5 years ago, this is where we were…
After meeting in college, Dylan and I began dating at the end of 2002, and on July 15, 2006 we were married! (I wrote this a few weeks ago on our actual anniversary, but I wanted Dylan to approve before I posted.)
Our dads are both pastors, so they both officiated the ceremony.
It has been an amazing 5 years beginning with a honeymoon to San Francisco, CA. Since we were getting married in the heat of the summer, and we lived in Florida, the last thing we wanted was a tropical beach honeymoon. San Francisco was the perfect destination with plenty to do, and somewhat cool weather.
Dylan has always had a little hair on his head since he has such nice curls. After our wedding I gave him a buzz to see how it would look… we decided he looks better with the curls.
Soon after we were married we purchased our first home. If we knew then what we know now…(that the housing market would crash.) Our year was spent with many home improvement projects, and visits from both parents for help.
Celebrating our 6 month anniversary. (I’m pretty sure that was the only time we celebrated the half year.)
We love to camp, and have spent countless weekend in the last 5 years in our tent in the woods.We’ve been pretty much everywhere in Florida.
During the summer of 2007, I began grad school. This meant that I needed to be near a computer. For vacation we rented a car and drove all over New England. Dylan drove, and I navigated and worked on the computer.
For our 1 year anniversary we went to see Cirque Du Soleil, stayed in a swanky hotel, and went out to eat at our favorite restaurant. (Which is no longer in Orlando.)
We actually had two weddings, as a friend of ours who is an amazing party planner hosted another wedding for us a little over a year after our first. Unfortunately, I was murdered at this second wedding, and the rest of the time the guests tried to figure out how I died. It was a murder mystery party! My sad husband drowned his sorrows with wine.
Other highlights of the year include many trips to Disney World (Animal Kingdom in this picture) and our annual trip north to Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey for Christmas.
Back to Disney when my sister visited, and more camping
Easter with our friends here in Orlando
We had planned to go away for the weekend, but spur of the moment decided to make it a 4 day weekend, take off work and go snorkeling in the Florida Keys.
A few weeks later we made Thanksgiving into a week long vacation in New Orleans, Louisiana
And at the end of 2008 I graduated with my masters!
2009 – A year of great vacations!
In February, Dylan’s family visited for a week. We went to Blue Springs and saw the manatees.
We also made a trip to Crystal River, in an attempt to snorkel with the manatees. Turns out the name Crystal River is quite misleading. Apparently there were manatees swimming right by us, but the water was so murky that we did not know. Oh,and even with our wetsuits, it was freezing. (left)
I wanted a new end table set, but I could not find what I wanted in the stores. We purchased the table I wanted unfinished, and my wonderful husband spent hours staining the table black, and covering it with a sealant. I know paint would have been easier, but I wanted stain, so that I could see the wood. Of course the project was my idea, but Dylan ended up doing all of the work. That happens often. (right)
Date night at our favorite local mom & pop restaurant. The food is gourmet, and the only 2 employees are the husband and wife owners.(Left)
A visit to Cypress Gardens. Who knew that was one of the last times it would be open under that name. It was sold and will now be Lego Land. (right)
A memorial Day trip to Savannah, Georgia
Trip of a lifetime to Vancouver, Canada.
followed by a Cruise to Alaska
And some time walking on Glaciers and exploring the Kanai Peninsula, and Anchorage.
Later that summer, we visited Dylan’s parents, and went on a Ducky Tour of Pittsburgh and attended a friends wedding.
For Labor day we invited 18 of our closest friends to go camping with us at Juniper Springs. We shared our love of snorkeling.
In November we took a cruise to Grand Cayman Island, Belize City, Belize, Rotan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico.
Did I mention that we love snorkeling?
Long bike rides…
Ultimate Frisbee with friends…
Dylan was in To Kill a Mocking Bird. He was Bob Yule, the bad guy, so he grew out his hair and beard to look scruffy. Hours after the last performance he shaved, and got a hair cut.
Weekend at Sebastian Inlet. Can you tell we love getting away and heading to the beach?
Weekend in Tampa, Clearwater and Saint Petersburg.
Impromptu photo shoot (left.)
Long weekend in the southern Georgia coast, north of Jacksonville for Memorial Day weekend.
Love the beautiful beaches. The center below is one of my favorites!
Dylan’s cousin and his wife came to visit, and we took a trip to Sea World
Summer brought a wonderful 2 week long vacation (longer for me) to California. First stop, Hollywood
We went backpacking with my sister and her BF.
Checked out the crazy people at Venice Beach… oh that’s my sister and her bf. Love you sis! There was also plenty of hiking.
We made the drive out to Vegas where we stayed for 3 days.
We also visited the Hoover Dam, and Red Rocks. I’m not much of a city person, but enjoy nature.
Love the camera remote and the gorilla pod.
We also saw the tar pits, the taping of a game show, the Griffith observatory, Riverside and I’m sure a few other things I’m forgetting.
On the way to San Diego we stopped at a winery. The picture below was taken by my sister.
In San Diego we visited the main tourist attractions including yelling at the people who now think that they should be allowed in seal beach, instead of the seals.
It was unplanned, but Dylan’s two cousins, and parents were in town at the same time, so we hung out with them for a few days.
Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego
Loved our sunset hike in Torrey Pines, Gorgeous!
Don’t tell, but for our actual 4th anniversary we were across the country form each other. I stayed in California another week, and Dylan went back to Florida since he does not have as much vacation time as I do. We celebrated the day later on with a dinner out, using a gift card his aunt sent. We feel like its not the actual day that is important, but celebration with each other.
Dylan loves to act, and was given the lead role in the Musical Bye Bye Birdie.
His mom even came down to see him.
As with pretty much any long weekend for Memorial Day, we left town. Sanibel Island and Naples was the destination of the the weekend.
The last day of our trip we visited Honeymoon Island, it was a bit of a hike, but deserted once we arrived. It was wonderful!
In October we got some exciting news!
I was a little over anxious with the tests! Finally Dylan agreed that it must be true, a baby is on the way!
Thanksgiving week we took a cruise, this time to the Western Caribbean. We invited both sets of parents, and shared some exciting news “We’re having a baby!” It is the first grandchild for both sides.
We visited Gran Turk, Saint Maarten, San Juan and Half Moon Cay.
Guess what we did? Snorkeled!!!
In December we saw “ICE.” When they say it will be cold, they are not lying! Especially since we live in Florida and are used to hot temperatures!
Over Christmas vacation, we visited the house from a Christmas Story. It happens to be near my parents home near Cleveland.
2011 – What a great year!
Dylan had another lead role in a play (left) and we visited the Strawberry Festival (right)
Showers in Cleveland and Pittsburgh
We were blessed with a shower from my friends at work, and our friends from church.
We spent a lot of time rearranging, and getting ready for the baby.
My belly continued to grow and we became more excited for our arrival!
Memorial Day weekend, we followed our tradition of getting away, and had a baby-moon in Saint Augustine.
June 18, 2011 – Our lives changed in the best way ever. Kyton was born, and we became a family.
Dylan is a wonderful daddy to our little boy. When he arrives home from work, he puts everything else aside and spends time with his son. They both love the Moby wrap and taking family walks. Dylan holds him close and whispers in his ear or sings to him.
Dylan, On our fifth anniversary, as I look at the images of our marriage. I love the first five years we had together and all of things we were able to do, and see. How we built such a strong marriage with so much love and trust, and built on our faith. I knew when I married you that we were going to have an amazing life, but I had no idea how blessed we’d be.
Thanks for an amazing five years! I’m looking forward to many more!