The little things that make me happy here on Bliss Road~~Emily Keaton

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Our Anniversary

Today my sweet hubby and I are celebrating our wedding anniversary. Our 18th! It's not a major milestone or anything, but it's incredible to think that we've already been married for 18 years. Already!! WOW! Time flies when you are having fun!!! I am so blessed to be married to my very best friend. I have no idea where I'd be without him. Of course I'm a bit biased, but I think we make an awesome team, supportive partners in this life we share. Aristotle never met us, but I'm pretty sure he had us in mind when he said, "The whole is more than the sum of its parts." So true!

At lunch today, we reminisced about our wedding day and honeymoon trip, and had fun amazing our kids with some of our stories. ("Really, Mama? You had no idea where you were going on your honeymoon? Daddy planned it all himself and kept it a secret?") And I just finished flipping through our wedding album, too. It's amazing to me now how young we looked then. Who let these babes in arms get married?? We were definitely, as my mom likes to say, still wet behind the ears. :) I scanned one of my favorite photos from our wedding day to share with you today.
Now fast-forward 18 years to the portrait we had taken last month. We realized that it had been far too long since our last family portrait and decided we should have one taken (especially before our daughter's braces were to be put on last week). At the studio, the photographer asked if we wanted any other shots taken after the family ones: "Some of just the kids? Mom with the kids? Dad with the kids?" It suddenly hit me then that my hubby and I hadn't had a formal portrait taken of just us since, well, our wedding! So we had the photographer take a few of just the two of us, and this was our favorite. Just love how it turned out. :) So far we are having a super day. We celebrated with a round of mini-golf with the kids before lunch, and splurged on some of the best (bourbon) marinated steak tips {ever!} from a local specialty butcher shop to grill for supper. Yum! My mouth is watering already. And next on my list for today is to make a from-scratch cherry pie, my hubby's favorite dessert. The kids don't care for pie (I know, what happened there??), so they can celebrate along with us with ice cream. Hopefully there will be time for a few games together before the kids head off to bed. And after they're all tucked in, we're planning our favorite date night: popcorn and a movie here at home.

Now, how about a peek at the card I'll be giving my hubby later today?? It isn't a new one (I made it last fall), but I've been saving it for our anniversary because it's so perfect for my car-loving hubby, and I just love this sentiment from Unity.
After all that celebrating today, I'm just thrilled that there's STILL a day left to our holiday weekend. Yippee!!

I hope you are having a wonderful time on this holiday weekend! What have you been up to?

I plan to be back tomorrow for my very first Blogoversary. I can hardly believe that I've been blogging for nearly a full year now!! I'll have some blog candy to share this week, so please come back to help me celebrate. :)

Thanks for joining me for my little slice of bliss today!!!
Emily

23 comments:

Joan V said...

Happy Anniversary, Emily. Aw, you both looked like you were 16 yrs old in your wedding picture. Love your new portrait. Sounds like you had a lovely anniversary day.

Cute card with the little cars on it. Thanks for sharing your lovely day.

Marisa said...

Happy Anniversary, Emily!!! Our 15th was on the 1st. You look soooo young in your wedding picture - oh my! Nothing like this old gal when she married at 34 LOL! Love the updated photo too. So wonderful to have someone to travel through life with and your guy looks like a wonderfully caring man. (((hugs))) to you :)

Joanne Travis said...

Happy Anniversary, Emily! You two are adorable together :)

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Happy Anniversary, Emily! Thanks so much for sharing those photos! I must say you both look super young in your wedding photo! I love that you and hubby had a photo taken of just the two of you. Definitely something a lot of us forget when we are getting family portraits.
Have a wonderful day and evening!

Hugs!
Emily

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Happy Anniversary! Love that you shared a wedding photo :) I try to get family photos at least once a year, but even that's challenging, and I always have the camera out.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Happy 18th Anniversary Emily! Wonderful picture of the two of you- you look very young still and I love the idea of a formal portrait- we have not done that for a long time....! Enjoy the 4th!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Happy Anniversary Emily! Congrats to you and your hubby! Such a darling card! That paper is perfect for the sweet images!

Anita said...

Happy anniversary Emily! You are so right ... you both look sooo young in your wedding pictures. Love the new picture of you and your sweetie! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope your special day continues to be fantastic. (I have blog candy on my blog if you're interested)

Sue Lelli said...

Oh Emily! I just LOVE your wedding picture - what were you guys, about 12? And I LOVE the fast forward to today! What a GREAT photo to have of just the two of you! LOVE reading this post and the card for your DH is just so PERFECT!!! Happy Anniversary!!

~amy~ said...

Emily...happy anniversary!!!! Love the fun wedding pic and really love the recent pic of you two!!! Such the perfect card for your hubby!!

Meg said...

Happy Anniversary, Emily! You two look just as much in love now as you do in your wedding picture!

Love the car card-perfect sentiment for an anniversary. I'm also impressed that you were able to wait so long to give it to him.

Hope the four of you had a wonderful day and that the two of you had wonderful night!

onecraftymama said...

look at those babies! OMG, were you even legal??? lol
I love that you took a new portrait of the two of you - those are wonderful keepsakes, and once the kids come it's just not something you tend to think about. Happy, happy anniversary!

maryr917 said...

congrats on celebrating your 18th wedding anniversary emily, it is a big milestone in this day and age with so many break-ups-
I enjoyed reading your story and how you are honoring the day-love both your photos

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Look at you two-what a happy beautiful couple you make. Happy Anniversary to you both and I wish you many more years of wedded bliss. Love you card too-so cute.
Have a Happy 4th!

Bear Hugs,
Carol

Noelle Reese said...

Happy Anniversary! :)
Great card! I'll bet DH loved it!

Joanne (jojot) said...

Happy Anniversary....and I just love the warmth and love that exudes from your writing.....what a blessing for you both....

and....I am sure he will LOVE this card

Kristy Smith said...

Emily, congrats on 18 wonderful years! Being married to your best friend is absolutely wonderful, and I hope to be as happy as you are in another 15 years! =) Congrats again, and enjoy every minute of it!

ChristineCreations said...

First I love the card...it's just so cute! And how fun to see your wedding picture...and your most recent. A lovely happy couple :) Happy Anniversary Emily!

Benzi said...

Happy Anniversary, Emily...I'm just a bit late. Love the card and the sentiment is just perfect for that special man in your life. Love that you shared your photos.

Marlena M. said...

Congratulations! You two look great! ;)

Colleen Dietrich said...

What a delightful story, Emily! In your wedding pic, you guys look about 15 years old! Wow! LOVE the recent couple shot you did. You two are TOO cute! Happy Anniversary!

Leslie Miller said...

You look so cute! Then and now. I'm sure you felt pretty grown up when you got married, but it's funny to look back on those old pics now and see how young we really were. That's a great card you made for your sweet hubby. Happy anniversary!

suzARTe said...

Happy Anniversary Emily. 18 years to me is a milestone, wishing you both many more years of happiness together. I love both photo's, you two look very happy