Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Anniversary #2

Wow, I can't believe that Sangam and I have been married for 2 years...wow time flies when you're having fun :) I am such a lucky lady to be with a true romantic who took me on a weekend getaway to Fredricksburg, Texas. Fredricksburg is a quaint german town about an hour from Austin.

On our way we stopped at the famous roadstop Bucee's...nothing says roadtrip like a beaver themed, homemade jerky making, antler utensil selling store :) Here Sangam and I are showing our enthusiasm!

After having immersed ourselves in some Texan culture, we arrived at the Primrose Bed and Breakfast in Stonewall, TX. I immediately started to relax as the only sounds we heard became chirping birds and the sound of the grass blowing in the wind. The Fredricksburg area is known as 'hill country' in Texas; very beautiful! I have never been to a B&B like this!! The drive up to the house reminded me of what driving up to 'terra' in 'Gone With The Wind' must have looked like. This plantation style home was accompanied by 3 cottages and a library loft surrounding the property.
The food was incredible; with reduction sauce (I was amazed someone would go to the time to wait and reduce a sauce down to a succulent flavor...now that's commitment!) Sangam and I ordered a bottle of wine and challenged each other to a tipsy game of checkers on the patio...I still won! :)

Coming to such a special place really made us stop and take in all of the weekends experiences...we couldn't remember the last time we had talked about how well we had slept, or the random need to own a farm; plant our own vegetables! Both Sangam and I felt so relaxed; we had no worries...people were even cooking for us and making our bed when we left the room...wait...I think we lived like this for 18 years before college!!

All in all, it was so special to celebrate 2 years of pure happiness with my partner and my love. I am constantly amazed at how much a person is affected by those surrounding them; I have been blessed beyond belief!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Long-Distance Father's Day...

Being far from home is always the hardest during those special occasions that you can't make it home for. In my dad's case, he has his birthday, father's day and he and my mom's anniversary all within a week and a half span.

As I sat thinking about all of the special times my dad had spent with me, I thought I would jot some down; 60 in fact, for his 60th birthday :). This is for you dad, I love you!

60 memories with my dad...

