August 28, 2013

Day to Day Adventures (Insta-Gratitude Week 35)

This is a very special week.  At the end of this week, my husband & I will spend our five year wedding anniversary somewhere incredibly awesome.  

The truth is we celebrate our marriage every day in little tiny ways.  I recently heard a friend say that they were celebrating their "dating" anniversary and the concept seemed so foreign to me.  As cheesy as it may be, every day in our lives is a small dance party, a special occasion (because we found a new beer or saw a great movie), a "treat yoself" day or whatever tiny little thing we decide to laugh about and celebrate together.  The only date that we remember and cherish is our wedding date.

Justin has been traveling quite a bit more for work in the last year or so.  It hasn't always been the easiest, but it has made us even more grateful of the little moments we get to share.  I'm so excited about the adventures we will have in our future.  This week, I am grateful for our day to day adventures.

1 - Our friends give us the best gifts... I think they are trying to be helpful.  J was kind enough to point out that he has read his book and mine hasn't been explored past page 4.  
2 - Unexpected date nights to new places to talk about new adventures and just be happy.
3 - A patient and exciting partner in crime at the State Fair.  My husband doesn't love crowds in hot weather, but he can be a trooper and it's sooooo appreciated.
4 - Finding some wedding day messages from some of our favorite people.  

5 - Taking in our beautiful surroundings with the family - us and the pups.

6 - Cheers, chocolate and selfies (where is my hair in this picture) in the kitchen.  Sometimes we just celebrate all week long.  P.S. That is Rumchata... not milk.

7 - The first wedding picture I've ever posted on Instagram.  These are two of my best friends.  They stood by my side 5 years ago as my bridesmaids.  10 years ago, we met and became instant friends in the dorms of the University of Minnesota - Duluth.  I love them so much and I am grateful for all their support.

Because this is such a special week, the gratitude link-up will be included in the next couple of days.  Tomorrow, I have a very special person joining the fun.  Friday, I will share a few things from our wedding day that I am grateful for.  What are you grateful for?  This quote below says so much about my happiness as a wife.  Come back and check out parts 2 and 3.

A new friend of mine in blogworld started a gratitude link up of her own (great minds think alike) and so I'm including her website here too.  It's always good to make new friends, so go check her out.

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  1. What a beautiful, beautiful post. You my dear, clearly understand the key to a successful marriage. It's about the little things, compromise, and making the other feel special and loved every single day.

    Many, many, many more happy anniversaries to you and your husband! Enjoy the weekend!

  2. Such a sweet post!! Happy Anniversary to you two!! Love the last look gorgeous and so happy.

  3. Happy Anniversary! Love that wedding pic of you! And that quote - so true!!

  4. Anniversary week! YAY!

    I love this post! It's all about the little things and exploring life together.

    LOLOLOL @ where is my hair in this picture.

  5. I love your outlook on marriage. I think this kind of thinking is the recipe for a lasting relationship.

  6. this post is bursting with happy and I love it! (I also love Rumchata)

  7. Aww I love this, and you two! That's one of my favorite quotes, too. It's all those little moments being weird and silly together that make a relationship special. Can't wait to read more AND to see you guys in 5 dayyyys!!!

  8. Nice you've got the type of friends that you have, heh. And, really nice pictures :) Maybe you can put 'em up in a reel or something, so you can view them all physically in all these new and off-kilter kind of ways Just throwing a bit of ideas out there, but yeah keep this up.

  9. this is such a great post. and your wedding picture is gorgeous! cant wait to hear about the anniversary trip!

  10. It's awesome that you're grateful for lots of little things. I feel like sometimes the human race forgets to be grateful for everyday "little things" because we look toward the big things. But I like celebrating the fact that we both want ice cream, or we both decided who to invite to the wedding, or even that we both want to stay in and read books instead of going out.

    I think I'll follow your way of celebrating everyday things :)

  11. Happy happy anniversary to you! You looked beautiful on your wedding day.. five years ago! Love the scenery picture too..!

  12. Aww I love this post! Happy anniversary lovebirds!

  13. DANGIT I forgot I wanted to link up this week. I need to take better notes!

    I love that you guys celebrate the little things. We do, too. It makes it really easy to justify eating cupcakes and drinking wine more than I should. And now I want chocolates...

  14. Steph -- what a beautiful post! I loved reading through it and feeling the gratitude oozing off of everything. I loved the peek into your relationship with your husband... and you describing your love made me want to go and give my boyfriend a giant hug and a kiss!

    Thank you so much for being a part of my gratitude project! I appreciate that so much! And I love how you are keeping the gratitude going and going this week!

    Also, you looked beautiful in those photos (congrats on your anniversary) and that sunset picture is stunning!!! :)



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