I don’t know what happened but it’s mind-boggling that five years has gone by since I last wrote in this blog. Looking back, I wrote a lot more than I recalled, and in that time, Brynn’s and my lives have changed so much.
Let me start by telling you–whoever you are that reads this silly page on the Interwebs–that Brynn is now TEN YEARS OLD.
She’s ten. It blows my mind so much each day.
She calls me mom but in the annoying way with way too much emphasis on the last half of the word. Like “maaaaHHHHM”. But when she’s being sweet or wants something from me, it’s still “mama”. Or when she’s trying to get out of something, “Mama” is put into full effect.
In 2017 I met someone special; the type of person I had been waiting for. It’s hard to explain how I knew what that was and the only real way to put it is that I was waiting for a man. Not just some guy. Chris is the type of man I think most women wish for; honest, kind, smart, funny, and just good.
I sold my little house and bought an even littler one. We called it “The Little Bench Bungalow”. 888 square feet of bliss. Brynn and I absolutely adored that house.
Two years later, in 2019, that man proposed. So I put the Bungalow on the market, which was really really hard I might add, because I loved that place so much, but it was time to move forward into another new chapter.
Chris and I bought a place together for us and our kids. His son is just a year older than Brynn. And then…we got a dog. And then my life was complete, the end. Ha! Ok, I’m kidding, but let me just tangent here for a second…
Holy shit, I never knew I was such a dog person. I am the doggiest dog mom who has ever lived and I’m not even sorry not one little bit. Her name is Willow. She is my baby. Look.at.this.face.
Willow was the kids’ Christmas Present and nothing will ever top it in the history of ever. We took video and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It’s hard to believe she’s already almost two! She joined our family when she was eight weeks old.
Then, in February of 2020, Chris and I ran off to Vegas and did the damn thing! It was so fun. Fuck planning a wedding, fuck how much that costs, and fuck the stress of it all. Team Vegas, baby. We even saw George Straight in concert the night before our wedding!
Then we honeymooned for two weeks in the Philippines and it was incredible! We started in Cebu and swam with whale sharks and explored secret waterfalls. We went into the city for a night and did some of the most hilarious karaoke before flying the next day to Palawan. We stayed in this place in Puerto Princesa. It was one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been to on Earth. I literally cried when we got there, I was just so overcome. We explored the Underground River which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, then spent a few days in El Nido. We island hopped one day, walked around the village market a couple times, found a dive bar with an amazing cover band one night, ate great food, drank tons of caipirinhas, and just had a marvelous time. On the last night we stayed in a really fancy hotel in Cebu City before heading back to the states in early March, just before lockdown.
We have actually done well through the pandemic with the exception of Chris getting Covid and almost a whole year later, still having super messed up taste and smell. It’s been really terrible for him, actually. In fact, about 2 minutes ago, he took a drink of my Coke Zero and spit it out in the sink. It just tasted like chemicals.
So here we are! It’s 2021. I’m re-married, I’m a step-mom, I’m a dog-mom, I work in nonprofit, I’m a business owner on the side, and life is really pretty great!
I hope to keep this blog a little more up to date than I have over the last several years so I can better document all the things going on in our lives.
Thank you for reading!