Another year has gone by and I am back again to write a short guest post to followup the one from last year on Father’s Day. I am not much of a writer and I really do appreciate how many bloggers are able to keep up with posts on a frequent basis. I would most definitely run out of things to say! These past few weeks have had some major milestones individually and as a couple.
On June 15th we celebrated our 5th year anniversary and in no better fashion but us both working during the day and the evening. This is the norm for the last few years with Tamara working days and I working evenings so we don’t need to put Evie into a Day Care and that we can afford the townhouse we live in and all the other stuff that seems to eat up our budget. Luckily I get to work from home so I am only really a few steps away to come visit on my breaks and to have dinner together. We may not have done anything special on our anniversary but we were all together as a family. We did, however, splurge on some good seats for the Lion King Broadway show for next weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre as an anniversary gift to ourselves. Unlike most guys, I really do enjoy going to a broadway show (or is that just a stereotype?). I posted this on facebook but I think it sums up our marriage and what we are striving to over the last 5 years and many many more to come: Our marriage is filled with trust, to know in our hearts, that you want only the best for each other. Dedication, to stay open to one another, to learn and grow even when it is difficult to do so. Courage to honour our differences, to make the important things matter, and let go of the rest. And our faith in God, and keeping Him at the centre of our relationship. I love this woman and I am excited about what the next 5 years will have in store for us.
I also had a milestone at work with having my 10 year anniversary of being hired. I cannot believe how fast the time has flown by. It seems like only a few years ago that I was finishing up my second year of BCIT and jumping head first into the job hunting game. To my surprise, Telus was on a hiring wave at the time and I was offered two different positions; one in Kelowna as an outside technician or another in Vancouver as an inside network technician. This was a tough decision for me to make as my home town was Kelowna but the perfect job that I was training for was in Vancouver. Picking the position here in Vancouver was tough because it meant I would stay here and be away from the friends and family I knew and loved but it was the right decision for me. The right decision even more so now in hindsight; I would have never met the love of my life, have an amazing daughter and one on the way, and know the people I hold near and dear to me now. 10 years at the same job… I am so thankful that the work I do constantly changes as new technology is developed and it keeps me on my toes.
Today, on Father’s Day, I ran in my first actual race since the Sun Run in 2010 and I sure felt like it was that long! I personally hate running but I figured it would be a good way to get back into shape. Being at home all day with Evie, and sitting at a desk all night for work I have really noticed how I am not as active and out of shape as I once was. I want to change my ways and get back into a good routine of physical activity in any way, shape, or form that may be. I may even go so far as turning our garage into a mini gym. I signed up for a 5Km run with the MEC race series, which was taking place in beautiful Fort Langley along the fort to fort trails. I had my support system with me of Tamara and Evie to cheer me on from the start, and at the finish line. Would you believe that I came in first place? Well technically, even more surprisingly, I tied for first place. The race ended neck and neck with another Jason and our shoe tags timed us at the exact same finishing time of 25 minutes and 35 seconds. I think MEC might need to start tracking times down to the milliseconds next time when I race again. What a fantastic way to start a Father’s day with a morning run, an Evie high five at the finish line, and a “I’m proud of you huni!” from my wife.
In a few more weeks we all will be heading to Anvil Island to volunteer at the first camp of the season and the next milestone will be reached there. I turn 30! Yikes. It’s been an incredible year as a husband, and as a father.