Monday, March 11, 2013

Month Eight

Bear Lake - RMNP

I own snow pants, snow boots, and several snow hats. What has my husband done to me? If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be living in Colorado, married to my college sweetheart, mothering a 105lb labradoodle, spending my summers camping in the woods, and my winters skiing/snowshoeing in the mountains. I would have laughed in your face.

I've changed in those ten years. And I blame Mr. B for that. By blame, I mean that in a good way. He took me on my first camping trip. He introduced me to snowshoes. He exposed me to the West. He let me fall in love with a state I knew he already loved. He took me skiing in the Rocky Mountains. He shared his love of wildlife with me. He took me ice skating on a real mountain lake. He bought me my first pair of hiking boots. And he wants to buy me skis. 

I digress - I have no idea what this has to do with our eight month anniversary. But after I chose this photo, I realized, I didn't own ANY of those "winter" clothes before I met Mr. B and I never dreamed of becoming an outdoors woman. Not only did my wardrobe expand when I fell in love, but so has my perspective on playing outside.



Anyway, back to the extremes of this month. When we weren't hosting guests or visiting friends on the east coast, we were spending all of our downtime sitting on the couch, being lazy and catching up on all our missed shows. So thankful for DVR's.

As for the actual day - March 5th - we spent it apart, for the first time since being wed. I was attending a work conference in New Orleans, while Mr. B was at home snuggling with Monty. Although we spent it apart, we plan to make up for it and celebrate this month in Savannah for St. Patrick's Day weekend. This year, on the day of the Irish, it will have been six years to the day since we met at the local pub and started our love story. It will always be a day to celebrate in our book.

Here is a recap of month eight as Mr. and Mrs. Bores:
  • We are healthy. An improvement from last month. 
  • I started my second bible study this month. I'm learning more about each of the women in the group and falling more in love with them each week. 
  • We hit the slopes again this month. I wasn't any better than I was last month.
  • In place of Valentine's Day cards, I finally received my Christmas cards. They made me cry, even if they were 2 months late.  
  • Mr. B surprised me with a "Cooking Class" date night in April. While teaching you how to cook, they serve wine. I hope he doesn't have high expectations.
  • My best friend of 23 years and her husband visited us this month. I wish we lived closer. 
  • I took a bath this month, first time in years. Literally years. I need to experience the warm water, tub pillow and soapy bubbles more often. #makingitaroutine #iusuallyshower
  • Mr. B purchased his first pair of prescription sunglasses this month. It's about time he protects his eyes from the bright sun. We are still deciding on the "everyday" glasses though, and he still doesn't want to take a chance on the stylish plastic frames.  
  • Our garage door broke this month. Thankfully, my handyman husband installed a new one. It took an entire day, but I no longer have to store my beater car in the driveway. #noshame
  • We jumped on a plane and had a lovely reunion with great friends in Raleigh this month. We ate, we drank, we laughed. We must repeat. Every. Single. Year.
  • Mr. B had one request before we left for Raleigh - "Don't forget the Southwest drink coupons!" Guess what? I forgot them. He still got drunk.
  • Monty had his annual vet appointment this month. We both went, as if it were a Saturday morning date. I hope it's the same when we have little Bores babies.  
  • Mr. B found a new addiction this month - Untappd. An app that encourages you to drink beer, rate those said beers, and follow your friends. In other words, defined as Facebook for alcoholics.     
  • The weather has mirrored our schedules. One day it's 60 and sunny. The next, it's wintry and full of snow. We are dreaming of Spring. 
  • We've spent a lot of money on groceries this month. Either I have no self control when putting items in the cart or the prices are going up.
  • We are still making bread in this house-hold. In fact, we borrowed a fancy bread maker from my in-laws this month. Scott took the recipe book into the market to pick up a few ingredients and then left the book at the counter. #fail #westillmadebread
  • Concerts have always been a favorite pastime of ours. This year, Imagine Dragons and Bruno Mars are on the playlist. Not just at any venue, but both are at Red Rocks Amphitheatre - the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world. Yes, world. Read the website. 
  • Flights are booked. We will be celebrating the marriage of a dear friend in July, while tapping glasses of good wine with good company, to celebrate our own anniversary. Cheers to love. 
As for the typical monthly comment from the husband, all he had to say about month eight was, "This month was fast!"  I agree. Month eight went fast and I expect month nine to sneak by just as quickly. It's hard to believe that we are now only 4 months away from celebrating the year of paper. Do people still purchase those traditional gifts for anniversaries? I have my work cut out for me if that's the case. Literally, what else can you do with paper besides cut it? I have got to get my creative juices flowing.

We sprung forward yesterday. The sun is flirting with the horizon a little while longer and we're looking for ways to welcome the warmth of spring. Mr. B is off to a good start - he welcomed me home from New Orleans with the scent and colors of the upcoming season. What a good man!

Spring's Promise
Thanks, Mr. B

Looking forward to green beer, southern food, and the luck of the Irish later this week. xo.

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