Tuesday, August 19, 2008

7 Years

Yesterday was mine and Blaine's 7th wedding anniversary. To celebrate, we did something that we've never done before...left the kids at home while we went "away" on a romantic little getaway. We bid on priceline.com for a hotel in downtown Denver and we were happy to get the Grand Hyatt for a reasonable price. The white bedspread and luxury accommodations sure beat our recent La Quinta Inn stay with the nasty, multi-colored bedspread (what ARE they trying to hide with those hideous things?)

Anyway, I was worried about how well Ez would do with my parents as he has recently been experiencing extreme separation anxiety and stranger danger. But, the old adage out of sight out of mind proved true in this case as Mom and Dad reported that both Bella and Ez were perfect and that everyone had fun in our absence. Hmmm, maybe we should do this more often...

Needless to say, we had a fabulous time alone. It was fun to be right downtown and to walk to the 16th street outdoor mall where we dined, experienced the street entertainment, did some shopping, and just enjoyed the ambiance and each other's uninterrupted company. BTW, a big THANK YOU to Mom and Dad for making our getaway possible!

It was also very sweet to get home and to know that even though the kids were having a great time with Grandma and Grandpa, that they missed us, too. When Ez saw us, he started laughing and army crawled to us in high gear. My Mom said that right after breakfast this morning Bella asked when her Mom and Dad would be home. Grandma said, "After lunch." With out missing a beat, Bella asked, "Can I have lunch?" I love the way her mind works!

Celebrating our anniversary has caused me to ponder our life together so far. Statistically speaking, most marriages and relationships end after 7 years, hence the popular reference to the 7 year itch. Well, we have some statistics of our own that we have accumulated over the past wonderful 7 years.

2 phenomenal, miracle children
1 apartment, 1 summer at Tiff's house, and 2 houses
1 Bachelor's degree and 1 and a half Masters' degrees
Endless support
Eternal love
Millions of "I love yous"
Lots of laughter and some tears, too
4 vacations to Mexico, 1 vacation to Chile and Argentina, 1 to Mt. Rushmore, too many to Utah, not enough to California, a few to Oklahoma and Oregon, and 1 to Vegas (Oh, wait, our car broke down there...that wasn't really a vacation, was it?)
Dozens of dreams that came true
An enormous amount of hugs and kisses
Not enough sleeping in together
Much joy and happiness
More than enough poopy diapers (but, still hoping for more...)
And loads and loads of fun

I feel extremely blessed to have married my best friend and I look forward to accumulating more and more statistics with each passing year. Babe, I am so grateful that the sun rises and sets with you in my life.


Heather said...

Wow, happy anniversary!!! I am so glad that you got away together, that is always so nice. We are creepin up on our 10th - where does the time go?

Alison said...

Congrats on your anniversary!! Its always fun to get away together. Now you're going to wonder how you went so long w/o doing this before!

Robb and Kris said...

Happy anniversary! We learned a few years back that the getaways are a necessity even though the logistics can get to be tough with the kiddos. Now, we probably sneak in too many...hee hee. What a fun day!

Jolayne said...

Holy Cow! What a fun idea. We'll have to try that sometime. Who needs an anniversary to get away?

Lisa said...

Happy Anniversary! What a sweet post. Sounds like you two had a fun get-a-way.

P.S. The lack of sleeping is is totally worth it huh!?

Moose and Family said...

Happy Happy Anniversary!! Life wouldn't be complete without our husbands. It sounds like you had a nice little get away.

estanworth said...

Good for you guys getting away! We try to do something once a year without children. We just celebrated our 8th year anniversary- Congrats!!

shelly said...

Congratulations guys, happy anniversary!

The Mohrs said...

AHHHH!! Happy Anniversary!!! Good job on getting away.

KrisJ said...

Oh my goodness that was so sweet I about cried! You two are adorable together! Congrats on making it to 7!! After that it just gets easier!

Leslie said...

Happy Anniversary! Get aways like that are wonderful! Sometimes in our busy lives we forget that we are married to our best friend and having that time alone can be renewing to that love and friendship.

Steve and Kelli Fam said...

I didn't know you liked poopy diapers that much. I'll send a truck load your way :)
Happy Anniversary guys. Glad you were able to get away. Such a rare treat! We did it for the first time right before Kaia was born. Mom and Dad Allen came and we went to the Bahamas for 3 days. It took us 8 years so you guys got lucky with 7. It must be your lucky number.
This was a great post and I think you guys are both fabulous!!!
Love ya.
Kelli and Steve

Tiffany said...

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for moving your wedding date so that I could get married the week before you. :) heh heh.

Jessie and kids said...

happy anniversary. there is nothing better than being married to your best friend and true love~