to my husband on eight

Eight years ago we held hands during a thunderstorm and vowed that our lives would be bound together forever. Eight years later here we stand still together. We’ve had our bumps (I blame it on the lightning and thunder during the ceremony), but overall we’ve had a great eight years together so far. A lot has happened
this past year.

We got a chance to go snowboarding up at Snowbowl finally. You got a chance to spend a day cruising the blue slopes and I got a chance to realize how much fun snowboarding can be. I can’t wait to get another chance to go snowboarding with you again. Maybe one of these days we can even hit the slopes together and I’ll be able to keep up with you.

We survived me studying for my yoga teacher certification. We also survived you finishing your bachelor’s degree from ASU (I still think yours was the harder goal to accomplish) and we got a chance to celebrate with family and friends. We even finally got a chance to do a pig roast like we’ve wanted to do. It even came out tasting great!

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We have done a lot of home brewing over this past year. This has been a great journey to take with you because we’ve found a hobby that plays off of both of our strengths. I must say that it’s been a very tasty journey so far, too. We also discovered a great new community over this past year of homebrewers and beer lovers. I foresee many fun events and gatherings in our future.

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We always take a long vacation together. Part of the reason it’s so long is so that I have an opportunity to completely decompress from my job, but a lot of the reason I like taking such a long vacation is that it gives me so much time to spend with you. This year was no exception. We didn’t journey far from home this year. We just hopped over to California, but what a blast this vacation was! We surfed, we toured vineyards and breweries alike, we had lots of great food. Most importantly, we got to spend a lot of quality time with each other. That made every day on this vacation incredibly special to me.

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Eight years. Life has changed a lot over those eight years. I’m really glad that you’ve been a constant in my life and I’m looking forward to what the next eight years brings to our lives. Together.

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uk trip pics

At the end of May, beginning of June, Sean and I took a trip with Misty and Stephen to the United Kingdom. We spent several days in London and then proceeded to drive as much of the country as possible, getting as far north as Edinburgh, Scotland and as far south as Brighton. So, here’s a quick roundup of our trip in photos. If you want to see the entire set of photos just click here. Oh, and for another perspective of the trip, here’s Misty and Stephen’s photos.

For the first few days on our trip, other than sitting on a plane and standing in line at customs, we spent the time in London. We tried to do everything from the British Museum IMG_1736.jpg
to the Tower of London DSC_2083.jpg
to St. Paul’s Cathedral.
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It was a lot to do and we knew we wouldn’t get everything in, but we certainly gave it a good try.
I even managed to get some yoga in while I was in London. DSC_2196.jpg

Next, we started to head north, going through Wakefield to visit a school that Stephen spent a semester at in college.
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We even got to cross a Haha bridge while were there.
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Hadrian’s Wall was conquered on our way up to Edinburgh.
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Castles were conquered and views were enjoyed while we were in Edinburgh.
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We even managed to visit the Castle Aaarrgghhhhhhh…. on our way back south. DSC_2417.jpg

We managed to make it to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.
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And Stephen got to pretend to be a nutcracker.
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Cool British cars were seen at the British Motoring Museum.
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And great feats of scientific and mathematic innovation were appreciated at Bletchley Park.
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We waved goodbye to Misty and Stephen at this point and continued on to Brighton to see the Royal Pavilions.
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On our way to Bath, we had a last minute change of plans and got to see Goodwood Motoring Circuit IMG_1809.jpg

and lots of very beautiful, powerful cars. DSC_2666.jpg

Bath and its architecture were breaktakingly amazing. DSC_2725.jpg

We even managed to cram in a last minute side trip to Stonehenge DSC_2785.jpg
before finally getting on an airplane and waving goodbye to the wonderful Brits.

newest member of the family

I know I haven’t posted in a while. At some point, I’ll get around to finishing the saga post of our trip to England, but in the mean time, I’ve had a chance to clean up our newest member of the family and post some pictures. Everyone, welcome Hammond, our 2007 Mini Cooper S, to the family.

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Several months ago, Sean came to the very difficult decision that his Subaru Legacy GT was not helping his back out, so he sold it. The Miata is no longer a great daily driver, so we needed to get another car to replace the Legacy. Sean took the Fit as his daily driver and suggested that perhaps we look at a Mini Cooper as the new car since he knew I had drooled over them for several years now.

After a bit of looking around (mostly done by Sean since he actually knows how to hunt a car down online), we found what we were looking for over in Oakland, CA. Good record, good mileage and it was a beautiful color combo I couldn’t resist. A few days, many trips to several banks to work out the details of the loan, and some inquiring online, my new car was loaded onto a transport truck to be delivered to our house.

This is where it gets a bit tragic. While the transport truck driver was signing the paperwork at the dealership to take possession of my car, a driver came down the road and drove up the ramp of the truck into the back of my beautiful car. Long story short, a couple of days later, my car was delivered to me broken, but we had an insurance claim open against it already and I just had to take it in and get it fixed. Two weeks later and the day before we left for England on our vacation, I finally got my car back looking brand new and beautiful again.

Thus the reason for this taking so long to post about. Hammond has already been on a camping trip with us. We went up to the Mogollan Rim for the weekend of the 4th to avoid the heat for a couple of days. He performed quite admirably on very bumpy forest roads in the depths of Arizona and it’s amazing how much camping gear you can actually fit into the back of that car.

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I’m sure before long we’ll have more fun stories to post about the adventures with the newest member of the family.

weekend in the pines

This past weekend, I unplugged for three amazing days of yoga up in Christopher Creek, Arizona. This was my first yoga retreat and I have to admit I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure what to expect on how the weekend would go. I had no reason to worry, though. The weekend was great, I made a lot of new friends, and I definitely got a chance to really work out my body and my mind. I’ll post more later when I have the photos edited and I can get hold of some of me from the other yogis that went to the retreat. In the meantime, AcroYoga seriously rocks. That is the most amazing experience I’ve had in a long time.

the long road home

Sean and I made it back home to Phoenix tonight. Farmington was fun. It was an awesome experience going to an SCCA National Tour event. I’m officially hooked and can’t wait to get a chance to do another one. On an exciting note, Sean and I both managed to trophy in our respective classes. Sean ran CS (C Stock) and got second place (he was behind the leader by only .6 seconds, which is really close!). I ran CSL (C-Stock Ladies) and got first place. Mine wasn’t quite as exciting as I was only running against one other person, but my times were actually comparable with the times in CS, so that’s cool for me. Anywho, I’ll finish posting pics tomorrow and do a more thorough write up of the event. For now, I’m off to shower off the last of the grease, dirt and sunblock from my skin and get some sleep.