Eight Years

Jan. 7, 2006.

Our wedding day.


It seems like a whole other life ago, and really it was. The end of our individual lives and the beginning of our journey together.

Russell had just graduated college (2 weeks before) and was about the start a new job (right after we got back from our honeymoon) we were moving to a new state and leaving behind all of our family and friends. We were young kids really. But we loved each other and chose to be a family.


We promised to love each other in the good times and bad, in sickness and heath, for richer or poorer. Thankfully we have not yet been parted by death, but I assure you we have experienced every one of the other times.  I am a firm believer that no marriage is ever perfect. We are flawed, selfish creatures. Choosing to love the other person, sometimes when you don’t even like them at the moment, is not always easy. It is a choice, everyday, to love the other person.


A little over four years later our family doubled in size when we welcomed our twins. Parenting has brought us closer, and added so much to our marriage. Including stress. We look back now at the first years or our relationship and marriage and laugh about the things we used to argue about. They seem so trivial now.


Tonight we’ll celebrate all our time together, and the promises we made to each other on that special day.


I love this last picture. I am trying to give my new husband instructions on how better to hit my dad on the head with a spoon in his mouth. Ask me sometime and I’d love to explain it to you.

Published in: on January 7, 2014 at 8:14 am  Leave a Comment  


"Man and Wife"

Last weekend Russell and I celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary. And by “celebrated” I mean that he went to work and then we took the girls to Applebees for dinner. Fancy, I know. But as far as anniversaries go for us, it was one of the better ones.

Our first anniversary we went out for a lovely dinner at a very expensive restaurant. We followed that by a night in the emergency room. Russell had an intestinal infection and spent the whole night throwing up that very expensive meal.

Our second anniversary we went out to dinner again, and while everything was very nice that night, the restaurant did burn to the ground just a week or so later.

2 years

Our third anniversary was our most exciting, as we went to see Penn & Teller for the first time here is las Vegas. The only downside to that year was that I had to leave town the next morning for my Uncle’s funeral. We forgot to take a camera, but Russell talked someone else into taking a picture for me and emailing it to him. 🙂

3 years

Our fourth anniversary was very low key as we had just spent a bunch of time traveling around to see family. Oh, and I was very pregnant with the twins.

4 years

For the big 5 year, we decided that would be a good day to be moving to California, so we spent the whole day in the car. Although we did stop and enjoy a very classy lunch at Arby’s in Lost Hills. Which is much more exciting than it sounds, and I am aware it doesn’t sound very exciting.

Lost Hills

And while we didn’t do anything particularly exciting this year, we did remember to take a picture. Since we didn’t have anyone to take it for us we used a tripod and a timer. We ended up with some funny pictures that I’d like to share with you today.

This is when I took a picture without setting the timer to go off:

Here I am yelling at Russell for messing up my sweater:

Here is our attempt at making a heart out of our hands:

(even the girls know the difference between a triangle and a heart)

And finally, the best of the bunch:

Being married is all about the ups and the downs. You have to have a sense of humor about the curve balls life sometimes throws at you. I hope all of my married readers find the same joy and comfort in their spouse as I do.

Published in: on January 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm  Comments (2)  

A Daughter And Her Daddy

I guess it’s true what they say about the special way a daughter views her daddy.

Yesterday I had my facebook open and Alyssa found her way over to the computer. She saw one of those annoying advertisements on the side (seen also: here) except this time the ad was for a gym or something and the picture was of some muscle-y man.

Like this one…

To which she pointed and said “DaDa!”

No, sweetheart… not quite DaDa. 🙂 But I bet Daddy appreciates the compliment.

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You Are Correct Sir

This morning Russell found a couple pictures of the girls I had saved on the desktop from a recent photo shoot at JCPenny. Apparently he thought their hair looked longer than it normally is and he asked me if I photo-shopped the images to give them extra hair.

Yes. That is exactly what happened. Because with two 18 month olds I totally have that kind of time on my hands.

(please insert sarcasm font)

Published in: on August 6, 2011 at 8:45 am  Comments (2)  

Congratulations Russell!

Today I had the amazing opportunity to watch my husband graduate from his National Park Service Law Enforcement Ranger Academy! He spent the last 10 weeks working so hard learning everything from defensive tactics to constitutional law. While most days he had a blast (shooting guns, driving backwards, and visiting busted marijuana grow sites) some days were less than fun (like the day he got pepper sprayed). But he made it through and is now able to get his dream job.

Congratulations Russell!

I am so proud of you and I love you with my whole heart. I am very excited about this next chapter in our lives. Thank you for working so hard for our family. May your perfect job be just around the corner!

Published in: on March 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm  Comments (3)  

30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 29!

A person I love.

No surprise here, the person I love most in the whole world is my wonderful husband.

He loves adventure,

and coffee,

and his puppy.

He is sometimes extra hairy,

and can almost always make me laugh.

He is the father of my children,

my best friend,

my husband.

I love you so much, Russell. Thank you for working so hard for our family… we are ALL proud of you.

