I still find it hard to believe that my Matthew and I have been married for seven years. Seven! Everyone says “oh you’ll hit the 7 year itch” or “this will be your worst year,” but I really doubt that. We’ve worked through some tough crap over the last few years and I finally feel like we are on the same page (or at least reading the same chapter)! I’m learning what respect actually means, and he’s learning to speak in love. It’s a beautiful thing, Marriage, when it’s going well. However that takes hard work!
We have had some fun anniversary celebrations over the years. Some years we were able to getaway for the weekend (with our fifth anniversary being almost a week heading up the coast), and some years we just got out to dinner. I had fun looking back over the years while I made that collage above. This year’s anniversary kinda snuck up on us. Matthew somehow had the weekend off, so we had a staycation.
First, Matthew gave me a qalo ring. I love wearing it when he’s on duty. It reminds me to be praying for him and the guys he works with. He’s had his for awhile and loves it. The company is pretty awesome, their customer service is beyond amazing, and they just came out with a sweet thin red line ring for firefighters. Awesome.
I digress. For our staycation, we were able to use Matt’s aunt’s cabin in big bear for one night. It was the perfect place to getaway and unplug. Oh and we had some amazing food and drinks at the new brewery in big bear!
We also got to check out the fire pits that my company put in a couple years ago! It’s cool seeing the whole project (we redid the entire downtown street / sidewalks) come to fruition and be used by so many. Plus it still looks beautiful!
The next day was full of surprises. Matthew had planned an awesome evening for us, complete with sweet notes that were clues to the evening. We had dinner at Café Sevilla (which was sweet because we went there on our 4th anniversary (smack dab in the middle of academy when a dinner was all we had time for) and shared some tapas. Then we saw Kathleen Madigan. I was so impressed that he had thought up such a fun and creative date. We also walked around downtown Riverside before the show.
Sunday was our actual anniversary. I had a race (my first 5k under 30 minutes) and then we celebrated with friends over breakfast. We also raised a glass of prosecco (my dad just gave us a new bottle from the same winery in Italy that we had at our wedding, Marsuret) and congratulated ourselves on seven years!
Here’s to our first seven years, and many many more. Survive and thrive, my love!