Us As a Couple

Jason and I met in October 2002 through mutual friends.  We hungout for a little while and ended up going bowling.  I joke about how Jason was not interested in me, because he barely said a word to me, and I spent most of the night talking to one of his good guy friends.  You see, Jason is just a very shy person, especially around someone of the opposite gender.  He’s gotten better over the years. Haha.  A couple of weeks later, Jason messaged me on AOL Instant Messenger (remember that old tool? haha).  We chatted about everything for quite a few weeks.  Eventually he called me and asked if I’d like to drive around with him and look at Christmas lights.  I, of course, said yes!  We had the best time together.  We spent the whole time talking and getting to know each other better.  Jason officially asked me out New Years 2002/2003.  It came as a surprise, because I already figured we were boyfriend/girlfriend due to the fact we had already been going on dates.  Jason proposed to me a year later on New Years 2003/2004, and we later married in October 2006.  We’re coming up on 15 years from when we met, which is so crazy to us.  We have come a long way from our 17 and 21-year-old selves, to the grown adults we are today.  We have worked at our full-time jobs for over 11 years each, we’ve owned our first home for 10 years now, I earned two college degrees, we have adopted many pets, we have traveled to several places, and so much more. We are best friends.  We participate in so many activities together and we support each other to take part in our own interests.  We are comfortable in our own space and having our alone time, but also encourage each other to have our girl or guy time as needed.  We communicate about basically everything, and have very similar views on worldly topics.  Jason and I are comfortable enough to be silly around each other and just have a great time.  We have tickle fights, and many of our pictures involves at least one of us sharing a silly facial expression.  We are an amazing team.  Obviously we are not always sunshine and rainbows.  We can drive each other nuts sometimes and we have our arguments, but our negative time doesn’t usually last too long before once of us apologizes.  With all that said, we are excited for the adventures that are waiting for us in the next few chapters in our “Book of Love”.

Here are a few pictures of us from the past few years.  Eventually I’ll share some pictures from the early years of when we first started dating.  (Once I dig them out, of course) haha

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Milwaukee Air and Water Show

This past weekend we attended our local, Milwaukee Air and Water Show.  This is an event we try to attend every year when it’s in our area.  There have been a few times that the event got canceled due to fog, which was very disappointing, but this year we had gorgeous weather; sun, light breeze, and not very humid.  We usually make a full day out of it by bringing a canopy for shade, coolers full of drinks and foods, bring along a few footballs, mitt and glove, etc. and hangout with our friends.  Our day typically starts around 5am with us getting ready and packing things up.  We like to get to the beach early since parking gets filled up fast.  With everything we had going on the past few months with planning our adoption fundraising event, we had been looking forward to this Air Show more than usual.  We needed a relaxing time with actually hanging out with our friends, and not stressing over preparing for our event.

To me, an airplane is an airplane…I don’t know all the details of what they are called and what specific features they have.  Jason, on the other hand, could rattle off a bunch of information. haha He’s my walking encyclopedia.  So when I attend these Air Shows, I am aimlessly taking pictures and videos of all the cool maneuvers that take place, and Jason tells me all the detailed information. We’re a great team, hey?

Here are a few pictures from this years event.  If you follow us on Instagram, you will see a video on there, too. Enjoy!

Feeling Accomplished

It’s been awhile since we have written a blog post, but honestly, we have been swamped.  Every single day we have been sorting and pricing items.  We have boxes upon boxes of stuff everywhere.  For a good while, we didn’t have much of a kitchen or living room to even use.  We had my parents over this past weekend for Father’s Day and sadly we didn’t even have a surface to set our food down on.  My goal for the past couple weeks was to at least finish sorting and pricing all the donations that we had on the main floor of our home, and last night, we met this goal!  What a relief!  Now we have to find a place to put all the boxes! haha  This is what our hallway and living room currently looks like.  This pile of boxes doesn’t look like much in the pictures but it’s seriously a lot of stuff. It’s only a tiny fraction of what we still have left to go through. As you can see, the cats are liking the “climbing obstacles” that we have set up for them, and the fact that we have our coffe table back.

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Our next task is to move down into the basement and start sorting and pricing items down there.  Eventually we will be moving into the garage and continue this exciting task.  Once we get into the garage, I’ll be happy to share a picture of the adventure that is ahead of us.
Besides all this sorting and pricing, we have been busy with many other things.  We printed and folded 150 copies of a letter we wrote to our friends/family.  Then had to stuff and seal the envelopes, make the mailing labels, buy stamps, etc. This past Sunday, we shared an addition 200 copies of these letters with our church family, which meant going to church early to stuff all the mailboxes for the members.

