10 years ago today I married my best friend. I was 22 years old. We met in a bar at 1:50 am the day after Canada Day and went on our first date two days later, which was 14 years ago today.
9 years ago we were married for a second time in front of all our family and friends. The first time around was a romantic elopement of sorts; this time there was a horse and carriage and big white dress.
8 things we love to do together: watch James Bond movies, spend time at the cottage, swim, entertain friends, laugh, sleep-in, run (him on rollerblades), explore the great outdoors with our kids.
7 years ago we finally went on our honeymoon. Two weeks in British Columbia (one in Vancouver, one in Tofino). It was confirmed that we can never share a kayak. That we both love the ocean. That my husband is a decent surfer. That we can go for a long time without talking but can also talk for a long time about nothing. That we don’t have a lot in common except a love of the outdoors.
6 pets that have come and gone (our first ‘kids’). Two shelties and four calico cats. Oh the crazy calico cats.
5 things I love about my husband: his sense of humour, his calm patience, his crinkly-eyed smile, how handy and hard-working he is, and how he loves his boys to the moon and back.
4 homes that we’ve shared together. One country house, one basement abode, our first house, and now our second home, found after 18 months of ‘we’ll never find it’ looking.
3 boys share our life with us. We are both only children and now find ourselves in a noisy family of five. Most of the time we don’t know what we’re doing and the nuances of siblings relationships are like Greek to us but we love our family and wouldn’t have it any other way.
2 rings now adorn my finger. One with the dates of both our weddings and the second with the names of our three boys.
1 shared life: a house in the suburbs, a minivan, three boys, 2 cats. A banker, a photographer, a big loving (and complicated) extended family, wonderful friends, and more happiness than we could ever have imagined.