5 years of anniversaries & 11 years with the husband!

We don’t really celebrate our “dating anniversary” anymore, but we did for so long that the date January 10th will always be remembered. On that day in 2003 (our senior year of high school), Steve and I went on our first date. He picked me up with a beautiful bouquet of purple snapdragons and we went to a nice Italian restaurant.

After that summer of fun, we headed to separate colleges… he went to Iowa State and I went to University of Iowa. We were two hours apart. We did our best to see

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How our house handles the money issue

I’m pretty sure one of the biggest topics of argument among couples is money. Understandably–you’re used to managing your own money and holding only yourself accountable… then you’re married and suddenly there’s this thing called “our” money and more bills, and kids, and who pays for what and whose money do you use?!

I’ve talked to friends and family many times about how they figured things out and how they handle money issues with their spouse. Seriously every family does something different. The key is finding what works for YOU. Some relinquish all duties

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wordless wednesday: think warm

taken on our honeymoon in St. Lucia

mama’s first night away and a fairly embarrassing video

I can’t remember how old Ryan was when I left him overnight for the first time. I suppose I could go back through my blog posts and figure it out, haha. It may have been when I went to BlogHer10… he would have been just over 7 months old. Although I don’t think that I would have had the FIRST time I left him be for THREE nights in a row, so I must have before that?!

Rebecca was 4 months and 1.5 weeks when I left overnight. That was just the weekend before

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Happy anniversary!

I don’t know if I’ve ever written about how Steve and I met. We were in our junior year of high school, but we went to different schools. We went to the same youth group every Wednesday night, each with our own group of friends. One day, I get an email from him… he told me that I was beautiful and he wanted to get to know me. Then at the end he put “PS. cute feet.”

I had NO IDEA who he was. Steve? Steve who?! We didn’t start dating for another 9

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Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

Dear Mom,

Happy Mother’s Day! There are so many things that make so much more sense to me now that I’m a mom. There’s so much more I appreciate about you and the things you’ve taught me. Thank you for being a wonderful mom and for always being there for me and for making me the person I am today.

Thank you for the traditions I get to pass on to Ryan–the hot and cold

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I need a new Caribbean island.

When I met Steve, he HATED flying. Just like he hated roller coasters and anything else adventurous. How did we end up together, again?! That’s the complete opposite of me: adventure defined by a mom.

So when we got engaged and started discussing honeymoon plans, let’s just say he was NOT happy about my idea to go to the Caribbean. I, however, won that argument, and off we went to St. Lucia!

Sooo, I’d like to take credit for Steve’s new love of travel and adventure 🙂 He’s always talking about

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