Sunday, January 9, 2011

Stepping outside of....

Paul's birthday was yesterday. He is the big 32! It was such a fun day (at least for me- Paul had to be in class for 8 hours before we went to play.) :)

Paul and I agreed a while ago that we are not going to buy each other birthday presents this year (due to wedding, my unemployment, etc.). So, for his birthday, my present was stepping outside of my comfort zone. Paul has done several things during our dating that have been outside of his comfort zone, and I've GREATLY appreciated it! I really think it helps a relationship expand and be happier when each person is willing to "Feel the fear and do it anyway." We went ice skating:)

Tessa's history with ice skating: I have only been 3 times I think, and the last time was at the least 7 or 8 years ago. I HATE it every time I go because I just walk around the edge and try to skate. I compare myself to everyone else, and feel definitely very stupid because I can't skate. I get so discouraged that I almost cry. Pathetic... I know:(

But this time was different! I was headed in the Pathetic direction for about 30 minutes, but I all of a sudden got this burst of energy and skated back and forth on the same stretch of ice- over and over and over. And I started actually skating correctly! It was such a thrill and by the end of the evening, Paul and I were doing circles around the ice with all the other skaters. Oh, the joy that it brought to conquer the seemingly impossible! Cheesy but true haha!

We headed back to Paul's house for some homemade Gingerbread cake. Sorry Paul- I had to include this picture because it brings me such joy!!! I lol for about ten minutes everytime I look at it.
Happy birthday FH!


  1. Way to go Tessa!!!!!! You are so cute.

  2. It's so fun to see you sooo happy. I hope you have a fabulous wedding!

  3. I think I have been ice skating with you before :). That brought back some fun memories to think about it!

  4. Yea! Skating! I'm so proud of you!