Thursday, August 21, 2008

8 Years Ago, I Kissed a Boy and I Liked It...

He liked it too. So we decided to get married.

The weather was nice right up until it was time for our outside reception to start. There was a thunder and lightning storm followed by sheets and sheets of downpouring rain. A tornado touched down somewhere in the valley. But everyone who braved the weather kept telling us that a rainy wedding day is good luck.

And it was.

It was good luck at How to Host a Murder parties.

It was good luck on the beach.

And on graduation day.

Christmas time too.

And pretty much all the time.

Now 7 years and 3 kids later we are on our way to living happily ever after (well, most days).

A few things you may not know about Ryan and me:

1. We've lived in 5 apartments and 1 house.

2. Two of the apartments were HORRID. I could go on and on about them. One didn't even have heat and that was just the tip of the iceberg.

3. Today we look back on those poor newlywed years with great nostalgia.

4. We would both be willing to pay an obscene amount of money to sleep in one morning until 8:00. Make that 8:30.

5. Our 2 recurring arguments are: a) Ryan's less than perfect punctuality near the dinner hour, and b) when we are moving back to Utah. He says never. She says tomorrow.

6. We went on our honeymoon to Idaho. It wasn't as bad as it sounds.

7. Our first date was to a Ukrainian dance concert.

8. Neither of us are big on birthdays, anniversaries, or Valentine's Day. He'll probably stop by the gas station on his way home from work tonight to pick up a card. And that's OK.

9. Our ideal date is a nice dinner and a movie. Our typical date is pizza and Netflix.

10. We love sweets and always split a dessert when we go out to dinner.

11. He's in charge of the yard work; I'm in charge of the housework. Neither has any desire to do the other's job.

12. He's in charge of making the money; I'm in charge of spending it.


Janie said...

Your wedding was so beautiful - the rain made the flowers shimmer and you were glowing too! I love you guys - Happy Anniversary!!!!

PS - I take no responsibility for the apartment without heat... :) :)

kellibattraw said...

I love this post... it's fun to see you through the years. : )

Melissa said...

You just need to get kids like Adam and Branson. We sleep in until 8:00 or 8:30 pretty much on a daily basis (well, at least Brandon does, I've been a good girl lately and have been going to the gym at 7). ;) We love you guys so much! Congrats on your happy life! Now all you need is a new couch and you can move completely away from those newlywed years! ;)

Anonymous said...

Great post! It made me smile! I love all the pics! It looks like y'all have had a fun married life thus far!

Oh, the memories we have of our poor and humble makes you stronger and the laughter from it helps too!

Erica said...

i remember that downpour, it was crazy. but your reception was still fabulous and you were so beautiful! you have such a cute family & it's so fun to read about everything you are up to. happy anniversary!

Mary Ann Carlile said...

Happy Anniversary! I still remember that day well, and the downpour too! I kept thinking, "Poor Sara, what are they going to do?!" It turned out beautifully!

Roger & AnnaLee said...

Wow. . . it is fun to see pictures of your wedding day. We met shortly after you had the 'bruiser'.

I cannot believe how fast your children have grown and how darling. Time flies when you are having fun. Happy anniversary! Enjoy where you are now for if and when you do move, you will miss the years you had in Alabama and the wonderful friendships there.

PS. I always wondered who was the cause of the tornado in Utah. Did you bring it with you the years i was there in Alabama?

Kristi Taylor Askew said...

Oh, Sara, 7 years and counting! That's just so wonderful. I'm so thrilled that you and Ryan are so happy and well. Love your little family and I agree with YOU - come home to Utah tomorrow! We miss you too much.

snbjork said...

That was too fun! Thank you for sharing and.....


P.S. Did you ever think you would have three kids by the time you hit your 7th anniversary???

karen said...

You have a great way of posting things. I enjoy them so much. I am with you on getting out of Alabama. However I think I am stuck here too.

Lisha said...

I love your posts, and I want to get better and fun little tidbits! Congrats on another great year!

Lorie said...

Wow, I can't believe it's been 7 years. That flew by. I totally remember that day, and it was beautiful even with the rain.

Petunia said...

That was a great post. I love the way you use pictures because they convey so much along with your words. I fondly remember that How to Host a Murder. It made me happy you do too. Congratulations on 8 happy years.