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Anniversary Gifts...

Posted by homebrewdad on 6/03/2013 at 01:22:13 AM

It's been too long since I made an entry on this blog, and that very fact (and my being ashamed of it) has helped prevent me from posting anything.

I've thought about posting about my most recent brew day (an all grain rebrew of the Yorkshire brown ale brewed during a thunderstorm). I really want to post about the long overdue legalization of homebrewing here in Alabama. I had decided to post about last night's bottling session (though truth be told, it was pretty uneventful).

Well, today was my eighteenth wedding anniversary. After three years of dating, I married my high school sweetheart at the ripe old age of nineteen. Eleven months later, our first child was born.

I've been in love with this woman for twenty-one years now, and I can honestly tell you that given the chance, I would do it all again. Even so, you may be wondering how this ties to the theme of my blog.

Well, this morning, my wife and I exchanged cards. After reading them, it was time for gifts. She was dying to go first, but instead of a gift, she gave me a folded piece of paper titled "Clue #1". Inside with a picture of a man's chiseled abs.

"This is for your first present," she explained. The present was great - a pair of New Balance running shoes, as well as two running outfits (shorts/shirts), plus three pairs of running socks. This gift was very much appreciated by me, as I am now two weeks into a "Couch to 5k" program, and my lack of actual running shoes has been painful.

Next, I was handed another folded piece of paper bearing the title "Clue #2". Opening it revealed a picture of a six pack of beer. A second present followed, this time containing two superb homebrewing books - "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing", as well as "Designing Great Beers". Needless to say, I was quite pleased. This was extremely thoughtful; my wife researched these books herself. Yep, she's a keeper.

The gifts were not quite done, however. A third clue was given to me. This one had both of the first two pictures, along with the caption "What is found in the description of both?". Sadly, it took me a bit to figure out, and my wife had to help give me clues. "What is another word for those muscles?" she asked. "Abs?" I responded stupidly. Finally, I realized that yes, they were both six packs.

This earned me my last gift - a piece of paper with pictures of all five of our kids printed on it. The bottom was folded, and unfolding it revealed a picture of a positive pregnancy test with the caption "Our Six Pack".

So yeah, it was a great day. For those who want to know, the baby will be due in February. Outisde of the obvious desire that the baby be healthy, we are hoping for some luck and a girl (the last four have all been boys).

Tags for this post: homebrewing, family, baby, gift, gifts

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Those are all awesome gifts, and congratulations! Our first daughter is due July 27th, and I have just gotten into homebrewing in 2013. Good luck, and lets see that Recipes page get going.

posted by Patrick on 6/19/2013 at 02:09:15 PM