Five years ago today


Five years ago today, we were standing here.

Five years ago today, we were surrounded by over a hundred amazing, accomplished, wonderful people, who, magically, were here to see us.

Five years ago today, to the heavy shaking yes of my mother's head, I told you I would always use an argument not to win, but to understand you better.

Five years ago today, to the heavy shaking yes of your mother's head, I told you I would always be waiting outside of that cave, waiting for when you decide to come out.

Five years ago today, I promised you I would try my hardest to live up to the good I see in you.

Five years ago today, I promised you a baseball team for your 50th birthday party.

Five years ago this hour, I smooshed a cupcake up your nose.

I totally won that one.


Planned a party


What if you planned a party and nobody came?

Yeah, that's pretty much how I feel at the moment. We had this brilliant idea to have our anniversary in the same place as our wedding, that's all and good, but one by one people are declining to come.

I'm saddened by this.

I had a clue in January when, just after we mentioned we were throwing the party, Kris' mom declared, "Well, we're not coming." No thinking about it. No debating the merits. No easy decline. Nope, just a slightly offended "No."

I have to say I was a bit disheartened. Only managed to be worse as the event neared. My aunts began to decline. My dad wanted to come and was willing to make this unbelievably complicated, rushed and stressed trip to be at the event, but only for a half day. I convinced him to go to Seattle with me in July instead, since the trip would be WAY less stressful and I'd have more time with him, and possibly my brothers.


When Mom declined, causing every else on her side of the family to bail also, I realized this wasn't going to be a repeat of the incredible wedding weekend we had five years ago, and we might as well just accept that.

Well, I might as well accept that.

So, here we are. The RSVP is up. I think we'll have a good time, if nothing else, with fewer people, it'll be more intimate and entertaining. A few friends from distance parts may still fly in,and it'll be great to see them. Others may just drop in, and it'll be great to see them, too.

The flavor of the dessert may be different, but that doesn't mean it doesn't still taste good.

Yes, we're late! Please save the date!

Kris and I would like to invite you to our anniversary celebration!

We're heading back to the Valley of the Moon Campground in Glen Ellen, California, for a weekend with friends and family. We'll be in beautiful Sonoma Valley, surrounded by rolling hills, tall trees and wine country. We invite you to join us, play games for the weekend, sleep in the campsite's cabins, hike the nearby trails, swim in the pool, and celebrate with us.

Once again, just like summer camp, minus the annoying counselors!

Date: Friday, May 15th - Sunday, May 17th, 2009

More information, including directions and travel suggestions, will be posted on our site soon:

Although we'll be sending out "official" invitations, if you know you'd like to come (or know that you can't), and want to RSVP now, you can! Just leave a comment here, or send us an email with your name and number of guests.

We hope you can join us!