13 Years!

Celebrating 13 years of marriage

Mike and I got married thirteen years ago today! Two oh-so-young college students, right before digital cameras hit the market. We got married, finished college, moved to Scotland for grad school, and had a baby. I quit working after working up to five different jobs at a time for years. We moved to England for a few months, and finished grad school. Then we moved to Massachusetts, and Mike started his first job. We had another baby. I felt like getting creative, so I started this blog, then (almost immediately) got pregnant with baby #3. We remodeled our house, had another baby, the kids loved school, everything felt settled. I sewed, learned how to crochet, the kids played, I played with the kids. I found the perfect play dough recipe. We all enjoyed our yard. We learned together. Mike drew hundreds of pictures for the kids, took them geocaching, and told them hundreds of stories. We could have lived there forever, in our beautiful little house with a stunning yard. Mike liked his job, but he felt like something was missing. When he was offered the job he dreamed of as a kid, we sold our house, and moved back to California where we met!

Celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary

It has been fun this past almost-year to revisit a lot of our favorite local haunts. Several things have changed, and it’s a little odd to be back on Stanford’s campus without being a young student. Of course, everything is different with four kids in tow! I love seeing their reactions to bits and pieces they see of our old life, and learning to see this world through their eyes. Mike loves his job, and we have figured out how to turn our condo into a family-friendly living space. Our life has circled back to where we started, and I look forward to seeing our future unfold.

Happy anniversary, Mike! Here’s to a lifetime of learning, living, dreaming, creating, and discovering together! I love you!

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

20 thoughts on “13 Years!”

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    That’s awesome! Love your photos and your whirlwind summary of 13 terrific years! Happy Anniversary!!!

  2. Congratulations on your 13 years! I loved reading your synopsis of the last 13 years… glad you are all liking the Stanford life.. keep in touch. Love Naomi

  3. Happy Anniversary! I’ve been thinking about you quite a bit this month as my oldest wants to apply to Stanford for college next year.

    It’s so fun that you are back where you started in a way. We love to take our kids to the campus where we met too and share stores. Hope you both enjoyed your special day!

  4. Such a beautiful bride!!! Sound like you have done A LOT in the last thirteen years! And here you are right back where you began :)

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