Bun in the Oven

August 5th… the day our lives will change completely.

We found out that Mariam was pregnant in late November. It took a couple different home pregnancy tests to really confirm that it was indeed positive. We’re very excited to have an addition to our family!

February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday

March 14, 2012

Pi Day

March 17, 2012 (20.5 weeks)

April 18th, 2012 (w/ Sara Lozano)

May 28, 2012

In the new house!

June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012

July 4, 2012

4th of July

We’re now about a month to go before Baby Albers arrives. We have a name picked out, a nursery prepped, and about a million questions/nervous thoughts. I’m sure we’ll be posting a ton as we enter the “parental” phase… so stay tuned!

Popping the Question

Date of event

Friday, September 24, 2010

How we got engaged

After blowing off plans I had to visit my mother Friday night, September 24, 2010, because Steve had a hankering for calamari, we headed to Shoreline village near downtown Long Beach.  When Steve mentioned calamari that night I was getting ready, it didn’t occur to me that we may have been going to Parker’s Lighthouse http://www.parkerslighthouse.com/, where we once had a lovely pre-Christmas dinner that was prefaced with an amazing plate of fresh calamari. We had from that moment forward, deemed Parker’s our “Special Occasion” restaurant.

Steve had made reservation through Open Table and regardless, we still were not seated as scheduled. However, Jacqi, a friend and server at Parker’s made the wait shorter and even treated us to a delish Creme Brulee at the end of our meal, not to mention that they comped the sampler tray! Overall a great start to a evening that would turn out to be an unforgettable moment in both our lives.

After a wonderful dinner and a lovely view of the harbor, Steve and I took a stroll along the boardwalk, I’m sure he was looking for the perfect moment to pop the question, now that I think back to it.  Shoreline village was full of patrons walking, stolling on their bikes and shopping that  night, and as we often do, I suggested that we play a few rounds of skeeball and maybe Big Buck Hunter (our top 2 favorite arcade games) before heading home. After frolicking around and competing, Steve lead me out onto the bike path that overlooked the Long Beach Harbor and the beautifully lit Queen Mary. We sat down at a bench and he started asking me about the evening, if I had fun, what I thought of the dinner and wine, etc…He also added, ” You know why we dined at Parker’s tonite?  He continuted, “It is our special occasion place. Do you know what special occasion that would be?”

Of course, at this point I realized that this was the MOMENT, this was the PROPOSAL! He got down on one knee, and all I remember repeating aloud was, “Are you serious? Are you serious? You’re joking right?” And he began, as he reached down to his right trouser sock and pulled out a red ring box and opened it, as  he stumbled over his proposal, ” You know we’ve been together for 2 and a half weeks, months, years…” It wasn’t coming out right, but I knew exactly what he wanted to say. He continued, “Everyday has been amazing and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will do me the honor and be my wife?” (Now I could have mixed up the words, not used them verbatim, but you get the idea) And of course, with tears in my eyes, and a big smile on my face, I responded “Yes!” And soon after, he asked, “You wanna go show your mom?” He’s always so considerate, and never ceases to amaze me with his kind heart.

The next night we went to see Band of Horses at the Greek Theater, here in L.A.

At the Greek Theater

Amazing show, amazing weekend.

Dating 101

Taken from Mariam’s explanation on our knot.com site:

Our first summer together

Steve and I met before Memorial Day, May 2008. We discovered one another on the dating website, Match.com.  Being the busy, young professional we are meeting people online just seemed the most convenient, especially since my days of picking men up at bars were well retired. I’m kidding.

After corresponding via  email and then the telephone for a few weeks, we decided to meet for coffee at the Starbucks in Belmont Shore, CA. He was early, and I was fashionably close to being late, like usual. I approached the coffee shop with nerves as I checked my reflection in the store-front windows, making sure I was looking sharp.  Within a block I spotted him lounging on the bench outside, in his aviator sunglasses and flip-flops, he wore the So. Cal style well. “Hello”, I said, extending my hand to shake his. He rose from the bench, a towering 6 feet, 4 inches, “Hi”, he responded with a dimpled smile.

To make a long story short, we hit it off. From music, to sports, to trying different foods and loving old cars (our second date was the Bellflower Car Show) we knew we had a lot in common. After coffee that afternoon, we decided we didn’t want the evening to end so we continued to NY Pizza, had a beer and continued our conversation.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Bowling can be a contact sport!