The Fruit & Flowers Anniversary

According to the internet the 4th anniversary is traditionally the fruit/flowers anniversary.

(C)Ryan Armbrust Sniper Photo LLC

Every single anniversary blows my mind- half my brain can’t believe we’re been *married* so long and the other half thinks of the wedding as mere weeks ago. It’s weird but I imagine most people feel this way about big days/events (…right?).

When we got married I was transitioning between jobs. I’d just left my role as an administrative assistant and was due to start as a technical writer once we returned from our honeymoon.
Four years later I work for/with K at Pageantry Innovations ❤︎

When we got married K was working full time at Dr.Pepper/Snapple. Then he’d spend 3 to 5 to 8 more hours a night at the PI workshop (a.k.a. my dad’s truck garage). All weekends were spent at the shop.
Four years later K works full time for himself and he operates out of a 25,000 sq. ft. warehouse with five employees (including me!).

When we got married I still lived at home. The week after our honeymoon I moved all some of my stuff to our 475 sq. ft. apartment that K had been living in alone.
Four years later we’re very comfortable and happy in our two-story home.

When we got married we had one dog and zero children. We adopted Lylee the December before the wedding.
Four years later we are still human-childless, but we’ve added a wagging tail to the pack with Enzo. The dogs will be 6 (Ly) and 4 (Enzo) this year.

Taking our 4th pic sometime this week!

When we got married my hair was brown and I was a life-long nail-biter.
Four years later it’s blonde. Ha. And I’ve mostly quit biting my nails!

When we got married my brother was single and lived at home and K’s brother was dating a fabulous girl named Alice. I gained one sis-in-law (K’s sister Lori) at our wedding.
Four years later my brother is now married to Xtina and living two hours from home. K’s brother also got married (to Alice!) so I gained two additional sisters-in-law!

When we got married our best friends were either single and loving it, dating and loving it, or newly married and loving it.
Four years later a few of our friends have a child or two and some of our friends are engaged to be married this year or next!

Bridal Shower 2013 (inspiration below…)

When we got married K didn’t have a passport.
Four years later I’ve gotten that boy out of the country three times. Heck yeah!

So… regardless of the way four years feels, I’d argue quite a bit has changed. I’m a big advocate of doing life at the right pace for you, and I’d say Kyle and I are managing that. I feel very lucky to have spent the last 4 years as his wife and I am ridiculously excited to spend the next 100+ more right next to him.

Happy Anniversary, Kyle ❤︎

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Goodbye 2014

Last night I finished scrapbooking our honeymoon and I begin the book for our first year of marriage. I’m more than halfway done because a year ago for Christmas my sister-in-law gave me a pre-made scrapbook. The book looks AWESOME because she’s 10xs more creative and better at the hobby than I am. Oh well, I try.

scrapbookSo while I’m doing this I’m taking breaks and looking through Facebook. I saw posts about pregnancy, new houses, new jobs, and engagements, and, while I absolutely hate change, I feel nothing but jealous of all the big changes in everyone’s lives! K and I have been married for a year +, we’ve both settled into our jobs, we won’t be moving for a few years, and we’re not ready for kids yet- but I want a brand new sparkly adventure, toooooo.

Then I started flipping through my recently finished/started picture books. Dang, we live a fulfilling life. Nothing confirms that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be than revisiting what got you there in the first place. Why am I so bitter? Instead of this material lust I should be feeling genuine joy for others!

happiness 2Right now I’m camped out in this mental state of serenity. I’m so ready for 2015 and I’m feeling motivated to building upon the foundation that K and I have worked so hard to create. This year I want to keep the toxic pressure away and focus on what’s best for us. I think this means moving at the right pace, encouraging others, and celebrating each little victory as it happens.

I don’t have “resolutions” for 2015. I don’t want to drop 20 pounds or run a 5K. I’m not going to post organization lists or start a rigorous financial plan. I have goals that include all these things, but I don’t want my year to be defined by these things. (Did you know that only 8% of people that make resolutions keep them/meet them?!) My 2015 is going to progress one day at a time and my 2015 Promise is to experience each day and make the most of it. No more “I can’t wait until Friday/summer/Christmas/etc.” Each day is just as important, fulfilling, and memorable as the next.

Bring on 2015 ❤

happiness 1 -Louise