funny how this happens…
It all started with an email
And a first date at the Green Mill
(with an oh so classy first kiss in the backseat of a cab)
I’ve got to tell you…by our second date (a weekend at the lake house with my entire extended family), I had a feeling.
Next came the long distance courtship
Many minutes talked and miles logged between LGA and ORD
Summer and Fall of 2005:
His first Tony Season
My first ND Football Season
Our first Farmer’s Market Season as a couple
Good times for falling in love.
A few months later, a big decision:
I was ready to come home. Ready to say goodbye to NY.
Ostensibly I moved for my job, but I don’t think I was fooling anyone.
This was a life choice….a make-the-life-you-want-to-have choice.
6 months after that:
A Shakespeare play, dinner at Gibsons and Simon down on one knee asking me to be his wife.
Our engagement was incredible with champagne toasts being a very relevant unit of measure.
The wedding was breathtaking- an urban celebration at the Peninsula (looking back, i still can’t believe all of that was for us)
A Honeymoon in Paris.
And the Tuesday we got back…Simon moved his stuff into my skybox apartment.
Husband & Wife
It all felt so grown up!
I was a road warrior our first year of marriage Monday-Friday spent at consulting gigs in Calgary & Bartlesville, Oklahoma
But Simon was busy as a 2L student,
so it worked out well enough.
Looking back, that was the time for “paying our dues.”
Year 2 sucked.
but we made it.
Sometimes just hanging on is the biggest accomplishment of all….
And I am glad we did because
Year 3, something shifted.
We learned how to pull on the same end of the rope.
We learned how to be a family.
That’s not something that happens overnight….
And Year 4,
We added a baby to our team
And a mortgage to our debts
And some really great husband/wife wins to the recordbook
Now Here we are
one month away from our 5th anniversary
3 months from meeting the newest addition to our crew
and we are having a blast.
Maybe not every second of every day….
but generally speaking, I have never loved a right-now as much as I do this one…
My point in all of this rambling is that when I see a pic like this
A family photo
where the family is mine
where I am smiling (too big) with the 2 people (+ one in my tummy) who I love most in this world…
It is hard to believe that it all started with an email
and a drunken kiss in the back of a cab.
Life is funny.