Wednesday, October 28, 2009

This one goes out to the one I love...........

If you are not into overt public displays of affection, then I suggest you promptly close your browser!
This blog post is dedicated to my very best friend, and husband, Greg Marek.

We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary on October 23rd. We declared our love for each other on that day over Twitter, the way modern couples do. It got me thinking about how very lucky I am to have landed such a great guy. I remember the day I met him as if it were yesterday. We were at Marta's christening. Greg and the rest of the Marek family travelled out here from Michigan to celebrate the occasion. I was included in this because of my connection with Andrea, Greg's sister and my very dear friend.

I wasn't really "looking" for Greg or anyone else for that matter when I met him. But when I laid eyes on him, I said "yep, that's the guy I'm going to marry"... and he will tell you with the same degree of certainty that he felt the same way about me. Love at first sight is one of those things that you know can happen, but rarely believe it will. Well, it did for us.

After that evening, I remember several calls from Greg. And then of course lots of visits from Greg! He would drive all the way out here from Michigan every weekend. Every weekend driving hundreds of miles thru Canada waiting at that crummy border for who knows how long just to spend some time with me. We knew this wouldn't work for long. So take a wild guess who decided they would completely uproot their life and move to Rochester? Greg.

He found a job, found a place to live, and moved here to give our relationship a real chance. A year later we were engaged, and then a year after that we got married. And the rest, as they say, is history. This is just one of the many, many sacrifices and selfless acts that Greg has demonstrated over the years I've been with him.

  • The kids and I are always at the top of his list, he puts himself and his needs last. He's a family guy without question.
  • He's my single, absolute best friend. There's not another person on Earth I would rather spend my time with.
  • In all the years I've known Greg, he's not once called me a bad name. Not once, not even in the throws of a heated argument.
  • Lucky for us, those heated arguments are very few and far between and are usually over something completely stupid that ends up with us laughing.
  • Greg came home every single day for lunch during each of my maternity leaves with Christopher and Joseph to spend time with us and give me a break.
  • Once, I forgot my winter boots at home and it started snowing at work. Greg drove all the way home, got my boots, and brought them to Kodak Office for me.
  • Before we had the kids, I travelled a ton for business, with a bunch of guys from the office. Portfolio meetings in Japan, business research all over the world, regional meetings, tradeshows, you name it. Greg never made me feel bad or guilty. It was my job, came with the territory, and he accepted it -no problem. The only thing he ever said was "have a great trip and you come back safe and sound".
  • Never judges. never assumes. accepts you for who you are.
Greg, you are a good-natured, honest person who makes me very, very happy. Why you put up with me, I'll never really understand. I know what trouble I am! You are the greatest! Thanks so much for ten of the best years of my life, and the two most beautiful children I could ever ask for.
I love you more than words can say! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXo

Saturday, October 24, 2009

10 Years! Time Flies When You Are Having Fun!

Yup, that's right, I said 10 years. Yesterday Greg and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary! Boy did it go by fast. I remember writing a post last year about our anniversary and how we really didn't get to do anything special. Well, this year we made it a point to do something special. A great dinner out, no kids! Went to Black and Blue, and of course ate too much. We were lucky that Joe's teacher, Miss Jen, was available to sit for the boys. They loved having her come to the house, which made it easy to leave them for a few hours.
Well, here's to 10 great years and many, many more!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Visit with Grammy, Aunt Sue and Uncle Bob!

A couple of weeks back, we had a really fun visit with Mom, Sue and Bob. It was a short visit, but that's ok. I'll take it. Always looking for ways and reasons to reconnect with family. I miss them all so much, and wish we lived closer. Mom stayed with us for a couple of days, and it didn't take long to get her fully integrated in with Batman, games, and lots of junk food.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


It's that time of year again! Can't say I was really looking forward to fall this year. Normally, I do. I LOVE fall. Being from New England, you can't not love fall. The leaves are amazing where I grew up. The shades of red are unrivaled by any place else in the world as far as I'm concerned. But, for some reason, I have not really been in that fall frame of mind this year. Could be because we really had no summer. Pumpkins? Sure. Halloween costumes for the boys? OK, lets do that. Halloween decorations in the house? Yep. Still, not in that festive mood for fall.
Bummed out that it gets dark so soon, and that it turned so cold so fast. Geez louise!
Nonetheless, here's a few good ones of the boys. Halloween shirts!


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