11 Years


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It’s hard to believe that 11 years ago today, I was standing in a little chapel in Las Vegas getting married by a minister with spiked hair and a tail. A pink plastic corsage was affixed to the hot pink Betsey Johnson mini-dress I wore and I had a bubblegum machine pink light-up plastic ring that was used when we exchanged vows. My real ring was being made.

Scott has lost so many wedding bands over the years that I can’t even remember what his looked like. Put that man near an ocean, and watch him lose a wedding band.

What I do remember is that everyone said it wouldn’t last. Well, we lasted. Over a decade and a child later, we lasted.

Scott is my best friend, my confidante, my cheerleader, one of very people in the world whom I truly trust; the only person I want to talk to when I’ve had a bad day, and the first person I want to call when I have amazing news or something fabulous happened.

I always loved my husband and the majority of days I’ve even liked him. I won’t say we’ve never fought. We’ve had our share of doosies; we’re both passionate people and when you put two of those in a room, every once in awhile all that passion collides and fireworks ensue. But we always kiss and make up.

I fell in love with my husband in a whole new way just over 5 years ago when Skylar came on the scene. I took this picture Friday afternoon with my iPhone at a Mother’s Day luncheon at her school. Scott and I were both in attendance and couldn’t believe what a big girl she is now and how much joy she brings us.

Skylar smiling in a grassy field

He is the most amazing father. I could not ask for a better father to her. I am truly blessed and she is truly blessed to have such a doting, caring, attentive, giving, and loving father.

She made this for me for Mother’s Day at school and all the kids presented their moms with their gifts. It’s a little easel, with a tiny canvas she painted and decorated, and a photo of her is affixed to the canvas. And there was a hand-made card, too. I melted.

Mini easel canvas present

It’s been quite the 24 hours for me. Mother’s Day and my anniversary.

I need to go buy more Kleenex. Lots of Hallmark happy tears have been shed.

Picture of skylar on painted mini canvas

It’s been a crazy, wonderful, exciting, and amazing 11 years with Scott, and 5+ as a family. I can’t wait to see what the future brings.

Ironically, on this day last year for our 10 Year Anniversary, I was sitting in the Atltanta-Hartsfield airport en route to Aruba. I’d like to buy airline tickets as our belated anniversary present to us, to our family, but I have to wait for the school year to wrap up and then maybe we’ll get lost for awhile.

Aruba beach with ships

I should probably cook something special for dinner tonight. But I’m not.

And we’re not going out. We’re homebodies these days.

However, I took care of the beverages. That’s the next post. Holy moly, so good.

Dessert? I’ve got that covered, too. I’m thinking these. Funfetti is always fun for a celebratory day.

Cookie Butter funfetti triple chip bars

Do you have any dating, wedding, or marriage stories?

In some ways it feels like just the blink of an eye that we were saying I do. In another sense, it feels like a lifetime ago because I can’t even imagine what it feels like to be single or without a child. Overall though, 11 years have gone fast. Really, really fast. I can’t even believe it some days!

Any Mother’s Day stories?

I had a wonderful day. I cooked and baked a ton, we went for a family power walk, the sun was shining and it was in the low 70s. A picture perfect day.

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  1. OKAY, here I go on my soapbox… ahem…

    I love this post! I feel like so many woman bad-mouth their husbands these days, like they’re just some random idiots they live with. I love when I see a couple who actually enjoys each other, as I do with my Guy. Sounds like you and yours are full of love and I wish you decades more together (even though it’s a little late!). Oh and your sweet little girl – gah! What an adorable package of cuteness she is!

    1. Thanks, Erin. Yes, not to sound cheesy, but we actually are more in love now than 11 years ago. It’s a deep, patient, through-thick-and-thin kind of love that has grown. I hope all those bashers find their soul mate one day :)

  2. Your blog is such a joy to follow and I thought of this post today on MY own 11th wedding anniversary. I have two kids (4 and 2) and my older daughter and I spend so many evenings and weekends on your blog, going through the all of the beautiful photos and picking out easy treats to make together. I’ve commented many times before, but really wanted to say just a few things here-
    1. Congratulations on a great marriage and 11 years going strong!
    2. Thank you so much for creating a blog filled with easy, delicious treats for women like myself – working moms, who want to share in fun kitchen projects with our young children. Your recipes are not scary and you use ingredients that I almost always have in my kitchen already, or can access easily at the regular grocery store. I’m all for specialty ingredients, but they’re simply not a part of my life right now with two kids and zero spare time!
    3. Skylar is such a beautiful child and I’ve enjoyed watching her grow over the years also!
    Cheers to you!

    1. Thanks for this wonderful comment, Neena. It’s fun for me to hear that you spend time with your daughter picking out recipes and cook together. I love hearing from people like yourself who make my recipes b/c you almost always have the ingredients in your pantry and the recipes are do-able. Yes, that is my goal! I am so glad that they work for you and your life and thank you so much for reading this comment…it made my day!! :)

  3. Happy Anniversary to you and Scott. Your wedding sounds awesome – please post us some pics if you have them. Skylar is a doll!

    1. You are so sweet, thank you! And thanks for all your pins you do! You are so good with that!