8 Years of Awesomeness…and Dove Chocolates and Journals and Road Trips and HAPPINESS!

Olympic National Park (October 2011)

It’s been a wonderful…no wait, it’s been an awesome eight years of being married to the most amazing woman in the world! I’m constantly in awe at all the experiences we’ve done in our short time together (~10 years from the day we met). Peace Corps, hiking, moving, kids, graduate school, New York, National Parks, teaching, community gardens, Hranush Dermoyan, road trips, and so much more.

I’m very proud to call Laura my wife and look forward to the future as we continue to share our life together, lean on each other during the tough times, look to each other for support, hug each other in celebration of our success, and snuggle in front a good movie.

Many years from now,
We’ll look back on this crazy time
in our life together
and wonder how we did it all…
and then, those ordinary, everyday moments
that we often take for granted
will shimmer like stars
as we recount them…
I’ll sit close beside you,
you’ll take my hand in yours.
We’ll look at each other and say:
“I’d do it all again…
and I wouldn’t change a thing.”
~ Author Unknown

Today, Laura found a journal we use to send each other during our first year of dating. We did the long distance relationship thing and found joy in sending this journal to each other each month so that we could remember the little things. Here a few of the items we included that made us smile as we looked through it.

It's official...Laura gave me her number and thought I'd never call. 2 days later....
Of course we both held on tight to those numbers because there was something special there.
In the beginning we did a lot of great road trips. This was our first to Missoula, MT.
And on those long road trips we played games...like who can keep the chocolate in their mouth the longest. Laura rules at it!
A momento from a mexican restaurant we visited on our first date. Last summer we visited the restaurant again with our children.

This is what love looks like!

Happy visit to Death Valley National Park (February 2004)
Happy visit to Death Valley National Park (February 2004)



Happy 32nd Birthday Laura!

You're the best!
You're the best!

You are as delightful and beautiful as the day we met almost 10 years ago. The kids and I wish to give you a nice day tailored just for you.

“With you as my wife,
I have all of the love
and caring my heart could desire –
With you as a mother,
our family has someone
to trust in and love and admire…

Laura and her kids

With you as my friend,
I have every hope
that our plans and our dreams
will come true —
But I know that, whatever
our future may bring,
I’ll be happy,
because I’m with you.”

Happy Birthday Beautiful!

Happy Holidays 2010

Happy Holidays to all of our family and friends. We hope you’ve had a great 2010 and wish you the best in 2011.

We thank all of you who have taken the time to get in touch with us or visited our website this past year. It’s been a wonderful first full year in Seattle, Washington. Everyone is doing extremely well. We look forward to many new experiences in 2011. If you’re in the Seattle area, feel free to get in touch.

Happy Holidays 2010

November in Review: Why We Do What We Do

What am I talking about when I type, “Why we do what we do”. This short post is about why we continue to maintain a website and write what we write….oh and about November 2010.

Our website has been public since spring 2004. At the time, we set it up to share photos and stories with friends and family while we lived in Armenia. The site was basic, but met our needs. After returning home from Armenia, I updated it to reflect our life after Peace Corps. It captured our transition to Oregon and addition of Ethan to our family. Admittedly, I didn’t update the website as much as I’d like during Ethan’s first couple years. With the birth of Autumn this past March, and an update in WordPress capabilities, I decided to get my act together and truly focus on updating our website.

Today, our focus with every post is to provide a written record of our life so our children can look back and learn about themselves, parents, and family. It’s really that simple. I’m trying to capture those big events as well as small, somewhat insignificant, ones too. I want them to understand the “present” of every post. I hope they can read these posts and piece together how they were raised. Perhaps, they will learn a bit more why they are the way they are. Most of all, I hope they are entertained and find that life was good and fulfilling.

20101125_0400So what are the highlights for November 2010 that Ethan and Autumn will read about at some point later in life? My brother Mark made it up to visit the family and meet Autumn. He and Ethan had a great time going on adventures throughout house. Later in the month, our first snow of the season arrived to the Seattle area. It caused chaos in the Seattle area, but we stayed home those couple days while the roads cleared. We then spent Thanksgiving in McMinnville, Oregon where we enjoyed time with Laura’s family, and made a much too quick visit to Eugene to see friends. Most important, Laura and I celebrated our 7th Wedding Anniversary in style: dinner at a local pizza parlor in Lafayette, Oregon.