About Us

How long have you been together?
Let’s see…we met in June, 1991 and started dating right away.
So what is that? Twenty years this June? Wow, really?!!
We’ve been together for almost 20 years.
Married almost 19 years.

How long did you know each other before you started dating?
Well lets see…we met at a dance club on a Saturday night.
The following Wednesday we had lunch.
So I guess we started dating 4 days after we met.

Who asked who out?
He asked me out…that night at the dance club.
And I looked at him, trying to decide if I should accept or not.
And I swear this is what I said:
“Well…I don’t know…what do you DO?”
(translation: what is your occupation, and why should I even give you the time of day?)
He said, “I’m a fire fighter.”
and I said, “No way…you’re not a fire fighter!”
and I made him show me his badge.
And then I agreed to go out with him.

Did you go to the same school?
No.  We grew up miles and miles away from each other.

Who is the most sensitive?
Um, letmethinkaboutthatforasecondME.

What about pets?
We have a dog, Milo…and a horse, Shay

Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Cheesecake Factory

Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
New York, Cancun, Hawaii…in that order.

Who has the craziest exes?
Honestly, we don’t have crazy exes.  They are all pretty cool. 
Who has the worst temper?
Um, letmethinkaboutthatforasecondHIM

Who does the cooking?
I cook when he’s not home.   
When he’s home, he cooks.  
I hate cooking.
Who is more social?
I’d say it’s pretty much even.
We both like to be around people
But I am more of a homebody than he is. 
Who is the neat freak?
Oh gosh…I wish at least one of us were.
Then maybe we’d have an uncluttered house!
Who is the most stubborn?
Um, that would be me…for sure.
Who hogs the bed?
To be honest? Aria.  She hogs the bed.  
Rich and I just barely get a corner to ourselves. 
Who wakes up earlier?
He wakes up naturally no later than 5:30am.
I cannot ever remember a time that I’ve gotten out of bed before him.
Unless it was to tend to a sick child.
Or nurse a baby.
Because I love to sleep.
And he says….
 Sleep is a waste of time.
Sleep is for those who have nothing to do.
I’ll sleep when I’m dead.
These are all the crazy things that he says about sleep.

Where was your first date?
 Sizzler restaurant.
Rich was on his lunch break, and I met him at the Sizzler.
We had a 4 hour lunch.
How long did it take to get serious?
Officially it took about 5 months.
On November 14, 1991 he told me he loved me.
Who eats more?
Sometimes I do…when I’m pregnant.
Who does the laundry?
When he’s home, he starts the laundry before I even get out of bed.
He’s just like that!  Crazy, I know.
But all other times it’s me, of course.
And the kids put it away.
Who drives when you are together?
Almost always him.  He’s a horrible passenger.

Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong?
Always him. 
Always Always.
Because he’s always the one wrong.
You think I’m kidding, but I’m not!
You can even ask him.
After 20 years of marriage, he’s finally realized this as fact.
It took long enough!  Sheesh! 
Who wears the pants in the relationship?
Oh, he most definitely wears the pants in this relationship.
Of course, he always asks me which pair he should put on.
But make no mistake, he wears ’em! 
Who eats more sweets?
Oh, I guess that would be me.
 I have a sweet tooth, big time.

The kids took this photo of us while we were on vacation
last summer, 2010.  Not the best shot of me, but I do love
Rich’s smile here.   He’s got a cute smile :)

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  1. says

    What a fun post! I feel like I got to know more about you and your husband. I may do this sometimes.
    Your blog is beautiful….your children even more beautiful. I’m so looking forward to reading more.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. Giving the love back now! :)
    Looking forward to getting to know you!
    Be blessed~

  2. says

    I’m a new follower from one of the Monday hops. I love reading such personal posts and getting to know more about the blogger. You’ve got a beautiful family.

    I hope you’ll visit my blog and return the follow.

  3. says

    What a cute idea for a post! lol I also LOVE to sleep and my husband says the same things! “There are too many things to get done.” Well yes I have too many things to get done too but sleep is important, just ask any mother that has been up all night with a sick child how important sleep is to her!

    Thanks for stopping by, following and commenting on my blog! I found your comment very helpful and encouraging :)

    Have a great week!

  4. says

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am folowing you back now!

    I loved reading your post- you guys sound a lot like us- minus about 7 children! But if my hubby had his way- we would have 4 more. He really wants 6 kids! I am secretly starting to admit that I want another one!! HAHA!
    Your family is gorgeous! I love the name Aria!

  5. Anonymous says

    Did you decide to get married so soon because you were pregnant with Audriana? Or was the date already planned? And was it a hard choice to date some who already had a child?
    (I’m just curious–not judging! But please feel free to delete this comment if you aren’t comfortable talking about it!)

    • says

      We had talked about getting married prior to getting pregnant. We even had a date semi-planned out. When we found out we were expecting, we were thrilled. We went to Reno, Nevada and eloped on September 11, 1992. That was a Friday and the date chosen on purpose, because our church wedding date was September 11, 1993, which falls on a Saturday. We thought it would be fun to have our church wedding & receptions on our 1 year anniversary. So, as you can see, things were well planned out. Things just happened sooner than we planned.

      It was not a hard choice to date Rich even though he had a child. When I met Rich, his son was just 2 or 3 months old. I fell in love with him (the baby) instantly. I had always wanted to be a mother. I was so happy to know that my future children would already have a built-in big brother.

  6. says

    Yes. We were engaged already, but wanted to bump the date up when we discovered we were expecting. Instead of a 1 year engagement, it was just 4 months! Short and sweet. It was not a hard choice, for me, to date someone with a child. Tony was just an infant when I met Rich. I knew I’d bond with him easily since he was so young. Actually, I always say that I fell in love with Tony before I fell in love with Rich, LOL. I have always loved being around babies and children. I was meant to be a mom! I was a wife, a stepmom, and a new mother all within 6 months. What a year that was!

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