a special day

Today marks the 9 year anniversary of when Robert asked me to marry him.  9 years.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was living in Georgetown at the time in this cute little brownstone building.  I had a tiny one bedroom apartment in there and lived by myself.  It was a fun time in my life.  I’d been working for Tiffany & Co. for a few months (**dream job**) and was getting ready to head to NYC on the train the next day for a big meeting and introduction to the ins and outs of the company.  Robert planned to come over that night and we were going to make dinner and hang in together before I left for my trip the next morning.  He knocked on the door to my apartment and when I answered the door there he was, on one knee holding a beautiful ring.  I couldn’t believe it.  I immediately got on my knees too and started crying and hugging and kissing him right there in the doorway.  He told me he loved me so much and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and asked if I would marry him.  I was so happy I couldn’t even speak.  I cried and hugged and kissed him and he finally asked me if that was a yes!  A few weeks earlier he had asked my dad for his blessing and my dad was ecstatic and gave Robert a bottle of Dom Perignon for us to open after we got engaged.  We sat in my tiny apartment and drank the whole bottle of champagne before calling our parents, siblings and close friends to share the news.  I remember getting on the train the next morning and just staring at my left hand in amazed gratitude.  I was going to be spending the rest of my life with this incredible man.  My best friend.  Back then I would look at him and always know that no matter what came our way everything would be ok … because we had each other.  Now, 9 years later, my love for him has expanded in every way imaginable.  Dreams have come true that I never would have dared to conjure up in my heart.  He is my true love and I am so grateful for him and for the beautiful family that we have.

On another note, for the first time in I don’t know how long, I went to the doctor today and was told that I did not gain any weight since the last time I was there.  Sure that was only a week ago, but it made me happy nonetheless.  My appointment was otherwise pretty uneventful.  No signs of labor just yet and I will go back one week from today to check in again.  My son was a week early so there is this teensy part of me that is hoping I will have similar luck with my delivery date this time around, but I’m trying not to think about it too much.  My baby will come when he/she is good and ready!  I am super excited.  I can’t wait to meet this little one.

8 years…

I am weirdish about numbers…I have some favorites that seem to carry a lot of meaning in my life and that have a way of popping up all over the place for me at times when I need to step back and take a moment to smile and realize that I am not alone.  It’s just the way that I am and always have been.

One of my numbers is 8.  I love the number 8.  I love that there is no beginning or end to the shape of it, just like the symbol for infinity.  Yesterday my husband and I celebrated 8 years of marriage.  What an amazing 8 years it has been for us.  Because of a tight budget and the fact that we’ll be getting a new car soon, we decided we would not spend any money on gifts for each other this year and that we would just go out for a low-key dinner together.  My mom came over to babysit and we headed out for dinner.  As we were driving, Robert asked me what was sitting in the cup holders between us.  I looked down and there was a piece of white paper folded into an envelope.  I opened it up and he had made me a card that said:

When we got married, we had champagne dreams…
and on the inside it said:
...and even though we are living a tap water life, I couldn’t be happier!
Happy Anniversary!  I love you.
oh and one more thing….

I unfolded the paper again to read:
We’re getting iPhones!!!

That sneaky sweet husband of mine totally got me!  He redeemed some of our Amex points to get us Apple gift cards so that we can buy the iPhones and he calculated our budget to determine that it will only be a $20 monthly increase for us so we can totally swing them comfortably.  I am so excited.  I’m not a big technology geek at all, but I have wanted one for a while and am just beyond thrilled.  We will get the gift cards this week and go buy the phones themselves this weekend.  I can’t wait!
What I love way more than the phones though is the card that he made for me.  And the time we got to spend together last night, just being together.  I love this man so much and am so grateful that he is my husband.  The person I share my life, and my everything, with.  My best friend, my biggest fan, my rock, my love…the 8 years we have spent together as husband and wife have been truly wonderful.  I have never been loved by someone the way he loves me.  It is just so REAL in every way.  So forever.  I do not think we live a “tap water life” (it is at least filtered!!) but whatever it is I love it too and I could not be happier or more grateful for the life we have built together.