Thursday, May 21, 2009

And Here's to 100 More...

Whew! It's been a busy week. Kinda. Let me rephrase that. It's been a week of milestones.
Harley's birthday party was so much fun. He attacked his cake exactly how he was supposed to. He went from picking at it with his little thumb and forefinger to putting his face right down in it and growling at it as he took big bites. Seriously, could not have asked for a better cake-eating display. Like I mentioned in my last post, we had his party a week before his actual birthday so this coming Saturday we'll get to celebrate again. I'm considering inflicting my labor story upon all of you. You've been warned.
Next was mine & Tavis's 3 year anniversary. He was working out of town though, so we haven't celebrated yet. That day three years ago wasn't necessarily the best day of my life. We snuck off to the Tooele County courthouse and got married. With our good friends Chance and Niki as our witnesses. It was fitting since they were the ones who introduced Tav & me to each other. We never imagined the hurt feelings such an act would cause. Our plan was to get married. Make it legal so we could move in together and then have a real "wedding" in September. It wasn't really even the moving in together part that was the reason for the rush. There were things that were starting that summer (football for Hayden and dance for Avery) that I needed to be closer to in order to get them done. We didn't want to officially "shack up" together (I say "officially" because we were basically living together about 4 out of 7 days a week anyway) so we got married. It hurt my parents' feelings. It hurt my kids' feelings. I had prepared Avery to be my beautiful flower girl and Hayden to be our ring bearer. And although we planned to still have a wedding, it never panned out. (We were able to lose the $700 deposit we put down at the reception center, though, so that was fun.) So was May 19, 2006 the best day of my life? No. But it was the beginning of the rest of my life. (Warning: TMI alert. Dad, scroll down to the next paragraph. Our wedding night was the absolute best night of my life. We hadn't...y'know...yet. At the time, neither of us had a strong religious conviction that kept us from...y'know. We just really wanted to wait. I remember talking to him about it & saying that everyone rebels and does it before they're married. We wanted to rebel & not. So it was a tremendous contrast to my first wedding night. The mostly-virgin bride and her very inexperienced groom. Not really knowing what the hell we were doing. But this time I was 30 and more in love with this man than I ever dreamed possible. To say I wanted him would be the biggest understatement ever. And to say it was the most perfect night would be completely accurate. Ahhhh...yes. It was perfect. I look forward to reenacting it when he gets home.)
Which brings me to the next milestone. I don't talk about this much on here because I like to keep things light and fun & this next topic is a far cry from fun. Tavis has been out of work for a year. He owns an excavation company & they haven't had work since last spring. Fortunately for us he had a lot of equipment he was able to sell & we've been living off that. I don't know what we'd have done without that equipment. Oh wait. Yes I do. We'd have filed bankruptcy & moved in with my parents probably. BUT! This week he went to work. It's not his own project. He's filling in for a grader operator that works for a friend of his but it's something. It's a foot in the door that leads to other work. So even though it sucks bad to have him out of town this week, it's been so good for Tavis to be back at work. Everyone knows how important this type of stuff is for men's egos. And for our checking account.
And the last milestone of the week is.....THE ONE HUNDREDTH POST!!! Yippeeeeeee! So I'm thinking a gift card to Rib City. Or if you don't live in the "Rib City" area, your choice of Cafe Rio or Chili's. I don't know how I'm going to choose a winner just yet. I'll probably just put the names in a hat & draw the winner out. And I know I said you had to be a follower but that's so lame so the the criteria is that you have to have left a comment at least one time before in order to be qualified.
So there you go. Good luck to you all!
And just so you know, I did this entire post from my phone so if there's a million spelling errors that's why. Please forgive me.

28 comments:

Bestie said...

That was a fun post, and not just because I was mentioned! I'm excited to learn that I'll be coming to visit you at Rib City for free dinner since I will be winning the contest. I also think I should get it if Denae wins since I know that's the way she would want it. lol. I also just want to note that Tavis and Amber would have had an amazing wedding if it were up to me. Amber isn't a planner like I am, and Tavis tries to plan too perfectly. I would have been a great wedding planner for them! I LOVE you Amber! You are my 1st(to introduce me to blogging that is). I should also note that her blog is the only one I ever read.

Kristina P. said...

I'm so glad that your husband is able to finally work! What a stressful year that must have been.

And congrats on your 100th post!

And remember how I was your very first blogger friend to visit you at work, and yet, no text invitations to me for lunch. I wouldn't have been able to come, and you live 30 miles away from me, but whatever.

Vanessa said...

I should totally win...especially since i'm your new favorite stalker and all.

Lots of great info! I just learned more about you.

DeNae said...

TMI!! TMI!! Ha. I'm kidding. And if the gift card is to RC then, fine, Bestie can have it. But I'll wrestle her to the ground for a Cafe Rio card and that's a fact.

I love that Harley growled while he ate his cake. What a DOLL!

veronica said...

I'm glad you moved the story along quickly. You had me all hot an' bothered!

I need to win that Rib City Card. I will SO drive down there to use it!

SO said...

I loved that now that I've met you I can totally hear how you would tell that story. LOVE IT!!

I'm glad that Travis is back working.

