One year ago today, Joe and I got married at an outdoor ceremony in Florida, held in Joe’s Grandmama’s gorgeous waterfront backyard. In some ways it’s hard to believe that an entire year has gone by already, and yet so much has happened since the wedding that it seems like it might as well have been a lifetime ago.
So I thought it would be fun to do a blog post with a few of the highlights from our first year of marriage, complete with exciting never-before-seen pictures.
First off, the time immediately after the wedding was pretty chaotic. October involved a health scare that landed my dad in the hospital — twice — and Joe and I spent many an evening visiting him there and trying to help out in any way we could. It was a stressful and worrying couple of weeks, but thankfully Dad’s fine now.
In November I started a new job, which was a pretty big step forward for my career and which I’m still working now. For the first time I had to ride the train to a highrise downtown every day — a huge difference from driving out to my previous small office in the suburbs — and since we were both taking the same train now, on many mornings Joe and I would ride to work together.
In December, we returned to Florida to spend Christmas with Joe’s family, which has become a bit of an annual tradition for us. It was wonderful seeing everyone again, and as an added bonus we got to go on a family outing to see the huge Christmas lights display at Bellingrath Gardens:
At the beginning of February, nearly two feet of snow got dumped on Chicago in what was the third biggest blizzard in the city’s recorded history. Work was cancelled for both Joe and me, and we spent all day outside shoveling with our neighbors on the south side. (It’s interesting how snow days are a lot less fun when you’re an adult with responsibilities and a car to unbury and stuff.)
Later that month, around Valentine’s day, we revisited the cafe where we had our first date, which we realized we hadn’t been back to since then. That same day we also went on an outing to the Field Museum, where we tried to recreate a cameraphone picture we’d taken of us with Sue the T-Rex back when we were dating:
Shortly after that came the news that we were going to be parents, and that inspired us to start looking for a place of our own — but I’ve already discussed both of those things plenty on this blog so far. (My post about the early stages of the pregnancy is here, and a summary of our house-hunting experience can be found here.)
But even with all the chaos of impending parenthood and homeownership, we somehow had the opportunity to travel to California twice. The first time, in March, was by Prius — no doubt one of the longest, craziest, most enjoyable road trips I’ve ever been on. The second time was in August, by plane, which I’ve mentioned briefly in this blog post.
At this point, I’m noticing that it’s pretty difficult to condense an entire year into a single blog post, and there’s no doubt plenty that I’ve left out. But all in all it’s been an incredibly eventful first year of marriage.
Today, we celebrated our anniversary in a pretty low-key way: by getting noodles for lunch, going on a nice scenic drive, catching up on some grocery shopping, and coming home to fry up some yummy steaks. Before we left, we snapped this photo of us in the nursery:
So that’s the first chapter of this crazy adventure that is marriage. And it’s almost hard to imagine what anniversary number two will look like: by then we’ll have a nearly one-year-old daughter, and who knows what else will have changed? But whatever lies ahead, I’m sure it’ll be an amazing journey.