Cinderella themed, crazy as it seems,
Always knew that deep inside that there would come a day,
That I would have to wait, make so many mistakes.
I couldn’t comprehend as I watched it unfold.
This classic story told, I left it in the cold.
Walking through an open door that led me back to you.
Each one unlocking more of the truth.
I finally stopped trippin‘ on my youth
I finally got lost inside of you
I finally know that I needed to grow
And finally my mate has met my soul…
Now my destiny can begin
Though we will have our differences
Something strange and new is happening..
Now my life doesn’t seem so bad,
It’s the best that I ever had,
give my love to him finally…” –Fergie
On 10.06.07, I married my best friend. A year later, I found myself awake bright and early in preparation for a job interview at CHOC. Ron was already at school for the day and I couldnt help but look at the clock and reminisce the motions and emotions I went through during the exact same time last year. We were all getting our hair and makeup done at this time, and I was in desperate need of a razor to shave my legs! Okay, and every girl needs to go down in groups of 2 or 3 to get free breakfast at the hotel restaurant.. we cant make it obvious that we had 11 people in the room! Hmm, I wonder what we’re going to eat for lunch? WHERE is the wedding planner?! OMG, you started your period?! Damn mother nature!! Hmm, i wonder what the guys are doing… *sigh* The year aged memories seriously felt as if they were just yesterday…
It’s crazy to think how fast a year went. For our honeymoon we went jammin‘ in Jamaica and upon returning to the US, both applied to Grad Schools. In December we visited New York for the first time, only to receive a surprise email from one of Rachael Ray’s producers which eventually led us back to New York to perform our wedding dance on national TV! We were also interviewed and debuted on Balitang America for the Rachael Ray experience. In late February, we both found out that we got accepted into our first choice graduate programs. During the months of March and April we both worked HARD and non stop overtime to pay off our credit card bills from the wedding which amouted to just about $30,000. By the end of April, all credit cards were paid off!!! (HUUUUGE RELIEF! and yes! if we could do it, so could you!) As a reward to ourselves for the hard work paid off, we went on a mini get away to Santa Barbara for a wine tasting experience. In June we planned one last hooorah before grad school in the Big Island of Hawaii and in August we made a spontaneous decision to drive to San Francisco for a day. Our days now are filled with school, school, and oh yes, more school for the next two years.
Four of our loved ones had weddings we attended to this year and we mourned the passing of our dog Stitch, Lolo Roding and Che Still. This year also marked a celebration of youth as I partied it up with with my Throwback 25th: 80s style! Ron and I also retired our old cars and got newer, more reliable vehicles. And we both parted ways from UCI Medical Center upon returning to school.
Last weekend, my parents treated us out to Ruth Chris for some pre anniversary fine dining.
We spent our 1st anniversary together having a quiet dinner, indulging in our wedding cake (for tradition’s sake!) that the Great Dane bakery presented us with as a 1 year gift, and watching our wedding dvd. And despite all that has happened this year, it still feels like only yesterday…
1st year compliments of the Great Dane bakery.
Our wedding cake top layer!
Below is a picture of our actual wedding cake!
“The one-year anniversary is the final rite of incorporation that closes the circle of the wedding journey. What began with the proposal or the decision to marry now comes to completion with this final rite. In our culture, the act of incorporation is materially symbolized by eating the leftover wedding cake.
The tradition instructs the bride and groom to freeze the top layer of the cake so that it can be eaten on the one-year anniversary. The ritual of eating is a primary rite of incorporation in nearly every culture around the world. Partaking of the cake that was baked a year before is a way to bring the year into the body, come full circle, and complete a process that began with the engagement.”
Fortunately for us, the bakery we chose, The Great Dane (highly recommend them by the way!) offered to bake us the top layer of our wedding cake as a gift for our 1st year! Same flavors and everything! Sure beats year old frozen cake!
Ron, from the jitters of cold feet to wedding rings, I am very fortunate to have you in my life. You have been the shouldar to cry on, the antidote to my venom, the tickle to my fancy, and yes, the wind beneath my wings. You’ve enabled me to believe in second chances and search for the good in all people. And when times do get rough and hurtful, just you being there assures me more than enough that everything’s going to be alright. I know I could survive anything because of you… You have been that blessing in my life, and I thank God everyday for allowing us to cross paths. I’m looking forward to the next 50 years and then some! I love you with all my heart! My sexy love….
your wifey kristine
Through the days and nights
I dont worry cause
Everythings gonna be alright
People keep talking
They can say what they like
But all I know is everything’s gonna be alright
No one no one no one
Can get in the way of what I feel for you…”
– Alicia Keys