Five years ago I met the man of my dreams. In fact, as time has passed, I realized that he has surpassed the man of my dreams on so many levels. Is it possible to feel as if we just met yesterday yet also feel like I’ve known this person my whole life?
When John and I met, we both felt all sorts of strong emotions that neither of us had ever felt before. After all this time, those strong emotions have gone away… but only to become fiercer, more intense and stronger than ever before!
When we first met, we were young. I was finishing up university and John was three weeks into his career. We happened to work for sister companies in the same building downtown and only three flours separated us. Since I was still finishing up school, I only worked part time but the days that I did work we would each leave our houses at the perfect time so that we could meet before work at our special spot and walk the few blocks together hand in hand. We would meet for lunch at least once a week and our coworkers would both make comments to us about how cute we were when they saw us together. We still meet each other for lunch once a week, even if that meant that a 12 block walk or a train ride just to see each other for twenty minutes and for that midday smooch. Since day one, we’ve never been able to get enough of each other and I’m so happy to say that we still can’t.
We have gone through so many life changes together and I can’t imagine what our life will look like when we get to a decade. Over the past five years, between the two of us there have been five moves, five jobs, three vehicles, two countries and a puppy! There have been ups and downs, positives and negatives but the one thing that has never wavered has been the love and respect for one another.
Although our looks and hair have changed a bit over the past five years, the way we feel about each other surely has not. We are celebrating this weekend by doing five things that we have never done before… today we kickstarted the “events” by going some place new for lunch.
Sticking with the “five” theme, here are five photos for each year that we’ve been together to highlight some of our favourite memories together:
Our First Road Trip
Our First Calgary Stampede Together
A fancy dinner and evening at the Calgary Tower celebrating our 6th month anniversary
At Heritage Park in the fall time. Being our silly, sassy selves.
Pre St. Patty’s Day Green Beer Chugging
A helicopter ride in the mountains to celebrate one year together
Christmas at my parents new home
My University Graduation
BBQ’inq and drinking beer in our backyard
We had a stay-cation in Calgary and went to Calway park for the day (amusement park for kids)
We “I do’d”
We mini-honeymooned in the Mountains. This is canoeing on Lake Louise
An autumn stroll in a park close to our home
Watching the sunset together in Whitefish, Montana
Enjoying our honeymoon in Punta Cana!
Just hiking n’ stuff in the mountains
A trip to Edmonton
We ran stairs here ohhhh too many times to count. The view was always worth it at the top.
Just a typical Saturday…
Walking in the provincial park right next to what was supposed to be our Forever Home
Celebrating Christmas in said Forever Home
Hiking in Palm Springs and keeping an extra cautious eye out for snakes
Leaving our Calgary life behind for our Chicago life
Drinking beer at our favourite place
One of many “selfies” of us on my favourite bridges in Chicago
We’ve been to 2 Cubs games and 2 Sox games… we liked the hot dogs equally
What our summer Saturdays typically look like now
2015 has already been an amazing start and we are SO excited to see what else we can get up to in the next five years! And fifteen years! And fifty years!
Thank you, Lovely, for taking the time to read and celebrate with us! Cheers to you!
I love you, Honey, and I wouldn’t want to go on this adventure with anyone but YOU!