So, I've been MIA for a little while. The wedding took SO much time -- any extra moment was spent doing even time-wasting Googling about wedding stuff. And, while I felt ashamed that it was taking up so much time, in the end, I'm glad we did! The wedding itself was absolutely PERFECT. Not a traditional wedding shindig in the least (sure, we got married in a church and danced at the reception), but fun and simply wonderful. We couldn't have asked for a better day, better friends and family to share it with, better vendors to help make it perfect. Seriously. Awesome. (Finishing up our final wedding blog post at Momentville.)
Dave and I took LOTS of pictures during our honeymoon -- and not because we're freakishly kinky. Nope, other than wanting to remember the awesome time we had, we took the pics specifically for YOU GUYS! Really, we'd find something else wonderfully neat and Dave would say, "Oh, let's get this one for the blog." Didn't I find a perfect guy?
So, we'll start posting soon. Instead, I thought I'd share something very meaningful to both the mister and myself. We took the last day of the honeymoon to decompress, and a part of our decompression was grabbing lunch at our regular spot, Donna's Diner. While there, we started brainstorming all the ways we want to make our marriage successful, small to majorly important. So, as written on our napkin, we give to you our...
Declaration of a Happy Marriage (10/13/2010)
- When it's time to have kids, take them into our lifestyle, not create a new lifestyle for them.Yes, we want kids. It's probably the biggest goal we have. If we're meant to have them, our life goal will be achieved. And, while we don't necessarily have a very crazy lifestyle right now, we'd like to be able to maintain the parts of our life that make us "us" -- theater work (less, but still active), travel (especially to NYC -- if I'd been able to experience the city when I was young, I think that my philosophies on life would've been more realistic), making movies, etc. It may sound unrealistic, but we want to give them ALL the time they deserve but not forget that we exist, if that makes sense.
- Keep eating healthy. (And get healthier in other ways.) Our trip to Vermont helped solidify this, and even has us brainstorming about how we can change things for MORE than just the Dellecese household.
- Be happy for what we have, but no excuses not to dream. We never want to take what we have and where we are for granted. At the same token, we won't stand in each other's way -- and we won't use our "comfort" stop us from considering a different future.
- Get out of ruts. It happens to everyone. We get busy. We get tired. We have those nights that we get home from work and hardly talk to each other, too zoned-out to notice. When that happens, inevitably one of us will notice -- and, in the words of Mike Holmes, make it right.
- Have more friends over. One way that we'll get out of ruts is by changing up our routine. Also, the wedding made us that "Oh, them? Are they still alive?" couple. I'm DYING to break out my new fondue set...wine...games....
- Take the time for date nights. Still another way to get out of a rut. Pretty self-explanatory.
- Appreciate one another. This is an easy one to forget, especially when life takes over.
- When we fight, remember our vows. Everyone fights. It's inevitable. If two people are going to spend sooooo much darn time together and have opinions on things and sometimes disagree, a fight will happen. It's also easy to say things that we don't mean. This is when the sincerity and honesty of our vows will help get us through...among other things. ;-)
- Do/say something kind every day. We already do this, whether we do it on purpose or not. From Dave making my lunches to my making dinner, I feel loved by the way he shows it, and I feel that I show him how much I love him in actions as much as anything. However, sometimes I get insecure and wonder... "Does he still love me, heads-over-heels, or is he just busy with work, or...?" So, we're making a point to SAY something kind everyday, too. I think this'll be a household rule as the family gets bigger.
- Help with and/or support each other's dreams and attempts at achieving them. Some dreams don't pan out. You don't want your one and only partner to be down on them from the very beginning. "Stand by your man" (or woman, as it were). Even those goals one of us might be apprehensive about, I find, helping a person out with it helps you understand it. Open-mindedness!
There's room to add, although I'm not sure Dave will give us a chance to before he frames it. I'm sure there are about 100+ more things that should be on the list, but we're new at this. We also know that these don't work for everyone, but given the 2 1/2 or so years that we've been together (and 1 1/2 living together), it's what works for us! :-)
And for those of you dying for a few more pictures, here's our INCREDIBLE photographer's blog. She's still got plenty of time before we'll be bugging her for the final versions of all the rest of the photos, but it was awesome of her to share these samples with us.
Keep an eye out for our honeymoon posts! Thanks for following.