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We spent our first wedding anniversary at a Baltimore Ravens game...
On our second anniversary, we watched cops chase a car thief through
our backyard (that's a story for another day)...
But I really remember our third anniversary. I was seven months
pregnant with our first child. I wore a long black skirt, a blouse
with orchids on it, and sky-high heels. We went out to Olive Garden
after work. I remember eating my chicken marsala and talking about
how we should do something special for our 5th. We should go
somewhere. Our child would be two and I figured we could surely
enlist some grandparents to watch him or her while we got away for a
Little did I know that our fourth anniversary would find me one month
shy of delivering our SECOND baby.
It probably goes without saying that we did NOT get away for our fifth
anniversary. Matter of fact, I spent that landmark day driving four
hours round trip to a children's hospital to pick up my baby girl's
first pair of glasses. Good times, good times.
No problem. We'd just push that goal forward. We'd do something
exotic and romantic for our TENTH anniversary. By then, our children
would be five and six and not so hard to watch or care for. Surely
we'd be able to find someone to keep an eye on them for a night or
We welcomed baby #3 in 2009.
Sooo... our tenth anniversary is happening this year. Our children
will be 6, 5, and 2 at the time. It's not as easy to find someone to
watch three kids. People work. They have their own kids. It's just,
But, since this been rolling around in my head for about seven years
now, I'm determined to make it happen. I'm also willing to be
- Take a family vacation (<-- read: yes, our children will be along) to somewhere warm and exciting.
- Make sure there are children's programs and events so that my main squeeze and I can have some adult time while the littles have a blast.
The steps I'm taking right now?
- Squirreling away any extra money from bonuses and blog-work.
- Deal seeking and comparison shopping bunches of different travel sites.
- Working to get back to the six side of an eight.
- Setting expectations for the children.
So... guess what we're planning on doing? Anyone?
A cruise. Later this year. Probably Caribbean. Almost definitely
Carnival. We've been on five cruises before, but never with children.
Who says you can't take children along on a romantic trip? After all,
they're a huge part of the joy we've shared over these past ten years.
Bon voyage to all of us.
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