery stop it was time to head back to the hotel and actually get checked in. We hung out in our hotel room for a bit and then moseyed our way down the block to Cowiche Canyon, a new restaurant in Yakima. We loved this new spot! Yakima is not known for it’s food scene, but this restaurant could definitely change that. We were so impressed and had a fantastic dinner. We shared deviled eggs, a bahn mi sandwich and chicken tortilla soup. Kind of a random melange but neither of us was particularly hungry after eating ribs and a hot dog in the middle of the day.

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We really had a fantastic day. It went by way too fast, but we got up early on Sunday, thanks to our east facing room, and hung out in our hotel room before heading out. There was still one more winery we wanted to visit, but we needed breakfast first. I found a quaint little B&B that allows outside guests to come for meals, so we headed to White House Cafe for a delicious breakfast. It’s a very kitschy spot but the food was awesome.

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Naches {pronounced nah-cheese} Heights Vineyard has been high on our list of wineries to try for quite some time now, but it’s sort of off in its own area and it’s not that conveniently located, so it took us a while to get there. We made it happen this time, though, and boy were we glad we did. They were pouring at least 13 wines and we enjoyed just about every one of them, particularly the whites. The best part was that they are very reasonably priced.

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After a weekend filled with wine and time to relax together it was time to head home. We had such a great time recharging the batteries and enjoying each other’s company. While we do our fair share of traveling it is quite rare for us to take trips just the two of us. Our fifth year of marriage will be a year where we focus on us and really make sure to take time out to travel together {just the two of us!}, enjoy date nights out and make our marriage and each other our top priority. We have a lot to look forward to this year!

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Four Years

Today Alex and I are celebrating our anniversary! Last year I let the cat out of the bag that we secretly got married a year before our wedding, so in case you missed the memo, this is our fourth anniversary. While our short time as Mr & Mrs Allen has been wonderful, this last year of marriage has been particularly fantastic and full of travel, adventures and a lot of fun.

Happy Anniversary, my love!

Happy Anniversary, my love!

As we are entering into our fifth year of marriage now I have to take a moment to count my blessings and realize just how fortunate Alex and I are. We are so lucky to have met each other so early in our lives, and by some miracle, to realize at 18 how great we had it. We are two pretty different people than we were as college freshmen when we met – it is remarkable that we’ve not only stayed together through many of life’s big transitions, but our relationship has found strength and much joy over the years.

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To celebrate our fourth anniversary we are taking a little weekend getaway to Washington wine country. We will stay overnight and check out some new wineries we haven’t experienced yet.

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I am really looking forward to what’s in store for us this year – we have a lot of wonderful things on the horizon. For now, I’ll just take a trip down memory lane and re-live the best day of our lives so far and recall the wonderful, incredible marriage we pride ourselves on having.

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Staycation

It was our original plan to celebrate our recent milestone of spending a decade together by taking a fun trip. Given our travel schedule this summer we decided to lay low and have a “staycation” in the Seattle area instead. This past weekend we had an awesome Friday night at home, then packed up our overnight bags and drove 25 minutes to the town of Woodinville for a romantic weekend “away.”

{A surprise gift was the precursor to our weekend... Alex got this custom dish for me to keep my rings in while I am cooking. I just adore it!}

{A surprise gift was the precursor to our weekend… Alex got this custom dish for me to keep my rings in while I am cooking. I just adore it!}

As a kick-starter to our weekend, we popped a special bottle of wine on Friday night and had a fun night at home reminiscing on the last decade, pumping up the jams and just enjoying each other’s company.

{Sad times when we drank the last of this amazing wine! One of our favorites ever...}

{Sad times when we drank the last of this amazing wine! One of our favorites ever…}

Our friends Mary and Ryan met us in Woodinville with two of their friends who were visiting from Kansas City and we toured three different wineries. We started with JM Cellars, which Alex and I hadn’t ever been to. JM wins in ambiance but lost, in our books, in the wine department. We loved the woodsy surroundings that JM offered but were underwhelmed by the wines. Perhaps their new release needs a liiiiitle more time in the bottle?

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On to Darby! The Millers are wine club members at Darby and boy can we see why! We loved all of the wines at Darby. The best part, though, was that the sun made an unexpected cameo and we got to sit outside.

