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Happy 10th Anniversary Tony!

Ten years ago this morning I woke up and married my best friend!  I can’t believe it’s been ten years already.  It’s weird, but I must have been one of the few girls growing up that never really thought of my wedding day.  I didn’t have a binder of colors for bridesmaid dresses, or stacks of pictures of wedding dresses.  All I knew when I met Tony was that I wanted to marry him.  Didn’t matter where, or what I was wearing.

Since we got married in Naples, Florida where my parents in law live, I have to thank my MIL Bonnie for putting a lot of it together.  She ordered the flowers, booked the hotel where we got married on the beach, and they paid for our first dinner as a married couple – thank you!

We’ve been through a lot these last ten years.  We’ve watched both our kids graduate from high school.  We have had our health issues – me becoming insulin dependent diabetic a few years ago.  Tony has had three knee replacements, and in 2007 I almost lost him when his aortic heart valve failed and he had to have it replaced – he was in the hospital 16 days that time – so scary!

But we are by no means the perfect couple, not even sure that exists.  We have our share of fights and disagreements, mostly agreeing to disagree.  But we respect each other for who we are – we are exactly the same people we were when me met.  I never had to pretend I was someone I wasn’t – and we respect each other.   And maybe even after ten years, my heart still skips a beat when he walks in the room! 😀

I was 32 years old when I met Tony and Hannah was 8.

look at how short my hair is! I was about 140 in this picture

Tony was 39 and Joe was 11.

Here is a picture at my company picnic – literally three weeks after we met but we were already comfortable with each other.

We got married at sunset on a beach outside of the LaPlaya hotel in Naples, Florida.  The weather was perfect.  Hannah was our maid of honor and Joe was the best man.  Then just my Mom and Tony’s parents.

While our kids stayed in Naples with Tony’s parents, we went to Key West on our honeymoon.  We flew in the tiniest plane – scared the shit out of me, but I was surprised at how smooth the ride was.

Us having a few drinks before getting back on the plane to go back to Naples 😀

And we’ve had a few vacations:

this was after a winery tour - can't remember where we were though (and I wan't those calf muscles back!)

I think this was in Wisconsin?

this was after a day on a boat in Door County

also in Door County - when we rent boats on our vacations its always our favorite day

He loves taking pictures with me!

And this is what he looks like when I say “just one more!”

And he loves me so much he takes me to places only I want to go – now that’s love! 😀

And he loves our kids – watching them grow up these last ten years has been wonderful!

It’s been quite a ride!  And I wouldn’t change a second of it.  I love you Tony and look forward to the next ten years!

Did you have a big or small wedding?  Curious to see!

I’ll be back to my regular posting tomorrow and catch up with all of you then.  Make it a great day!

I love that smile! 😀

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  • Erin
    December 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Happy Anniversary to you!

  • foododelmundo
    December 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    So sweet! Happy, Happy, HAAAAAPPy anniversary!
    In answer to your question: no wedding. I’ve been with my fellow for 12 years, we never got married.
    Merry Christmas! We’re going over the river and through the woods to Minnesota, brrrr!
    ~Mary

  • Shelley B
    December 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Happy Anniversary Biz and Tony! Don’t know who that “Jeff” was that you referred to a couple of times…;)

    Really cute pictures – you guys look like you are always up for an adventure and have a good time wherever you go!

    • biz319
      December 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      Ha – thanks for catching that Shelley! 😀

  • fittingbackin
    December 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    haha you guys are hilarious and SO dang cute! Happy anniversary!!

  • Kelly the Happy Texan
    December 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    You guys are so cute!!! And I was cracking up at the mustard museum picture. Mustard musem?!

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Weighting For 50
    December 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Happy Anniversary Biz and Tony!!!!! May you have many, many more years of happiness, love and health together!!!

  • Julie
    December 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Happy, happy anniversary. Here’s wishing you many, many more. You guys are such a sweet looking couple. Life can be challenging but when you have the love of your life beside you, you can handle anything.
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
    Have the most awesome, blessed Christmas.

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    December 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    LOVED this post!! Happy anniversary!

  • The Linz
    December 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!! Loved the pics!

  • Helen
    December 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Happy Anniversary and many, many more!

    I really like the last photo of Tony… it seems to genuinely capture his personality and in it I can see why you fell in love.

    And, I noticed, even on your wedding, you didn’t wear shoes. Sigh. You need me Biz, you need my shoe saavy!

  • Beth
    December 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Oh, congrats, what a lovely post, love the photos. And gawd, honey, I’m just glad you are still alive after riding in that airplane! WTF! I am such a skeeered flier. I would never get in that plane, I like living too much. Ok, enough with my neuroses, have a great day and wish you two all the best for many healthy and happy years together.

  • Beth @ 990 Square
    December 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    aww so cute! Happy Anniversary!

    We had a medium wedding…about 130 people…

  • Heather
    December 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Awwwwwwww………Biz, that picture on the beach is BEAUTIFUL!!! What a great journey the 2 of you have had. Enjoy your day!

  • Alisa Cooks
    December 22, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Aw! Happy anniversary to both of you! Those pictures are fun 🙂

  • Tyler
    December 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Love the pics! My wedding was planned in a week but we had around 100 people there. It was held in the church we both grew up in. Simple and sweet! I’m still waiting on that honeymoon though! Hope your day is fabulous!

