Well, 5 years ago today Josh and I were married in probably one of the shortest ceremonies ever (that’s just how we roll). It’s been an interesting 5 years, to the say the least. We’ve moved twice (which is actually an improvement considering how many times we’ve moved together since meeting), and our family has doubled in size. Its cliché, but the whole roller coaster analogy is an accurate one. We’ve had ups and downs, but that’s to be expected – marriage and parenting can take a lot of work at times. It’s always easier getting through the down times when I consider the up times, though. I suppose it’s only fitting that Josh and I will be spending our anniversary acting like kids and riding all the rides at Valley Fair if the weather cooperates… if not, we will still attempt to do something fun.
If we were going to be more mature, however, the interwebs tells me that the traditional 5 year gift is Wood (insert inappropriate jokes here) or the modern gift is… silverware. Seriously? Apparently the colors associated with 5 years are blue, pink or turquoise and the flower is a daisy, so do with that what you will.
If we were tremendously cheesy and sappy we would plant a tree together this year such as an oak to represent solidity or a pine tree to represent “the evergreen character of our love for one another” while toasting one another “with hope that our love continues to grow and prosper like the trees around you.” Excuse me while I snort into my coffee. No offense to those who actually think this is a good idea.
As for gift suggestions, I already know he’s going to like what I got, but apparently I was way off the mark. I should have gotten something like a magazine subscription or wooden baskets or a curio cabinet (well, perhaps for his action figures this could be okay) or better yet a “framed share of stock in a major company that has meaning to the both of you.” Well, I suppose we could buy stock in Lego or Playstation…
In any event, despite our differences and the everyday stresses that being really awesome brings, I think we’re a good team. We’re not a perfect one, but we work well together and our differences often create a necessary balance when it comes to raising two very opinionated, very strong-willed, very awesome kids. In order not to be overthrown by our tiny dictators, we have learned a lot about ourselves and each other and I’m glad I have my current partner. He puts up with my stress induced craziness and I put up with his really bad memory and snoring.
In all seriousness, though – I look forward to the years to come and what adventures lie ahead for our nerdy family.