May 02, 2008

The Week in Review

It's been a busy week here at the Cottage Nest. We celebrated our 8th anniversary Wednesday. Eight years since Maddie and I married Sweet Hubby. How is that possible? I look at this picture and I thought I was so in love but the truth is that I had just scratched the surface of what real love is. We have been through so much since that day and each challenge has brought us closer together. I can't even explain to you how deeply I love this man. We managed to sneak away for a nice dinner between all of the weeks lacrosse events but the real celebration happens today. I have no idea what that celebration is because we take turns planning them and surprising each other & this is the big guy's year. Be afraid.
That #10 in the picture is Maddie. Lacrosse has been a lifesaver for her this year. For all of us really. We've been really proud of her and glad she had something to focus on that makes her feel so good. It's also been very hard on the family. Sweet Hubby played in High School and College and helps coach her team but the schedule has been brutal and it is wearing the whole family down. I'm looking forward to it being over but Maddie still has a lacrosse camp at Northwestern to look forward to this summer. I would have loved to have gone away like that when I was a teenager. I hope she knows how lucky she is to have so many opportunities in life.

On Sunday we're going to buy this. It won't get put together for another couple of weeks when our wonderful, generous, considerate, giving, handsome and did I mention generous? friend Chris comes into town to help Sweet Hubby build it. I hope that was a sufficient amount of sucking up just in case he's reading. I'm astonished at what guys will agree to do for beer and pizza. Although, with 2 engineers working on this thing, I may be the one that needs the beer. I wish we had gotten a playset years ago because, even with a park across the street, Miss Emma has been just desperate to have one of her own. I'm not sure which of us is more excited. I know it looks like just a playset to you, but with Em's imagination it will be so much more. Let the adventures begin.

Hope your weekend is filled with love and happy memories.


  1. Oh my dear, happiest of anniversary to you and your man- and the madster. This looks like a totally fun sport- Lacrosse. dont know a thing about it, but I really enjoyed her photo and looking like part of a team, and hello, that awesome smile!! Growing up is hard, remember? Brutal, Im sure now a days..

    What a great day, I am excited to see what your big plan is, bunji jumping? white water rafting? What ever it is, Im sure you will have the time of your life!
    Congrats to you and the man-
    Many happy days to you ALL!!
    coastal nest

  2. PS--
    what a gorgeous wedding photo!!
    (forgot to say that)

  3. Happy Anniversary!!
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Happy Anniversary Jen - beautiful picture and post!

  5. Oh, Happy Anniversary! I know exactly what you mean about "love", it is amazing how it changes over time!
    Our playset is THE BEST MONEY we EVER is small, swings, slide, trapeze, and seesaw...the girls have LOVED it ever since the day it arrived over five years ago!

  6. happy anniversary!
    me & my girls "married our wonderful man" too 9 years ago.
    love that your girl has found her thing

  7. Congratulations on your 8 years of marriage!


  8. Congratulations on your 8 years of marriage!


  9. Happy anniversary! What beautiful pictures.


  10. Happy anniversary to you and Sweet Hubby!

  11. Happy Anniversary Jen. Can't wait to hear what your Sweet Hubby planned for you guys.

  12. What a sweet wedding photo, Jen! So cute with Maddie looking on and seeming to give her approval. Great looking playhouse! Hope all goes well with its construction.


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