it's been 9 years? already?! wow!

It feels like just yesterday that I dragged Roomie kicking and screaming in his bare feet (really!) to the altar at Leo Mol Sculpture Garden to vow to love and honour me forever and ever. As if he really had a choice -- I'm just too lovable to resist.
But no, it's been 9 years. In fact, it's been 17 years since we started dating. And look at us, we're still like a couple of teenagers. Actually, my friend Sue said that, and I have to agree.

Now, as a tribute to my Roomie and our 9th Wedding Anniversary, I present the 9 Point Roomie & Nen Retrospective (I know, lame, but I couldn't think of a better name)...

Anyway, here we go:

1: The Meeting - Fall 1987
It was during my 1st year Frosh Week in the University of Manitoba's Engineering Program. See this picture? In the Engineering building on the far left. You only see the corner. Yeah, there.
I don't remember meeting Roomie. He was in 2nd year. He says he doesn't remember meeting me either. I think he was drunk.
Well, actually, I thought he was crazy, and I avoided him throughout 1st term. Freak. We became friends 4 years later.

2: The Dating - Spring 1992
It was 3am when we declared our like for each other. In his car. On my parents' driveway. I kissed him. He kicked me out of his car.
Two weeks later, we went on our first date. Yeah, we are very non-linear. We went to Basil's Restaurant in the Village. They had a super romantic courtyard and french fry dip that was to die for.

3: The Moving In Together - Summer 1995
I moved into an apartment in Roomie's building (see picture - he was on the 15th floor). Not his. Another apartment. Or as Harmzie put it, I rented an apartment for my cat and spent most of my time at Roomie's. When his lease ended, he was too lazy to find a new apartment for himself, so he moved in with me. It was an easy move -- an elevator ride to the 8th floor. He officially became Roomie. I couldn't get rid of him after that.

4: The Traveling - 1996 to 1998
After moving to different apartments throughout the city, we decided we were ready for something bigger: moving to a different land mass. So, we decided to live in Hawai'i (our building shouldbe in the lower lefthand corner). Yeah, brilliant decision. Then we moved to Vancouver. Another brilliant decision. Home to Winnipeg? The best decision. :)

5: The Infamous Naked Proposal - Spring 1999
I wasn't sure if Roomie was ever going to ask, so I took matters into my own hands. With this ring. And naked. He seemed really confused. Me? Shy and almost embarrassed, but if I was going to do it, I wanted to do it memorably. And I wasn't going to take 'no' for an answer.

6: The Wedding - Spring 2000
Non-church + non-priest + non-500-guests + non-20-bridesmaids = non-filipino wedding. Roomie's BIL was our JP, and the boys wore barongs. It was a wedding in the park with lots of trees and dimes. Yeah, we threw dimes at our guests. There was lots of booze and boob talk. And 80s music. It was perfect.

7: The New-to-Us House - Spring 2002
With a baby on the way, we decided to buy a house. We walked into this one, and we felt at home. Actually, I looked at the kitchen/familyroom addition, said "I'm home", and Roomie wisely said, "Yes, dear." You do not disagree with a 6-month pregnant woman.

8: The Birth of Lam - Summer 2002
Me: "Honey, I'm ready for the epidural now." Roomie: "Do you want to think about it first?" "I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT FOR 2 HOURS!" And then I ripped his head off. Ten hours after that -- 21 hours in total -- and after Roomie fell asleep while counting my pushes, we had our little Lam. We were in love.

9: The Birth of Mini - Summer 2004
Roomie on the cell phone: "Hello." Me at home: "Every 20 minutes." "OMG! Okay, I'll be right home!" Eleven and a half hours later, a meconium scare, and a healthy, happy first feeding, we were cuddling our new baby girl. Yup, in love, again.

This retrospective covers the adventures of our first 22 years together. Here's to another 22 years!

Happy 9th Wedding Anniversary, Sweetheart! I love you!


  1. I think all weddings should involve lots of booze, boob talk and 80s music.

    Seriously though? BEAUTIFUL post. And...makes me want to visit Winnipeg even more than I already did! (Wait - do I sound like crazy stalker girl? Cuz I am not. Really.)

    Happy Anniversary.

  2. Lovely post!!! And Congratulations!!! :)

  3. "Our 'like' for each other"!!

    You crazy engineers you!

    Thanks for the retro & the maaamories. ;-) Congratulations! & mwah

    @country girl - come on down & we'll show you what reverse stalking is all about!

  4. AWWWW! I didn't realize you were "old" :P
    What a great story and a great bunch of years.

  5. Sue Murdock28 May, 2009

    Awww, love it! Thought I was the only one who proposed to my husband. lol. Mine wasn't as romantic, it involved beer and Mexico...but hey, 7 years later and we're still going!
    And from this point on you should both be fondly referred to as "the teenagers" ;)

  6. I doubt very much that there was much kicking and screaming to the altar, but thanks for the lovely visual.... it's highly amusing!
    And oh, happy anniversary!!!

  7. two are so sweet.

    Happy anniversary!

  8. Enjoyed reading this!

    Amazing that you avoided him for so long but then eventually got together. Love does work in mysterious ways. :)

    Happy Anniversary!

  9. Thank you all so much for the Anniversary greetings! And I'm so pleased you enjoyed the retrospective. :)

    Love to all! xo

  10. OK, I'm a day late, but happy anniversary! What a great history you two have...and here's to making more history!

    The Leo Mol Sculpture Garden is a great place to get hitched. I took some great pics of my kids there last year (well, there and the fancy gardens!).