Saturday, July 25, 2009

Year 1 - Starting Out

As we are approaching the end of another year of marriage and beginning a new year I thought it would be fun to reminisce about the first few years of marriage! So today we are going to go back to the very beginning of our life together!

July 29th 2006 - After 18 long months of being engaged we were finally married! We couldn't have been more happy to start the journey we had been planning and talking about since literally the 2nd or 3rd week of dating!

After the wedding we flew off to our favorite place in the world - DISNEYLAND! It was the perfect honeymoon for us! We had such a great time together!

We had to get a picture at the place where Peter proposed to me. It was fun to go back there as a married couple and I am sure it is going to be even more fun to return there as the years fly by.

The wedding and honeymoon were great! Then it was time to return back to reality. We had so many people warn us about how rough the first year of marriage was going to be that we were a little nervous to settle into real life. Honestly the first year of marriage was really great. We had our moments but overall I think we made a smooth adjustment!
We came home to a condo full of presents and lots of running around to change over paperwork and make me officially Mrs. Keyser!

The first few months flew by. I continued to work. Peter continued in his junior year of college while working part time. I first started struggling with my arthritis in my back, my dad had his massive heart attack. Good times and bad times, but we always had each other - and mostly we had good times!
Before we knew it we were settling into winter and we celebrated our first Christmas as a family! It was a lot of fun to have our own place and our own decorations (Disney of course)!

The New Year came in and we settled back into school and work. We had our struggles but God was very good to us during that first year as we grew as a couple.
After Peter finished school in the spring we decided to go to DisneyWorld for 2 weeks! We had a really good time testing out the other Disney park, but ours is better ;) We had a lot of new experiences in Disneyworld - lovebugs (yuck!), forrest fires, red ant infestations, a tropical storm, but still had a really great time!

Soon after coming home from our vacation we decided it was time to expand our family. So we got our two baby girls - Callie and Kahlua! We definitely eased our way into parenting as the girls really didn't need to much from us. Fortunately we must not be too bad at this parenting thing as they are now almost 2 1/2 years old!

Before we knew it we were closing in our 1st wedding anniversary! To celebrate Peter bought me a new Jeep Cherokee! The second biggest purchase we had ever made (condo was the biggest)

For our first wedding anniversary we went on a little road trip for a few days. We went to Crater Lake, the Redwood Forrest, and to Gold Beach for a couple nights to relax and celebrate! We had made it through one year of marriage and came out better then we went in! (Always a good thing)

When we think back to that first year we honestly have nothing but good memories! We had a few rough spots but for the most part we had a lot of fun! We discovered that marriage could be everything that we "thought" it would be and that day to day life could be fun when we have each other!