Some of you may have wondered why I changed our family website to solsticecottage.net. We wanted a little more anonymity and had to think of something other than ourlastname.net. My Alaska friends probably already know why I chose solstice cottage or will remember.
Dan and I were married on Summer Solstice 5 years ago. And every Alaskan will tell you Summer (or Winter) Solstice is a holiday to be celebrated, wedding day or not. The cottage part is a reference to our current house here in Atlanta and our future house in Alaska.
I wish I could say we had a romanced filled 5th Anniversary, but that would not really be typical of Dan and me. We spent the morning with boys. I built a cardboard rocket with the kids and Dan had to do a little work from home. Later we attended Alex and Stephanie’s son, Ian’s, first birthday party and got home in time to get gussied up, leave the boys with their Nonna and Papa and head out for a date. We went to a restaurant you don’t bring kids to and enjoyed a long leisurely 4 course meal. I think we were there about 2 hours and savored every bite.
On a more sentimental note, I have to add that our wedding day was the most joyous day of my life. I truly enjoyed every minute of it and remember it all so clearly. I was not nervous or stressed out, but eager to begin our married life together. For all of you there, thank you again for all the special ways you contributed to our day. Without all of you, it could not have been such a beautiful day that came together perfectly. I loved being surrounded by all our friends and family and I hope you all enjoyed being put to work! Your hands-on participation helped ease any stress we could have had that day. Having great friends and family we could count on made the day exceptional.
I can’t believe it has been 5 years already! If you were out kayaking with us on our honeymoon, you might remember we were suppose to go again this summer. 5 years went by quickly! It makes me think of a lyric from the Indigo Girls song Watershed “Every five years or so I look back on my life/ And I have a good laugh.” Isn’t that always true? Many of us have been busy getting married and having kids in the last 5 years. We really have to plan another kayaking trip, maybe for our 10th anniversary. If you couldn’t make it last time, make a plan now to come next time!
I hope that five years of marriage is just the beginning and someday we will celebrate our 50th anniversary with all of you. I doubt there will a kayaking trip involved, but you never know.
Hey, if any of you still have digital photos from our wedding or the kayaking trip, I’d love to have some on a disc. We were still using our film camera then. Oh, and I just remembered I forgot to bring film with me on our kayaking trip.
To all our friends and family spread out over the country: Thanks for checking in on us and reading my blog. We think of you all and hope to see again soon!
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