Laura turns 2:
We have a shared birthday party for Laura and her brother and all their friends on Saturday, but we had a small family only celebration on the actual day (Thursday 11th), captured for all posterity here. We got her a Fisher Price digital camera which truth be told her brother seems to enjoy more than her, but between them they’ve already taken almost 300 photos. I’ll try and find a good representative photo to share here once I’ve had a chance to look through them.
Yesterday was our 5th wedding anniversary. Of course I kid in the title – these have flown by unbelievably quickly, and while Susan and I have the normal kinds of tensions and dramas in our day to day relationship, we’ve also been absolutely blessed – 2 beautiful kids, success in both our careers, stable finances, comfortable living despite those pernicious kids, etc. The traditional gift for a 5th anniversary is wood, so:
The sad thing is this photo about sums up our anniversary – that’s all there was to it – a quick handoff of the flowers, a brief kiss, then back to it. Everything else was the usual day to day rush – work, daycare, child rearing, chores, sleep. No time to stop and smell the wooden roses as it were. I’m counting on that coming later as these kids get a bit older, though I think I’m more optimistic about this than Susan is. Still, my main point is more or less, yay!
Hard to believe but true – my beautiful golden retriever turns 10 today. The picture is from her party tonight, during which the kids gave her some gifts (a stuffed where’s Waldo chosen by Laura and a repeat of an earlier favorite, the squeaking green dragon) which she had a blast with. Truth is the ol gal isn’t aging all that gracefully – she’s got really bad hips and a number of non-cancerous growths on her, one of which is at least 15-20 pounds and severely impacting her comfort and mobility, but she’s still got some get up and go in her. More importantly she’s still quick with a smile and an offer to play, and she’s still doing her part around the house, particularly when it comes to the coyotes. I love her with all my heart.