Seattle Same Sex Couple Session

Seattle Same Sex Couple Session

Mike and Steven

We love finding people living in unique spaces. For Steve and Mike, their seafaring vessel the Luxuria has been their home for the last few years. They have slowly been remodeling it and we caught up with them to ask a few questions on why it was so important for them to be together. Thank you, Mike and Steven, for a wonderful time together.

love is love pride flag. Seattle Same Sex Couple Session on their boat! Space Hero Steve in our space suit posing! How important is documenting your life, and your partner’s life?

To me, documenting our lives together is a form of celebration. I love celebrating our life-journey together.

What are some of your favorite activities you two like to do together?

Boating, discovery, restoration/renovation, and those rare moments of relaxation.

What does spending time together mean to you?

To me, it is joy.

What is one of the most difficult things about being together?

Onboard Luxuria: Steven not having his own workspace yet. He’s had to occupy the dinette with his laptop for the last year. But that’s changing when we complete the guest stateroom renovation, coming up shortly on the timeline. That will be his space.

Sometimes the best thing about being together is knowing when not to be together when either of us is enveloped in a focus-intensive project or just need individual space. We’re cognizant that growing as individuals is a necessary prerequisite to growing as a couple.

Reversely, what is the best thing about being together?

Joy. He is the joy in my universe.

And within the joy is packed endless moments of tenderness, patience, friendship, silliness, laughter, and discovery. His authenticity and sincerity have re-shaped my own compass.

After ten years together, we ‘click’. We get each other.

Seattle Same Sex Couple Session talking on their boat. seattle same sex couple live on this boat. FROM STEVEN:

How important is documenting your life, and your partner’s life?

I grew up with photo albums in the house and like to look back and remember the life that was.

Mike takes that to the next level. He has a gift of creativity and knowledge of publishing and technology. Mike creates our ‘year-end video montage’ in which he documents moments in our life.

How important is it to me? I love watching “us” and our friends. I always cry a little when each one is over because it brings me such joy.

What are some of your favorite activities you two like to do together?

Born and raised in Bellingham, I always love being around water. I don’t care if it’s the ocean, a lake or a stream up on a mountain hike. I spent a lot of my childhood years out on the San Juan Islands and my Grandparent’s home on Samish Island. Both of my Grandfathers had small fishing boats.

Mike loves the water as I do. He persuaded me into getting our first yacht.

Together, we like exploring new ports of call on the boat, treasure hunting in thrift stores and watching movies.

But, by far, my favorite activity is our annual “Christmas Day” date. For 5 years now Mike and I have gone downtown to see a movie. Then walk to the Daily Grill for Christmas brunch and enjoy the artistry of the yearly themed ginger-bread exhibit in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel. It’s magical.

What does spending time together mean to you?

For me, spending time together is anytime we are in the moment, being it a movie, a project on the boat, talking about the news or watching “House Hunters” on HGTV. It’s about leaving work and the outside world behind.

And there is nothing so wonderful as the feel of the boat as it gently shifts when Mike steps on board at the end of the day. Misha (our cat) is excited when Daddy gets home and we are once again together.

What is one of the most difficult things about being together?

We both need space from time to time.  Sometimes that can be difficult living on a boat.  Mike loves technology. He turns on Pandora in the morning and Facebook at night. I, on the other hand, am more into nature. I miss having a garden. I would rather read a book while listening to birds or a roaring ocean. I love going on long day hikes up in the mountains with the cell phone turned off.

I wouldn’t call this a difficult thing… it’s just a difference in what we like.

Reversely, what is the best thing about being together?

Some people see what they need and what they want as the same thing, but they are not. I’m finding what I need is much less complex as I grow older.

The best thing about being with Mike is that I see a future.  Both of us believe the little things are the little things and there is a much bigger picture of what our life is. I know it’s about the journey, but we don’t think as much about the journey as we move through it, it’s just more about being happy each day.

We are like a young couple in a first relationship. We text each other little happy notes every day. We take the time to acknowledge each other. We respect each other and even if we don’t always agree we listen to each other with an open mind. We communicate and that is very important to a healthy relationship.

It doesn’t matter our differences as individuals because what we have become as a couple is wonderful and strong and loving. We are good together. I am proud of what we have accomplished together and I am excited for our future.

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