Jul 28, 2014

Celebrating 7 Years: Real Life & a Walk Down Memory Lane


I woke up this morning so irritated at D. Last night was our last night sleeping on our comfy rental mattress. We have to give it back today and start sleeping on an air mattress again (our stuff STILL isn't here--shoot me). Instead of sleeping soundly (like one hopes to sleep their last night of comfort for a while), I slept horribly...mostly because D stole all the covers. Blanket, sheet...the whole shebang. I tugged and fought the sleeping bear, but continually lost. He happily snored away, oblivious to my dilemma...and I shivered all night until I finally got up to find another blanket. Naturally, after getting up, I couldn't fall back asleep. Story of my life.

D got up at his usual time to get ready for work. I silently rejoiced that he was gone. I was ready to get one solid hour of good sleep in before I needed to get up myself. Unfortunately, sleep alluded me again, so I rolled out of bed and grumpily made my way downstairs for breakfast. When I walked in the kitchen, D was standing there with a sheepish look on his face. He knew I hadn't slept well...and he knew I was going to give him crap about it. But before I could get an angry word out of my mouth, he walked over gave me a big 'ol D-sized hug, and said "Happy Anniversary, my love. Best 7 years of my life!" 

Well, dang it. Not only did he steal my furied thunder, he made me remember what I forgot--our 7th wedding anniversary. I mean, I knew last night that our anniversary was today, but in my fog of annoyance and lack of sleep, I forgot. We'd also kind of already celebrated our anniversary last weekend at Disney, so again, I forgot. The look on his face, the words he said...how does one yell at another after such a sweet morning greeting? One can't. So, I held my tongue. Then, he handed me a hot cup of coffee, fixed just the way I like it, and all that anger I woke up with just washed away.

This is what 7 years of wedded bliss looks like, folks. Waking up on the wrong side of the bed, forgiving cups of coffee, and eating crow after your husband remembers an important milestone and you...well...don't. Most days, you'll see all our bright-shiny marriage moments. Those are my favorites to share. You bloggers know what I mean. We looovee to share the good...what bad?! There's no bad! Just don't look behind the curtain. Even after all the years we've spent together (13.5 including the dating years), the gosh honest truth is...we don't always get it right. We argue and bicker, we overlook and forget. We nitpick and hold grudges, we say things we don't mean and let our own agendas overshadow the important moments in life. This morning, I almost let something so silly as a bad night's sleep tarnish the beginning of a special day. Thankfully, D knows me better than anyone and knew just how to melt my icy attitude with a few simple words.

Even in the not-so-shiny moments, one truth remains constant--our love and respect for one another and our marriage. This morning, I felt 7 years of hard work, trust, and heart-racing, passionate love bear-hug me right there in our kitchen. No amount of lost sleep could be more important those 15 seconds. So, I swallowed my grief, smiled up at D, and thanked him for giving me the 7 most incredible years of my life. We drank our coffee, ate our eggs, and I sent him off to work with one heck of a kiss. I'll suffer through 100 more years of crappy sleep if it means I can wake up to that man every morning. And that's also the gosh honest truth.

Happy 7 years, best friend. You make me better. Everyday.

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And now for a fun & embarrassing walk down 7 years of memory lane....

Engagement announcement photo 2007 // Wiesbaden 2014

Just hitched! July 28, 2007 // Wiesbaden 2014

First dance as husband and wife, July 28, 2007 // Wiesbaden 2014

Still enjoying alcohol together...typical. ;) July 28, 2007 // Salzburg, Austria 2014

Jamaican Honeymoon, July 2007 // Wiesbaden 2014

Day we brought Tuck home for the first time 2006 // Reunited with our baby dog! June 2014

First Married Christmas in NC 2007 // 6th Married Christmas in Germany 2014

 1st Anniversary--Destin, Fl 2008 // 2nd Anniversary--Emerald Isle, NC 2009 // 3rd Anniversary--Tulum, Mexico 2010

4th Anniversary--Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany  2011 // 5th Anniversary--Lake Constance, Germany 2012 // 6th Anniversary--Riquewihr, France 2013

7th Anniversary--DISNEY WORLD!! 2014

Can't wait to see what the future brings! 

42 comments:

  1. Seven years looks fantastic on both of you! Happy, happy anniversary. (By the way, stop writing posts the keep making me cry—I'm a blubbering mess over here!)

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  2. You guys are just adorable. Congrats. I love seeing people still happily married in a society full of so many young divorcees. Cheers to you! x

    V

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    1. It's a tough world for married people out there these days. I couldn't imagine not being with D! Thank you for the congrats! :)

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  3. Congrats!!! Ugh, I so needed to hear this this morning. I am the queen of giving my husband a hard time, and I am trying so hard to break the habit and be more encouraging, it's nice to know that I am not the only one that struggles sometimes.

