Happy Birthday, Chris!!!

Today for my 43 I did a plie squat with a curl to press.  


43 of these really got my heart rate up and with 8 pound dumbbells, my shoulders were feeling the last few!!!

I decided to do a Cathe Friederech workout today – Cross Fire.  This is an hour of lots of HIIT plus weight thrown in – awesome!!!


Today Chris celebrates his 45th birthday.  I don’t think he plans to run 45 miles (weird, I thought everyone did that kind of thing!!!) or do 45 of any other exercise – so I decided that I would do a special 45 today for Chris.

Chris45 Fun Facts about Chris:

1.  His name is actually Thomas Christopher.  He is the 3rd generation Thomas _______.  We thought about naming Jordan – Thomas Jordan  but I didn’t want him to do the whole middle name thing.

3 generations
3 generations

2.  He had a full beard in high school.

nice beard
nice beard

3.  When Chris was young he put an un-popped popcorn kernel in his ear.  It popped (the kernel) and got stuck – lesson learned!!!

4.  Chris has 4 sisters – 3 that are older than him and 1 younger.  He always says that his parents tried 4 times to get it “right” and then they pushed their luck!!  Of course he is joking because he loves all of his sisters.

5.  Chris played football, wrestled and ran track in high school.

6.  Chris was in lots of musicals in high school – often with the lead role.


7.  He graduated 2nd out of about 77 students. 

giving his speech
giving his speech

8.  When Chris was 17, he went to San Antonio for Basic Training.  He had on white jeans when he got there – big mistake – the instructors called him Don Johnson!!!  Thankfully after they all had their heads shaved and had uniforms on he blended in and was no longer Don!!!Screen shot 2013-08-18 at 4.53.28 PM

9.  In 1989, Chris quit drinking soda (he used to drink more soda than anything else) cold turkey and hasn’t had any since.Screen shot 2013-08-18 at 4.48.15 PM

10.  When we first met he only ate chicken and rice – that didn’t last long!!!Screen shot 2013-08-18 at 4.46.38 PM

11.  Chris lived in Korea for a year when he was active duty  in the Air Force – he was only 19-20 at the time.Chris

12.  He got his degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.Screen shot 2013-08-18 at 4.56.15 PM

13.  We don’t run together – we tried it when we first got married and it wasn’t the best plan.  Chris is able to run 3 miles at pretty much any given time but he doesn’t really care about running fast or much further than 3 miles.

14.  Chris worked as a trash man for awhile in high school!!

15.  He taught himself to play the guitar.

16.  He also taught himself to play golf.

17.  When Chris was in Korea, he was the singer in a band.  They mostly did Led Zepplin songs!!!

18.  Chris is still best friends with one of his high school buddies – Matt.

Matt and Chris
Matt and Chris

19.  Thanks to his job (pilot in the Air National Guard), he has been to over 50 countries!!!Chris

20.  When his mom was still alive he called her every Sunday no matter where he was at the time.

21.  At one point he owned 3 Volkswagon Bugs – all old and in need of work.Screen shot 2013-08-18 at 5.10.40 PM

22.  When we buy new cars, Chris is always prepared.  He knows what the car is worth and how much the dealer will make.  He is good at negotiating and getting the exact price he wants.

23.  Chris is a good cook.  He will look up recipes (on the internet, for some reason he never uses any of my cookbooks!) and try new things!!!

24.  Chris would rather be home with his family than just about anywhere else!!

my boys
my boys

25.  He graduated from Pilot Training on May 24, 1996 (the day before we got married).

26.  Every year when he takes the fitness test he sends me his results – usually prefaced with “I have the body of a 19 year old!”

27.  Chris is the kind of guy that will always help out someone in need without them ever having to ask.

28.  When we met, Chris didn’t really watch a lot of sports on TV.  He started watching sports with me – especially college basketball.

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29.  He doesn’t say negative things about people – I could really learn a lot here!!!

30.  Chris is good at looking at the big picture.  He will ask himself, “will this matter in 10 year?”  

31.  He rarely cusses!!!  Or gets mad!  (we are sort-of opposites)

32.  Chris is super handy – he has made built in shelves, tiled floors, installed wall ovens, built composite decks (2nd story ones!!) – pretty much anything that needs done he can figure out how to do it.

33.  He is a very hands-on Dad.

34.  An older man gave him some advice when we got married and he has applied it many times and shared it with other young men.  The man said, “The 6 most important words in a marriage – You’re right, I’m wrong, I’m sorry!”  Chris has always remembered that and he still says it (more often than he really has to but he does it to keep the peace!).

right after we got engaged
right after we got engaged

35.  He sang to me at our wedding!   Beautiful in my Eyes by Joshua Kadison

36.  When the boys were little babies, Chris was the calm one.  He said there are only a few things that could be wrong – hungry, tired, need to burp or need a diaper change.

37.  The first few months of each of the boys lives (when they were waking up every few hours), Chris would get them when they cried, change their diapers, hand them to me to feed, then burp them and put them back to bed.

38.  He used to hate getting rid of anything – garage sales caused him a bit of stress and he saved every empty box “just in case”.  Now, he has gotten much better at getting rid of stuff and he throws away empty boxes.

39.  One of his favorite movies is Ben Hur.

40.  Chris is pretty much always happy, always whistling or humming or snapping his fingers as he walks around.

41.  Chris is a doer and a server!  He is always waiting on me or others.  He is always willing to get up and wait on others – me, the boys, our friends.

42.  The boys have the very best role model possible in Chris.  He has taught them that they can do anything and also how to be caring, compassionate men.  Things like opening doors, thanking people for a meal, offering to help carry stuff – they have learned many life lessons from Chris.  They have also learned that men/dads/boys can cook, clean, do laundry, iron and any other task around the house.

43.  Chris is the very best dad ever for our boys!!!Screen shot 2013-08-18 at 5.44.46 PM

44.  Chris is the my best friend!!

45.  Chris has made me the luckiest person in the world because he picked me to marry and have a family with.  He is the very best person I know!!!

Happy Birthday, Chris!!!!  I love you!


PS – I know Chris will read this because he has read my blog every day since I started and almost always sends me a text after he reads it.

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