I can’t believe it has been five years already! I can’t even remember what life was like without Rob in it, and even if I could I certainly don’t want to. Although this is our 5th anniversary, it’s only our 3rd together. The first and third years he was deployed and I was pregnant. Still we manage to take a photo every year to document our growth over the years.
As I look back it’s kind of crazy to think how many moves, deployments, and life changing events have happened in just five short years. I’d have to say that although we made some mistakes along the way we really have worked well as a team and continue to grow individually and as a couple. We jumped into parenthood rather quickly so there wasn’t much of a chance to define ourselves as a couple first. Now that the kids are older we are finding more time to dedicate to “us” with date nights and even our first vacation alone (thanks Bam & Cheif!). While I love being a family I am very excited to continue reconnecting with the man I fell in love with five years ago.
I always like to do a quick countdown to recap some of our most memorable moments…
Five different homes. Three houses, 1 apartment, and even a hotel. We never planned to move around that much but we continue to evaluate our families needs and intentionally find the best solution for those needs. I have loved making every house feel more like a home for us, no matter how big or small it was.
Four awesome vacations to Disney, OBX, and a house hunting trip to Canada. Lots of pre planning, packing lists, and patience made each one a blast even through those unplanned moments.
Three deployments. Two of which were when I was pregnant and both of which were planned before we knew we were. I can’t believe how much I miss him when we are apart for even a week. How on earth did I survive? Maybe I did that, just survived. I hope we don’t have anymore of those in our future although it’s always a possibility.
Two amazing children. I can’t put into words how Parker and Caity have completed our family. It isn’t always perfect and certainly not always pretty but it’s true, honest, and absolutely amazing.
One graduation from a masters program. Just before Caity was born Rob started Command Staff College at Quantico. It was certainly difficult having a newborn around but he worked hard and we are all so proud of him.
On Saturday, our actual anniversary we spent the day as a family. Having been away from Rob for 2 weeks it was the perfect way to spend the evening. We tried out a cute little breakfast place called Flap Jack Pancake Shack. It was AMAZING. Then we stopped by the Aviation Museum. The kiddos had fun running around the open space and playing in all of the simulations. Later that night we put the kids to bed and made a nice dinner, relaxed on the couch, and watched a movie. It was such a wonderful day and very true to us. Next month we will be going on a kid free vacation to celebrate a little more!
On Sunday the sitter came and we spent the afternoon out. We enjoyed a nice quiet lunch and then saw Garth Brooks in concert. Erin from LuLaRoe Erin’s VIP was sweet enough to send this beautiful dress to wear for the concert. Our seats were SO close we really felt like part of the concert. He is an amazing performer and I just adore Trisha Yearwood. They were beautiful together so loving and so supportive of one another on stage.
It was a wonderful weekend and although it was very busy I find myself starting the week energized with a reminder of how much I am loved and how lucky I am. <3