Remember When….

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Dear Husband,

Remember when…

 We had lunch at this amazing fish and chip place in Noosa, Queensland, Australia in 2005? (our first vacation together to Australia!)


We declared these pancakes the best in the world, and Coco’s in Perth became our go-to breakfast place whenever we went back to Australia? (and ohmygoodness, the scrambled eggs with truffle oil was also divine!)


We loved these two? (I wonder how they are now in their new home)


We finally signed on the dotted line, 4 years after we met? (and how I love my cheongsam!)


You insisted I take a picture with our rented convertible on our honeymoon in Margaret River (Australia), even though it was FREEZING? (and how you also insisted on driving with the top down days later and I got sunburned?)


You told me I COULD cross this scary river when we went hiking? (was it also the same day my shoe got stuck in the mud and you thought it was the funniest thing ever?)


We fell in love with this boy on December 29, 2009?


We sat him down on the grass and he immediately lit up on our first family vacation in New Zealand?


We fell in love with our second boy on May 8, 2012? (what’s with our children and their tongues?)


We said one day we’ll be a family ? And now here we are, a family.

Thank you, Husband, for creating these moments with me.

Thank you, Kim of The G Is Silent for this Listicle inspiration – to honor a man in our lives with 10 happy memories. My husband and I have known each other for nearly 9 years, so we have MANY memories and moments, so it was hard to pick just 10. So I went with the ones for which we had pictures.

What’s your best memory with the man in your life?

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • June 25, 2012 Laura

    So sweet! I love seeing all the pictures and memories from your past & present!
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Laura! It was fun, digging through old pictures 🙂

  • June 25, 2012 Not a Perfect Mom

    your hubs is quite the hottie!
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      That he is!

  • June 25, 2012 Sarah Reinhart

    I loved walking down memory lane with you 🙂 So sweet to see the pictures–your family is just beautiful.
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! It was fun, looking through old pictures (I never realized how skinny I was and I never did appreciate my body then).

  • June 25, 2012 Robin

    Oh my gosh, what a totally fantastic post. One of my favourites, for sure. And I love that you’re featuring his picture now and then – not only because he’s a hottie 😉 but because I see your family so much more clearly with him in it. You are all so blessed.
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thank you Robin! I only started ‘featuring’ him when I realized he didn’t mind as much as I thought he would. 🙂

  • June 25, 2012 Susi

    Such a wonderful post and the memories you share with your husband. Love how you incorporated all the pictures. 🙂
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Susi!!

  • June 25, 2012 Terri Sonoda

    Wow, what a lovely tribute to your husband. You have a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing this with us. Lovely picture, too!
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Terri!

  • June 25, 2012 Diane

    Ahhhh what a great post!!! I love the way you wrote this and the pictures add a very special touch.
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Diane! Sometimes, pictures tell a better story than words.

  • June 25, 2012 Robbie

    I love this..memories + pictures=fantastic.
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Robbie!

  • June 25, 2012 Tonya

    Love each and every one of these. Isn’t love, family and life wonderful when we have the perfect partner?
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Yes, exactly that. Thank you.

  • June 25, 2012 vanita

    Girlfriend, your men are pretty darn handsome. I love this post. Hubby just sat down at my desk. going to go play remember when too! he won’t like it, but that’s ok, i will. lol
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Heh, thanks girl! Yes, do a ‘Remember when’!

  • June 25, 2012 angela

    I’m glad you did this with photos 🙂 It made me happy to experience those moments with visuals.
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      I think sometimes pictures tell the story much better than words. 🙂

  • June 25, 2012 Kimberly

    Love this! It’s amazing how wonderful those moments can be with the right person by your side.
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Kimsley!!

  • June 25, 2012 Stasha

    Love your love for your man. Nothing like pulling out an album to remember why you love your man. Also, how stunning are you in your photos!???
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Ack, you’re too kind!!! I was all kinds of young in some of those pictures 🙂

  • June 25, 2012 My Inner Chick

    —Mama A,
    you are so VERY beautiful.
    inside & outside.

    Fabulous. Love your kitty kats. <3
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! You’re so sweet. And I miss those two kitty kats.

  • June 25, 2012 KIR

    Ooohhh I am a terribly weepy mess reading this. Wow!!!! That pic of the two of you is just awesome, you both look so happy and then reading all your happy moments made me smile through the tears…honored for sure.

    Love u sweetie! Xoxo
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Thank you for your kind words as always, Kir. Love you too! xo

  • June 25, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    What wonderful memories you have created! The baby is getting so big.
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Yes, we have! And yes he is.

  • June 25, 2012 Tara

    Beautiful post Alison.
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Tara.