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We stopped at The Commons for a quick lunch and glass of bubbly before heading on to Dusted Valley. Alex and I had previously visited Dusted Valley in Walla Walla with his parents over Labor Day  weekend and we just loved their wine. Simply amazing.

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After our fun afternoon of tasting wine with old and new friends we parted ways and headed to the hotel, Willows Lodge, to get checked in. Alex and I were both exhausted so we took a quick snooze before our 8:00 dinner reservations at Barking Frog. Embarrassingly, when we woke up we were both still so tired and not hungry that we didn’t even go out for dinner! We just curled up on the king size bed, flipped on the fireplace and watched a movie. As lame as that sounds it was actually really nice! Our movies at home are few and far between, and when they do happen, they’re frequently interrupted by a particular animal demanding our attention. It was very nice to have some uninterrupted chill time.

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The next morning rocked. We had coffee in bed in front of the fireplace, we got to sit around in bathrobes just hanging out chatting together, then we went for a walk without getting our arm pulled out of its socket, and someone else made us an amazing breakfast. I think Sunday morning was my favorite part of the whole weekend.

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Even when we spend a lot of time together it’s rare when we get a chance to have hours upon hours of time where we just have a conversation. I so cherish those moments whenever we can get them. We were so happy to pick up Jackson and get back to Henry and our house after our little weekend getaway, but it was certainly nice to have a break from normalcy.

{Yay for beignets!}

{Yay for beignets!}

Ten Years

On this day ten years ago I started dating the man who would become my biggest cheerleader, my counterpart, the one who would make me laugh countless times each day, and my partner. It didn’t take long to realize just how smitten and lucky I was. Now, ten years later, I am so thankful that Alex and I met each other so early on in our lives.

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{A lot has changed since the day I called this dorm room “home”}

It is amazing to think back to life in the dorms and that frat party where it all started {classy, right? but really, it wasn’t what you’re thinking – promise!} and consider all that has happened between now and then – we have changed so much since we were college freshmen.

As Alex and I got to know each other initially {pre-frat party :)} I remember so vividly that he would come and sit in my dorm room and we would just talk like old friends. We got to know each other really easily and very quickly. One of the things I fondly recall is how highly Alex spoke of his family. He would tell me stories of his mother’s cooking, how awesome his dad “Stan the Man” was, hilarious recounts of having an older sister, and generally of his gigantic Italian family and how much fun they were. I had no idea how wonderful his family was then and I am very thankful to have married into such a fun and loving family.

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It’s pretty incredible that not only did we survive all four years of college without breaking up once, but we survived the transition to adulthood and moving across the country together. What’s even more incredible, I think, is that life just somehow keeps getting better and better.

One of my favorite parts of our relationship is skiing. Yes, skiing is a part of our relationship. What I love about skiing together is that we share a love of a common hobby with each other. We get to spend a day in the mountains just having fun together. I really can’t think of many things better than that. Every day we ski together is a great day, even if that means we ski one run and retreat to the patio because conditions sucked. We’re not there to fulfill a quota, we’re there to have a good time together.

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Let me tell you, you can learn a lot about someone who learns to ski as an adult! Having been taught how to ski around age two I had a clear advantage here. Alex basically just followed me around the mountain our first two years out here, trying not to fall, while I just hopped around strutting my stuff {again, how classy!}.

Alex could hardly ski down a black diamond with moguls on it without falling every turn. Being the gem I am I refused to help him up saying that if he’s going to keep falling he’s got to learn how to get up, and maybe by getting up on his own it’ll teach him not to fall. It’s a miracle he didn’t dump me there on Parachute run!

He was such a good sport and was so determined – he loved skiing so much that he continued to push himself further and harder. He really powered through it and seeing him ski today you would never believe he is entering his seventh ski season. Now Alex has gotten so fast that I can’t keep up with him!

Both Alex and I regularly count our blessings that we met each other so early on and that we have been able to share such a special relationship. We are well aware that not everyone has been blessed with a marriage filled with laughter, compromise, appreciation, respect and integrity. While we continue to feel exceptionally fortunate for what we have, we also work quite hard at biting our tongue when we need to, remembering to encourage each other instead of criticize the other for his faults, making date nights a priority, having so much fun together, and filling each day with a whole lot of love.

