Well, I’ve done this anniversary post every November since I started blogging in 2017, so this is the fourth one of these. Each year, I’ve chronicled our monthly adventures through the previous year of marriage. Usually, that means there’s a bunch of fun and varied trips to reminisce on and share pictures from. This year though, thanks to COVID-19, there’s a lot less travel and fewer adventures to look back on.

We’ve made it another year though, and we have a tasty homemade dinner planned for this evening, so it isn’t all bad. Just very very different than expected. If I have to be quarantined with anyone, I’m glad it’s you, my love. And hey – it only took twelve years together and a pandemic keeping us home, but now we can cook meals together and actually enjoy it.

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11 Years of Marriage Adventures

The year started off with a bang in November, December, January, and the first half of February – and then COVID hit. So the lookback to last winter is definitely bittersweet. Sure glad we fit in that 10th anniversary trip when we did, because who knows when we’ll get to have another adventure like that again.

So, over the last year of marriage we:

Spent a week down in Austin, Texas with our favorite old neighbors in November:

Celebrated by birthday in Bellingham at an Airbnb with a big group of friends in December (oh for the days of packing a house full of friends):

On brand wearing the same sweater I wore for my 21st birthday 11 years prior

If you haven’t stayed in an Airbnb before, I would highly recommend it. We love the flexibility it gives us while traveling as a family – full kitchen, laundry, and extra bathrooms, and it’s usually considerably cheaper than a hotel, especially when you travel as a group. If you’re new to Airbnb, here’s a link for $65 off your first stay.

Rang in the New Year in Reykjavik, Iceland in January:

Took a weekend trip to Coupeville, Whidbey Island on a whim in February:

“We don’t do big trips that often, but we tend to find the time for at least a night away once every 4-6 weeks it seems.” ahahahahaha how little did we know that it would be our last trip for quite a while…..

Went absolutely nowhere thanks to COVID in March:

And went nowhere again – except for camping in my parents’ yard in April:

But we decided on a whim to drive out to Sequim for a day trip in May:

Spent a ton of time in the garden in June:

Celebrated the 4th of July with Purple and Hamilton and WENT CAMPING! in July:

Celebrated the wedding of one of my very best friends (but my husband didn’t get to go, thanks Covid)

Hid inside from the wildfire smoke but also got to spend time with Kristy and family in September:

Spent a weekend camping at the Lynden KOA in October:

Want to look back at the previous years with me? I’ve been posting these since I started blogging: 10 years, 9 years, 8 years, and a bit about marrying young. This year was very very different than the last three, but there were still some good parts. Here’s to better days by our next anniversary at the end of 2021. No matter what though, I am so grateful for our little family that’s been my strength through a very, very tough year. I love you, husband.

20 thoughts on “11 Years of Marriage Adventures

  1. Having had my wife and best friend with me for these last 42 years I can attest it just keeps getting better. We spent the last week driving 15 hours and camping with two of our married kids who live in Virginia. We are on the way back to Arkansas now, my wife is driving! We all talk a lot about making good choices regarding money, but the really important choice is finding a life partner that you can take the world on with.

    1. Absolutely. Money is not the point of it all – it just helps a good situation be better.

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