Who We Are
Both of us spent most of our lives living in the greater Seattle area. In 2011, we met on a blind date and hit it off. Marissa moved in with Eric within a year and we were married in 2014. Our wedding was super awesome and involved lots of family, dancing, and fun.
Marissa completed culinary school in 2015 and now spends her days working as a cook. In her free time, Marissa enjoys cooking and working in the garden.
Eric works as a software developer for a small company that makes educational software for special needs kids. After working for the day, Eric enjoys unwinding by playing board games with friends and playing with our dog.
That’s right, we have a dog! Her name is Chewbarka (notice the pun), or “Chewie” for short. She’s a real sweetie and is very well behaved around kids.
We also have chickens! Not just one chicken. Plural chickens. Four in total. Meet Hazel, Fern, Olive and Goldie. These adorable hens are the latest addition to our family. All together they produce about 3 eggs a day.
Eric’s family also lives in the area. That means our baby will have access to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. In fact, there would be four cousins in the area plus two that live in Alabama. Whoa, that means a lot of love and attention.
Good ol’ Father Winter covered the Greater Seattle Area in snow this weekend. The weather forecasts had been predicting it all week and our household was ready and excited!
I love it when it snows. The snow brings a quietness and a calmness that I find relaxing. Marissa enjoys the snow too, but since she cannot work from home, she is irritated if snow makes her commute more difficult. However, I think our dog loves the snow more than both of us combined.
She enjoys running and playing in the snow, of course, but her favorite thing is eating snow. When we go for walks, her nose is on the ground and she is eating as much snow as she can while keeping pace with us. It is very cute.
The snow also brings out all of the neighbors. We live within a few blocks of a park with a good sledding hill. If there is snow on the ground, that hill becomes the place to be for the entire neighborhood. From dawn until dusk, there are people sledding down that hill as fast as they can.
Here is a story from 2018! We had finished most of the requirements for our I initial home study and needed personal letters of recommendation. The time had come to tell my folks.
Pre-pandemic, I saw my parents most weekdays on my way to and from work. Being the gracious people that they are, my parents took care of our dog, Chewie, while Marissa and I earned our paychecks. It was a real win-win-win situation. Marissa and I didn’t have to worry about the dog during the day, my parents got to ‘own’ a dog for 40 hours a week without the responsibility of actually owning one and Chewie was spoiled rotten. Chewie adores my parents and is always super excited to see them.
During one of the comings-and-goings, I invited my parents over for dinner on Saturday as a ‘thank you’ for helping with the dog. They agreed, none the wiser the true purpose of the invitation.
Saturday came and Marissa and I spent the day cleaning, cooking and preparing. Eventually, six o’clock rolls around, the door bell rings and I let my parents inside. Chewie, who was napping in the bedroom, hears my dad’s voice and comes sprinting down the hall. She makes a hard left turn in the family room, slides across the hardwood floor, regains her footing and greets my folks with enthusiasm.
I let Chewie outside before the excitement gets the better of her bladder as M and my parents exchange the usual pleasantries. ‘Thanks for inviting us.’ ‘How’s work? ’ ‘Where can I put this?’ Etc. While still in the thick of initial small talk, I notice a splotch on the floor.
My initial reaction is that somebody tracked in a flower pedal, no it’s more likely somebody stepped on a raspberry, but that didn’t make sense. Oh, that’s blood.
“Uh, is anybody bleeding?”
It is quickly determined it must be the dog. At this time, it’s necessary for you to know that Chewie has some health challenges. (Don’t worry, two years later she is doing well and as happy as ever.) As such, Marissa and I are prone to be overly cautious when it comes to Chewie.
Still in the backyard, Chewie immediately came when called, showing no signs of distress. Upon a quick examination, we discover she is bleeding from a small bump on her leg. It doesn’t look bad, per se, but again, with her medical history, M and I are concerned.
The decision is quickly made that we need to take Chewie to the vet. Marissa needs to stay behind to finish cooking dinner, so that leaves me. My dad offers to come but I decline.
To recap so far, my parents arrived ten minutes ago, Marissa and I are supposed to announce our plan to adopt during dinner and I am about to rush off to the emergency vet for an unknown amount of time.
As I collect my things, I mutter to Marissa, “so, should we..” and before I can finish asking, Marissa responds “yes.” So as I sit at the kitchen table, tying my shoes, I make our announcement. My parents are thrilled, but before they can ask any questions, I am out the door and in the car with the dog driving to the Vet, leaving Marissa to handle my parents and their questions by herself.
Chewie and I returned a few hours later just as my parents were getting ready to leave. The Vet determined the bump on Chewie’s leg was a wart that had burst when Chewie slid across the hardwood in her excitement to greet my parents. Nothing serious.
My parents give me big hugs, express their support and excitement and depart. While not at all what Marissa and I had planned, we both agree it was a memorable night.