Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Two Years Old going on - Forever

Happy Two-Year Anniversary to us!
Every day hasn't been a perfect walk in the park. Our marriage so far is more like a hike to a mountain peak with ups and downs, a heavy backpack, sore muscles, beautiful views, refreshing breezes, wild flowers along the way and the anticipation of the exhileration of reaching the top together.
Since we'll have Junior with us for our next anniversary, we decided to "live it up" this year with a month long party. We began our celebration with the waterfalls and trees on the shore of Lake Superior one Friday. Saturday, we saw Phantom of the Opera. A walk around a 50's car show with a dance to old school rock and roll continued the celebration. And, though the drum core competition show was a blast and a bang, it wasn't the end. On the day of our anniversary, we went out to dinner and split a chicken cashew salad sandwich and a pizza. Mmmm. Nothing says marital bliss like sharing yummy food.
We are so in love with each other. I could share all our mushy in-loveness, but it's sometimes in Spanish (and I know some of you speak Spanish). So, I'll spare you and you can enjoy some anniversary quotes instead:

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year. ~Paul Sweeney

Our wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day. ~Gene Perret

It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. ~Rita Rudner

Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The highest happiness on earth is marriage. ~William Lyon Phelps

True love stories never have endings. ~Richard Bach

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Baby's First Real Hike

Okay, so the little guy didn't do much except come along for the ride. I guess technically, his first hike was in December at just a couple weeks as an embryo. But, he is a lot bigger now (almost 4 lbs), so it counts more, especially since I was carrying him.

A couple Fridays ago, before Pedro started his judicial externship, I took off work and we headed north to Lake Superior. I loved getting away from the city to the rivers, trees and trails of some state parks a few hours up the coast. We hiked about a total of 10 miles near waterfalls, by a lighthouse and along the Superior Hiking Trail. I LOVE THE MOUNTAINS! It felt so good to breathe really clean, fresh air and hike a trail where we didn't see other people for at least an hour or two.

On one hike, Pedro saw some sun glasses in a river. He waded in and rescued them only to discover they were kids' glasses.

Important note: In my opinion, hiking is not hiking without some type of elevation in some type of natural nature. There is not a lot of elevation in the Twin Cities area, though there are a few places of natural nature.