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Our Cotton Anniversary

The traditional gift for a second wedding anniversary is something related to the material cotton. It symbolizes the need for a marriage to remain strong and be able to adapt to changes. Cotton is sought after because of its practicality; the many uses include clothing and household materials. Its longlasting aspect is hoped to be reciprocal in a marriage.

Read more: The Meaning of Cotton for a 2nd Anniversary

Ryan getting ready

Ryan preparingRyan preparing to give his dad’s eulogy on our anniversary (2011)

Cousin QT in 2011

I always find it remarkable how my cousins and I make time to visit each other several times a year despite being spread across three states. We always seem to make the most of every day we have together, even if it’s just for the weekend. I was reminded of this when my cousin Jenny flew up last weekend for my birthday.

I was going through my old blog posts and found this one unpublished from 2011. That year we made a combined 6 cousin trips, not bad for cousins living in Seattle, Las Vegas, and LA.

In 2011…

Nikki's MoH WeekendWe toured.

Nikki and Neil's Wedding
We celebrated.

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We hiked.

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We lounged.

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We gallivanted.

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We sang.

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We made this hand sign.

Guevara CousinsWe remembered.

Grand Canyon Trip 2011
We road tripped.

Family Picnic 2012

  1. Sleep in and wake up in Port Orchard.
  2. Eat breakfast of fried eggs, sausage, and pan de sal with my mom.
  3. Pick up ice, oyster bar toppings, and some salmon at Safeway.
  4. Drive to Twanoh State Park in Belfair and remember there are parking fees.
  5. Grill salmon, eat lumpia, and set up chairs.
  6. Eat pancit, fried chicken with gravy, and lettuce wraps.
  7. Watch Ryan and Ezra play and take silly photos.
  8. Discover Ernelyn’s tres leche cake, savor the almond syrup, have another slice.
  9. See teams form for horseshoes and get coffee from Mia.
  10.  Walk with Mia, Lisa, Sam, Ernelyn and Ezra to the beach.
  11. Lay out blanket on the rocks (PNW beach!) and sit in sun next to Tita Espie.
  12. Wade knee deep in the cool waters and watch the kids play.
  13. Walk to the pier and make plans to next year camp and/or bring a boat.
  14. Go back to picnic site and watch Ernelyn shave ice.
  15. Fill cup with sweet beans, coconut, fruit, ube paste, half and half and ice. Halo halo time!
  16. Play cards with the girls, mom, Tita Evelyn and Marky. Pickle!
  17. See Ryan after horseshoes, lounge around picnic site, eating potato chips.
  18. Find comfy chair to lounge in, watch kids run circles around me.
  19. Stop by the oyster bar and have some oysters.
  20. Watch Frankie continue to eat oysters.
  21. Play on the swings.
  22. Eat more oysters.
  23. Sit in a cozy chair with Ezra while he plays Angry Bids
  24. Hit a birdie with badminton rackets with Frankie and then Ryan, have no aim.
  25. Pack up and head back to Port Orchard.
  26. Get asked about when we will have kids approximately 7 times.

My Cousins in Seattle

Night in Capitol Hill

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@ Via Tribunali

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@ The Garage

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@ Skillet Diner

Where are our shoes?

This weekend my cousins are flying in to visit our Lola. Tonight I found this photo of us with her just two years ago at her 89th birthday party. Can’t wait to see you guys!

Seattle: Brunch View at Salty’s


Last Sunday, Ryan’s mom was in town and we went out to our favorite, fabulous, buffet at Salty’s. If you haven’t been, ya should.

Besides the apple blossoms drenched in caramel, I also loved the weather. It was a gray, brisk, Pacific Northwest sort of day. And while chilly at first, the cool air was refreshing as we later walked along the water, tummies filled with good eats.

Hello Fall.