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Eight years ago today, Valkyrie and I dressed up in some really spiffy clothes, looked deep into each others eyes, and said "I Do."

Thanks for asking me to marry you, Valkyrie.

The tradition of posting something to my journal this year seems to be pretty firmly established: Here is what I had to say for all my anniversary posts.

Today is a work day, although with lots of interruptions. We are planning on going out to dinner tonight, and leaving the kids at a drop-in daycare place. I took the Subaru to the dealership to get serviced, and got my teeth cleaned. Valkyrie had a yoga class.

About all I got for Valkyrie was a nice card. She seems happy with that. Somehow, we now seem to be more involved with living our lives, than giving showy displays of affection.
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Those of you who follow me on twitter may have noticed that the family took a trip across the country, and I posted about once a day about the trip. We drove about 4250 miles over about 16 days. Went from California to Iowa, spending nights in Nevada, Utah, and Nebraska on the way. Then, went to Minnesota, did a festival in Decorah, IA. Visited my father-in-law and his brother in Red Wing, Minnesota; Maiden Rock, Wisconsin; and LaCrosse, Wisconsin. During the trip, we decided that we had a chance to see parts of the country we had never seen before - so we went back through South Dakota (saw Mount Rushmore and some of the Black Hills area) and Wyoming (drove through Yellowstone and saw Old Faithful).

The kids were overall pretty good during the trip. I can't say that they really enjoyed it, since all the sitting in the car was quite boring for them. They started wanting to see the "Bee Movie" over and over again - maybe seeking one familiar thing with constant change going on around them. They ate lots of cheap Kraft macaroni and cheese at all the diners we stopped at. I won't say it was all bad for them - they did get some good play time in hotel swimming pools, and both seemed to really enjoy the cave in South Dakota.
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Seven years ago today, Valkyrie and I dressed up in some really spiffy clothes, looked deep into each others eyes, and said "I Do."

Thanks for asking me to marry you, Valkyrie.

The tradition of posting something to my journal this year seems to be pretty firmly established: Here is what I had to say for the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth anniversaries.

This year, we got one of the best gifts EVER from my brother and his girlfriend -- a weekend off! I took Valkyrie up to Alpine county, and we spent a day relaxing at a mountain resort. See the smile on Valkyrie's face? It was a good day.

The Miata is fun to drive up to the mountains too. And, even with as little as we took, we managed to stuff the trunk full. The cell phones didn't work up there, but the resort had a open Wi-Fi network, so my iPhone managed to get on the net and check email. Luckily, I didn't get any.
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Sung to the tune of "Brining Home A Baby Bumblebee"

I'm picking out a baby coffee bean,
Won't my daddy be so proud of me?
I'm picking out a baby coffee bean,
Ooh! It's cold!

I'm warming up my baby coffee bean,
Won't my daddy be so proud of me?
I'm warming up my baby coffee bean,
Time to put it in the grinder!

I'm grinding up my baby coffee bean,
Won't my daddy be so proud of me?
I'm grinding up my baby coffee bean,
Now, just add water!

I'm brewing up my baby coffee bean,
Won't my daddy be so proud of me?
I'm brewing up my baby coffee bean,
Daddy! Coffee's ready!


This version written by my Valkyrie, because our daughter kept asking for a "Baby Coffee Bean" every time Daddy made coffee.

There are also hand gestures that go with each verse. I'll have to videotape Valkyrie doing them - that's a project for another day.

Six Years!

Sep. 30th, 2006 12:00 pm
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Six years ago today, Valkyrie and I dressed up in some really spiffy clothes, looked deep into each others eyes, and said "I Do."

Thanks for asking me to marry you, Valkyrie.

It seems to have become a tradition of mine that I will remember this occasion with a short post in my LiveJournal - I wasn't using LiveJournal until September 2003, so my third anniversary is the first with a note. There are also posts for the fourth and fifth.

Somehow, this year we didn't put a lot of time or thought into gifts to each other. I got Valkyrie a card that made her very happy.

At six years together, we seem to be settled down into the comfortable groove of a life together. Our kids are growing nicely, with Corwin in kindergarten, and Kjersti a Terrible (and Terrific) two.
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Five years ago today, Valkyrie and I dressed up in some really spiffy clothes, looked deep into each others eyes, and said "I Do."

Thanks for asking me to marry you, Valkyrie.

It seems to have become a tradition of mine that I will remember this occasion with a short post in my LiveJournal - I wasn't using LiveJournal until September 2003, so my third anniversary is the first with a note. Last year I also posted a note for the fourth.

Anniversary gifts for the fifth anniversary are either wood or silverware. Somehow, we ended up doing both, I think. I got a nice set of silverware for Valkyrie; and while we were shopping for the silverware, Valkyrie found four nice wooden chairs that we are now using in the kitchen.

After five years, we seem to be settling down into a comfortable life together. The kids are growing, the house is steadily becoming nicer and more organized. Kjersti radiates cuteness. Corwin is great fun, and a playful three year old. The two fight some (like kids that age will), but overall, they are very good to each other.
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Four years ago today, Valkyrie and I dressed up in some really spiffy clothes, looked deep into each others eyes, and said "I Do."

Thanks for asking me to marry you Valkyrie. It's been a good four years, and it's hard to believe that it has been that long. (Of course, having kids makes things go fast - Corwin is almost 3, and Kjersti is 5 months.)

This year, there were several different possible traditions of wedding gifts. Options included linen, silk, fruit, flowers, or appliances. I chose to give Valkyrie some silk pajamas from Victoria's Secret, and she gave me a hemp shirt and sandals.
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Three years ago today, Valkyrie and I dressed up in some really spiffy clothes, looked deep into each others eyes, and said "I Do."

Thanks for asking me to marry you, Valkyrie.

Apparently by at least one tradition, the standard gifts for the third anniversary are leather. Valkyrie got a coin purse, I got some nice slippers.
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