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Just this last week we reached our 9 year wedding anniversary! 


Thinking that next year we reach our first big milestone... 10 years of marriage, I was prompted to go research what the traditions are and what it means.


Traditionally, the symbol gift is tin/aluminum. It kind of makes me laugh to see 'aluminum' be the gift as this reminds me of one of the first debates we had in married life. A lot like the the "tomato [tuh-mey-toh]/ tamato [tuh-mah-toh]" argument. 


Being from two english speaking countries the language barrier is more a set of debates about how things should be pronounced... like 'aluminum'. We Americans like to say [uh-loo-muh-nuhm] in Australia they say [al-u-mhin-ee-uhm]. The only conclusion we came up with was, you say it the way you want and I'll say it how I want... lets call the whole thing off. 


The significance of the aluminum is a symbol of how marriage needs to be flexible and durable and how it can be bent without being broken. We have been merely scratching the surface of this as we near our first big milestone of marriage. 

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Summer Camp!

Joy recently had her first experience of Summer Camp!

Joy received a scholarship for a 1 week computer and soccer camp at Stanford University. She was nervous and excited as we took her into tour the facility. Upon return, we found it might be a tough transition as there has been so many changes over the last year but she came back with nothing but good reports and of course how AWESOME she is at video games. ;)

Even though she found it hard we urged her to try it again and she went back for another day. She came back and said, "Soccer is really hard!". We chuckled with her, knowing it would have been as their coach is a coach for Santa Clara University. :)

So after debrief of the day, we sent her with the kids to go out and play. THEN within a half an hour we hear crying... Joy dropped one of the rocks from the stone wall in our backyard on her foot!

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FUN IN THE SUN!

America has brought many pleasant things to us like an endless cereal aisle, plentiful options of fast food, new television shows but most importantly a summer where you have really no need to find the nearest air conditoner... its just nice pleasent summer days. The kids will go out for HOURS and become explorers, ninjas, baseball players or tigers. They love every moment!

Recently, they were just introduced to the Slip'n Slide. I remember as a kid, My brothers and I used to lay plastic (that dad would bring home from work)  down across the lawn, placing bricks on all four corners (dangerous, I know now) and squirt dish soap across the surface. We'd have the hose pouring out in the middle... you know, to get a longer sliding distance and we'd keep going until either someone was injured or got in trouble... which was pretty often. It is one of my fondest memories.

Anyway, some visiting friends bought the kids a REAL slip'n slide!  It took a little while for them to get the idea of this foreign concept but once they got it... they were SOLD on it! As childhood memories races back, my heart was full and I saw the joy and innocence of my littlies. How they just love life and fun in the sun! I love that. It makes me love life just a little bit more.




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