Happy Birthday, Graham!!

February 23, 2012 at 5:48 AM 7 comments

I’m very grateful for Block B dances.  If it weren’t for your high school freshman year dance, where we probably slow danced within feet of each other, completely oblivious of one another, we never would have met.  From one freshman dance, fast forward ten years later, to my roommate (your dance date) introducing the two of us.  Little did I know, at the crowded Mona Loa bar, what a journey I was about to embark on.  I knew that you went to Bellarmine (huge points in my eyes and massive points in my father’s) and that was good enough for you to be in my good graces, but not enough for you to run away with my heart.   It was the conversations we had on our first date at the windy San Francisco beach that knocked my socks off.  And it was the huge question you asked at the rugged Mendocino beach, two years later, that stole my heart forever.

I’d say that the universe has thrown a lot of curve balls our way since we’ve been married.  But we are stronger today then we were 3.5 years ago when we said our I Do’s.  Even though the years have been challenging, they haven’t been tough because I always have you by my side.  You are one optimistic son of a gun.  You exude positivity.  And you know what, I absolutely fricken love that about you!!  I’ve started seeing through those rose colored glasses as well and they are awesome.  Thanks for forcing me to put those on!

Speaking of forcing, some of the best parties of my life were because you twisted my arm and convinced me to host a party.  You do not feel any year should go by without a party.  You feel life is best when surrounded by family and friends and a bar-b-que.  From sausage parties to double quinceneras, you will do anything to host friends.

Speaking of friends, you have a huge heart.  No wonder so many people love you so.  You really care for the best of others, right down to the reality TV stars.  Not that you spend anytime thinking about reality TV stars; but rather, when I have “Real Housewives of Beverley Hills” on, you tell me to turn it off because it makes you sick seeing people treat each other poorly.  And it really does make you sick.  You believe in kindness, loyalty and support.

Speaking of support, there is no way this blog would exist without you.  Can you remember our walk in the Stanford Hills when I said I would start a blog?  Well, you didn’t let that little comment be put to rest.  And now look at me.  That’s all you.  You read my posts every day.  You listen to all of my design presentations when I practice them.  You even look when I say, “Check out this cute lamp.”  I believe we are making quite the decorator out of you.

Decorator, you are not.  One very successful businessman, you are.  You put in hours that are exhausting just thinking about them.  You put your whole self into your job.  Your clients absolutely love and respect you, as they should.  You are incredibly ambitious and I find that sexy. 🙂

Speaking of sexy, you are one hell of a looker.  Six years in and I still find myself checking you out as though you’re some brand new boy in my life.  It can be as simple as you walking in the door and as soon as I see you, I’ll have the thought, “Man he is soooo good looking.  I hit the jackpot.”

You light up my life every day.  You are my best friend.  And I love the fact that we genuinely miss each other after a day of work.  Now that I’ve sufficiently embarrassed you, I’m thinking it’s onwards and upwards for you.  The sky is the limit.  And I feel incredibly blessed that I get to fly along with you.

All my love,


On this very special day, Happy Happy Birthday!!!

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Katy  |  February 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    What a great tribute to the only man for my friend Kate. You’ve brought so much joy to her life, but I’m not sure you get enough credit for the awesomeness you bring to her friends’ lives too. It’s an absolute treat to know you’ll be in my life forever. Let’s gather soon and toast each other with a bottle of vodka that I absolutely will not drink from. Happy Birthday G Belch!

  • 2. Glynnis  |  February 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Happy Birthday Graham and lovely post Kate. Enjoy….

  • 3. bridget  |  February 23, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    tough act to follow but happy birthday gramercy! i remember the first time joe and i met you. as soon as we left you two i think i literally immediately said “do you think kate will get married to graham? i want them to get married so that he can be my brother!” happy birthday, brother, you are totes awesome.

  • 4. Cameron  |  February 23, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    I’ve really enjoyed your posts this week. They were very sweet and reflective. I hope Graham knows that he is a very blessed man. Wish him happy birthday from Aimée’s mom. Now go celebrate!

  • 5. Dowley  |  February 23, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    well said, and darn if it ain’t true. You are a good man GB!

  • 6. Claire  |  February 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Kate, you guys make such a wonderful couple (and not to mention a very attractive one, too!). I remember the first time I met Graham…it was at Joe & Bridget’s wedding. The phrase “commit to commit” was very popular that night, and I think my dad still has that picture of Graham sitting at a table with your dad, my grandpa, Aunt Maryann, and Aunt Kathy grilling him, and then there you are watching it all with your thumb and finger to your head (in the shape of a gun). Glad he passed the infamous “test!”

  • 7. The Vintique Object  |  February 24, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Awww. Such sweet, thoughtful, beautiful posts. What a nice tribute to your hubby.


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