Wow, these 10 years have flown by. Lots of milestones: earning our masters degrees, me passing the CPA exam, Michele being named teacher of the year for our school district and earning National Teacher Certification, paying off student loans, buying 4 different cars over the years (the Grey Dog, the Batmobile, El Pilote, and the Blue Bullet), buying our home, taking several fun vacations -- most of which involved taking lots of risks with wilderness whitewater rafting -- and of course, having Sam.
Some of the best times for me have been the whitewater trips to Colorado, Tennessee, Idaho, Utah and North Carolina. Idaho was the riskiest (our first multi-day trip, camping out 6 nights in the wilderness, huge rapids at times). Utah might've been the best overall trip -- a 4-day run down the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. We had so much fun, we went back the next summer with Michele's youngest brothers Mark and David. Some day I hope we can head back out there with Sam to conquer the rapids, enjoy some nights under the stars, and grow closer together. That's the best part of the river trips -- growing closer together. It probably sounds strange that getting away from absolutely everything (including electricity and plumbing) could ever be fun. But they've truly been some of the best times, and the best stories that we can ever tell. Thanks for 10 wonderful years, Michele. I hope we have at least 100 more!
10 hours ago today... (give or take)
I was able to take a day off work and enjoy some time at home with Michele and the little guy. We had a relaxing day -- took a walk, took a nap, took some time-out to enjoy each other. Tonight some good friends watched Sam while we went out to eat. It's one of those days I wish we could wake up tomorrow and do all over again.