Yesterday Ches and I celebrated our 12th anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been 12 years because even though it sounds so cliche, it really does feel like we just got married. I started thinking about all that we’ve been through since we got married and came up with these handy personal stats for you. Enjoy! 🙂
In the past 12 years, we’ve lived at 11 addresses:
1 friend’s basement
We’ve lived in 4 states:
We’ve attended 3 colleges and universities:
University of Idaho
University of Nevada, Reno
We’ve earned 4 degrees:
Associate in Arts and Sciences (Music): Ches
Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Secondary Instrumental): Sariah
Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Secondary Instrumental): Ches
Master’s of Music in Music Education: Ches
We’ve had three sons:
Dallin (2005 – on our 7th anniversary!)
We’ve had one miscarriage.
We’ve attended (whether in body or in spirit) the weddings of 6 siblings.
We’ve lost three grandparents.
We’ve traveled a lot:
San Francisco; Calgary; Seattle; Washington, D.C.; Richmond, VA; San Diego; Las Vegas; Spokane; Coeur d’Alene, ID; Florida; Houston and Galveston, TX; Southern California; Banff; (there’s more, but I can’t think of specifics right now!)
We’ve been to Disneyland 4 times. Only once did we have one of our kids with us.
We’ve been inside 8 LDS Temples together:
Mt. Timpanogos (where we got married)
We’ve also been outside 3 LDS Temples:
Salt Lake City
We’ve voted in 3 U.S. Presidential elections.
We’ve seen two men serve as prophet and president of our church.
We’ve owned 4 vehicles:
1988 Ford Festiva
1998 Saturn SL (we still have this one)
2002 Chevy Cavalier
2005 Dodge Grand Caravan (we still have this one)
We’ve owned 3 gaming systems:
We’ve owned 4 TVs.
We’ve owned 1 VCR, rented 1 VCR, and borrowed 1 VCR.
We’ve owned 3 DVD players.
We’ve owned 1 stereo.
We’ve worked at 23 full or part time jobs.
We have worked at 12 institutions of education:
1 preschools/elementary schools
3 middle schools
5 high schools
I’d say we’ve done a lot in 12 years. I can’t count the smiles, the laughter, the number of jokes told, the number of kisses and hugs, the phone calls, the emails, the text messages, the nights staying up late talking, the friends we’ve made and kept, the photos taken, the prayers shared, the tears shed in both sadness and happiness, the concerts played in, the concerts attended, the concerts conducted. Life isn’t always perfect, but I’m sure glad I have Ches to share it all with. It’s always worth it.