{One of the best things we've ever done together was spend a month in Europe. It was perfect. I will always treasure the amount of quality time and experiences we had together.}

{One of the best things we’ve ever done together was spend a month in Europe. It was perfect. I will always treasure the amount of quality time and experiences we had together.}

As we acknowledge a full decade together today we will be looking forward to our “real” celebration, which will take place later on in October with a mini-vacation to Woodinville, Washington, where we will splurge on a hotel, fabulous dinner and big wine tasting excursion. We’re also so thankful to have some pretty amazing friends, so we’ve invited them to celebrate with us when we do wine tasting. We are really looking forward to a relaxing, low-key weekend to recount our ten years together.

{Here we are... 10 years later!}

{Here we are… 10 years later!}

Here’s to the future of us!

Packing, Sunshine and a New Dog Trainer

Two of our major priorities the last couple weeks have been getting Jackson and his anxiety under control and preparing for our trip to Europe this summer. We have mixed in a few fun activities the last few days to enjoy the unbelievably gorgeous weather, too!

I had a HUGE milestone with Jackson last week. We went for a run on Friday around Seward Park and he did awesome! I needed a win like that.

I had a HUGE milestone with Jackson last week. We went for a run on Friday around Seward Park and he did awesome! I needed a win like that.

Last week we had Katie, a dog trainer from Pawsitive Packleader, come over to our home to give us an evaluation and discuss how she would go about working with us to help ease Jackson’s anxiety and curb some of his unwanted behaviors. She was amazing, simply put. We had a 2.5 hour long session with her last Thursday at no charge and we learned several strategies to implement immediately. We have officially hired her as our trainer and she begins on Friday! Here are some things we’ll be working on with her:

  • Minimize stress
  • Help meet his drive needs (scavenge, dig, dissect, chew, etc.)
  • Build confidence
  • Teach impulse and arousal control
  • Enhance leash walking manners, especially in distracting environments
  • We had already discovered that Jackson needed more exercise than the 5-7 mile walks we were giving him, so we now play ball or go for a run about 5-6 days a week, replacing one of our walks with the more heart-pumping activity
Katie recommended this Kong Wobbler for Jackson - it is bigger than my hand and fits one of his meals in it. He knocks it over with his nose or paw and it dispenses his kibble. This allows him to work for his food and scavenge for it, which helps him meet his drive needs.

Katie recommended this Kong Wobbler for Jackson – it is bigger than my hand and fits one of his meals in it. He knocks it over with his nose or paw and it dispenses his kibble. This allows him to work for his food and scavenge for it, which helps him meet his drive needs.

We ended our ski season on Saturday with a perfect spring skiing day at Crystal Mountain. It’s sad to wrap up such a short ski season but we had an amazing day on the corn snow under the sun.

See ya later ski season!

See ya later ski season!

I spent a couple hours going through my closet and recommendations from travel experts to see what I could come up with to bring in my teeny tiny carry-on bag for our trip to Europe. Somehow I am going to live out of a backpack for a month this summer. I really am not sure how this will work but I know it’ll come together.

Some options...

Some options…

We ran over to REI on Sunday so Alex could purchase his Europe backpack and some travel accessories. He picked up a few packing cubes to help keep his clothes organized. We also found a compact daypack that folds up into itself that we plan to bring with us and will probably use every day while we’re there.

Alex and his new backpack

Alex and his new backpack

After our REI trip we headed over to the Millers house to discuss travel plans and packing solutions. The Millers are leaving in just a couple weeks for their trip to Europe so we were comparing notes and ideas. It was a spectacularly gorgeous day on Sunday so we spent a few hours drinking wine and snacking on their back patio. It was a glorious way to spend the day! Plus, we made some progress on our Europe trip and schemed up a summer trip to take together.

Our Sunday wrapped up with Chris and Heidi coming over for dinner. We had a lovely time catching up with my cousin and his wife and always enjoy spending time with them. Plus, it was nice enough outside to where we could grill and sit on the patio past 9:00 p.m.

