Happy birthday to my lovely wife

by Matt Stratton on March 4, 2010

Today is my wife Carrie’s birthday. She’s a delightful woman, and I’m so happy that we’re continuing to build our family together.

Carrie and I first met on October 4, 2003 at my friend Lou’s 30th birthday party. She won a prize for a contest for kissing the most people at the party, and I was one of the organizers of the event.

Our first date (technically) was meeting for drinks on October 10th, 2003. My evaluation at the time was “we really don’t have much in common, but we got along really well, I think. Which is neat, but weird.”

Matt and Carrie, NYE 2004

This isn't from our first date, but it's shortly afterwards...New Years Eve 2003

However, I prefer the revisionist history of our first date being Game 7 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field on October 15, 2003. Our plan had been to go to a bar to watch the game together, but earlier in the day my awesome friend Heather called me to hook me up with press box tickets to the game. I called Carrie during the day and asked her if, instead of going to Parrots, she’d rather go to Wrigley.

“You mean, hang out in the neighborhood around the park?” she asked.

“No,” I replied. “I figured we’d just go sit in the press box instead.”

Needless to say, despite being the beginnings of the relationship with the woman who would some day become my wife, it was the worst night of my life as the Cubs managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Despite the fact that I very nearly cried that night, Carrie still ended up wanting to date me.

Carrie and Matt

This picture was not from Game 7, but several years later - and a much happier Wrigley experience

Carrie and I dated on and off for a few years. But then, for her birthday in 2006, (after much cloak-and-dagger espionage type planning) I proposed to her at the top of Rockefeller Center in New York City (full recap). We were married at Old St. Pat’s in Chicago a little over a year later on May 26, 2007, and celebrated our honeymoon in Costa Rica.

Are you sick of us yet?

Almost immediately after this picture was taken, Carrie got stung by a scorpion. True story.

Kicking and screaming, we moved out of our beloved city of Chicago into the suburbs in September of 2008. We knew we would miss the city, but we wanted to be able to buy a house that would be big enough for the family we wanted to have, and the suburbs were the way to that. We also wanted to be closer to our family out that way, which we knew would be useful once we had kids (and we were right!)

After spending a long time trying, we finally were successful at getting pregnant. Our two beautiful sons Henry and Joey were born on December 30, 2009 (and they just turned 2 months old!)


The whole family!

I love my wife more than anything. I am wishing her a super happy birthday today (her first as a mom), and I know that this year will bring even more joy and happiness and awesome fun for her than ever.


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  • http://www.dailytechdiva.com Jessica Fritsche

    Tell Carrie that I am wishing her a very happy birthday. :-)

  • http://blazingminds.co.uk BlazingMinds

    Happy birthday to Carrie and may I just say what a lovely couple you both make ;)

  • http://www.stackedblog.com/ Christina

    You are such a suck-up Matt.

    Happy Birthday Carrie!

  • Henry Hui Hui

    Wow Matt, you look like a really creepy Carrie fanboy in the Wrigley Field pic

    Oh, and Happy Birthday Carrie!

  • auntbeckyb

    unbelievably sweet. I'll never forget when I went out to breakfast with you and met carrie for the first time. i think this was during a break-up or something b/c i remember it being semi-awkward..hehe. i remember how incredibly adorable i thought she was (with her pigtails), and how stupid i thought you were for NOT being with her. ;) i'm glad it all worked out the way it did. carrie makes you a better man and i can tell you two really love each other. and the boys…they are the definition of love. happy birthday carrie!

  • http://curiousillusion.com curiousillusion

    Awww Happy birthday to her! :)

  • http://youllgrowtoloveme.com jenniferalaine

    Happy birthday! And umm she has the prettiest hair I've ever seen. Make sure to tell her that.

    • http://mattstratton.com mattstratton

      Thanks, Jenn! I told her…she said “I *do* have pretty great hair,
      don't I?”

  • claire

    Happy Birthday Carrie! What great photos of you two. This posting made me cry, Matt you are a good guy!

  • http://verbal-sid.com/ sid

    Geez your wife is stunning.

    Happy anniversary,

  • jeneypeney

    Your children are adorable, you're a Cubs fan, and you guys had your first date on the day I was officially a legal adult.

    You're okay in my book. :-)

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