Friday, December 30, 2016

How we met....

I can't believe I've never written anything about how JP and I met! 

We had seen each other around campus throughout my freshman year.  He was the tall, quiet guy that worked back in the campus kitchen and the snack shop.  While I was chasing after other guys that never had any interest in me at all, he was quietly studying and working like you are supposed to be doing in college. 

I never really gave him a lot of thought, until my roommate suggested we should get to know each other.  My response was something like:  "The guy who wears the turquoise shirt, he's too quiet..."  If you've known me all of two minutes, quiet is not the word you would use to describe me.   She told me I should go watch him play racquetball.  I gave in and walked over.  He doesn't remember this part at all.  I mark that as the moment I started liking him. 
We started talking on the phone and getting to know each other.  Open dorm night I was hanging out in his suite all hunched over from a bad back and said I was going to go walk around the track by myself.  Being the gentlemen he was, he offered to go with me and then it was "us". 
It is all a blur, now.  The "us" had only a couple of weeks until summer vacation.  We wrote letters to each other all summer.  I have a big binder of all his handwritten letters.    He spent his summer working to pay the phone bill and a visit to me.  Before that summer was over, we knew we were going to get married. 

Although I haven't written anything about how we met, I have written a couple of  posts about our wedding:

20th Anniversary Edition
What to say...17 years

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas 2016

My favorite moments on Christmas morning.  Candlelit rooms...


Our kids are always so thoughtful in their gifts to us!

 One of my new sets of Little Rascals salt and pepper shakers.

 and goofiness...

My mermaid blanket...


Tea enthusiast and his first box of loose leaf tea.

New's hard to take a selfie and not look serious.  I'm concentrating really hard.

Michael finally got a sled!  Daniel got a saucer one, he's "always wanted"!

This year Santa brought Tera a laughing Snoopy stuffed animal...I love that thing!

Bo staffs and Nerf guns...

Daniel has started learning Tai Chi and some Kung Fu techniques.  Canes and bo staffs were on his Christmas list this year.   He said all his Tai Chi buddies would be envious.  We laughed really hard at that, since the other members of his class are all at least 40-50 years older than Daniel.  

Michael got a new-to-him kindle e-reader (my kindle he borrows all the time) with a new case.  He was over the moon with excitement!

Tera opened her last gift and thought it was a joke.  She has been using a flip pay-as-you-go phone for a while.  Since she has become a regular texter, it was getting way out of hand price-wise.  JP upgraded his phone and Tera got her first smart phone with unlimited texting.  She was out of the universe with excitement.  We debated a lot about this decision, but felt it was the right decision.   

 Snuggled up reading on his "new" kindle! Watching him walking around with it tucked under his arm and staring down at it was the cutest sight ever.

Tera says this every year, "This was the best Christmas ever!"  and she's always right!  We are together making memories! 


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