And a seriously awesome dance party with all of our favourite songs on the playlist!
We rode the chair lift up Mt Washington eating ice cream cones. The view was amazing! And the ice cream was delicious...
Then we carried on, further up the island to Strathcona Park Lodge, far from civilization. It was breathtaking there.
This was the view from our little cabin on the lake. I loved waking up to it, with my new husband by my side! We drank tea and roasted marshmallows and played Scrabble and went for walks. We sat on our little balcony in the evening drinking wine. It was so relaxing, just perfect after the craziness of our wedding weekend.
My wedding and honeymoon were amazing. Everything about that week was oh-so perfect. It was just the way I wanted to start off our married life, surrounded by our family and friends, and then all by ourselves for a bit to savour it all. Bliss!
But of course, in the eight years since then, our life hasn't been all roses and sunshine. We have had our share of hard times and sadness and stress. But that is what love is about, isn't it? It's about being real, and accepting the real life part of being married (the bills and the compromises and the days when you're grumpy and would just rather be alone for a while!) The party and the honeymoon are fabulous, but the commitment you've made to one another is what matters the most. I love my husband, and our two beautiful little boys, and I try to make sure they know it every day. And when life isn't as perfect as I'd like it to be, I try to remember this bit of The Velveteen Rabbit that Em read aloud onour wedding day (I am a children't librarian, so it just seemed like the right choice!)...
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real." "Does it hurt?" asked the rabbit. "Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are real, you don't mind being hurt... It doesn't happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all..."
Isn't that lovely? It makes me cry every time!
Thank you to Kim for letting me share my little love story with you, and allowing me a chance to wish her and Dannon a lifetime of love and happiness together. It's going to be an amazing adventure, I'm sure. And as Real as it can be.
PS: While Kim's away, come visit me over at Pughs' News! I love to make new friends.