Crows Feet

Tomorrow is our five year wedding anniversary. Last Monday, the 16th, marked 11 years since Kyle asked me out for ice cream for the very first time. I don’t know when I knew that Kyle was going to be mine forever, but it was some time between 2007 and 2013.

Within the last year I’ve noticed crows feet forming at the corner of K’s pretty green eyes. It’s also no secret that I have large patches of grey hair underneath this dye job. Aging can be scary or overwhelming or depressing but, personally, I love those familiar crows feet.

We started dating right after my 17th birthday. I knew then that it wasn’t just a fling; I wanted to grow old with Kyle. It amuses me that I’m seeing it happen before my very eyes. I love it. We’ve gone from sharing our favorite colors and picking what movies to see on the weekends to what house we should to buy and which life ins. policy we should pick. Kyle’s crows feet are a tangible sign that we’re aging together. It’s my new favorite feature on his face. (I like his nose, too. It’s perfect.)

We’re together all the time- I mean, we work together. Obviously we argue sometimes so please don’t paint too perfect of a picture of us 😉 That said, his goofy 31-year-old grin makes me so damn happy. I love it when I make him laugh. And when I see other couples I truly hope that they find the same happiness with their significant other. I feel lucky to share my life with Kyle.

So happy anniversary, babe. (You’re so smart, babe.) I hope to see your crows feet get deeper and my grey patches grow bigger. As long as I’m aging next to you I’ll never dread it.

If one gray hair shows, I’ll be fine / If my waistline grows, I’ll be fine / Even if time takes its toll / We’ll stay young for the rest of our lives…

The Rest of Our Life, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

34 thoughts on “Crows Feet

  1. Julie Hood April 26, 2018 / 4:22 am

    AWWW! Every word of this is just adorable. I’ve been thinking long and hard about marriage and how little time some people spend with their spouse, so it is SO heartwarming to hear how you and Kyle spend so much time together and how you love him!!


    • Audrey April 29, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      I would definitely say that’s something I take for granted. I don’t really think about how much time I get to spend with Kyle but you’re totally right. I think it’d really shake things up for us if we went back to separate jobs!


  2. Heidi April 26, 2018 / 7:33 am

    So sweet!! Growing old together is the best. Happy Anniversary!


    • Audrey April 29, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      I agree. I’ll be grateful for every year 🙂 Thank you!


  3. A Mindful Migration (@MindfulMigrate) April 26, 2018 / 10:27 am

    What a beautiful tribute, Audrey. Some days I wonder if I’m being too fussy but then I read things like this and remember why I’m waiting – because I want the real deal, like you have. Happy Anniversary to you and K and to many more wonderful years together!


    • Audrey April 29, 2018 / 2:34 pm

      Thanks so sweet of you to say, Tanya! You should definitely hold out until you’ve found the right one 🙂 Nothing wrong with being picky when determining a lifelong partner!!


  4. Nadine April 26, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Awwww how sweet!!! I look back at pictures and think, what babies we used to be!! With our smooth skin and non-gray streaked hair. There is something so special about growing old with someone. Happy anniversary to you both!


    • Audrey April 29, 2018 / 2:35 pm

      It’s so funny to look back on pictures! K and I have both seen one another go through some seriously questionable phases- esp style-wise. Hahaha!
      Thank you!!


    • Audrey April 29, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      Hehehe… I actually don’t have any (although the grey streaks are REAL. Ugh).
      I told K I wrote a post about his crows feet and he was like, “What?! Why?” and I said because I loved that we’re growing old together. He goes, “I’m the one growing old, though- you don’t have wrinkles.” Lol. Eventually he gave his blessing 😉


  5. Rebecca Jo April 26, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    It is something special to grow old with someone.
    I look back at pics of RIcky & I from 25 year ago & see us now… a lot of life in those wrinkles 🙂
    Happy Anniversary – may you both get grayer & wrinklier together 🙂 lol


    • Audrey April 29, 2018 / 2:39 pm

      Hehe- thank you!
      I can’t wait until we have +20 year old pics to look back on 🙂 Right now we’re only at 11!


  6. Ashley April 26, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I think it it just SO COOL that you all started dating so young and ended up together. Growing old with your favorite person is the best!

    Ashley @ A Cute Angle //


    • Audrey April 29, 2018 / 2:41 pm

      Thank you! It’s so strange to see young teens dating and think, ‘I was dating my future husband at that age!’


  7. Carolann April 27, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    Happy anniversary!! This is the sweetest post ever and I think that you and K have a very special relationship. It’s funny, I love Nick’s crows feet too… when he laughs they get more intense and I think it’s just the cutest. I was thinking about how much Nick and I have changed in the last 11 years together. It’s fun growing old together and looking back on how much you have grown.


    • Audrey April 29, 2018 / 2:43 pm

      I love that!! One day I was just like, “Kyle! You have crows feet!” He wasn’t too happy to hear that but I thought they were so cute!
      Thank you so much, Carolann!


  8. Lauren Becker April 27, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Aw, I love this. Happy Anniversary!! I’m single but I hope to find someone in the future that I can grow old with. 🙂



    • Audrey April 29, 2018 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 I’m absolutely sure you will!!


  9. Emelia Lawrence April 27, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    This is SO sweet, I love the title and words behind your post. Happiest anniversary wishes to you both. It’s amazing to grow together and go through all those up’s and down’s in life and still have one another. xo!


    • Audrey April 29, 2018 / 2:56 pm

      Thank you so much, Emelia! You’re so kind 🙂 We definitely have good and bad moments behind us, but I’m just so grateful for every year we get to spend together ❤


  10. thesiberianamerican April 29, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    Love this so much! It’s so sweet how much time y’all get to spend together! ❤


    • Audrey May 3, 2018 / 1:32 pm

      Thanks, Olya 🙂 I’ll admit, some nights I retreat to our den or bedroom because I’ve had a little *too* much togetherness. Hahaha!!


  11. Kristen from Pugs & Pearls May 1, 2018 / 10:47 pm

    Wishing you the happiest anniversary!! 5 years is such a great milestone. I remember feeling very rooted at 5 years, and it sounds like that’s exactly where you’re at. Happy celebrating!! It only gets better!


    • Audrey May 3, 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Thank you so much!! We’ve definitely had ups and downs but I’ve never regretted marrying K 🙂 It’s fun and reassuring to hear from others who have had similar experiences and celebrations in their relationships!!


  12. everything with love May 2, 2018 / 11:42 am

    I didn’t tear up reading this…not even a little bit. Happy belated anniversary to you and K lady!


    • Audrey May 3, 2018 / 1:35 pm

      Hehehehe- blame it on that third baby 😉
      Thank you so much, friend!! ❤


  13. chelsea @ the new wifestyle May 4, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    awww i love this! i didn’t realize we were samesies at 11 years of being together tooooo! really love how much you love is crow’s feet because it’s a tangible way of knowing you’re aging together. what a great perspective!!!!


    • Audrey May 7, 2018 / 10:26 am

      He made a bitmoji last week for the first time and gave it crows feet just for me, lol.

      Yep! 11 years this year. 4 years of dating, a year and a half engaged, and now 5 married. So weird to think that we’ve been married longer than we dated (because it feels like we dated FOR EVER, lol).


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