Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fifteen Years

Greetings from Seattle! Today marks fifteen years that I've been married to the most awesome, talented, affectionate, wise, funny, forgiving, smart man. Looking into his eyes still leaves me with a warmth in my heart. He's my most favorite person in the whole world. We are here in Seattle to both celebrate our anniversary, and for me to run the inaugural Rock N Roll Half Marathon. We took a direct flight from San Diego and it was three hours. Three hours filled with a screaming baby in front of me. But I somehow still managed to take a couple of naps. As we got closer to Seattle, I saw some mountain tops above the clouds. I'm guessing that this is the top of Mt. St. Helens? Photobucket This could be Mt. Rainier. I need to do more research to figure this out. Photobucket After landing, we had a hard time finding where we were supposed to go catch our shuttle bus downtown to the hotels. When we finally found it, we just missed the bus so we had to wait another 25 minutes. Then the bus took an hour to get to the stop near our hotel, no joke. The rush hour traffic was pretty bad, but we didn't expect the shuttle bus to take so long. Not only that, but we still had to walk four blocks to our hotel. But, we did get to see the city's beautiful skylines. Photobucket We were slightly tired from the traveling when we got to our hotel, but we hurried and changed clothes and took a taxi to the Space Needle. We had dinner reservations at 6:30pm! The elevator ride up to the Sky City Restaurant at the top took 30 seconds. The Space Needle is 60 stories tall. Once we got up there, we were in awe of the view. The restaurant rotates 360 degrees every 47 minutes, so we got to see the whole city! When we were taken to our table, I was surprised to find special champagne glasses and a chilled bottle of Martinelli's apple cider. Photobucket Turned out that Todd had called ahead before we arrived and arranged for the chilled Martinelli and glasses, and it also came with a silver balloon with "Happy Anniversary" on it. Photobucket Photobucket We got some "happy anniversary" wishes from two elderly couples who sat next to us. They asked us how many years we've been married, and we told them fifteen. One of the guys said, "You must have been married at eleven years old!" Heh heh. The views from the Space Needle were spectacular. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket The food was really good too. We shared a caesar salad to start. Photobucket Todd got the halibut. Photobucket Photobucket I got the lobster. (He was paying! Ha ha, just kidding. We share all our money.) Photobucket Photobucket We got desserts of course. Because Todd said they're calorie free if you eat them on your anniversary. Todd got a marion berry fruit cobbler with ice cream, while I got vanilla creme brulee. Photobucket After dinner we went upstairs to the observation deck and stepped outside for a couple of photos. Photobucket It was windy and cold, so we quickly returned inside. Here's the Space Needle from the ground up. Photobucket We had a great anniversary and it was a great way to start our Seattle get-away. Tomorrow I get to go pick up my race number and goodie bag and go to the health expo by Qwest Field.

14 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary!! What a wonderful way to celebrate it! The view from the Needle is really amazing, and Seattle looks like an interesting city. I've never been there, but Daniel has. I've seen his photos too and love to go there.

    The food makes me hungry even though I've just had breakfast. Lobster is so yummy, and your dessert looks delicious.

    Have a great time in Seattle!

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  2. Happy Anniversary! Y'all are such a fun couple!! (mega points for the glasses and chilled Martinelli)

    The pictures from the airplane were awesome...sorry about the screaming kid..that could have been me 10 years ago with my oldest child. (after we got off the airplane, my sweet husband calmly looked at me and said, 'who knew that hell was 30,000 feet UP.' :D )

    As I was looking at your fabulous photography of Seattle, all I could think was what a cool country we live in..so many different places to visit, so many wonderful photos to be taken!

    Praying for your run..enjoy every stride / step!

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  3. Congratulations Christine!
    and good luck on the marathon :-D

    btw, nice pics!

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  4. Happy Anniversary Christine & Todd!!!!!
    And good luck on your marathon!!!!

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  5. Happy Anniversary! You are very blessed to have such a good man to share your life. I love the photos. Best of luck to you on your marathon. I look forward to the pictures you will share :)

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  6. Happy Anniversary!! Great way to celebrate such a wonderful day!!

    Congrats for 15 years!!

    Your pictures are stunning! Fantastic view and the food looks so delicious; I love lobster, too!

    I´ll cross my fingers for your run and say "Good luck"

    Have a great time in Seattle!

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  7. Happy Anniversary!! What a great way to celebrate 15 years!

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  8. Happy Anniversary! I am sure that Todd feels just as lucky to have you. You two make an awesome couple and it is evident that you are best friends. I love you both!

    Make sure you are well rested. :-)

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  9. you left a really sweet comment on my blog yesterday and I just wanted to say thanks. I am glad that I did the challenge. Though it was a hard process to go through, I feel it helped me get out some of the bottled up feelings that were lingering. I already feel much better, like I was able to get it off my chest. Thanks.

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  10. Happy anniversary :-))) great gift...you're a lucky girl ;-)))

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  11. Awesome pictures! Happy anniversary!

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  12. Happy Anniversary, Christine! I agree, you guys must've gotten married in middle school or something, lol! Seattle looks gorgeous! The Space Needle, that's where Jessica Alba in Dark Angel used to hang out, right? :D

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  13. OH!! Happy Anniversary and congratulations :) How awesome!! :)

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  14. Great pics - and EXCELLENT news about the calorie-free desserts on your anniversary...I think I'll eat a whole cake!!! :)

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