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On 10 Years

Friday, September 21, 2012, is my ten year wedding anniversary. TEN YEARS.

Holy geez I’m old.

 

Ten years ago we didn’t know where we were going, but we jumped in together. Ten years ago, we had no one but ourselves to be responsible for. Ten years ago, my husband declared, “At our ten year anniversary, we’ll renew our vows, go on a big vacation, and I’ll upgrade your diamond!” Then again, ten years ago, we couldn’t fathom having 3 kids in just under 2 years. Ten years ago, we had no idea how much can change in the months, weeks, days, hours since we said “I do.” Ten years from ten years ago wasn’t even a blip on the radar.

 

I’ve learned a lot these past ten years with this man, in this marriage.

 

I’ve learned that even though he’s in his mid 30s, I sometimes still see him as the little 21 year old kid I met way back when. (And I was only 20, so 21 was like old…enough to drink.)

I’ve learned that I’ve loved watching him grow up into the man and father he is today.

I’ve learned that I cannot walk away from a disagreement as often as I would like. He let me know REAL quick that that wasn’t going to fly.

I’ve learned that sometimes there are just no boundaries and no filters. Especially when it involves morning flatulence. Or any flatulence as far as he is concerned.

I’ve learned to stop plucking the grays out of his head when I cut his hair. They’re just multiplying too quickly, and really, who has that kind of time?

I’ve learned that doing things together as a couple is a luxury that I once took for granted.

I’ve learned that he cannot keep a secret to SAVE HIS LIFE and I am awesome at getting the truth out of him.

I’ve learned that he is an AWESOME girl-dad.

I’ve learned that even in our most frustrating moments, I really did get the best of the bunch.

 

Ten years later, there is no party being planned. We have three adorable, sweet, money sucking kids. I don’t care about the size of my diamond — I’m not a flashy girl, and I like it just fine, thankyouverymuch.  Ten years later he still makes my heart skip a beat and my body shake with laughter.

Ten years later we may still not know where this ship is sailing, but I’m glad we’re on the same boat.

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Leigh Ann Torres
Writer, artist, wife, cook, maid, bookkeeper, mom to twins plus one...all around genie in a bottle, except you only get one wish, and it has to be reasonable.
29 Comments
  1. Congrats! I hope you at least have a fun date night planned to celebrate!

    • We’ll probably do take out from one of our favorite places that night, but we do have a date night planned when my MIL comes into town in a couple weeks!

  2. Happy anniversary to you both!

  3. Congratulations!

    We didn’t do anything fancy for our 10th (it’s kind of hard to plan anything like that when you have a 5-week-old baby), but we had a party at our favorite restaurant for our 20th, where friends came and had dinner with us. I wish y’all 10 more years, so you can contemplate doing something special for 20!

  4. That is so sweet and I have loved watching you two grow together and create your beautiful family. I can’t believe it has been 10 years! I wish you many more 10 years to come!! ♥

  5. Aw, happy 10! I can relate to the ‘luxury’ of spending time together. Yesterday just he and I were in the house and the boys were at preschool/mmo. It was super bizarre.

    Here’s to another happy and healthy 10+ :)

    • I love how you describe it as bizarre. I feel that way when I’m home completely alone, and I know it would be weird if we were here with no kids.

  6. my heart literally SMILED reading this…it SMILED. BIG AND TOOTHY and GOOFY.

    you have become one of my favorite people in this blog world…the voice of HAPPY.

    CONGRATULATIONS my sweet friend. Many many more.
    xoxo

  7. Happy 10th Anniversary! I hope you have a date night planned at least :)

  8. Oh, I just love you. Happy 10th Anniversary! And secondly, yay for awesome girl dads! Especially those for whom flatulence knows no boundaries. Although he’s usually the one who walks away from disagreements in our relationship, while I like to fight it out.

    (Also, I’m not a bling-bling kind of girl, either. I’m very happy with my very modest 1/2 carat solitaire – which is probably a good thing since he sucks at buying me jewelry). ;)

    • Ha! I love more eclectic jewelry, so I’m not much of a Zales or Kay jewelers girl. Get me something from a local artisan, though, and I’m yours!

  9. Beautiful. Happy anniversary, Leigh Ann!

  10. We just recently hit the 10 year mark, too. It’s so crazy to think about, and how we are supposed to be “adults” now? Yeah, right :)

  11. Yeah, the love boat! Reminds me of the song, Come grow old with me, the best is yet to come. Love you both.

  12. I’ve learned that we need to try harder at getting better pictures of us ;)

  13. Happy anniversary you two crazy kids! May it be flatulence free…

  14. Congratulations on 10 wonderful years of marriage! I hope that it was a great day for you both.

  15. Happy anniversary you two. You’re simply perfect.

  16. Congrats!!! We actually got married on the 20th 9 years ago.
    Life doesn’t always go the way you planned but as long as you’ve go each other that’s all that matters :)
    Know what we did?
    We went to WalMart to buy me a heating pad.
    Romantic eh?

  17. Congratulations on 10 years! I hope you have many more years of unexpected joys and that you eventually get to enjoy the finer things your hearts desire as well!

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