  • June 25, 2012 Natalie

    Awww what great memories! It is so nice to look back at the journey that brought us here.
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    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      It is, I loved looking through the old pictures.

  • June 25, 2012 Christie Tate

    I love this!

    • June 25, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Christie!

  • June 25, 2012 thedoseofreality

    Great list. I loved that you covered the past to the present. 🙂
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, it was fun looking through old pictures.

  • June 25, 2012 Audrey

    Oh I love this! And the pictures of your boys are awesome!
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Audrey!

  • June 25, 2012 Jackie

    How sweet is this list Alison? I love how you peppered it with memories and photos!
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Photos tell the story best! Thanks Jackie.

  • June 25, 2012 jamie

    What a lovely post, Alison. Such memories keep families and marriages in tact. We remember what and who we fell in love with in the first place 😉
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Yes, indeed Jamie, thank you!

  • June 25, 2012 Barbara

    Such a beautiful walk down memory lane! You have one beautiful family.
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Barbara!

  • June 25, 2012 Ado

    I love your chiongsam too if I spelled that right. What great photos~what a cute couple you are and were – DO YOU EVER AGE?! And what’s with the baby tongue sticking out? Too, too cute.
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      I do age! I just looked old for my age then 😉

      And yes, my boys do love sticking their tongues out. Just like mom.

  • June 25, 2012 Jennifer Worrell

    What a wonderful list–beautiful family! I LOVE their tongues–hungry babies!
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Hee! You think it’s hunger? 🙂

  • June 25, 2012 Sara

    LOVE IT! Such a great list! Love the pictures!

    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Sara!

  • June 25, 2012 Maureen

    Awww such precious memories and those pictures are just priceless.

    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Maureen!

  • June 26, 2012 Carolyn

    Very nice. As it turns out it is our 10 year anniversary today. I too have more than 10 great moments!
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Happy 10th Anniversary, Carolyn!

  • June 26, 2012 Ashley

    Oh this is so sweet! I love the memories– and the pictures!
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Ashley, it was fun to do, this list.

  • June 26, 2012 Elaine

    Such amazing memories of a life you continue to build together. Love this so much. 🙂
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Elaine!

  • June 26, 2012 Christie

    Sweet post with adorable photos.
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Christie!

  • June 26, 2012 Jenni Chiu

    This post makes me realize I need to take more pictures. I love all these moments.
    Also, baby tongues are the cutest.
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Right? We are insane picture takers. Even more so with the boys now.

  • June 26, 2012 Kristen

    I loved going on this stroll down memory lane with you! You are a beautiful wife, mama & woman, Alison. What a wonderful family you have!!
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Kristen, you’re the sweetest.

  • June 26, 2012 Breanna

    Such sweet memories!
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Breanna!

  • June 26, 2012 Jessica

    Oh, Alison, that was such a beautiful post. My very favorite is the picture from your wedding. You are so lovely – thank you for sharing all of this.
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jessica! I loved my cheongsam 🙂

  • June 26, 2012 Jessica

    It’s always nice to take a trip down memory lane.
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison


  • June 26, 2012 Anna

    This is so beautiful! and awesome and fun 🙂 I love your take on this list and the pictures are fantastic!
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Anna, it was fun to do, this list!

  • June 26, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Dear Alison, what a sweet tribute to your husband. What special moments you’ve shared. And those baby pictures?! They look like the SAME baby!!
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thanks, Jen! We’ve had nearly 9 years together so there were MANY to choose from. Yes they did look alike didn’t they?

  • June 26, 2012 Jen {at} take2mommy

    Thank you for treating us to these photo memories! Such great pics…from the delicious pancakes to the fuzzy kitties. And you look gorgeous in your cheongsam!
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jen!

  • June 26, 2012 Leslie

    What a sweet note to your husband. You make me feel so poorly travelled too!
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Oh don’t feel that way! Australia is just close to us and his home country hence the many travels there.

  • June 26, 2012 Jamie

    Best job on the list this week Alison!!
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Aw thanks Jamie!

  • June 26, 2012 deborah l quinn

    Those baby pictures are hysterical!! Just goes to show that they were probably in communication with each other the entire time…What nice memories you have. The pancakes made me hungry…and you made me want to go to Australia…
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      I wasn’t surprised at all when #2 stuck his tongue out shortly after he was born! And you should absolutely go to Australia!

  • June 26, 2012 Bruna

    Aw, I loved this trip down memory lane. You were even more beautiful before your children. Loved seeing you and the hubs. Loved how you wrote this.

    And now, you’re definitely a family♥.
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Bruna, we absolutely are.

