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Chronicles of a year in Spain without a plan.

30 For 30: A 30th Birthday Tribute

Happy Birthday to the world’s greatest wife and person!!!  I am so glad that you were born.  I can’t be there to celebrate in person, so I decided to put together a photographic chronicle of the top 30 moments of our lives together so far in honor of your 30th birthday.  Looking at these reminds me of how much we have done together and how many good times we’ve shared.  Everything in my life is better when you’re there with me!  I love you beyond description and I can’t WAIT to have you back in California in just 10 more days!

And now, the top 30:

#30:  The time we flew in a prop plane through the Andes Mountains (I look excited and you look mortified)

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#29  The time we lived at Downtown Abbey

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#28:  The time we became Harry Potter

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# 27:  The time we ran our first half-marathon together

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#26:  The time you supported me even though I had this mustache

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#25:  The time we backpacked in the Rocky Mountains

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#24:  The time we lived in Virginia and I had glasses

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#23:  The time we adopted a monkey

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#22:  The time we became Ukrainian for a day

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#21:  The time we had a tea party

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#20:  The time at Hog Island where you had the greatest cribbage comeback win of all time

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#19:  The time we went to our first ever Spanish wedding

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#18:  The time we started the McLively Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

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#17:  The time you got a tattoo on your boob

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#16:  The time I became black

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#15:  The time we discovered that you are really a sloth

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#14:  The time we befriended the British (and Irish)

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#13:  The time we learned how to make dynamite

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#12:  The time you forgave me for trying to strangle you in Utah

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#11:  The time we ate at the French Laundry

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#10:  The time we looked this good

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#9:  The time you wore the world’s best Halloween Costume

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#8:  The time I shrunk

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#7:  The time we went on our Honeymoon in paradise

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#6:  The time we discovered Zachary’s Pizza

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#5:  The time we decided we would give it 110% on the dance floor every time for the rest of our lives

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#4:  The time we hiked the Inca Trail

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#3:  The time we moved to Spain and lived in Madrid for a year

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#2:  The time we had our first child

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#1:  The time I married the most beautiful, wonderful, amazing, talented, warm, and kind woman I’ve ever met in my life.  Happy 30th birthday honey!  I can’t wait to have you back!  Hope you have a fantastic day, enjoying your last moments in Spain.  The next adventure is just around the corner!

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HAPPY 30th!!!!!

Love,

Mike

 

 

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2 thoughts on “30 For 30: A 30th Birthday Tribute

  1. Jonathan Lively on said:

    wait a minute!
    re. number “two” up there, about a child. first i’ve heard …
    when i asked laura if she had any kids she said “none that i know of” …
    (you can delete this if you wish)
    Love,
    Dad

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  2. gwen hogeboom on said:

    Hi Mike- Hope all is well with you; great letter to your honey for her 30th!!  I guess you are a lonely man these days without her.  When does Laura get home?  Are you staying at Lisa’s now?  Why don’t you come down for a visit and you can have some fun with the Hoge’s one of these weekends??  We are coming up there on July 12 so Nancy can take the kids to the Lair, and then we are going up on Wednesday.  Why don’t you drive up with us?  

    Things are good here, but sports are taking over the summer.  Jack has football and basketball every day, starting at 7:00 in the morning.  Alaina has basketball and volleyball every day, plus they both have tournaments.  Thank God we are gone for most of July for a break– first to Tahoe to see Dave and Carolyn over the Fourth of July, then to the Lair, then to Puerta Vallarta at the end of July.  Fun times this summer!!

    Love ya–

    Jim

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