Gorgeous weekend

Gorgeous weekend

Monday was our anniversary, which we spent celebrating at Bottlehouse and Restaurant Zoe. We enjoyed a delicious glass of bubbly at BH then moseyed on down the hill to Restaurant Zoe to take part in their three-course Restaurant Week special. It had been a while since we had eaten at Zoe but both of us were glad we made the choice to return. Everything was excellent!

We’re looking forward to Jackson’s first training session this Friday and a fun weekend of seeing friends and getting things done around the house.

A Time to Remember

Alex and I lived together for a few years and even owned a house before we got married. We had been together through four years of college plus a few years after college and survived that transition into adulthood flawlessly. Because of those big details I didn’t really think that marriage would change our relationship. Boy was I wrong!

People get married for a variety of reasons: love, passion, business, pressure, religion, security, and so on. The reasons we got married were more than just our love and adoration for each other. We chose to get legally married in advance of our wedding day for security purposes. Our love for each other was so strong we were able to put it aside and make a true business decision to provide security and stability in case something happened to one of us. While we hoped this would never happen, we wanted the other person to be able to make the difficult decisions and to be financially secure. 

At the time we made this choice I had recently been laid off and was working a part-time job. I was paying an arm and a leg for health insurance and student loans and we needed a new car. So, truthfully, it just made sense for us to put our dreams of a wedding on hold and elope.

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March 14, 2011 is our official date of marriage, according to our marriage certificate. We had a lovely civil ceremony on a beautiful spring day at the Seattle Courthouse with our witnesses Chris and Carrie, both of whom are very close friends. While that day was special in its own way, it was certainly not the wedding either one of us had in mind, nor is it what we think of when we think of our wedding day. Before our marriage we had talked about when and where we wanted to get married. We decided we wanted to have a small wedding in the mountains that next winter.

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Fast forward six months. We were days away from a trip to Colorado that we had planned to take to scout out wedding venues. We were “married” but not engaged yet {are you lost yet?}. You read that right. There are few traditional things about us and the way we went about getting married and engaged proves that quite well. Thankfully Alex realized it might look silly to wedding planners and venues to have us appear at their site with a ringless bride. He had grand plans of proposing on the top of a mountain, or so he says, but one night he couldn’t wait any longer and when I fell asleep on the sofa in front of the fire in our living room he said it reminded him of all of the days when he would sneak into my freshman dorm room before his 8 a.m. class to kiss me goodmorning. He knew that was his time to pop the question. It was perfect.

We set out to Colorado that very next weekend as a newly engaged couple and found the most incredible venue where our wedding would take place seven months later.

The Donovan Pavilion

The Donovan Pavilion

Today is our anniversary. When people ask us how long we have been married we’ll answer with the number of years we legally have been married, but our anniversary and wedding day is and always will be the day of our wedding in Vail, April 14th. To us, our courthouse wedding was just a formality, but our Vail wedding was the most special day I think either one of us will ever have.

Happy Anniversary, my love!

Happy Anniversary, my love!

I’m not sure how that marriage distinction has changed our relationship but I really feel like it has. It intensified our bond and I think that we both cherish each other and the time we spend together even more than we did before we were husband and wife. While important, our marriage today is far more than our tax status, our joint bank accounts, the health insurance we share together or the piece of paper we have that proves our union. We stood up in front of 90 of our closest friends and family and made a commitment to support each other through it all. That meant something to us. Our wedding day was strictly about love.

It is always fun to think back to our wedding day, but today especially I am reveling in the memories. There were a lot of small moments that made the day and weekend so meaningful……

The groomsmen sure knew how to get ready in style

The groomsmen sure knew how to get ready in style

They clean up nice!

They clean up nice!

A special moment with Nana

A special moment with Nana

Enjoying a laugh with my mom

Enjoying a laugh with my mom

Wedding-day toast!

Wedding-day toast!

Spending a few minutes with the FOB

Spending a few minutes with the FOB – one of my favorite photos from the day

Admiring my dress

Admiring my dress

Final details coming together

Final details coming together

Our "first look"

Our “first look”

Entering Vail Village for our photo shoot

Entering Vail Village for our photo shoot

One of the funniest moments of the day. Someone came out of a shop with a ball and chain that we used as a prop for our photos!

