Later this month Mike and I will be celebrating 10 years of marriage. It’s interesting to look back over the past 10 years and think about how things have changed over the years and everything we’ve been through together. So for my review post this month instead of looking back over the month of May, I thought I’d take a look back at our marriage, numbers style. As always I am linking up with Deena from Shoes to Shiraz for her month in review blog series.
Although we haven’t always had a lot of money (poor married students on a budget, you know) we’ve always loved travelling together. We were able to go to Hawai’i for our one year anniversary and it was so good for us. There were some last minute things that came up and we almost weren’t able to make it, but I’m so glad we made it work. Another travelling goal we have is to visit a new National Park every year. So far we’ve had one repeat (Zion National Park) and one year when we weren’t able to make a National Park trip, and we haven’t gone yet this year, which is why the number is only seven. I still think that’s pretty good though! So far we’ve visited: Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, Lassen National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Great Basin National Park, and Zion National Park. This year we actually have plans to visit two so that should make up for the year we didn’t go to one. We’ve also been able to go on two cruises–one babymoon in 2010 and one at the beginning of this year as an early anniversary trip. I’m hoping it’s not seven years before our next one! And amusement parks have always been something fun we’ve loved to do together–before we had kids and since. From Disneyland to Schlitterbahn to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, we’ve had a lot of fun together at 10 different amusement and water parks across the country!
Mike and I met right as he was about to start his first year at UCLA Dental School. We got married at the end of his first year and spent the majority of his years at school in the UCLA married housing. From there I commuted all the way to Cal State Fullerton where I finished off my last couple years of school and received my BA in Liberal Studies. I also took and passed the CBEST and the CSET so that I could be a teacher, but never received my credentials because. Someday when my kids are older I will probably finish that up and go back and teach.
Both Mike and I are from California–he’s from northern California and I’m from Orange County. The first couple of weeks of our marriage were spent living in Huntington Beach in my parent’s RV while we waited for a spot to open up in married housing. Then we moved to Santa Monica for the duration of school, then onto Lubbock, Texas when he took a job with a company upon graduating. After a little while we were able to transfer to San Antonio and we loved it there, but ultimately decided to move back to California to be closer to family. We love our little town in northern California and we have now lived in our house that we bought in 2013 longer than any other place.