Wedding Thoughts

No, not that wedding. Although I will jump on the bandwagon and say how much I adored Kate’s Dress. But besides the “wedding of the century” this weekend happens to be a special wedding weekend for me and the hub too, as we’re celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary today. Yep, one year ago today, I married the best man I know, and he has made me better in so many ways.

Wedding Photography by Lara Hanlon

The first time I met Brett, I remember thinking that he had the most beautiful smile. I also heard a little voice telling me that he would be a big part of my life, but I quickly quieted that voice, because I had been introduced to him by his brother, who also happened to be my boss. After our first date, I made him ask his brother’s permission before I would agree to a second. I remember telling him that I could think of a lot of ways that this could end badly, but only one that would be a happy ending for everyone. Luckily, Brett’s a persistent man (I like to tease him that he only married me because I’m the only girl he ever had to chase after!), and we moved in together less than a year later, were engaged soon after that, and after a year and a half engagement, we were married on May Day of 2010.

I have to say that a year ago today, I certainly did not imagine that I would be where I am now. We hadn’t planned on having children quite so soon, but then, nothing ever goes quite as you plan, does it? And I feel so lucky that it didn’t.

We actually celebrated our anniversary yesterday, being that today is Sunday and we’re partial to staying home on Sunday’s. It was a beautiful day, starting with a beautiful smile!

We made the most of some gorgeous weather by taking some time for a walk in the park. It was a little windy, so we didn’t stay out too long, but it was fun to take our little family out and about and spend some time on our anniversary being thankful for the wonderful little person our marriage has given us.

I loved being able to spend time as a family, but I’m a very strong believer that parents need to set aside some time to remember that they’re a couple too. Its been easy up until now to just take Vera with us on our dates, because restaurant white noise puts her out like a light. We can justify that it is almost like she isn’t even there, almost like a normal date-date. But almost is the key word. So for a special anniversary evening, we finally took the plunge, dropped V off at my sister’s house and went out just the two of us. But not before having Dania snap a long overdue family picture.

We had a wonderful dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (love me some cheesecake!) and went to see Water for Elephants, and it was great to spend some alone time with my husband and not worry about a baby waking up to interrupt us at any moment, and we haven’t been to an actual movie theater in months. I have to admit though, as much as I have always advocated for alone time for mom and dad (i.e. …promise me we’ll still go on dates once we have kids…), it was really hard! I had to stop myself from checking in at least five times, and I think by the end of our movie, we were both ready to get home to her. I’m glad we did it though, and that we both still enjoy spending time together. Still as in love as ever!

I love you bud. Happy 1st anniversary.


  • Dania

    Look at my little chunk! Unfortunately cat-brother Lucious is missing from this family photo.

    • Dawn

      Yes, we’ll have to get one of the whole family soon. Poor guy!

  • Nancy

    You have a beautiful famiy! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I’m following you back. Hope you had a great weekend!


    • Dawn

      Thank you Nancy! Have a great week!


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