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  4. Aww! I loved looking through all the photos. You guys are a beautiful couple. It was funny to read the intro, because it's true. Everything. We get caught up in the silly things sometimes, that we forget the important stuff. Well, I'm glad his bear hugs helped you remember. I wish you lots and lots more years together. You both are one of my favorite couples online. Good luck with Florida in these next few years and Happy Anniversary! :)

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    1. Such silly things! If I had a dollar for every stupid thing I yelled at D for, I'd probably be ashamed to say I was a wealthy woman! HA! Thanks for all the well wishes...and for your continued readership & support! :)

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  5. Love this! Everything about it! Happy Anniversary!!

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  6. Aww I loved this post, it's so fun to reminisce :) You two make such a cute couple, happy anniversary!!

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  7. Aw this post made me smile, happy anniversary you guys!

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  8. What a great story and great life lesson! It's so true. Married life isn't always what it seems (especially on blogs), but it's SO worth it. Happy anniversary!

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  9. OMG - Baby Tucker! Melt my heart. I think y'all are getting better looking with age!

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  10. Happy Anniversary!!! And you're so right, marriage and relationships are hard work and yes, we tend to only share the good, but like all of us, there is always bad too. It's so important though to remember all the good does really outweigh the bad! Have a lovely day with your love! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Casey! So true, every relationship has its low points, too. We're not perfect. We mess up. The good really does outweigh the bad, though!

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  11. This is so stinkin cute! You two are an amazing couple! Happy Anniversary!

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  12. Read this on my phone, and had to come back on my computer to say how much I loved this post! This story was so great, loved how it turned around and your perspective on it all. Happy Anniversary to you guys.

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  13. Really lovely post - celebrating two years with my hubs on the 31st and looking forward to making it 7 and beyond :)

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  14. Happy anniversary! Those are some really beautiful photos of the two of you and I'm sure great memories for you!

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  15. You lived in Germany and haven't adopted two duvets?! I lived in Hamburg for a few months and came back converted. Why would we have one shared duvet which isn't the right thickness for either of us and then end up fighting over it when we can each have our own?

    Happy Anniversary!

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  16. You guys are the cutest!! Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Hugs, Ashley! Lots and lots of hugs to you!

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  17. Happy Anniversary! You guys make the most adorable couple! I wish you many more years of marriage <3

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  18. Happy anniversary!! You guys are so cute :)

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  19. You two look still so happy! :) I wish me and my boyfriend could reach as many years as you together :)

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    1. Thank you!! And I'm sure if you continue to treasure one another, you will! :)

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  20. Such a delightful, happy post to read! :) Made my afternoon!

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    1. So happy to hear that! Thanks for your sweet words!

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  21. Love the comparison photos, and I had that awesome layered and super flat ironed hair back then too!

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  22. Happy Anniversary! Spending it at Disney, top notch. Love when you get up grumpy and then eat your words/feelings. Much better than staying grumpy

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  23. Happy anniversary!

    Thanks for sharing what it's like "behind the curtain." I've been reading blogs for years and most bloggers only share the good stuff (like you said). I live with my boyfriend and we bicker at times and things get rough sometimes, especially when one of us wakes up on the wrong side of the bed. But after reading all these blogs about all these perfect marriages, I started to compare my relationship with theirs (or at least what they showed on their blogs). I started overthinking-- which lead to me worry that me and Kevin aren't meant to be together just because we bicker about laundry piles or whatever it may be.

    Luckily, I realized that people tend to only share the good things & that all couples bicker at times. It's just another joy of living so close to someone. I wish more bloggers would drop the "We are perfect!" image and just be real. I'm not saying to share your dirty laundry or every argument or whatever, but to just stop pretending that they never get annoyed at each other because they're just soooo perfectly in love. (I hope I don't sound harsh! haha)

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  24. Happy Happy Anniversary ... Congrats on 7 years!!! that is awesome. we are going to be 10 years in November. it is amazing how time flies. i love all the shots of your guys. what a cute couple you are. big big hugs. ( :

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  25. Congratulations hope there are many more happy years ahead of you

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  26. Happy Happy Anniversary!!!! :)

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  27. Ahhhh I love your trip down memory lane!!!!! Congratulations on your anniversary!
    http://johced-ourjourneytoeverywhere.blogspot.com/

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  28. happy anniversary, lovebirds! the walk down memory lane made me tear up with happiness for you :)

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  29. Congrats Casey! And I cannot help but notice: year after year you look more stunning! ;)
    Wandering Polka Dot

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