On July 2nd, Gavin and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary! Because I was barely 19 when I got married, I remember people second guessing that we were truly a married couple 10 years ago. And...even now, 10 years later...there was hardly a person in public that could believe we had been married for 10 years.( Can I tell you how many times in this pregnancy that I have had people ask "Is this your first?"... "No, actually my 3rd"....shock and awe and disbelief always follow). We just look like babies I guess. But we are okay with that!
Before I share the details how we celebrated...I just wanted to express my love and admiration for the most wonderful man I have ever met. I tell people all the time that only through God's help could I have made such an important, eternal decision so perfectly at such a YOUNG age. But when it's right, its right. I cannot say that I knew HOW right it was at the time....but time has proven how very perfect we were/are for each other. We have had a very busy and adventurous 10 years of marriage and 3 (almost...2 and baking) sweet boys to show for it all. No matter where around the country or world we may be...I know it will always be perfect with my best friend at my side. I love you forever Gav!
Now...past the sappy....originally for our 10 year anniversary we had big plans...we were going to go to Hawaii in December for a luxurious vacation during the Pipeline Masters surfing competition (something we both thoroughly enjoy). But then, as has happened frequently in the 10 years of marriage, plans changed as life plans changed. With Gavin's decision to accept the Navy Ophthalmology Residency, it meant we had to leave Corpus 1 year early and sell a house. And selling a house means lots of unexpected expenses and costs. In addition, the unique opportunity to do InVitro came up rather quickly, with its associated costs. Long story short, the money we had hoped to put toward a nice vacation to Hawaii was now spent....not to mention we would have a brand newborn baby! So...for now, Hawaii is postponed. With limited time and resources and abilities, we picked our brains trying to think of a fun little celebration for this milestone. So...we went to New York for 5 days. It was a great compromise...and I think we both had a fabulous time. 2 of the days were mostly travel. And the other 3 days we tried to pack full of things we never got to do while we lived in New York and also visit nostalgic places and people. We stayed in Manhattan 2 nights and spent 2 nights with the Darger family that I nannied for 3 years. Now they are so grown up...they no longer need a nanny! My long lost children turned out to be quite the mature, great grown-up kiddos. Gavin and I had so much fun...we missed the boys but really enjoyed life without responsibility and being free for a few days.