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10 Years Ago… February 14, 2013

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10 years ago today, I was living in a town near Amsterdam.

10 years ago today, I was studying culture, history and art in a 14th century castle.

10 years ago today, I had an almost-blank passport, a Eurail Pass, a backpack and a dream to travel around Europe.

10 years ago today, I was one month into my semester abroad and missing my new-ish boyfriend like crazy. I was in Paris. It was raining. My class took a bus from The Netherlands to Paris for a weekend excursion. We watched episodes of Friends the whole way down. When we got off the bus, we checked into our hotel. And I got the surprise of my life. It was February 14, 2003.

10 years ago today, Irving flew to Paris to surprise me. He waited for me in the hotel lobby. Holding a rose. On Valentine’s Day.

10 years ago today, I knew that I would marry Irving. I am smart enough to know that you don’t let a guy like that go.

10 years ago today, Irving and I walked hand in hand visiting the Louvre, Versailles, The Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. We sparked a love of travel that has been a force of nature ever since. We had 48 hours together in the most romantic city in the world. It will forever be one of the best weekends of my life.

I have less than 20 photos from that entire weekend (one roll of film a week was all I had!) But the memories are so vivid. I’ll never forgot the way he picked me up and spun me around in that hotel lobby full of Emerson students. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

Happy Valentine’s Day, babe. I love you more and more every day. Cheers to travel. Cheers to love. Cheers to us and a love that gets stronger every year. ❤

To see more photos (all 20 of them) from that weekend, click here!

 

#NoKidsAllowed January 29, 2013

Filed under: Love — Kelocity @ 3:48 am

We’ve declared Sunday nights: Date Night. We don’t see each other much during the week, so on Sundays, we’re going all out now. We’re really getting crazy. Like, we’re having picnics on the living room floor, crazy.
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Don’t worry, Adele said she didn’t mind if we used her blanket for the occassion. Even if we didn’t invite her to our party. We had quite the spread of veggies, olives, bread, apples, dried apricots, pickles. pepperoni, hummus and three kinds of cheese! (Toscano Cheese with Cracked Black Pepper, A sliced Brie and a Sweet&Nutty Chocolate Cheese ball — seriously, it has chocolate and coconut in it. Sold). Our grocery bill was $120 this week and I’m pretty sure half of that was cheese. (Oh, and I spent $20 on a jug of real maple syrup this week too. But I digress. Not sure why I wanted to share that. I’m extra chatty tonight I guess.)
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For dessert, we split a bottle of wine and half a container of Almond Bark Thins. Mmmm! We rented Arbitrage on Red Box and watched while we munched. The movie wasn’t great, but we had such a fun time. We’ll have to do that again soon.

 

A Yosemite Wedding August 9, 2012

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The main event from the weekend (and the reason we were visiting) was to celebrate the marriage of Irving’s friends Brian and Victoria. They are an awesome couple who LOVES the outdoors. They visit Yosemite often and have climbed some of the most famous rocks in the park together! Since it’s such a special place for them, they thought, what better place to get married?
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We’re always stoked for destination weddings because it’s a reason to visit places we might not otherwise think to go! Plus, I love weddings in general, so it was a no-brainer we would be there!
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…Even with an 8 week old baby!
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We were all dressed up, so of course it was the perfect opportunity for more photos!
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Adele couldn’t make it to the wedding (she had big plans to spend the day with Grandma).
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(One of my favorites!)
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It was fun to introduce Adele to some of Irving’s high school friends. Hi Jesse!
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But soon it was time to pass her off to Grandma for the evening.
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I left her with a few bottles of milk and away we went. Adele was in good hands. =)
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The ceremony was in a gorgeous chapel on the Yosemite Valley floor (a little over an hour away). They had charter busses to bring guests down to the church. What an incredible trip though. The views were just amazing.
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This is Bridalveil Falls! Still had some water running over its cliffs there!
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Soon enough we arrived at the church! SOOO ADORABLE!
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It was right across the street from Yosemite Falls and El Capitan rock.
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I had never been to Yosemite so this was such an awesome experience.
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It’s wedding time!
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The ceremony was so sweet and so personal. You could feel the love in the room. I love how they customized their vows to fit who they are. I definitely teared up at times. One of my favorite lines from Brian’s vows: (summarized) “You’ve given me so much love, that I will spend the rest of my life giving it back to you.” Ah, so perfect.
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As they walked out of the church, they rang the church bells. So cool!
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I was so excited that we had some time after to take more pictures outside.
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These are some of Irving’s high school friends! They are going to have some AWESOME wedding photos. I can’t wait to see them all!
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In the Spring, Yosemite Falls is supposed to be stunning. It’s all dried up for the summer now, but I had to imagine what it looked like…
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Good, that’s better! Looks almost like the real thing!
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The reception was back at the Wawona Hotel, so we climbed back on the bus for the trip back. Our driver stopped at a vista point so we could get a glimpse of Half Dome and the rest of Yosemite Valley. It’s no wonder Ansel Adams took so many photos here. It’s stunning!
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The reception was outside on the lawn of the Wawona. I was worried about the 90*+ heat that we had been having, but it actually cooled off really nice just before dinner.

And guess what I had?! My FIRST glass of wine in 11 months!!! (My last alcoholic beverage was actually in Salzburg, Austria on our trip last year!)
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Mmmmm!

We snuck the baby over to our table for a few minutes because I kind of missed her! She made a polite appearance before she went back to Grandma for the night.
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Such a fun night and a great way to experience Yosemite. Wishing Brian and Victoria a lifetime of happiness and love. We were honored to share their special day with them.
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Congrats, Guys!

 

Anniversary #3 July 11, 2012

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I can’t believe that it has been three years since I walked down the aisle to marry this man.
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If you told me three years ago that life could possibly get any better, I wouldn’t have believed you. But each year, each day, each moment that passes, I fall more and more in love with him. We laugh, we think, we travel, we discuss… Anyone that knows us knows that we’re a team and that we just enjoy living life together.
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Seeing Irving become a father makes my heart swell more than I ever thought possible. It explodes every time he holds her. The love that Adele has for him is so evident too. She squeals with pure baby joy when she sees him, it’s so cute to watch. Note to self: Capture this on video, stat!
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Who knew that the cute guy I met at a college party back in 2001 would become the most amazing husband and father to my daughter. I count my blessings everyday to have Irving in my life. He’s one special guy and I just feel so lucky.

Happy Anniversary, darling. Here’s to many more!

 

Morning in the Park June 27, 2012

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Yesterday morning, Irving and I packed up the stroller and walked down to the park for a few hours. The weather was perfect… blue skies with a cool breeze. We left as soon as Adele finished eating so that she would nap as much as possible.
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We laid out two blankets, stretched out, and enjoyed the time as a family of three. Adele loved hearing the older kids running around, seeing the squirrels jumping across the grass, and feeling the breeze on her face.
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Stretch, Adele, stretch! She’s so cute, we can hardly believe she is ours!
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I have dreamt about this day for a long time. The day where I could pack up my family and enjoy a lazy morning outside. I am so excited that it’s here. I love my little family so much. This is what it’s all about.
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We brought a picnic lunch and read stories.
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Irving read some magazines, and I wrote in my journal (I’ve been keeping a journal for Adele. Hopefully she’ll want to read it someday!).
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There is nothing more magical than seeing a baby snoozin’ under the shade of a big tree. Perfection.
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I can’t wait to do this again soon! Someday she’ll be able to run with the other kids…. slide down the slide, play in the sand, climb up the ladders… But for now, I’m enjoying her like this. There will be plenty of time for that later.
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