Wednesday, May 26, 2010

14 and counting

Yes, its true, boys and girls. Today is mine & Spouse's 14th anniversary.

Straight couples count their anniversary from their wedding day. Some gay couples count their anniversary from when they moved in together. We count our anniversary from the day we met, which is very close to when we moved in with each other. Either way, today we mark the completion of our 14th year of domestic bliss.

We don't have any special plans today. In the early years we used to buy each other gifts and plan special activities, but over the years our anniversaries have become simpler, more quiet celebrations. So both of us went to work today, as usual. He has his weekly personal trainer appointment after work but will be back home by 7:30. Maybe we'll go out to eat and for a walk on the boardwalk, 2 of our favorite pastimes.

Just in case you're a sentimental sap like me, you may enjoy reading about how we met.

I thought it might be kind of fun to share with you a few photos of us over the years. (But don't look too closely or you'll see all of our weight fluctuations.)

This one was taken in 1997, about a year after we met. Look how dark Spouse's hair and goatee are!! I look like Sears catalog model in this one.

This one was taken in Dec 2002, at my company holiday party. Note the Cosmo in my hand!

This was taken on my 40th birthday in Dec 2003. Spouse surprised me with a trip to Las Vegas and we flew out to the Grand Canyon one day while we were there.


This one was taken in June of 2005 (I think) at a friend's wedding. I like this photo because I think it looks the most like 'us'.

This was taken in 2008, near our house.
This was taken last summer, 2009, at an outdoor restaurant nearby.

Has every day been a picnic? No, but that's the thing about relationships: you're not supposed to measure them by the fights or disagreements, but rather, by the love.

Crush du Jour: Joel Smith

17 comments:

Sean said...

you had me at "coasmo" *snicker*

many many many happy wishes and congrats. look forward to reading about your next 5o anniversaries.

Bob said...

Happy happy anniversary!!

behrmark said...

What can I say? You are a VERY handsome couple and I hold you both as a role model for relationships. Happy Anniversay with Behr Hugs!

Jabacue said...

Happy Anniversary to both of you!! Here's to the next 14!!

A Lewis said...

So, I'm breezing through the pics....thinking happy 14 year thoughts....and then I hit that last pic! Woah. My heart stopped!!

Happy Anniversary!

Sean said...

Many, many happies - past present and future!!!

Kelly said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!

anne marie in philly said...

awwww, what a sweet meeting story!

happy happy 14th and many many more, mark and joe!

PS - handsome devils! :>

Michael Rivers said...

Happy Anniversary!!

wcs said...

Happy 14th! And many more!

Beth said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!

truthspew said...

Happy anniversary! And many more!

That said, I like the photo retrospective.

tornwordo said...

Here's to many more! Y'all haven't aged a bit.

Victor said...

Congratulations on your anniversary.

cb said...

Happy 14th! And here's to many more!

dirkmancuso said...

Happy Anniversary! And may you have many, many more!

(When are you going to post about that portrait of Dorian Gray you two have in the attic? You haven't aged a bit in your photos!)

Jeff said...

Happy Anniversary! - somewhat late - I haven't been on the computer much lately at all...

Wishing you and Joe many many more years of marital bliss!