Fourteen Years — And Loving It

Well, as I start this post, it’s 11:53 p.m., which means, for seven more minutes, it’s still our anniversary today.

Yup, Renee and I — 14 years. Isn’t that crazy? Crazy good!

How’d we celebrate? Well, Aidan went back to the doctor, and Erin only napped this morning which meant for a crazy afternoon. So, once the kids were down, I went out for chinese, Sam Adams and double chocolate fudge ice cream. We clinked bottles, enjoyed the food and, more importantly, each other’s company.

It doesn’t have to be a fancy celebration to serve as a reminder of something so special. In fact, I almost liked how simple of a day it was. Because, going forward, we’ll have a lot more days like today — and that’s ok. In fact, it’s more than OK.

What’s important is that I love her. She loves me. And together — we rock it. We are fabulous friends, fabulous lovers and a fabulous team.

Fourteen and going strong.

Want to know what we were like before 14 years ago? Well, enjoy these:

Renee had this done before we were married. I wasn’t even there. She took a picture of me with her to the caricaturist and he created this. I loved it then. I love it now.

Take a look at these seven shots! How great are these? Of course, she has no idea I’m putting these here — but she will when she reads this! Top row: senior year of college, first in my townhouse, then getting ready for senior formal. Middle row: how hideous is my outfit with the red shorts and matching top? I swear they weren’t garanimals. The picture was taken on one of our first dates at Gilette Castle. The middle picture of Renee was taken at Harkness Park and the picture on the right was at my formal. Bottom row: Renee sitting on my bunk at school, senior year (love the long hair!). And, at right, Renee gradutes from college.

Forgive me for putting these up, Renee. Couldn’t resist.

Thanks for all that you do for me — for us.

Love you. Always.

9 Comments on “Fourteen Years — And Loving It”

  1. Pessimistic Redhead says:

    I just snorted–aloud, in my shared office–about the garanimals shorts. You guys are SO cute. Happy, happy, happy anniversary. I totally want to meet this magical Renee (and you, while I’m at it). She sounds great. Enjoy your day!

  2. Molly says:

    14 years is so wonderfully inspiring. I hope Mike and I follow in your footsteps.

    Now, on to the pictures. The red shorts? I mean I know you’re cool, but I never knew you were THAT cool. 😉

  3. penelope says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  4. Sara says:

    You are lucky to have each other and fortunate to realize how good you have got it. You and Renee are truly an inspiration. And… if she forgives you for putting those pictures on the world wide web, she will be officially sainted.

  5. Anna says:

    So from this I have learned that
    A) Renee was always gorgeous


    B) you weren’t always the snappy dresser you are today. You were even SNAPPIER. I LOVE THAT RED SHORTS OUTFIT.

    Happy anniversary, you two lovebirds.

  6. JenBun says:

    So sweet!

    Here’s to an eternity more…

    Happy Anniversary! 🙂

  7. Melissa says:

    That’s great! Happy Anniversary! Here’s to many more times that make you both as happy as you are in those pictures.

  8. Chelle says:

    OMG!!! Garanimals!!! That one shocked me out of the no comment zone. Super hilarious!

  9. JC says:

    Mrs. FIJ is a hottie.


    And I mean that in a nice friendly way.


    And, from a man perspective Mike….well…..I’ve got nothin’.

    🙂 🙂 🙂


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