Time flies when you’re having fun…

Just a quick retrospective of what we were doing three years ago this month:

The wedding, three years ago today…


And our three week honeymoon:

Big Bend area…


That’s Mexico behind us in both pictures.

New Mexico…


Bandelier National Monument (north of Santa Fe)




Rocky Mountain National Park


Both of these pictures were taken on Trail Ridge Road…the top one was taken at about 12,000 feet above sea level, and yes, that’s snow on the ground behind us. The second was taken somewhere significantly farther down the road, and about 20 degrees warmer.

Grand Teton National Park


Yellowstone National Park


And finally, South Dakota…
Mount Rushmore


The Badlands


Happy Anniversary, Monica!

New digs, a year later

So this past week marked a couple of anniversaries. The first was my one year mark at my new job. Even though it can be stressful at times, I feel a lot better knowing that when I say something it will be listened to and that I have a big role in the decisions being made for our district. Even though the job title is the same as my last job, the responsibility is much greater, and I think that fact, in and of itself, alleviates the pain of having the drive over 60 miles every day.

The second is our one year anniversary of being in our new house. It’s funny how quickly it went by. In our first house, I completed a bunch of renovation projects in just two years: replacing the back fence, making a garden (of sorts), creating flower beds along the edge of the house, remodeling a bathroom, redoing Rachel’s room, taking down and rebuilding an entire wall, replacing the lighting in the living room and dining room, and replacing the kitchen floor.

In our new house, I’ve laid sod in the side yard and replaced the flooring, and even that isn’t completely finished since I’ve never gotten around to replacing the baseboards, and we still have crap for carpet in the bedrooms.

But we are raising a child, which is a remodeling project all on it’s own, every day. Now I know why people hire other people to do that kind of work for them.

Seven Hundrend Thirty Days

Sorry, Rachel, but your thirteen month newsletter isn’t getting top billing today.

Two years ago today, Monica and I were married.

Super Kitty

As Moni likes to tell me, “I’m the winner!”

I cannot believe how much things have changed in two years. I’m sure I’ll probably say that every year until I meet my maker, but really, how much more could things change?


In two years, we’ve bought a new house, had a child, both gotten new cars, and I got a new job.

Day 72/Family Portrait

I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring. Maybe more fish?