  • June 26, 2012 Christine

    How funny, I’ve had quite similar experiences with my husband, especially the part about convincing me to cross a river, losing a shoe and laughing at me except that we were in Hawaii. What a wonderful tribute to your husband. Sounds like you all have had some fabulous times together.
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Haha!! Hawaii is definitely more glamorous than that mountain we were hiking in Malaysia 🙂

  • June 26, 2012 Lady Jennie

    It’s so fun to take this trip through memory lane with you. I love your cheongsam too.
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jennie! Now, if only I can fit into it again……

  • June 26, 2012 Cassie

    I love this post! It sounds like you and your husband have had a wonderful life together so far 🙂
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      So far, yes! 🙂

  • June 26, 2012 Michelle

    What a sweet post (saw you over at Sits).
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Michelle, for coming by!

  • June 27, 2012 Erin

    You two are such a cute couple! Isn’t it amazing to think back about all the plans and dreams you make together as a couple before they are a reality? Some plans worked out while others changed. We have fun talking about these things from time to time 🙂
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, for sure! I still remember how idealistic and carefree we were back then 🙂

  • June 27, 2012 Kristin

    I love this idea! I may have to jack it for a future blog concept.

    And you looked absolutely beautiful on your wedding day! 🙂
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Oh, do it! Would love to see your memories.

      And thank you. 🙂

  • June 27, 2012 Shell

    Such happy moments!

    Before kids seems like another lifetime to me- does it for you, too?
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Oh gosh yes, an absolute lifetime!

  • June 27, 2012 Kimberly

    You are a beautiful family.
    And there is always love when food is concerned.
    Heck, I’d marry the cupcakes I made an hour ago if I could. Instead I will maul them with my mouth.
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thank you my friend. And there is no one else I know who says things like mauling cupcakes with her mouth. Love you. xo

  • June 27, 2012 Natalie

    So cute. Love the pictures and the memories!
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  • June 27, 2012 sarahwaldin

    wow this is breathtakingly, spine-tinglingly LOVE in action. thank you for reminding us how to be this way with others.
    sarah xx
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Sarah!

  • June 27, 2012 Jessica

    This is so beautiful. You have a lovely husband and family. You’re such a lucky girl!
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      I absolutely am!

  • Your husband is handsome!
    Favorite memory with my husband: extremely difficult to choose since we’ve know each other for 14 years. Perhaps that time when he insisted on rescueing two baby-owls in Xanten. That was I was sure he was the guy for me, a man who is willing to get bitten and scratched to rescue an animal in need is a good guy.
    About the cats : I hope you where not offended by my answer on your comment. I meant to be funny bit it come out all wrong. My sincere apologies.
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    • June 27, 2012 Alison

      My husband once drove with me nearly 200 miles one night to rescue a kitten I saw at a rest stop on the way back from a funeral, a few hours out from where we live. I was going on and on about it and he said, “Do you want to go and get it?” We ended up returning with THREE kittens!

      (and no, I wasn’t offended at all!)

  • June 27, 2012 Katie E

    Oh, Alison, it’s so perfect. I love all these older pictures of you and your husband – you’re so beautiful. I’m happy for you that you have such a wonderful family!
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    • June 28, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Katie!

  • June 28, 2012 Katie

    oh this makes my heart happy.

    and a bit jealous. you have been to some AWESOME places!
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    • June 28, 2012 Alison

      I’m really lucky, I have! Especially when I was working for Nike in marketing – I traveled A LOT. The only part of working I miss. 🙂

  • June 29, 2012 Christine

    I love this post! You are so romantic haha!

    By the way, I know that you have received the Versatile Blog Awards from other fellow bloggers before but I wanted to pass this award to you (again!).. I have announced it here:

    I guess I am hooked to your blog now!! Handsome boys you have there! 🙂

    • June 29, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Christine, for your kind comment and the award!

  • June 29, 2012 Ellen

    This is so absolutely sweet… and a great listicle! Love the tongue pictures of Baby 1 and 2!
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    • June 29, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Ellen!

  • June 29, 2012 Galit Breen

    What an absolutely gorgeous tribute to your guy, your life, your love. xo
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    • June 29, 2012 Alison

      Thank you. I feel like sometimes appreciation for my husband doesn’t come often enough, with me getting lost in the day-to-day. Doing this was good. For me. xo

  • July 2, 2012 tracey

    Awwww. This was lovely.
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    • July 2, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Tracey.

  • July 6, 2012 francerants

    What a great montage! And I did not picture your husband to look like that. You guys make such a cute family!!

    • July 6, 2012 Alison

      Thank you France!

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