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9 years. I married Lindsay on January 4th. 9 years ago. I still can’t believe that so many years have gone by so quickly and I find myself at the same time confused as to how I went nearly 20 years without Lindsay. It’s very, very odd when I try to imagine my life pre-Lindsay. Almost like that part never happened, if that makes sense :)
Lindsay and I are a bit different with anniversaries and valentine’s day. We never plan much of anything but usually by the end of the day some special things take place. We’ve had Valentine’s in Prague, anniversaries in England, China, and other places I can’t remember… But we’ve never really set out with the idea of “ohh… let’s do something SUPER special today!” The irony is that something special typically ends up happening :)
Yesterday was similar. We started out the day with Clive and one of my best friends, David. Just hanging out. Then, when Clive went down for a nap, we left him with my parents and headed over to Lindsay’s consultation for her tattoo! She’s been dying to get some tattoos for a few years now — and I figured that would be a good surprise present for our anniversary. We’re both really excited about what she’s getting. She’ll be getting inked up this Saturday and probably won’t sleep Friday night :P
Then we took Clive for a walk and eventually put him down for the night. We met up with my best friend, Garrett, and our good friend, Ali, for dinner. We’re weirdos who like to eat WITH other people on “our” day. That was perfect.
The ender ender, after black hammer (as we say in skateboarding) was as Lindsay and I pulled out from the restaurant. We took a photo together (the one below) and Lindsay thought she saw a cat in the gutter. But it wasn’t a cat — it was three raccoons!!! If you know me, you know how much I love running into any kind of wildlife. We used to have tons of raccoons in Escondido when I was growing up, but they aren’t common in my neighborhood now. Haven’t seen one in quite a few years.
I parked the car and headed over to the gutter with my leftovers. People inside were looking at me like I was a crazy person as I was squatted down, smiling at a gutter :) Within a few minutes, I got the raccoons out and eating from my hand. It was as fun for me as playing with monkeys out in Cambodia is, to be honest.
As we were driving home, Lindsay kept talking about her tattoo and I kept talking about my raccoons. I added “the only thing that could make this night better would be an owl…” No joke, before I finish the sentence, I look over and see an owl perched on a fence. It flies away and ends up landing on the fence right next to our window. I get out, with the car lights facing it so that I can walk close to it without it seeing me, and just watched him until he flew away. I freaking love owls.
All in all, it was a great anniversary. I love being married to Lindsay :)
Top left: Lindsay’s gym bag and Clive’s gym bag. Top right: Clive having a blast going backwards down the stairs.
Middle left: Remmy and Trouble. Middle right: Clive is shocked that we’ve been together for 9 years!
Bottom left: A few minutes before midnight. Bottom Right: My raccoon pals :)
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