Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Tomorrow Bret will celebrate his 35th birthday.

Three. Five.

I have vivid memories of an awesome couple who taught me as a youth at church and the husband was 35.  They were the epitome of what I wanted to be with my family/spouse.  I thought 35 was pretty old.  They had kids, a home and a light dusting of gray hair.

I remember trying to comprehend what it would be like to be that old...but it just seemed too far away.

Now I am married to a 35 year old.  He has kids, a home, and pets...but so far no gray hairs. It's a good thing he looks like he's 25 and has the energy of an 18 year old.

Age is just a number.
We will be at the beach all day celebrating with friends and family on his birthday tomorrow, so he opened his presents a day early.

A new watch (his addiction), a watch display box (remember he's addicted which means lots of watches), blue tooth headphones (he's also a nerd), new shoes (is my addiction rubbing off on him?), and a Kindle Fire (YES!  Now I don't have to wait to read while he plays games) were all appreciated by the birthday boy.

He especially liked his new tee that paid homage to a super rad show.

 I saved what I thought was the best present for last and couldn't wait to give to him.

I sent Kent of ZippyPortraits a few pictures of our family and he worked his magic on the one he liked best.  He chose this picture below:
The portrait turned out far better than I could have imagined.  I instantly fell in love with it and could hardly keep from showing Bret the proof Kent sent me a few weeks before his birthday.
When Bret opened it I couldn't really see his reaction.  After a long pause (and a few "Oohs and Ahhs" from the kids) he looked up and declared it his most favorite gift ever.

There may have even been a tear or two in his eyes.  This man loves his family something fierce.

Happy Birthday Dear (I informed him I could now officially call him that now that he's "older").  We love you something fierce as well!!

***To contact Kent and utilize his amazing talents check out his Etsy shop by clicking HERE.  He's professional and prompt and of course crazy talented at what he does. I already have a few other ideas in mind.***


William said...

Great picture....interested in how he did that. Wishing Bret an early birthday...we'll call tomorrow.

Jo(ke) said...

Happy birthday to your husband. The portrait is awesome.

Sol said...

Happy birthday Brett, have a fab day.

Erica your hair is gorgeous in that picture!