7 Years

Today marks 7 years of marriage to my husband, Ben.

7 years
2557 days
61,368 hours
3,682,080 minutes
220,924,800 seconds.

2010 doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, but then again… in 2010:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Iron Man 2, and Toy Story 3 were released.
  • Katy Perry had several hit songs, including: California Gurls, Teenage Dream, and Firework.
  • Mark Zuckerberg was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton got engaged.
  • and, Apple launched the iPad.

Ben and I met before dating apps were a thing (although we did meet online, but that’s a whoooooole different story for another time!), and we planned our wedding without the help/pressure of Pinterest (which launched the month we got married).

Wedding Photography by Katie Amanek. http://katieamanek.com/

Each year we celebrate our anniversary by spending the day (sometimes a few days) at Disneyland, which has always been a key place in our relationship. Before we were married, we did most of our dating at Disneyland. We had our engagement photos taken at Disneyland, and we spent our honeymoon (and a couple years later, our babymoon) at Walt Disney World. Keeping with our tradition we will be spending the day at Disneyland today.

March 20
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016

The other night I was thinking about all our Disney trips and was wondering how many times we have gone to Disneyland since we got married; so, I pulled out our old calendars and spent about 2 1/2 hours looking though them calculating various things we’ve done since we got married. I only included things we had done together since there were several Disney visits we each took without the other present. I ended up with this spiffy little infographic of our marriage by the numbers.

It was actually a lot of fun compiling all the info and I think it is something I will continue to do.

Our anniversary gift to ourselves this year is a nice hotel stay next to Disneyland. Just for the fun of it though, I looked up what the traditional 7th anniversary gift is and was pleased to discover that it is copper. I decided to get Ben a little something made of copper and ended up getting him a copper paperweight with the atomic symbol for copper, made out of .999 pure copper. He got me a copper gift too in the form of an adorable elephant ring holder. While I’m sure the Disney trip will provide us with amazing memories of our anniversary there is just something special about having a physical gift that evokes happy memories whenever you see it.

In the past 7 years Ben & I have created many happy memories, with a few bittersweet ones sprinkled in. There is no one I would rather be with during the happy moments and the sad. I’ve found my person and I’m never letting go.

(And, neither am I.

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