A Decade of Memories

10 years of memories.

I was junior captain of Westernettes, the high school flag core. I loved it.


Chose to paint a periodic table on the back wall of the physics classroom for my senior year physics project. It took a lot of afternoons after school.


Graduated 21st in my class from Cranston High School West.
Went on an epic trip to Italy and Jordan with my family.
Started freshman year at Providence College.
Lost my mom a few weeks later.

I can’t really remember much of 2002, probably because of what happened in 2001.

Learned to breathe, love, and be again.

I went to Florence, Italy with Dadriana & Ileana to study abroad for our spring semester of junior year of college. We visited so many cities in Italy, and many others in the world.. London, Paris, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, and on and on.


They left in May, and I had such a nice time I stayed until the end of August. Rawan (my cousin) came out for 6 weeks, and we went to Jordan for Reem’s wedding before coming back to the states. I had a tough time readjusting to life in the U.S.

Went to Argentina to visit a friend. Graduated from Providence College with a Bachelor of Science in Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Italian. Loved both majors. Traveled to San Diego with my girl cousins. I applied to a lot of jobs and got some great offers. My dad matched every offer. I followed my heart and went to work for him. I loved and still love it. I got closer to my dad than I had ever been, and finally got to know him as a person and not just a father.

This was my most memorable partying year. I spent a good amount of time partying with my girlfriends and dating. It was fun. I went to Italy with Lynne and Gina.


I went to Ecuador for a week.


I met PhillyBoy at an engagement party in Philadelphia, but only briefly. He didn’t ask for my number. I had a boyfriend at the time. My brother got married on December 31st.


I bought my first property, a 2 bedroom 1.5 bathroom townhouse condominium in Cranston, RI in April. It was scary but also made me feel like I was really an adult.




I started cooking a lot and made a lot of mistakes. I also successfully hosted my first dinner parties.


PB and I met again at a wedding in June. pbandi.jpg

It was pretty much love at first sight. We started dating, and the trips back and forth to Philly and Rhode Island began. I started blogging, mostly about anything on my mind. In November we went to San Francisco for Darren & Mary’s wedding. I remember gushing to my friends about him all the time, until they basically asked me to stop. Yes, I was one of those girls. I kept experimenting in the kitchen. I started losing weight. My friends asked for recipes and tips. I started blogging about them. Around Christmas PB and my dad met for the first time.


I freaked out a little because it meant things were about to get really serious. Every night I had dreams of rings and weddings.

Valentine’s Day was so fun and special. I had a gang of.. stuffed penguins.. waiting for me at my condo. PB and I trained for our first half marathon. It was a major fail. On May 1st, 10 months after officially beginning to date, PhillyBoy proposed.


I started crying a lot, out of happiness for the who I have in my blessed life and for those missing. On PB’s 29th birthday I tried to surprise him for dinner in Philadelphia. My flight was delayed many times. We kept getting on and off the plane. I cried and called my dad to come pick me up.

PB and I celebrated our love at LaCroix. I was in wedding planning overdrive while working and planning my move to Philadelphia. I moved my stuff to Philadelphia and rented out my condo, moving into my dad’s house until our wedding. My family came into town, and the celebrations began. PhillyBoy and I got married.

(This photo courtesy of LifeFusion Photography)

We honeymooned in Bora Bora.


I officially moved to Philadelphia, and was very sad the first couple of months. Homesick. Soon I started calling Philadelphia home, though, and am so happy to be living there. Married life is great, and we are excited for what 2010 will bring us….


26 responses to “A Decade of Memories

  1. What a decade you had! Your appartment looks gorgeous:)

  2. This is such a sweet post. I love looking at old pictures. Sometimes I wish I was back in those moments, but not because I’m unhappy now. Those moments passed and I’m still alive, healthy,e tc, and the pictures are comforting.

  3. Great post. You have overcome a lot and have much to be happy about. Best wishes for the next 10 years with PB!

  4. I’m inspired by your ability to overcome. I’m so glad that you are at such a great place in your life.

  5. What a beautiful way to remember the decade. Looks like you have traveled far and have lots of great memories!

  6. Sabrinaaaaaaa….
    great summary of a very intense time in your life.
    I am so glad of the outcome, you and PB are a fabulous couple .
    I can’t wait for the future….
    love you young woman
    auntie D

  7. Wow, what an amazing decade! The best is yet to come for you and PB. Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

  8. Loved reading this!!

  9. Great recap! And I am so glad you are feeling settled in in Philly now.

  10. What a wonderful recap! You have had many ups and downs but I’m hoping this next decade is filled with many, MANY ups 🙂

  11. what a great post of the past decade! you’ve been through some tough and amazing journeys. i hope you have a healthy and happy next decade and keep blogging 🙂 you’re beautifullll!!!

    p.s. i worked at citizens bank in cranston all summer (it was my client for my internship in boston at a consulting firm). and my sister is a sophomore at providence! fun school 😀

  12. Beautiful recap!

  13. What a decade for you! I am so happy your story is taking a happy turn!

  14. that made me teary-eyed! so happy for you and PB and the joy you bring into each other’s lives- truly inspiring!

  15. maha maaita bilbeisi

    Beautiful memories, hope u & Antranig will have lots of great ones to come.

  16. This was such a sweet post to read! I loved all the photos and wish you a lot of luck in the upcoming decade.

  17. I thought we have traveled a lot but I think you topped us : ) We had fun in Italy looks like you did too, maybe we can go there together ; ) Bora Bora looks like an amazing place, it is on our list of places to visit.

    What a decade for you : ) Wishing you all the best!

  18. Wow S. I had no idea you lost your mom. I’m so sorry. She must be so proud of the woman you are today!

  19. You are an amazing woman!

    That picture of you and PB at the wedding where you “met” you look like a dark skinned and haired Jessica Simpson! (that’s a total compliment)

  20. This is such a sweet post RG! I love this idea because I can barely remember what’s happened in the past decade. Your mother is so beautiful and you look SO happy in your wedding photo. I loved your sentence about being blessed for those who are in your life and those who are missing – so beautiful!

  21. Love this post. So cool to learn (briefly) what the past 10 years has been like for you. So so sorry for the loss of your mom, I can only imagine how difficult that was. GREAT traveling- you have been to so many cool places. ❤ you and Philly boy- you guys are too cute. Happy New Year

  22. Awww I LOVED this!! It was great seeing the old pics, and learning how your last 10 years has been!! You guys have such a great story 🙂

  23. What a great recap! I love how so many bloggers are sharing their “pre-blog” life. It makes me feel like I really know you 🙂
    If I don’t check in until then, enjoy Armenian Christmas and good luck on the half. You’re going to rock it!!!!!

  24. What an amazing 10 years you’ve had! I’m so sorry for your lows, but your highs are quite high! I have loved following the love story between you and PB 🙂

  25. you have a great sight here. I enjoy the recipes greatly. I think I have seen your blog on CK too. Have you ever thought of doing a cook book ? Lory ( Moughi )

  26. We all had an amazing gourmet evening . Looking forward to many festive family gatherings at your home. Sabrina and Antranig, I’m so proud of you both, you’re top notch. Sabrina, ” hamih peranis minatz!”Just so you know, Ijust came back from a burning butt a.m . at L.A. Fit.starting a new committment. keep pushing me pls.

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