Saturday, September 24, 2011

10 Years of Wedded Bliss

Three houses, three states, three kids, and seven court battles later, we celebrated our 10th anniversary on September 22. Leading up to the big day, I just kept thinking of all the trials we've endured as a couple, and I used that as an excuse to book a swanky hotel on Maui for our trip in November. I deserve it for hanging in there through thick and thin for 10 years (and counting)... right? :)

We were so young and unsuspecting...

The happy couple.

After we got married, we stayed at a hotel in Scottsdale, and then took off for Florida in the morning without anyone at all knowing where we were going. This was right after 9/11, so there was no one on our flight, and we got a primo room at a beach front hotel in Key Largo for just $99.

Someone please tell that lady to put on some major sunblock before going snorkeling so that she won't get a severe sunburn, the effects of which would show up on her back for the next two years!

After a few sun soaked days in Key Largo and Key West, we got ourselves a convertible and drove up the coast and then over to Epcot Center.

Ah, to be so young and carefree again!

What is the deal with this pic? Are we just giddy about being married or something?

When we got home, it was time to open our gifts. Here, I am showing 3 of the 5 crock pots we got. We kept that one in the middle, but somehow it got lost during our latest move - how do you lose a crock pot?

And at the end of the gift pile was an unmarked gift, wrapped in Christmas paper. Who could have given us such a treasure? Hahaha. I hope it wasn't any of you! :)

When we went out for our date on our anniversary, we just parked out in the desert and started talking about all that has lead up to this point... how we met, how we fell in love, how we ended up where we are, and everything in between. As we started listing the fun things we've done, the places we've been, and the memories we've made together, I started to realize that I put way too much emphasis on the hardships when I think back on our marriage. We have been so blessed in so many ways, and we have thousands of pictures to prove that we've had a wonderful life together... looking through some of the really old ones to find pictures for this blog reinforced that in my mind. And then to have my little Kallie show up in the kitchen this morning after I had just seen pictures of William and Kyle at her age - it was sweet to think of all I have. Who needs Maui?

Okay, me. Can't wait.