Keeping the “Spark” Alive After 8 Years

Today we celebrate 8 years of us!  I say this every year, along with every other couple out there, but how has it even been 8 years?!?!?!  Also like everyone else, the second half of our 8th year has been very different…. (hello 2020!!!) and not at all what we had hoped or imagined or planned.  Despite that, I like to try to find the light in things.  So here are 8 ways Vu has brought light into my life this past year:

1. After 7 years of me asking, this year he has worked so hard and gotten so much better at letting go of things that go wrong.  This was a hard one for him, as he is a bit OCD… but it has been such a big deal for me and I have appreciated it sooooo much.  This was a really huge one.  Especially as it included an incident where a Tacoma pothole ripped off half of the carbon fiber front splitter on his M4 (along with half of his soul) and I couldn’t believe he was able to shrug it off right away.

2. Braved temps he says his Vietnamese people were not made for so that I could have a fun white Christmas in Idaho with my family.  The day we went to Yellowstone, he kept his gloves on with his hands in the pockets of his Han Solo Hoth coat, coat all the way zipped up over his mouth and hood on over his Star Wars beanie the entire day, even in the heated snow coach.  He said maybe 5 words all day, but he did it and never once complained.

3. After discovering my childhood love of Zelda (which I never got to play for more than a couple of minutes at a time) he bought me a Nintendo Switch, customized all the casings in mint green (this is true love right here), and then could barely contain his enthusiasm and excitement for me as I was finally able to play it all the way through.  Adding to my enjoyment, he of course played it along with me on his own Switch.  And when I would get stuck on one of the big bad guys, and get really frustrated he would defeat them for me.

4. As we have been stuck at home for the last 5 month’s of quarantine we have delved back into our shared love of Lego building.  It has been really fun to both be excited about what we are currently building.  Although we build in very different ways.  Vu’s set up includes: a large building matt, lots of small matts with dividers and special lamps.  He separates each set meticulosity with each part stacked up neatly.  How do I do it?  Dump and go.  You know, the normal way.

5. Seeing his joy when he was able to go to Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland for the first time.  Anyone who knows him, knows he has a bit of an obsession with Star Wars, and for him to be able to feel like he was living in that world for a day was SO! MUCH! FUN!!!  Now we both have our alternate fictional universes we can visit and feel like we are apart of (Harry Potter for me).  Apparently neither of us ever really grew up.

6. He always finds little ways to make me happy or laugh: saving the salted caramel chocolate cupcake from work for me because he knows it is my favorite, arranging his accumulation of cups or coke bottles in unique ways for me to find, trying to sneak up and surprise me all around the house (although he never quite manages to be quiet enough to surprise me), does a little dance for me when he gets up to leave the room, finding me the perfect little fan (that syncs with our google device so we can turn it on in bed) for these hot summer nights.

7. He encourages (one could say pushes…) people to not settle for being less than they are capable of being.  As I have tried out some new creative things this year, he has continuously helped me push past the state of “good enough” and to continue to keep going to try for “perfection”.  Usually during the process this is not my favorite, but in the end I appreciate it so much and I love seeing how I progress so much faster than I was on my own.

8. He still finds different ways every day to tell me that he loves me, because he knows how much it matters to me.

Happy Anniversary Vuroomie!

Past Anniversaries:  Three, Four, Five, Six and Seven.

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