Also, we have been purchasing items we will need for the event and trying to get things situated and planned for what we will need and how things will be set up.  We handed over the task of planning quantities of foods/drinks to my dad, and he has been working with Four Men and a Grill (the folks we have preparing the food for the event), to get this part of the event taken care of.  Our kitchen and extra freezer looks like we are starting to open up our own restaurant or something.  All the cases of bottled waters, sodas, packs of brats, hot dogs, etc.  It’s starting to turn into an obstacle course of trying to figure out how to walk around our house. Watch out for the boxes, random items, soda/water, and don’t forget our random 4 cats that like to run around our feet.

Life has been beyond chaotic the past few months and the next 2-1/2 weeks will get even more chaotic, but I keep trying to remind myself that in the end it will all be worth it.  All this hard work will pay off when we officially bring our children home and have our family complete!  Honestly, the end result is one of the few things that keeps me pushing on.  I am a very stubborn and determined individual.  I love challenges and I will work my tushy off until I achieve my goals.  I may be tired and cranky the next few weeks (poor Jason haha), but soon I’ll be back to my fun and bubbly self again.  Watch out world, Christi has a goal to achieve!

Speaking of goals, this year I set a goal (with Jason) to pay off a few debts we’ve had sitting around… mainly my gazillion school loans from my two degrees.  Last year I paid down 1 of my 7 loans, and just this past weekend I paid down my 2nd loan!  What an amazing feeling that was for me once I clicked “submit payment” online.  My goal is to have 2 more school loans among other things paid off by the end of this year! I cannot wait.  I am one of those weird people who actually enjoys paying bills.  I feel a sense of accomplishment knowing we have the funds to pay our bills and being able to “check off” those bills from my spread sheet every month.  Jason and I are very fortunate that we have our jobs and can rely on our paychecks.

Okay, I think that’s enough blabbing for today.  We’ll be back soon with more updates, so stay tuned!

Quick Update of Our Progress

From:  Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hi everyone!

The past week has been crazy busy. We spent this past weekend going through donated items and sorting them into categorized boxes.  It felt like we did a lot of work, but looking at what we still have left, reminds us otherwise. haha Donations have been rolling in and we’ve been receiving texts, calls, emails, etc. from friends, friends of friends, our old church, other churches, etc. of items that will be donated. We are beyond thankful for all the feedback we have been receiving.  Our little home is filling up fast, but we are so excited and appreciative of everyone’s generosity.

Besides going through donated items, we (along with a couple friends that are helping us out) have been reaching out to vendors for the vendor sale and silent auction.  This has been a fun opportunity to meet new people in the area.  So many of them have been supportive of our plans and excited for us to adopt even though they are perfect strangers.  I’ve created a long list of items that need to be done and have so many ideas running through my head.  Jason keeps wondering how everything is going to work out and I respond with, “You just gotta have faith” or the phrase which I am sure he is sick of hearing, “Just trust me”.  Am I way over my head?  Yeah, probably… but I like challenges. I like to work hard and fight through challenges and win in the end.  With God, all things are possible.  Right?

I’ve been reading about home studies and what needs to be done to pass them.  Friends and family that have seen our home, tell us we should pass easily.  Our home is safe.  Yes we may be in the middle of random house projects, but nothing is unsafe.  We need to make vet appointments for our cats to get them up-to-date on their vaccinations (yay, more money to spend 😊), install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, get a lock box for our medicines and over the counter medicines, finish up with other projects, and much more.  This has been part of the hold up of why we haven’t moved much further with an agency. I’m a planner.  I’m the type of person that likes to have my ducks in a row before I move on to the next step.

As many of our friends and family know, I love pictures.  On my to-do list, is to have adoption pictures taken of Jason and me.  You know, the pictures that announce that we’re adopting.  My now basically everyone knows we are adopting, but I want it more for a keepsake.  I’m sentimental and like to track moments in our lives through pictures.  But to be honest, we’re both working on losing weight and trying to get healthier.  So for now, pictures are on hold for a little while.

What’s ahead for us? Too many things to list! haha For starters, we will continue to move forward with sorting through donated items to make room for more items that will be donated.  Next, would be to continue with planning the silent auction and vendor sale.  After these tasks, we will just continue with checking things off our list.

That’s about it for now.  We’ll be back soon with more updates.  Have a great rest of the week!