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Two Years Later

November 14, 2016

Two years ago today, I nervously took what felt like both the longest and shortest walk of my life. But when I reached the other end of the aisle and A took my hand, I knew that walk was the beginning of one of the greatest adventures of my life.

Two years later, I still feel that way.

We still talk about our wedding day as the best day ever and the greatest wedding we’d ever been to, but honestly the days in between then and now have been just as sweet. We may have said “see you later” more often than either of us would have liked, but we got to follow those up with some wonderful homecomings.

In those two years, we’ve built our dream home. We’ve traveled, experienced new things together and fought and made up. We’ve made so many amazing memories all while filling our life together with laughter, random dancing in the kitchen and lots and lots of love.

I may be celebrating solo this year, but that doesn’t mean I feel any less loved. Happy anniversary to my favorite guy. Here’s to many, many, many, many more!

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Traditional Second Wedding Anniversary Gifts

November 4, 2016
Traditional second wedding anniversary gifts

When A and I got married, we decided to stick to traditional gifts for each wedding anniversary. Ok. If I’m being honest, A had nothing to do with the decision. It was all my idea, but he got on board pretty quickly. So with our anniversary coming up, it’s time to start looking for traditional second wedding anniversary gifts!

The traditional second anniversary gift is cotton which sounds a little dull on the surface, but when I started brainstorming, I found that there were a lot of great options out there! That’s the great part of traditional wedding gifts: you can get really creative with your interpretation of the theme.

Traditional Second Wedding Anniversary Gifts


When you think cotton, you don’t necessarily think art, but if you have something done on canvas, it totally counts! You could do a wedding photo or your first dance lyrics and places like Shutterfly do them for fairly reasonable prices.

Another fun option is this custom cross stitch piece from Etsy. It’s so stinking cute and would be a great family heirloom!


You may think that bedding sounds a little too practical to be a good anniversary gift, but then you’ve never slept on these Vera Wang sheets. They’re a little on the pricey side, but are amazingly soft and last a really long time. I heart mine.

If you want to go with something a little less expensive (and more DIY), these scripted pillowcases could be super cute! If the DIY route isn’t for you, this one would be perfect. Most use your first dance song lyrics, but you could also do your wedding vows! I’m definitely leaning towards this option for A’s gift.

Clothing and accessories

Another great way to give traditional second wedding anniversary gifts is clothing and accessories! I love this funny cotton apron for when A’s in the kitchen; now if only I could convince him to wear it. If your guy is a little more conservative, these anniversary socks or cuff links are nice options too.  Last, but not least, can someone buy me these warming slippers? Don’t they look cozy?!

How would you give cotton as an anniversary present?


Four Years Later

August 15, 2016

You know that saying about time flying when you’re having fun? Well it’s true and I know it to be so because yesterday, A and I woke up to find that it was our 4th dateaversary.

Four years ago yesterday, A and I met at a local restaurant for the very first time. A few hours later, we’d eaten all of our food and it was waaaaay past my bed time, but it’s safe to say that date had a life-changing impact on both of us.

We celebrate August 14 every year, even if it’s just dinner at that same restaurant. This year, we took it to the next level and went to Savannah for the weekend. We had a great time and were able to reconnect a little bit after a few really crazy weeks. I’ll share more about that trip over the next few days.

But for today I thought it might be fun to share a little bit more about our relationship, especially for those of you who are new ’round these parts. Sorry. Cleary, I’m still not quite done with Savannah.

  • I was dead set against dating A because I did not want to date someone in the military.  And here I am four years later, a proud Navy wife.
  • We’ve traveled to seven states, three new countries and two continents since we’ve been together. I didn’t even have a passport until we got ready to go on our honeymoon.
  • On our fourth date, A’s truck was broken into, my purse was stolen, we had to fill out a police report and then he met my parents. But he still came back a few days later for our 5th date.
  • We’ve been through 2 deployments, 1 three-month training program, countless business trips and have been separated for almost half of the time we’ve been a couple.
  • In that same amount of time, we’ve been through a pinning ceremony, had many amazing homecoming celebrations and weathered quite a few storms that only made us stronger and more respectful of the time we do have together.

Four years down, forty more (at least) to go!


My Parents’ Marriage

August 5, 2016

Yesterday my parents celebrated 32 years of marriage. As a semi-newlywed that number is mind-blowing to me.  What’s even more mind-blowing is everything they have accomplished and gone through in those 32 years, all while remaining steadfast in their love for each other and for their family.

Frankly it makes my heart swell and how could it not?

All my childhood, I looked up to them as the picture of what marriage should be. They taught me that marriage should be a partnership, with two people giving and taking and supporting each other throughout their life. Marriage should be growing and learning and experiencing new things together. Marriage should be something you work at to nourish and preserve.

My parents’ marriage is all of those things and I so incredibly thankful that in a world of the short-lived, they have stood the test of time.

32 years is an amazing milestone, but I know that they have 32 (or more) years full of amazing moments ahead. Happy anniversary, you two crazy kids!


31 Days of Dating

August 1, 2016

You guys. It’s August. Where did my summer go and how can I get it back?! I’m officially in that weird place where I both want time to stop because we have some not so fun stuff in our future and hurry up because we have some very fun stuff in our future.  Today we’re focusing on the super fun stuff: our 4 year dateaversary! Yes it’s a thing and yes we celebrate it! Well I force us to celebrate, but it’s kind of the same thing. This year, I’ve decided to go BIG and date my husband every day for an entire month.

What the what?!

I know it sounds a little crazy, but we won’t get to spend our wedding anniversary together this year so I’m channeling all of that energy into our dateaversary.  My plan is this: every day this month, I will do something to date my husband. They won’t all be actual dates; that would be far too pricey. There will be a mix of small gestures and evenings out throughout the month that hopefully make him feel extra loved. And because I can’t help it: I’m sharing my plan with you all! But shhh…don’t tell A!

31 Days of DatingSo what do you say? Do you all want to date your husbands/fiances/boyfriends along with me?! You can do as many or as few of these prompts as you want and in any order that works for you. Feel free to make them your own and share what it looks like when you date all month long using the #31DaysofDating hashtag on social media!