Happy Birthday!

I would like to wish my lovely wife Kami a very happy 29th birthday (again!)!  You are beautiful and I love you more each day.  Thank you for being so strong and for putting up with me for all these years.

I hope you have a great day…so sorry I can’t be there with you…I’ll be home soon!

Check out her blog at http://onpinsandneedles.net/ and leave her a birthday message!  You can also follow her on Twitter @heartsnhawaii!

And the Anniversary Gift winner is…

Okay…so my wife and I are terrible at keeping secrets from one another and can rarely pull off a surprise because of it.  I thought this year I was doing really great.  Key word is “thought”.

As our 10th anniversary approached I was going to be in New York City for a business trip and had decided to buy Kami a watch for our anniversary.  Since it was relatively spur of the moment I figured I could pull of the surprise and make the gift seem even better than it was.  For a few weeks leading up to the big day we had both been playing the “what do you want for your anniversary?” game and had thrown out things trying to make each other think the other one hadn’t gotten anything.

I have to admit…seriously…up to this anniversary I was winning the best gift category.  I nailed our 5th anniversary with a custom-made diamond ring with 5 diamonds.  It was perfect.  I used my great idea way to early in our marriage!  What was I supposed to get for 10?  I couldn’t afford a custom-made 10-diamond ring!  So a watch it was…a fun one in her favorite color from a Time Square shop (not a street merchant…the real thing).  I thought I was doing well.

Until I got home and shortly after I surprised Kami with her new watch…then she revealed her gift.

She had been planning a trip to the MLB All-Star game for months!  She has been working on tickets, booked an amazing hotel and we leave in a couple of weeks.  Game, Set, Match to my lovely wife Kami.  She most certainly takes the best gift prize down and makes my watch look like something you get out of a vending machine!

Thank you Kami for an amazing gift and I can’t wait to spend some time in Phoenix with you at the spectacular resort you booked…might even treat you to a spa day for all your hard work in keeping this one a secret!

Happy Anniversary!

10 years ago today I married my best friend and the love of my life.  I kid around a lot about how LONG we have been married and that it feels like forever.  The truth is that the last 10 years have flown by and I can remember almost every moment we have spent together as husband and wife (although I am sure it is a different version than my wife’s).  Kami and I have known each other for most of our lives…seriously, we knew each other in kindergarten.  We have always been good friends and have been through a lot of things in our lives together.

As many of you know our tenth year of marriage has not been an easy one for us.  The loss of our son was the most difficult thing either of us has had to deal with and we are certainly still dealing with it.  This is something that thankfully brought us even closer together (which I didn’t even know was possible).  We have cried together, held each other and supported each other as we both deal with the emotions in our own ways.  I want to thank my wife for being so strong and for continuing to show strength as we move forward with our lives together.

Maybe it is because we have known each other for so long on top of being married for a decade but nothing really seems different from the day of our wedding.  I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!  Might even have a longer wedding and reception the next go around…we may have set a wedding land-speed record!

I know that the next 10 years will be as great or greater than the previous 10 because of the woman I am married to.  Thanks Kami for an amazing 10 years and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.

I Love you.