Our Ten Year Adventure

Hello everyone. I hope you all had a great easter weekend! We absolutely did. We had family over for dinner for the first time in years. It was great to relax and talk while the kids played Minecraft and ran around. It w really just great people and great food!

This weekend was also my husband and I’s ten year anniversary. It’s so crazy what can happen in ten years. We’ve had three kids, had the pleasure of traveling from South Dakota to The cliff dwellings on the southern Colorado border, and we ended up with two great dogs. We have had a full life and I really cannot wait for the next ten.

To give you a quick back storey, April 20th 2009, my husband Jeremy and I made the semi-random decision to get married. We were engaged and had a date but the wedding planning had been temporarily put on hold. Well one morning we went down town to register my car and decided to get information on marriage certificates since we needed one for the wedding. However, what we didn’t expect was to walk out married less than an hour later. Looking back that was a decision I do not regret. No we didn’t get the big wedding with the flowers and the gorgeous dress and the photos, but it was still sweet and intimate and I really love that. It’s become somewhat of a theme through out our life. (Click for our craziest example of this) It has been far from easy and we both put literal blood, sweat, and tears into those ten years. There were many times believed that our marriage would not survive but we didn’t give up and I’m so grateful.

If I could say one thing to Jeremy now that its has been ten years it would be thank you. “Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for working hard to build up where we were/are weakest. Above all thank you for not giving up on me!” I also might add “thank you for our children and making me a mom.” Next to our marriage they are my everything! I’m grateful to have him there for them and me. That he’s apart of their life. I really feel blessed to have that! He would look at me like I’m nuts with that last part and say “of course” but that is not the case for everyone. I’ve seen it with friends and I do not take it for granted and want to be sure that is expressed. I’m grateful for him. I respect him!

The cliff house in Manitou Springs

To get back to our trip, we were blessed to be able to take this trip although simple. We dropped the kids off with grandma and made our way to Tucanos (Brazilian grill in Colorado springs. So good!) We ate ourselves into a coma before killing time at lows. Note the random owls below! The plan was to go take photos at red rocks canyon then check into the hotel but the light was horrible so I convinced my patient hubby to go check in first and come back. So we headed for Manitou Springs first.

We got to go stay in the historic Cliff House in Manitou Springs CO. It was awesome! I can’t say enough about how great this idea was. There were displays that we walked around and got to see some of the hotels history. 

The rooms were great. It felt so cozy and as much like home as possible. From the decorations to the fireplace to the genuinely friendly staff. I really didn’t want to leave. It was fantastic and I highly recommend you check this place out.  

After we settled in we headed to take some photos. We have never taken more than a cell phone selfie. (I do not count the target photos we took for reasons. Still love target though!) We parked and marched up the trail probably a mile before I settled for a spot near some bright red rocks. The patience of this man is amazing! It took me probably 20 minutes to get everything set up and the way I wanted it. Hey, it had to be perfect! Instead of frustration he gave me loving mockery which got me laughing at the ridiculous perfection I was striving for. (I’m a photographer, can’t help it!) Really that’s what made the photos best. The pure laughter and enjoyment of each other’s company. He hates being in front of the camera but the experience was so focused on the moment and why we were there that we ended up with genuine photos that speak to who we are! I am so excited we did this! They are my favorite photos of us.
Couples photos in Colorado Springs

The whole weekend is one of my favorite memories! It was the absolute perfect way to spend our ten year anniversary! 

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