Seven photos for seven years

Matt and I celebrated our 7-year wedding anniversary September 19. I found a sitter I liked on a local website and luckily, she was available to watch Dex while we sneaked out for dinner. We went to Cow & Pig for upscale British pub food and bovine puns written on chalkboards. (Something in the way she moos… attracts me like no other udder…)

Started with something called a bacon bomb, and then Matt had a steak and I had LOBSTER SHEPERD’S PIE, man alive, that is a good idea for a dish. Ciders and desserts and a little walk through downtown before it was time to return to real life.

Site note, before I get to the pics – our crate of stuff was postponed yet again, and now we’re looking at first week of October, at the earliest, before our ship comes in. (I keep saying that in a dramatic Southern lady accent. I don’t know why.) We are possibly getting too used to our bare place. Hell, we hit Ikea again over the weekend and splurged on an unplanned armchair and were admiring how homey it now looks, in comparison to before. Did not occur to us how creepy it would be, to be a babysitter, walking into a mostly unfurnished house. When we showed her Dex’s room she gasped and lamented, with a mix of shock and pity, “It is so empty…”

We know, babysitter. We know. I swear, we own normal human things and are not at all serial killers who have lured you into our bare murder house. It’s not us. It’s the ship.

Okay, seven years with Matt, the guy who defines partner, for me.

2016: Gasparilla, crawling, Dexter turns 1, walking, Mollie visits, Pulse, Chuck + Jackie get married, family trip to Ohio and Pennsylvania, bon voyage Orlando, hello London. Much more to come – we still have more than three months left!

FamilyPic
Dexter was the best-dressed person at this wedding. Sorry, bride.

2015: Marriage equality, baby shower, Limpy & Preggo, Keys babymoon, Dexter is born, everything changes, weddings in NYC and San Diego, corn maze, NICU project, so many firsts.

First family photo
Our very first family photo, taken by our kind NICU nurse.

2014: Trying to heal. Jamie Day, symphony under a space shuttle, New Orleans, trip to NYC where everyone though I was pregnant because I wasn’t drinking but I was just on antidepressants, Jaime leaves, Watermark turns 20, Mollie+family visit, we make Dexter and we’re really, really scared about it. 

Here is Matt demonstrating exemplary patience while I try to get a decent photo of our new Facebook pride shirts.
Here is Matt demonstrating exemplary patience while I try to get a decent photo of our new Facebook pride shirts.

2013: This is the year that rocked us. We made Reed and Spencer, we lost Reed and Spencer, we kept on loving them, anyway. Color Run, visiting Mollie in Ohio, rubber duckie race, Matt’s ICU scare, epic Serial Thrillers Disney day, Shenanigans Awards at the hotel, San Francisco, therapeutic beach mimosas.

Date night at the Cardboard Art Festival.
Date night at the Cardboard Art Festival.

2012: Hockey champs, Jazzfest, Serial Thrillers at Holi Festival, house parties, boat trips, my dad gets married, Thanksgiving in Puerto Rico.

In a borrowed dress at the EA Christmas party. This was the year I forgot the bag containing most of my make-up and jewelry, panicked, then rolled with it.
In a borrowed dress at the EA Christmas party. This was the year I forgot the bag containing most of my make-up and jewelry, panicked, then rolled with it.

2011: Pens game for Matt’s birthday, pillowfight, pelted by tomatoes at La Tomatina, nephew Collin born, trip to Puerto Rico.

We've had some damn good Halloween costumes over the years but this one has to be my favorite. I think. Maybe.
We’ve had some damn good Halloween costumes over the years but this one has to be my favorite. I think. Maybe.

2010: bought our first house, first anniversary trip to Charleston and Savannah, Bahamas wedding cruise, Matt’s eye surgery, joined a roller derby league.

Our very first anniversary! We celebrated with a road trip to Charleston and Savannah.
Our very first anniversary! We celebrated with a road trip to Charleston and Savannah.

And a bonus video + tradition, highlights from our 2009 wedding:

2009: kissed our Ft. Lauderdale friends goodbye, moved to Orlando, Matt started working at EA, I started working at Watermark, nephew Will was born, Matt drinks from the Stanley Cup, wedding in Pittsburgh and honeymoon in New Zealand.

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6 Comments

  1. I could possibly be over emotional with the wedding things since you know – I GET TO MARRY JACK NEXT YEAR – but your wedding video made me cry. Thank you for sharing. Ya’ll are good peoples and am so lucky to met you!!!!

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