Thursday, April 30, 2009

Our Silky Wedding Anniversary

This morning over breakfast

P: Isn't this our itchy year, Babe?
D: Oh yah, huh?
P: Oh but you are always itchy, aren't you?
D: That's why you must remember to always scratch my itch. =/ 

Seven years ago, when I was a wee young lass studying in Melbourne, I met a bloke at a lecture. Bumped into, is the more suited term.

He thought that I was abrupt and MALAYSIAN. *no offense*

I thought he was just blokey and tall and MALAYSIAN too! *rofl*

He was wearing the really ugly Kathmandu fleece jacket that day.

We then went on our merry way.

Somehow, fate intervened. We ended up doing a project together and things just rolled on from there.

One night, I brought him home cooked prawn noodles and then the rest is history, or so they say. (He calls it voodoo.) 

Two and a half years later, we got hitched.

It was a small ceremony in Richmond with 20 plus of our closest friends and family. It was such an intimate wedding, on all levels and we were hands on in all the areas of its preparation.

Six months later, we had our first lil son. 

It was a new chapter in our lives. As brand new parents, we adapted our couple lifestyle to one that was all about baby. There was so much to learn. Plus, it was such a scary notion to have a newborn depending on you for all its needs. I cried on the third day we were home from the hospital cause I was so scared that I would stifle the lil baby. 

But we pulled through and became such a team when it came to parenting. We still do that till this day. 

Eleven months later, our second son came into the world.

Life was then on a speed track. We were busy busy with kids and all. But at the same time, we were pretty lucky that we had two really easy going babies. The husband was often working 14 hour days at work. It was something that he loved doing but I remembered how disciplined he was when it came to the crazy early morning hours he was pulling, just so that he can make it home early in the evening. All for his boys and me.

Times were not hard but it required a lot of work and coordination. Just so that everyone gets their own personal time and we kept to a routine so that the kids had a set schedule on a daily basis.

Weekends were dedicated to activities with the kids and catching up with friends. It was such a wonderful period of our lives. We really relished that times we spent living in Melbourne. The boys had such a fun time growing up in the lush outdoors that Australia had to offer.

In the midst of it, we both got to spend time doing things as a couple and as individuals. He would hop on his road bike for trips with friends or do courses to learn more about the holistic way of life. I would spend time doing pilates or yoga, or shop and have coffee with my girlfriends. 

Every anniversary (both dating and wedding) we would go out for a really lovely meal at a good restaurant. We would get babysitters to look after the kids so that we can catch a movie, concert or a musical or sometimes, just to have dinner with friends without the mob squad running all around. =) 

Last year we made a decison to move back to SG for various reasons. He was going to help out with the family business and the kids were meant to start school. It was a big move for us. We had to give up a lot of things to move back. But I guess at the end of the day, everyone's gotta do what they are meant to do. So we adapted and moved on to a different kind of life. 

I've been really fortunate to find a life partner who loves me for who I am and makes me wanna be better at what I do, everyday. Sometimes he drives me crazy with his passion for things. But every morning, he never fails to pull me in for a cuddle and tell me that he loves me.

We always have a chuckle whether we are driving or at the dinner table. Most of all, we always have each other's back. Whilst we still have pretty fiery arguments once in a while, I think over the years, we've found our lil groove. 

Happy Anniversary Babe! Love ya!

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