Now. About this post. This was one of my favorite things that we did while they visited. However. Mom Hanlon, Mom Maloney, various aunts and uncles, and maybe even Grandma...you may not like the result of this particular outing. So if you think you should stop now...do it. Turn off the computer, walk away from the screen...
Are you still there?
Think you can handle this?
Kelli and I got tattoos!
This one is slightly more visible one than the one I had before (gasp, another one!) and definitely more visible for Kelli too. Luckily though, we live in Rochester, NY where sunny weather, shorts and short sleeves are not to be had for more than 4 months out of the year (unless you count running).
We'd been talking about getting tattoos together while they visited us in Europe for quite awhile. We called a few places until we found a gem right here in Leuven. Chris and Dan decided to accompany us to the shop to see how legit it was and sit with us through the pain. The artist acknowledged us when we walked in with the guys and said it'd be about 20 more minutes seeing as he was working on a young man at the time. Kelli and I said we'd wait it out there in the little shop. The guys practically bolted for the closest bar and said they'd be back soon. Side note: I love Chris. He keeps talking about getting a sleeve tattoo, but one look at his face while he watched the tattoo being done just 5 feet from himself and I know that is just never going to happen.
Kelli and I talked quietly and nervously while we waited for our turn to talk to him. When we did he looked at our two different phrases that we wanted and began to determine the possibilities. He enlarged my design a tiny bit, and Kelli's he hemmed and hawed over a bit since it was in courier new and he wanted her to understand that he wasn't a "type writer" but we came to a positive conclusion and set to getting started!
We flipped a coin and Kelli ended up being first. I got to sit in the big comfy desk chair and "watch". By watch I mean made sure his body blocked the actual needle (I'm still a little terrified of that part) and she was cool as can be, not even a wince. She emboldened me and I began to feel brave too. When he was finished I couldn't help but be impressed! It looked so great and went so quickly! My turn. I started feeling the pre-race butterflies and no cold feet but just nervous energy. I think we amused him, we're definitely not the typical tattoo-getting personalities, and I was jumpy and talking nonsense and Kelli and I were cracking each other up right up until the moment he started. It went so fast though, 10 minutes, 20 tops. Then BAM, done! I need to mention that through all this the guys did eventually come back...halfway through Kelli's tattoo and left shortly afterwards. Now, there was a chicken cooking back at the apartment, but I think they were only too happy to have that excuse to run to. Okay, onto the reveals!
Kelli's is a verse from the book of Ruth in the Bible: "Where you go I will go"
It is Ruth talking to Naomi and the rest of the verse continues like this: "...Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God."
Mine is in my own handwriting and is from our wedding vows: "to have and to hold"
We decided to go with traditional vows for our wedding and I'm so glad we did because it makes me feel very married. It is contained in the following: "I take you, Christopher, to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part."
I hope I haven't traumatized too many of my relatives with this post. I figured that it'll be seen eventually so might as well put it out there now while I'm 4000 miles away from the closest person bahah.