Published in: on February 3, 2011 at 8:49 am  Comments (2)  

30 Day Blog Challenge, Day 24!

A Travel Story.

On our recent move to California, my dad, Russell, the girls and I stopped at a place called Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner. It is a diner in the middle of nowhere (actually a town called Yermo) between Las Vegas and LA. Let me also mention, Russell has ALWAYS made fun of this place every time we made the drive. Not only does he not like the whole 50’s scene, but Peggy Sue’s has an obnoxious amount of signs for miles and miles. Well, it turns out that anytime my family (usually my dad, step-mom and grandmother) drive out to see us they LOVE to stop at Peggy Sue’s. So since my dad came out to help us move and all, when he wanted to stop there on the way back Russell had to oblige. To make things even better we took pictures of Russell with every life size statue they had. Here they are for your viewing pleasure.

Is he pointing at her butt???

I can attest, that is how Russell normally dances.

I said every statue, didn’t I?

And here is one of me with Betty Boop.

We all had such a good time. The atmosphere is so fun, the people are very friendly (although my dad’s favorite waitress was not there that day) and the food was delicious. I had the very yummy “Mickey Mouse Club Sandwich”. I think we will have many more Peggy Sue’s visits in our future.

Published in: on January 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm  Comments (2)  

I need a husband that won’t drive me crazy- 1/20

I was RIGHT!

In a marriage there are times you have to say “I was right” and it feels terrible, and there are times when you get to say “I was right” and it is hilarious. I was lucky enough to get two of those times on our honeymoon. Once, involving Russell, my parents’ video camera, flip flops, a rainy day, and a muddy hill. I was telling Russell to be very careful walking down this hill with the camera on loan from my parents. He told me he was being careful and kept taping- watching the screen instead of where he was going. Anyways, he slipped and since he was filming at the time it was actually caught on videotape. Amazing. The second time on our honeymoon I got to feel this joy was while we were kayaking in the cove outside our Hawaiian beach house. I was telling him to be careful not to get stuck up on the reef, and literally he was in the middle of telling me how impossible it was to get stuck- that he got stuck. These two moments bring so much joy to my heart. Like they were foreshadowing our whole marriage.

Anyways, while we were packing to move to Santa Rosa, I said I wanted to bring the small stereo from the girls’ room. It is old and has been giving us a little trouble not wanting to start all the time, but it works mostly and was easy. Despite my concerns that it would use batteries vs. a power cord, Russell persuaded me to let him bring a portable walkman (yes, we still have a walkman) and some speakers. It saved space, he said. It would start easily, he said. While I admit it does do those to things, it also brings along a whole bunch of wires that just lay on the floor speaking to the girl’s. “Come play with me” they say. AND since it does not have a power cord it eats its way through AA batteries like crazy. We have been here slightly less than 2 weeks. I have already had to change the batteries 4 times. We still have many more weeks left here, and not an unlimited supply of batteries.

So… Russell- I told you so.   🙂

Published in: on January 20, 2011 at 11:03 am  Comments (1)  

Thankful for a husband who loves me like crazy

I’m around the girls pretty much 24/7 which can be wonderful and exhausting at the same time. But it also means that there are very few “firsts” that I have missed. I have seen the first time they both rolled over, smiled, sat up, crawled and about every other new thing they have ever done. I love it and it makes me so happy. I have also fed them (or seen them try) every new food they have ever tasted.

Until this morning.

Russell let me sleep in a little since I had to get up in the middle of the night to pump and take care of Alyssa. (Have I mentioned what an amazing husband I have?) Anyways, this morning was the girls first time trying cranberries. I wanted them to give it a try before Thanksgiving so they could have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Silly, I know. Well, my amazing, thoughtful and sweet husband knew that he would be feeding them something for the first time without me, and since he didn’t want me to miss out (but did want me to sleep) he took a video of them trying it. Isn’t he great! I don’t think that many husbands would think to do something like that. I know I won’t be around for every first that they have, but it is so sweet for him to think about my feelings in something as small as that.

I am a lucky woman to be so loved by my man.

Published in: on November 21, 2010 at 9:27 am  Comments (3)  

I LOVE old people!

Rarely can I honestly say I am very excited about people stopping us in public to look at the girls. I don’t want Alyssa and Kylie growing up feeling like they are on display or something to be “looked at”. Not to mention it can get very tiresome when almost everyone wants to see them and talk to me about them. Not like I don’t have anything else to do… But on Monday Russell, the girls and I stopped into a Winchell’s to grab some doughnuts. As soon as we walked in we found a group of senior citizens socializing and having coffee. (always a good sign in a doughnut shop!) Anyways, they didn’t seem to notice us much when we came in, but as we were leaving they were quite excited to see we had twins so we stopped for a few seconds for them to see the girls.

They were SO excited!

One man was even clapping for them! It was so much fun to see a bunch of older people get so joyful so quickly. As we were leaving they were yelling encouragements for us to come back often, even saying “We want to watch them grow up!”. After only like 30 seconds of meeting them. They were so sweet. I left with the biggest smile on my face.

Published in: on November 10, 2010 at 7:26 am  Leave a Comment