10 years = 1 decade

wedding dayApril 1, 2006; South Coast Winery, Temecula, CA

The only downside to getting married on April Fools Day is that everyone thinks you’re joking when you tell them it’s your anniversary. Can you imagine, though– that could have been the most elaborate April Fools joke ever.

I don’t blame you if you think this looks like a compilation of random, low quality photos. It kind of is. But when I see these pictures, I see some of our favorite moments which have turned into memories that, when pieced together, somehow manage to form an entire decade of marriage.

Together, we’ve snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef and hiked the Australian outback. We’ve held baby crocs Down Under and we’ve chased fireflies in our own backyard. We’ve jumped in mud puddles in Texas and we’ve swam in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. We’ve been on top of an active volcano in the Pacific and traveled by train through the Swiss Alps. We’ve seen a ballet at the Sydney Opera House and watched our daughters perform recitals in school auditoriums. We have celebrated births and marriages and said goodbye to loved ones in more ways than one- in other words, we have had our share of ups, downs, and all arounds during these past 10 years. Here’s to the first decade of marriage: I only wish we could have a dozen more.cottesloeCottesloe Beach, Perth, Australia, April 2008: before “selfie” was a wordGBRThe Great Barrier Reefsydneyayers rockAyers Rock at sunsetbuckinghamBuckingham Palace, May 2010brussels2Brussels, Belgiumbrusslesparis2Paris, May 2010seine2A 15-month-old Georgia and I overlooking the Seineparis7parischasing pigeons in front of Notre Dameparis6Versailles gardens: #backyardgoalsbandol5Choices, choices! Picking a flavor in Bandol, the French Riviera.bandol2bandol4Dipping our toes in the Mediterraneanbandol3bandolFresh produce in the French RivieraLucerne1Lucerne, SwitzerlandLucerne2The view from an ancient castle in LucernenrJBW_60ADSC_0129 copyone of the countless day trips to the San Diego Zoo and Safari ParkDSC_0223 copyThe Hot Air Balloon Festival; Albuquerque, NM, 2012DSC_0690 copyDSC_0612 copyFatherDaughter2015PhillyDSC_0041DSC_0109 copymeza_13 copyMay there be many, many, many more days like these ahead.

Stephanie

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