Thursday, February 26, 2009

Happy Fourth Birthday, Leo!!

Here are a mere FOUR of my many many many favorite things about Leo, in honor of his fourth birthday today:

1. He is incredibly, beyond words, adorable. And he gets even more so every day the older he gets, and the smarter he gets.

2. He has a list of favorite songs, that he knows the words to and will sing along with passionately. This list includes: Dani California by the RHCP, Sweet Caroline, Rock Lobster by the B52s, Pork and Beans by Weezer, and the Theme from Dr. Pyzer by Ben Folds (which he "shakes his butt" to because it doesn't have words).

3. He is the inventor of the "Bear Kiss." A bear kiss is to go along with a bear hug, you see. Ben once asked for a bear hug (you know, in which you squeeze tight and "grrrrrr"), when Leo excitedly asked "And what about a BEAR KISS!?" then he went in for exactly what a bear kiss sounds like- a kiss with extra force and some "grrrrrr" to go along with it! Priceless.

4. Every time I go to his house he asks me, "Are you staying here for a little while???" and every time I see him elsewhere he asks when he can come to my house for a sleep-over. How can I resist?! You just can't help but adore a kid who adores you. Plain and simple.

So there you go. I could continue probably for 4 more years telling all about him and what makes him so stinking cute, but I'll leave it at these.

I hope you have a great Leo's Birthday :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

February 10, 2006 <3

If you've been reading my blog long enough you probably know this story, but I'm going to tell it anyway because it's that special.

Three years ago tonight, I had agreed to meet up with a friend from high school for drinks. It was approaching Valentine's day (scarily close) and I didn't want to give this buddy-ole-pal the wrong idea, so I joked that we would get phone numbers for each other while we were out. We met at TGIFriday's in Reisterstown... wearing the same outfit. That's right, light blue button-down and khakis. It's a pretty standard outfit, it could have happened to anyone.

We had a decent enough wait that we got to chat and catch up a little before we were even seated, but upon being seated, buddy-ole-pal really turned on the charm. He laughed and joked with the waitress. I can't lie, I joined in. She finally asked us how long we had been together at which point I stated that buddy-ole-pal should only be so lucky.

We had our food- dinner for him, potato skins for me (I had already eaten)- and continued to talk and laugh as if it hadn't been five and a half years since we had done the same in high school. At the end of the night I needed a take-home box for the rest of my potato skins. Because he always gets the crayons at a restaurant, he drew me a lovely picture of a sailboat on my styrofoam box.

We parted for the night but continued to stay in touch and started hanging out more after that. Later I was informed that there were hidden messages in my sailboat picture that night... things like - "you don't know it yet, but this is our first date." Crazy. We got progressively crazier about each other and decided to be officially official on May 28th.

The rest is history. We were engaged on August 7th and, as you know, married in December of the following year. I've never been happier :)

PS- That year on Valentine's day, being that I was still technically single, I stayed home by myself and watched Sleepless in Seattle. I might make him do that with me this year since we decided to stay in.