One of the funniest moments of the day. Someone came out of a shop with a ball and chain that we used as a prop for our photos!

The groomsmen and ushers

The groomsmen and ushers

 

Blushing bridesmaids

Blushing bridesmaids

Trying to figure out how to bustle my dress

Trying to figure out how to bustle my dress

Our officiant, also known as Uncle Dave

Our officiant, also known as Uncle Dave. He did a bang-up job presiding over our wedding.

The moment we pulled up to the venue it started to flurry. By the time the ceremony was to start it was a full-on snow storm.

The moment we pulled up to the venue it started to flurry. By the time the ceremony was to start it was a full-on snow storm.

Walking down the aisle

Walking down the aisle

The fathers of the day

The fathers of the day

A special moment with Alex's proud granparents. Papa was in his prime this weekend and we are so thankful for the extraordinary memories of him from our wedding.

A special moment with Alex’s proud granparents. Papa was in his prime this weekend and we are so thankful for the extraordinary memories of him from our wedding.

The best mother/son dance in the history of weddings!

The best mother/son dance in the history of weddings!

Thanks for the great party!

Thanks for the great party!

Celebrating 9 Years Together!

What a whirlwind the last 9 years has been. 9 years ago, Alex and I were freshmen in college just trying to have a good time and figure out what life was all about. Little did either of us know when we started dating 9 years ago where we would be today, let alone that we would even still be together. It has been an amazing journey and I will be forever thankful for the experiences we have gotten to have together. During these 9 years we have certainly changed a LOT and been through a lot. We’ve laughed together {every day… several times!}, cried together, taken care of each other, been there as moral support and just enjoyed becoming the best of friends. We are so lucky to have met each other when we were 18.

Fall of 2004 - just after we started dating. We were so young!

Fall of 2004 – just after we started dating. We were so young!

I don’t know much, but one thing I know for certain is that as long as I’m with Alex I will really never have a dull moment. He keeps me on my toes at all times, laughing every step of the way. We have so much fun together, so I thought I’d put together a little snippit of some fun/funny photos of us from the last 9 years.

Sophomore year - I remember this weekend quite well. Sarah came to visit from Minnesota and we had a "re-creation" of the night that Alex and I started dating.

Sophomore year – I remember this weekend quite well. Sarah came to visit from Minnesota and we had a “re-creation” of the night that Alex and I started dating.

Halloween 2006 - I was an 80s workout instructor and Alex was just an 80s crack head I guess?

Halloween 2006 – I was an 80s workout instructor and Alex was just an 80s crack head I guess?

Disney World 2006 - this was the first trip that Alex and I took together with his family. What a perfect place to go!

Disney World 2006 – this was the first trip that Alex and I took together with his family. What a perfect place to go!

Fall 2007 - somewhere along the line we became notorious for ridiculous photo shoots that resulted in Alex looking as goofy as possible.

Fall 2007 – somewhere along the line we became notorious for ridiculous photo shoots that resulted in Alex looking as goofy as possible.

My trip to visit Alex while he was an intern in Seattle was such a blast. I started picturing myself living in Seattle, not knowing yet that Seattle would soon become my home.

My trip to visit Alex while he was an intern in Seattle was such a blast. I started picturing myself living in Seattle, not knowing yet that the Emerald City would soon become my home.

Halloween 2007 - I was Britney Spears and Alex was Kevin Federline.

Halloween 2007 – I was Britney Spears and Alex was Kevin Federline.

Through all the laughs, time with friends and goofing around we managed to graduate on time.

Through all the laughs, time with friends and goofing around we managed to graduate on time.

Another Halloween photo - this was 2008. Alex was a robot and I was Martha Stewart.

Another Halloween photo – this was 2008. Alex was a robot and I was Martha Stewart.

There are a lot of things we enjoy doing together but skiing tops the list.

There are a lot of things we enjoy doing together but skiing tops the list.

We've been through a lot together - literally and figuratively climbed a few mountains :)

We’ve been through a lot together – literally and figuratively climbed a few mountains :)

Goonie :)

Goonie :)

This is from last weekend. 9 years later and we still laugh. A lot!

This is from last weekend. 9 years later and we still laugh. A lot!

The best day of all.

The best day of all.