Saturday, January 18, 2014

10th Anniversary "trip"

This January makes 10 years since we were married in the Timponogos temple!  It is amazing to think back to all the things that have happened in those 10 special years - 
  • 1 temple marriage on a frosty cold January day 
  • 2 sets of twins - and a single baby on the way!
  • 3 college degrees finished, including a Bachelor's in Music and Accounting, and a Masters in Accounting
  • 4 years at Deloitte in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Nearly 5 years at Precoa in Portland, Oregon
  • 6 times moving, including 2 short stints at Jared's parents' house (Dani had moved only once prior to getting married!)
  • 7+ years of blogging
  • an 8-cow wife!
  • 10 of the best years of my life with my best friend, my inspiration, and my partner.

We have felt so blessed during these years.  Over these years, we have taken memorable vacations, shared life events and accomplishments, and have grown to love and appreciate one another in ways that we couldn't have imagined.  It is fun to imagine, and we look forward to reviewing, the many things we will experience and become in the coming 10 years!

So, to celebrate, we decided to go to Mexico!!!  Unfortunately, Dani's body didn't want to.  The night of our anniversary, Jared was on the phone canceling what was going to be a wonderful, and rare, kid-free trip.

Dani began to have severe pains in her sides, similar to the pains that she experienced in her last pregnancy that induced premature labor.  Fortunately, the premature labor didn't happen, but the pains put her in the hospital.  The doctors struggled to see what was causing the pain, but found a small, unknown mass just under the skin on one side.  They ruled out the scary theories and worked to reduce Dani's pain.  After a couple days, the pain was reduced and Dani was ready to be out of the hospital.

The baby was not in any trouble, so we were happy to not need to worry about the baby's health during this.  We did get a few more pictures in the process - and we managed to still not find out the gender!

Jared tried to make the most out of the situation by eating and experiencing some of Portland quirks (a couple walking their pet goats!).  A "grilled cheesus" from The Grilled Cheese Grill (i.e. a hamburger between two grilled cheeses) and the Reggie Deluxe from Pine State Biscuits were the culinary highlights.

Many, Many thanks go to Vicki, who had come to watch the kids while we were soaking up the sun in Mexico.  Because she was here, Jared was able to spend nearly the entire time in the hospital with Dani (at least while he wasn't looking for the next cholesterol-bomb!).  She read lots of books and kept the kids active.  The kids loved being with their grandmother, and Vicki was wonderful to come and help.