And definitely here's to a 100 and more!

I know I'm going to win that Rib City card. I can feel it in my bones. Looking forward to Tuesday!

Mrsbear said...

Congrats on ALL the milestones, birthday and anniversary and work for the husband and 100 blog posts. And I think it's sweet that you guys waited, especially that you did it for your own reasons. The part after that was TMI though. ;) Kidding.

GreenJello said...

Happy 100th! And 3rd. :)

My hubby and I eloped, too. Didn't tell anyone for like 8 weeks (until someone guessed). We still haven't done the reception thing, either, and probably won't. LOL

I think when you're doing it the second time around, you just want to get the legal stuff out of the way and get on with your life together, y'know?

(and I totally agree with you that certain... things... are MUCH better the second time around!)

Michael, Dlaina & Ethan Lindsay said...

You are so funny I love you! I'm sad I couldn't come to Harley's party I bet it was so fun! I didn't know Tav's been out of work for so long that sucks I'm sorry! Well we need to do lunch soon I miss your face!!

Casey said...

First off, that's a hell of a lot of words to type on your phone, wow. It would have taken me three hours.

Congrats on your 100th and your anniversary! I understand the wanting to skip the wedding and get to the good part, I'm sorry your families got their feelings hurt though.

Martins said...

I can't believe you can make such a long post from your phone, I would be giving up after the first paragraph! Congrats on all your milestones... I remember just how much you wanted Tavis!!! So I was laughing at the "understatment!" I'm so glad you guys are so happy! I remember when you told me Mark and I reminded you of your first marriage... scared me a little so I've reevaluated my life a little and treat Mark better and we are doing so much better! So Thanks... I leave comments all the time, so I hope my name goes in the hat!!! Happy anniversary!

Melissa said...

Keep posting from your phone baby, cause that was AWE.SOME!

Yay for BD parties!
Yay for wedding anniversaries!
And Yay for waiting. Even though Splenda and I had....yknow, while dating. Once we decided to get married, it was a NOPE, gonna wait for the weddin night! BEST!

And YAY for work! Here's to hoping that theres more where that came from aaaaaannnnnnndddd that I freaking win the give-away!

Have a great weekend!
xoxoxxo

Wendy said...

Well, I know you want me to win --YOU'LL MAKE IT HAPPEN (tee, hee)I am your most favorite after all--SAY I AM SAY I AM. What is is you keep referring to in your post called "ya, know" HA HA HA HA
YOUR SO FUNNY.
here's to true love and ---ya'know

Wendy said...

Ah, that wendy above, that is ME --I as on a different account so it didn't show my picture SO NOW I GET MORE CHANCES AT WINNING DON'T I

wendy said...

Sheeeezit --I am so stupid, I still didnt' get it change --Hellllooo- it is me , dumb A

AS Amber said...

Oh my hell, Wendy, you're killing me!!!

Melissa said...

Extra chance for more comments?
Hope your long weekend is so much fun!!

tammy said...

Okay, I think Vanessa sent me here, so she should probably get an extra entry for that : )

I love posts like this. Full of random info.

Jen said...

I'm so glad Harley had a great birthday...we missed seeing him :). With regards to your wedding…you did what you thought was best for you and your kids at the time…we should all understand that. So HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! There are only a few blogs that I really check up on, yours and DeNae’s and it’s usually when I need a “pick me up” so thank you for that. Good luck, we love you.
Jen

Sarah said...

I so do care!!! I just havent had time until now! Please pick me!!!!

Becca said...

OK. I'm in. How lame is that for my first comment ever for you. But I'll play along--and promise to leave a better comment on your next real post.

Cravings said...

That is freaking awesome and a great idea, now I am going to have to do that with my cupcakes, good thinking! I'm so sorry about your hubby, I don't know how it is but I have plenty of friends and family in the same situation except now they are living with family, sad but thats lifes trials I guess. Well congrats on you 100 post, how did you even know what number you were on? I'm going to keep my fingers crossed hopefully I'll be the winner yae :) p.s remember I'm a good tipper ha! ha!

Mormon Mommy Blogs said...

My son-in-law growled at his cake? That's priceless!

I want Rib city. and I am completely willing to wrestle DeNae for Cafe Rio... but only if there is mud involved!

~motherboard

Motherboard said...

Since I'm a total TARD and was on my other account, I now get two entries.


Muwh-hahahahaha!

Sher said...

I didn't you guys basically eloped! I think that's romatnic! I love hearing people's love story! And we definitely need to hear that labor story.
So, does this comment enter me into your giveaway?

WV: undic Um....

wendy said...

If I tell you your beautiful ---wonderful-----totally awesome and one of my most favorite people (which is true) CAN I WIN--no pressure

wendy said...

I;ll send you an email --but our lunch on Monday was SO FREAKING------FREAKING--------FUN. You are just a neat person Amber. How is it I could have told you all those things I did ---if we weren't 'JUST MEANT TO BE FRIENDS'
have I won yet

alotalot said...

Hooray on your hubby going back to work. A year is a long time!

My husband and I got married alone too...in Vegas:)...for a lot of reasons. I think people were annoyed with us, but they got over it. The only thing I feel like I missed out on was a really awesome cake!