On June 12, 2004 Chris and I had our first date together. For those of you who’ve read my book, you know I was trying not to count it as a “date” thus, I have no pictures of that day (wait…even if it were a date, it’d be weird to be taking pictures. Right?). But in the 9 years we’ve been together, I’ve forced him to sit still for more than a few photos. And while we have chosen not to get married, trust me when I tell you we’ve been through it all…for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. But mostly, with beagles.

Happy Anniversary, Chris! 9 Great years.


Our first New Years Eve together. December 31, 2004

Celebrating Chris’s 30th Birthday in Puerto Vallarta. June 2005

A Business Trip to Cabo San Lucas, November, 2005 (no, seriously. Business.) A few days later we found out Seamus had cancer.

Our first “big” trip together– Barcelona, 2005

France, 2006 (yes, we like to travel. Very, very much.)

France, 2008

Christmas, 2009…right after my “highly suspicious of malignancy” phone call. Note Seamus sneaking into the photo!

In Sickness and in health…May, 2009

Chris growin’ in out for cancer (yes, that’s really his hair)

Almost through the cancer treatments…sometime in 2009

Celebrating our 5 year anniversary at an Angels game, of course! June, 2009 I’m still in cancer treatments, so the hair and the eyelashes are fake. The smiles are real.

Survivors!! Fall, 2009

Just your typical family Christmas photo. Christmas, 2010

Just, you know, hanging out in Fiji. May, 2011

Pink on Parade! October, 2011

Celebrating the opening of Chris Kern’s Forgotten Grapes. November 2011

Our last Christmas with Seamus. December, 2012

The one the only, Seamus the Famous. And his two biggest fans. January, 2013

Daphne Doodle Butt luuuuuuuvs her dad! May, 2013 in Paso Robles, CA

The newest family member, Percival. And of course, we’ve got to end with a nod to the Angels. And I mean that in so many ways.