Monday, July 28, 2008

Six GREAT years

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Click on the arrow below to play video. (I am a novice when it comes to creating my own personal videos. Although comical... Tonight, Byron and I have successfully processed this video from my camera. We had a few obstacles to overcome; children playing in their backyards, air conditioning fans running, slight breeze, sun setting, and birds chirping in nearby trees. Oh, and you will hear the birds singing along as Byron plays. Some things are just out of my control. Setting: Recording Byron playing our wedding song on his guitar in our backyard. Byron wrote from his heart. Byron plays from his heart. Byron sings from his heart. We hope you enjoy our song. It still pulls at my heart strings.)

I know I am blessed to have such a special man to witness my life with. I LOVE YOU! "It's not about the years, honey, it's the mileage." (Who did I just quote?) Here's to more mileage.
I love you because... it is important to you that I am happy.
I love you because... you are not too manly to drive a minivan.
I love you because... you still chase me around the house.
I love you because... you surprise me with little gifts.
I love you because... you are faithful to our promises to each other.
I love you because...we made a beautiful family together.

Universal rules for a happy marriage...

1. Never both be angry at the same time.

2. If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your spouse.

3. Never bring up mistakes of the past.

4. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire.

5. Neglect the whole world rather than each other.

6. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled.

7. If you have to criticize, do it lovingly.

8. When you have done something wrong, be ready to admit it and ask for forgiveness.

9. It takes two to quarrel, and the one in the wrong is the one who does the most talking.

10. At least once everyday, try to say one kind or complimentary thing to your spouse.

Update: Can you guess?

Because I Love You Roses...

"Good Morning, Sweetness... Happy Anniversary. It has been six GREAT years. I Love You!"

Our Anniversary date started with lunch at my favorite sushi bar, Blue Nami. When you walk into this sushi bar, you will hear the chef say "Irrasshaimase," which means "welcome to our establishment." Eating there is such a unique experience. It's almost like stepping into the traditions and culture of Tokyo, Japan.

This picture was taken from our table side. The owner personally chef's his sushi bar. And he crafts his own tables, chairs, and waterfalls in his restaurant. Peaceful ambiance.
Sushi rolls: Chef's, James Bond, and Jason.
"Arigato goziamashita" Thank you very much!
"Gochi soo sama deshita" Really enjoyed the food.
After lunch, we headed downtown towards Old Sacramento and the K Street Mall. Walked around, people watched, shopped a little... then caught a movie. BATMAN. We both thought it was a great movie. There was an eeriness watching Heath Ledger play the Joker, the villian, for obvious reasons. BUT let me say, he played the character very WELL! Wouldn't be surprised if he wins the Oscars for that performance.
And to end the evening, we had a nice, quiet dinner of seafood at Fat City in Old Sacramento. (Our first dinner date together was here at Fat City.)
Thanks, Gramma Jackie for watching the kids for us so we could celebrate our 6th Anniversary!
Origianl Post July 15, 2008
My wife and I were surfing the TV channels tonight... stopping to briefly watch Celebrity Family Fued. The celebrities were asked to: Name something men forget that women don't. One correct response was "Anniversary." Sharleen looks over at me asking (ahem), "Honey, When is our Anniversary?" After pausing for a moment, I replied "The same great day that I married you six years ago."

It turns out that our anniversary is THIS weekend, July 20th. Celebrating 45 Years, or so it seems. (Last year, she was 9 months pregnant with our son and due anyday. So we did not venture too far from the hospital. Braden was born 6 days later.)

Can you guess how we will decide to spend our 6th wedding anniversary?

a. Dinner: Rudy's Hide Away and a Movie: Get Smart.

b. Drive to the beach with the kids.

c. Go to the Silver Legacy and SLEEP for a few hours.

d. Stroll, hand-in-hand, around Old Sacramento and dinner by the River.

e. Fly to Edmonton, Canada to shop.

f. Night on the town in Vegas.

g. Spa day and a professional SF Giants ballgame.

h. Something spontaneous.

i. Just another day.

j. Other __________________

Any other suggestions???

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Braden's 1st Birthday

"Fanks for coming to my 1st birfday. Wove you!"
Look who turned ONE...
(Party theme: Thomas the Train.)

Playing at the water park.


Lovin' my new toys.

Yummy cake!

Happy 1st birthday, son. We LOVE you, sweet boy!

Lovin' the pool

A little water play for the birthday boy! He loves to be close to his sisters no matter what they are doing. Splashing around the pool is no different.

Our "Betty Crocker" Princesses

The process is just as important as the product, right? (Maybe even MORE important.)

Baking is definitely not my forte, but I give it my best shot occasionally. With Braden's 1st birthday coming up, I thought it would be fun to have the girls help make their baby brother's birthday cupcakes. My girls turn down something sweet? No way! With aprons on, they were happy to help. Their favorite part was licking the "egg" beaters once the cupcakes were in the oven. I think they did a great job. What do you think? (Auntie Lisa and I finished with the tic-tac-toe decorations.) Very pleased with the end product. Not bad if I say so myself...