9 years

21 May

This week we will have been married for nine years. Together for eighteen years in total.  Blimey that makes me feel old.  Our honeymoon was also our last solo holiday, Costa Rica.  It’s a stunning country, almost entirely blanketed in rainforest, much of it virgin, and teeming with wildlife.  It’s one of the greenest places I’ve ever been, in both senses of the word.  From the showers with biodegradable soap and solar powered internet, to the colour of the enveloping forest, a greenness that’s intenseness is only broken when you stand on the beach and face the horizon.  We even visited in the euphemistically named green season.  Which meant the occasional heavy downpour and sunny tropical beaches all to ourselves.  In one place we even had an entire hotel to ourselves.  Sitting at the best table in the dining room watching the above volcano shooting fireworks into the night was breathtaking, but being hovered over by a gaggle of bored waiters somewhat killed the atmosphere.

By our first wedding anniversary, we had a three month old baby.  We nervously went out alone for lunch in our local pub, while a friend watched our sleeping infant at home.  I spent the entire ninety minutes checking my watch and feeling like someone had chopped off one of my limbs.

We’ve had more successful anniversaries since then, and have even made it out in the evening a few times.  More recently, our anniversary has often fallen during half term, so it’s been spent battling bracing weather on British beaches.

Next year will be our tenth, which feels like a big milestone.  We shall be somewhere in South East Asia.  Anyone fancy babysitting three angelic children?

This post was written for Photo Friday over at Delicious Baby.  Head over there for lots of lovely travel pics.


16 Responses to “9 years”

  1. yummymummyno1 21/05/2010 at 10:14 am #

    Oh huge congratulations to you both! And a honeymoon baby? How lovely x

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/05/2010 at 2:10 pm #

      I think strictly speaking she was a slightly post honeymoon baby, but yes, her birthday is nine months after our wedding day…

  2. jfb57 21/05/2010 at 10:53 am #

    You’ve already been to such wonderful places Miss! I do envy you. Hope we will still be in touch for 10th anniversary so we can hear about your special treat! Thank you for introducing me to Delicious Baby – I’ll have a go I think!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/05/2010 at 2:09 pm #

      Well, I’ll still be blogging and twittering, so I’d say we probably will still be in touch 🙂

  3. Muddling Along Mummy 21/05/2010 at 11:10 am #

    Happy anniversary !

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/05/2010 at 2:08 pm #


  4. Trish@ Mum's Gone to 21/05/2010 at 4:18 pm #

    Love that top photo – thought it was a magazine shot but it’s your own – cracking!
    Having a wander over to Delicious Baby too – nice to link to other family travel blogs.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/05/2010 at 4:26 pm #

      It really is. I first started blogging because I kept reading other Photo Friday posts and wanteed to join in. Other reasons too of course, but I still try and do it most weeks.

  5. Bridget Smith 21/05/2010 at 5:02 pm #

    Happy Anniversary! I hope to make it to Costa Rica someday. Sounds like a a wonderful country and the whole place to yourself…heavenly!!! Hope you have a great anniversary and manage to sneak out some how.


    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/05/2010 at 8:23 pm #

      Thanks! Costa Rica really is beautiful.

  6. CascadiaKids 21/05/2010 at 6:34 pm #

    Love this post, and I agree, the first photo’s composition is fantastic. Congratulations on your anniversary!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/05/2010 at 8:22 pm #

      Thank you. I thought coffee & a volcano kind of summed up costa rica.

  7. wandermom 21/05/2010 at 7:17 pm #

    We’ll celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary this year, it’s a little scary to count so many years – but it looks like you’re still having fun 🙂

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 21/05/2010 at 7:50 pm #

      Wow! I’m impressed. And yes, we are still having fun.

  8. Nmaha 12/11/2010 at 7:30 am #

    If you plan to be in India on ure tenth we would love to host your kids. We already have 7 kids in the house on weekends, ranging from 2 years to 15 years, only one of which is ours by birth. (We live in a large family who insist on spending weekends together). We have loads of kid friendly activity options.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 13/11/2010 at 4:47 am #

      That’s really sweet of you! We’re not coming to India on this trip as it’s not TOO far from the UK. India can wait for another time…

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