I was busy with the move and traveling during Mike's birthday. So as promised, I am making it up to him with today's flashback. Prepare to be embarrassed Mike.
My tribute to Mike...Bachelor style.
Mike is a 28 year old man seeking a woman. (Preferably one who can keep up with all this that is Mike.)
Mike is an outdoors man who enjoys camping...
...and of course, long walks on the beach.
Yet he still knows how to clean up to enjoy a night out on the town.
(Don't ask me about my outfit...you can blame my mom for that lovely look. Mike, however, looks very dapper.)
Mike's playful side...
...brings out not only the animal lover in him...
(that's a toy puppy on his shoulder)
...but also makes him great with kids. Especially his three adorable nephews.
Mike has always been a sports fan...with a particular love for Hockey and football...
and likes to root for the Cougars.
(Don't let my smile fool you. I was happy about the parade, NOT the BYU shirt. I'm anti-BYU and would dispose of this picture if Mike didn't look so stinkin' cute.)
Mike is a concert goer. He loves music of many genres and has always been a bit of a musician himself...
He has been quite the traveler. We have been all over the US together and have pictures in front of the capital building, not once...
We even traveled to Arizona on our own when we were 16 and 17.
(Actually Mike, this is one of my favorite memories. I had so much fun singing and snacking and sharing thoughts and secrets on that road trip. Very fun.)
Mike is a world class dancer...
(learning a native dance in Hawaii)
(after Hawaii on the way to a youth dance)
Mike has always been up for anything adventurous...from snow skiing to whatever ride this was at the Space Needle in Seattle.
And on top of all this, he has always managed to be an amazing brother. He is very generous. We have shared so many memories. I LOVED having a brother so close in age to share things with ...from friends, to a car, to secrets, to clothes (ok, I went through a phase were it was really cool to wear my brothers big t-shirts). I have great memories of sitting up after a youth dance eating Oreo's and watching SNL while the high from the dance wore off and I'd eventually fall asleep on the couch. It is because of Mike that I wanted my first child to be a boy so badly. I wanted to make sure the rest of my kids had the opportunity to have a big brother.
I had the unique opportunity to have Mike stand as a witness at my wedding. I'm always grateful he was able to be there and do that for me.
he is available.
he is available.