Old skool blogging style


I totally missed last months “old school blogging” and almost missed it this month. But, when you go back to starting up at 2005, it’s fun to go back to your blogging roots! A little history relapse, if you will.

1. How did your husband pop the big question?

Engagment Day April 15 2003

April 15, 2003. We were celebrating my birthday two days early because he was headed out of town for a psychology conference. He gave me my “gifts” before dinner. I thought they were pretty lame. Two board games. Yep, lame. Then we went out to one of my favorite restaurants in Austin. They have their own garden. We had dinner and it was delicious. Before we left, he went to the bathroom. I felt like he was in there forever. Odd I thought.

In the car, I suggested we hit up a favorite dessert place, but he wasn’t up for it (what? no dessert? unheard of). Okay, I’m a little suspicious. As we walk up to my apartment, I notice it’s glowing. Ah. Surprise birthday party maybe? So, we go in, and there are candles and rose petals everywhere.

He says some very nice things (which I do happen to have on paper), and asks me to marry him (without showing the ring). Of course, I said yes. He put on the ring and we called over a friend to take the picture. (He coordinated all of this with my roommate with zero knowledge. My roommate, who I found out later got super ticked at me because I had started packing and made stacks of junk everywhere that she had to clean up for the display.) Major points for pulling it off and surprising me. (I really like surprises…well, good ones anyways).

2. What are the three most surprising things about married life?

  • We still learn new things about each other. Just yesterday, I learned that he cleans his ears with a q-tip after every shower. He only uses one.
  • I can still get annoyed in something that is the same way it has always been and will never change.
  • We can lose weight together and not kill each other.

3. How did you find out you were pregnant for the first time?

Wow. I really so barely remember this. In fact, it might even be a combination of a couple different BFP (big fat positives). I *think* I waited until after he went to work and took a test. I don’t know why, but I didn’t want him home in case it was negative? I could just not say that I thought I was and we could try again the next month. But, it was positive. And I was totally shaking as I realized it. And, I immediately called him at work. I could hear his smile through the phone and knew that he was so very thrilled.

4. How did you choose your first baby’s name?

Las Vegas

We went to Las Vegas for a belated 2 year anniversary celebration over MLK weekend. We had previously talked about trying to start a family. One night at a restaurant (Jimmy Buffet’s, I think), we had a couple drinks and got on the topic of names. We started with A and each had to say a name that started with the letter. We we got to I, Mr. Serious said an I nickname, and I said, like this full I name and that was it. We agreed on a first name. With quite a long first name (we both agreed, it should end in -elle not just -el. Who knew the confusion that would cause.), we had a hard time getting a middle name we liked. We asked our waiter if he had kids, he told us their names, and we immediately loved his daughter’s name. Boom. Middle name.

Interesting point, said little girl was born exactly nine months after this picture was taken. That’s for all of you math wizards out there!

(Also. Yikes. You can really see our weight loss when you compare to this picture!)

5. Describe where you see yourself in 10 years from now…

Well, we will have a 16 year old that will probably be driving (start praying now), a 14 year old that will be sassy as all get out (no doubt), and an 11 year old that will think she knows everything (wait, they will all three think they know everything. So, wait, what was the question?

Hopefully, we’ll be planning a 20 year anniversary trip. Maybe renewing our vows? We always said we wanted to, just for an excuse for a fun party, but who knows? I’m imagining we will still be in the same house (unless there is some sort of miraculous turn of housing in Atlanta events). Will I be blogging? Will I be doing blogs for other people? This is where Mr. Serious comes in better. I’m not good at goals and looking to where I see myself. I do like plans, but 10 years seems so far away.

6. Describe how you find bliss, either with words or images.

These three (and their daddy, too). Like a spontaneous suggestion for fro-yo after dinner.

Bliss and Fro Yo

Or wearing this one pretty much everywhere (this was a walk around the track at church while the older two were at choir and daddy was running late). When people see me without her, they often reply “where’s the baby. I’m not used to seeing you without her!”

On a walk

And the big sisters. What can I say? 90% of the time, they are pretty stinkin’ awesome.

Up on a train

And, I just had to pull this one out again. Because it captures all of my bliss perfectly in one image.

Handsome hubby with the kiddos

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  1. It’s easy to be blissful with such a gorgeous family! And I love the board game part of your proposal story! 😉

    Thanks for playing along and linking up!!

    1. Thanks for hosting it. In his words “I’m terrible at getting you gifts!”

  2. I like this so many people have gotten away from just blogging. Great getting to know you better.

    1. It’s fun to go back to the “olden” days, isn’t it?

  3. oh my gosh how fun is the throw back?!?!

    you guys are adorable!!

  4. Mr. Serious says:

    Awesome post. I must have been like 220 in that picture. Reminds me of that quote from Spaceballs. “Why didn’t anyone tell me my ass is this big!”

    1. I’ll make sure to tell you if it gets that big again!

    1. Yes, it’s worked for far with us. And, turns out we’ve gone from 8 to 7 to 6 letters and all three have three syllables. Hmmm….

  5. It’s amazing that after all these years I’ve been reading your blog, I still find myself learning so much about you – I love that about these style posts – had to play along on my own blog! (and super cute pics btw!!)

    1. It’s just like being married to me!

      I’m going to catch up on yours. I’ll never be caught up again in life!

  6. you have such a beautiful family… and will have your hands full 🙂

    1. Funny how quickly we forget those things. I wish I would have documented more.

  7. I love this! You have such a sweet story with your husband and girls. Mine involves more alcohol and swear words than I’d usually like to admit. And asking a mom about her 10 year plan is pretty much useless (much like a 10 day plan, right?!) 🙂

    1. Oh, there are plenty of alcohol stories involved..did I mention we went to the same college together?

      And yeah, I’m on the 10 minute plan some days.

  8. Awe, thanks for sharing your family story with us. I love your girls’ hair 🙂

    1. Thanks. Never thought I’d have two girls with curly red hair, that’s for sure.

  9. Love this post! It’s so awesome to learn more about you and the difference a few years makes.

    1. It’s so easy to forget the simple, yet important things. It was fun to reminisce to get them back to the front of my brain.

  10. I love that you have a picture from exactly 9 months before your daughter was born… how much fun. Thanks for sharing your stories!

    1. Funny I never realized it until I was writing this post!

  11. I love learning about other bloggers and their families! You have beautiful girls, and I love the way your hubby popped the question. So sweet!

  12. Looks like you may have gotten “lucky” in Vegas – ha! 🙂

  13. What a fun post! It’s neat to learn about other people’s relationships and how things happened. Spelling of kid’s names can cause problems. It’s amazing how it can mess other people up.

    1. Don’t I know it….with a name like Krystyn, I was definitely trying for a traditional, non-unique name spelling!

  14. This is such a fun post & such an awesome story about your proposal- AND your name choosing!

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