Wednesday, July 11, 2012

FIVE Years - what a ride!

Five years ago today {and on a Wednesday, just like today}, I married my very best friend:

July 11, 2007 - Glen Falls Park, Williamsville, NY: Just married!
{Yes, I'm huge... I can only attribute about 20lbs to being 6.5 months pregnant}
We went on a week-long, sunshine filled honeymoon in San Diego, where we stayed in an amazing oceanside resort - we slept with our balcony door wide open, letting the sea breeze in:

In our room at the Hotel Del Coronado
And went on mini-adventures - the San Diego Zoo, bike riding on Mission Beach and through Downtown San Diego, a drive into the mountains {reaching 4,000ft}, hiking at Point Loma...

On the grounds of the "Del," after a day spent riding bikes in Downtown SD.
Four years ago {July 2008}, and we've begun our adventures as a family of three with the addition of a happy, blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby boy:

Hiking at Akron Falls Park, Akron, NY {Valentino is 7 months old}
Three years ago {July 2009}, we've moved in with his mom to prepare ourselves for a move to NC. Looking back at that summer, although it seemed tough at the time, it was a really great time in our lives together {and our last summer with his mom, rest her soul}, and I'm so glad that we experienced it.

Hiking at Letchworth State Park in Western NY
Two years ago {July 2010} was our first {HOT} summer in NC. We were having a blast getting to know our new town and experiencing the start of our new life, which included new jobs for both of us and full-time preschool for Valentino {the first time he's been away from us!}, as well as many new activities:

4th of July fireworks in Fuquay-Varina, NC {look at Valentino's long curly hair!}
One year ago {July 2011}, we learned a lot about life and what is truly important. It was a rough time, but we stuck together. We were healthy and had each other - which is truly all you need in this life.

4th of July weekend at the beach {our rented Jeep is on the sand in the background!}
So here we are today, having been through so much - birth of a child, loss of two parents, a cross-country{ish} move, job changes, and the normal ups and downs of marriage - but we remain the best of friends and committed to each other, our son, and our family.

May 2012 at North Hills' Beach Music
Here's to many, MANY more years to come. I love you, Vic!