On a humid, misty afternoon, nine years ago today, I said “I do” to my very best friend in this whole wide crazy world. It was such a perfect day that I often wish I could do it all again. Sure there was plenty of stress involved with planning the ceremony and reception, but the whole thing came off without a hitch. The rain let up just long enough for us to take photographs at the restaurant. The food was amazing. I loved our band. (We opted for a jazz band instead of a DJ.) Everything just went as smooth as could be.

The next afternoon we boarded a plane at LaGuardia and headed for our honeymoon in France. We spent three days in Paris, then took the train to Bordeaux where we stayed at the most amazing chateau for five days. It’s insane to think about the wineries we somehow got into — Ponet-Canet, BeauSéjour Bécot, Beychevelle, Cos d’Estournel… Years later we’d understand just how lucky we were! I can’t wait to go back someday. If we had the means it would be so easy to say YES! to dropping everything here and living a simple life in St. Julien or St. Emillion. Maybe someday.

Next year, obviously, is our big 10th anniversary and we’ve been thinking of celebrating that by taking a trip somewhere (assuming we can unload the kids on the grandparents cough, cough). It could be fun to head to Vegas for a few days. We could even stay at the Paris Hotel as a little homage to our honeymoon! It’s definitely a possibility. I can see Drew taking the opportunity to check out rvs for sale and drive cross-country, but… yeah, I don’t really see that happening. A short flight sounds much more relaxing to me.

As for how we’re celebrating today, we’ll either be going out with the kids or ordering in (depending on the temperament of a certain little lady who will be celebrating her birthday tomorrow). That’s right, a year ago I was pregnant, ready to meet my baby girl in the morning. So even though this is supposed to be an anniversary post, I’m going to leave you with two photos: one from a year ago, and one from today. Because really, in the end, it’s all about love and family isn’t it?

Life never ceases to amaze me.

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