  1. Toasting marshmellows on a bonfire...talking about life
  2. Picking me up and showing me the smell of pine trees and the changing of the leaves
  3. Billy Joel greatest hits in the painting truck
  4. Getting apples and picking pumpkins at Pine tree apple orchard
  5. Canoeing on the st. Croix (actually, it was more like turning in circles with the boat while you tried to teach me how to paddle!)
  6. Talking with fresh coffee in the morning
  7. Watching you expertly maneuver the lawn mower amidst the sweet smell of freshly cut grass
  8. Your calloused hands, working for my future, holding mine
  9. Whistling to mom’s piano playing on a sunday afternoon
  10. Setting up the tent in the back yard for camping
  11. Ice fishing with you, the expert guide and worm wrangler
  12. Watching your motivating force as my basketball coach...I always played my best for you
  13. Family vacations filled with tour guide dad’s excursions...
    1. pony rides
    2. double decker bus tour
    3. snow-mobiling in Arrowood, Alexandria Resort
    4. sailing in Door County
    5. traipsing through Norway
    6. waving at Queen Elizabeth’s carriage
    7. Greeting Paul Bunyan and his Blue Ox
    8. camping in Glacier National Park...(oh the list could continue on!)
  14. Painting my toenails pretty pink
  15. Practicing math at the dining room table
  16. Helping me with my ‘last minute projects’...ooops!
  17. Bringing home little ducks to watch in the bathtub
  18. State Fair family Days...I actually owe my love of John Deere tractors to you!
  19. Teaching me to play cribbage
  20. Eating sunflower seeds and drinking mountain dew on car trips...I love doing that now, because it reminds me of you
  21. Tea parties with Doritoes and pop
  22. Raking leaves into giant jumping piles
  23. Armpit tickling contests...you always let me win :)
  24. Dancing to Paul Simon in the living room
  25. Making you freshly baked chocolate chip cookies just to hear you oooh and aaaah
  26. Eating at the Taco Shop in Moorhead....mmmmm grinders!
  27. Showing you my itchweed rash in Cornwall, England
  28. Countless Dr. Dad visits...you can cure just about any pain of mine!
  29. Watching a scary movie, and then making you stay in your den and pay bills until I fell asleep...I needed my protective dad to stay with me in that basement!
  30. Helping me pick out my first car...whew!
  31. Driving with me to Des Moines Iowa; supporting my overseas job fair whim!
  32. Painting with you in the summer; spending time working with my dad
  33. Taking me to Vikings games...I was so proud you would choose ME to go with!
  34. Sledding at the old house; whipping around as buster pulled me in the sled
  35. Beaver and Moose stories while I tried to fall asleep...I loved your ‘voices’ for each character the most
  36. Root Beer floats at New Year’s...what a treat!
  37. Staring up into the Christmas tree and looking at all the ornaments with you
  38. Traveling on a train to Montana with you...I still remember how fun it was to eat in the club car and sleep right next to you in our seats!
  39. Watching you take out the video camera to capture memories...I saw things as so special, that we would want to remember it!
  40. Taking golf lessons, and playing while caitlin drove the golf cart :)
  41. Feeling so thankful that I had you to help me figure out car problems, college loans, hurt feelings with friends or just needing to talk; you can always help me to see things in perspective
  42. Being amazed at how easy you make shoveling snow, raking leaves, trimming shrubs and generally knowing how to do things...I still have so much to learn from you!!
  43. Having my first beer with you in the garage, man was I a part of the club then!
  44. Helping me to give some of my easter eggs to caitlin at grandma Dorothy’s...I may have inherited a bit of your competitive nature
  45. Driving to Columbus Elementary as a family; feeling so special that I got to go to school with my mom and dad...it was like growing up with so many aunts and uncles watching out for me, because of how respected you and mom are.
  46. Giving Buster bathes in forest lake, and driving home in the truck, giving him a dairy queen cone :)
  47. Playing my little ponies with me; giving me all the time in the world :)
  48. Biking through Lansboro, MN; eating magnificent pie at a roadside stand; making family trips so much fun.
  49. Carving pumpkins each Halloween; lighting them to see their faces in the dark...I love the smell of freshly carved pumpkins and our excitement over the experience of the season!
  50. Teaching me how to balance my checkbook and how to budget money...it’s not how much you make, it’s how much you save! Thanks Dad and Grandpa Walt :)
  51. Family dinners, where you say the family prayer and we all talk about our days
  52. Exuding patience when I indeed forgot something at school for the 3rd time in a week...and then driving me up to school, where you inevitably were buds with all the janitors (Columbus, Central JH and FLHS!), shooting the breeze as I grabbed my things.
  53. Sending me cards at college, valentines growing up, cute birthday cards...and words of encouragement when I am struggling...thanks dad :)
  54. Trips to the Como Zoo and riding the rides until you looked a bit green...what you and mom would do for us!
  55. Helping me look through the trash can when I lost my retainer; not even getting that mad at me!
  56. Always giving me a hug and saying you love me; I love you too dad.
  57. Taking me to the grocery store when I started teaching; getting me the essentials :)
  58. Watching funny movies with just you and me...Caddy Shack, Griswold Vacations, Planes Trains and Automobiles; Houseguest...I love to hear you laugh really hard at something :)
  59. Listen to you talk about my poopy diapers as a baby...I know you actually thought it was funny, now looking back :)
  60. Knowing that our family is so strong because you and mom love each other so much...you have made my life so happy and blessed with love.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Summer and the livin' is easy!!

Aaahhh, the blissful days of summer! Here are a few of my favorite things about it:)

1. Sleeping in until I naturally wake up, my what a concept!

2. Finding out that TLC has just the shows for me...I have never been able to sit down and watch the tube at 10!

3. Laying by the pool...this white girl has got to get some color!

4. Working out when I want to...well, I never want to...but choosing what time is nice :)

5. Watermelon is in season...Texas feels like 105 right now, so watermelon soothes my soul!

6. Traveling...we are planning a whitewater rafting trip to CO, a hiatus to Minnesota and a get-away to Fredericksburg....yippee!

7. Reading...normally I don't have time to use the bathroom during my workday, but now, I get to choose a book, and READ IT!!!

8. Festivals...Texas comes alive with fun events each weekend; tonight it's a dance festival in the Houston Outdoor Theatre!

9. Summer Flicks! I love going to the movie theatre, stocking up on popcorn, and subjecting Sangam to chick flicks...thank goodness he's sensitive :)!!

10. Spontaneity, the freedom to take a road trip spur of the moment...who knows...I love it!