  • Pubsgal
    December 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Happy anniversary!!! You both are such a great couple. And Mustard Museum?!? That cracked me up! Yes, that’s true love, alright.

    The Mr. and I had a medium-sized wedding, about 80 people. I would have been just as happy (and way less stressed) eloping, but it turned out to be lots of fun. (And probably the only time our parents and extended families got to meet each other, spread out as our people are!)

  • Jenn@slim-shoppin
    December 22, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Happy Anniversary Biz!

  • Stace
    December 22, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I’m a lurker and love your blog, but had to comment today when I saw the Mustard Museum photo…that museum is near Madison, WI (where I live). 🙂 They have ANY kind of mustard one can imagine. Chocolate mustard? Sure!

    • biz319
      December 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks for commenting! Yep – love the mustard museum – my husband even got a Poupon U t-shirt! 😀

  • 5 Star Foodie
    December 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Happy anniversary! I loved looking at your pictures!

  • Samantha
    December 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Happy Anniversary! 10 years is definitely something to celebrate!

    We had a pretty big wedding about 250-275 people 🙂

  • Lori (Finding Radiance)
    December 22, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    What a wonderful tribute! Happy anniversary!

  • Christina (Dinner at Christina's)
    December 22, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Aww Happy Anniversary guys! Such great memories and pics! My wedding has been planned in my head since I was like 14. I just need to hear the word “go” and I’m OFF! haha

  • annie
    December 22, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    congratulations!! you guys are soooo cute!!!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    December 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Happy anniversary!

  • Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds
    December 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Biz and Tony!

    My wedding was a small affair of maybe 20 people. I have no regrets! 🙂

  • inmytummy
    December 22, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Happy anniversary!!

  • Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    December 22, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Congratulations on 10 wonderful years! I hope to have that one day!
    Thanks for sharing all those wonderful memories!

  • Denise
    December 23, 2010 at 12:09 am

    This is lovely, congratulations on such a happy marriage and here’s to the next ten. All the photos were great. I just wrote a similar post on my blog. Hubby and I celebrated our 35th on the 17th. We got married in my village church back in England.

    Thanks for stopping by. It was nice to hear about your mom playing the bells at her church, and I see I have a kindred spirit regarding what would happen if the camera dropped in the water 🙂

  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
    December 23, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Excellent pictures! I’m happy your relationship is going so well! Thanks!

  • Skippymom
    December 23, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Happy Anniversary. How sweet a post. You are so cute and your hubs is one handsome man. You make a lovely couple – the pictures show a lot of love and a heck of a lot of fun. The way it should be. Happy 10th – and here’s to 100 more! 🙂

  • karla
    December 23, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Happy Anniversary!!! You two look like a cute couple 🙂

  • John
    December 23, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Happy Annivesary to you both!

  • Kelly
    December 23, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Too cute. Congrats to the both of you.

  • Veronica
    December 23, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Aw, you made me get all squishy inside! This was such a great read–loved hearing about your past with Tony. He is so funny–I can tell he has a great sense of humor just from the pics! We had a medium-sized wedding. We were married in my Aunt and Uncle’s barn and danced on the greasy garage floor! I have a few of the pics posted on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=302690&id=541706479&l=64ae7efb55

  • Katecooks
    December 23, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Honestly, your happiness is inspiring!! Congrats and have fun celebrating!

  • Ron
    December 23, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Happy Anniversary

  • Robin Sue
    December 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    What fun pictures! Happy Anniversary Biz and Tony! What a romantic time for a wedding. Have a Merry Christmas Biz! Many blessings to you and yours!

  • Errign
    December 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Such a cute post 🙂 Best wishes for another 10 years for you two! 🙂

  • R. Reed
    December 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Happy Anniversary! 10 years is a great milestone! Love love love all your pictures, they are adorable! Yep looks like love 🙂

    We got married in Vegas with just our parents and then for our 10th anniversary we had a reaffirmation of vows ceremony with about 50 or so in attendence. I am so glad that we waited 10 years to do that, it was more special that I can even express. We had been through so much those first ten years and our children (one biologically his and one biologically mine) grew with us through that time, it all made it better than it could have been before. It was the wedding of my dreams, small, cozy, antique theme….beautiful!

  • thebalancebroad
    December 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    So I am a day late (and a dollar short, as my mom would say!), but Happy belated Anniversary, Biz! I have to say, I LOVE reading how happy you two make each other. I have so many friends who only complain about their husbands….CONstantly! It’s very sad and discouraging. But I can always tell when you mention him that you love him so very much, and I know he makes you so, so happy! 🙂

  • mil
    December 23, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    May I add you two have made a very warm and open home that gives comfort to all who enter. We are so happy and proud of you two. Many, Many more years together. It can only grow with the years. We love you special!

    • biz319
      December 23, 2010 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks Bonnie! 😀

  • MaryBe
    December 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Happy (belated) Anniversary!! Such a sweet post! Love the photos
    My first marriage (at 20) was huge – 500 people and I didn’t know half of them! My second (at 40) was in Vegas with just my parents, almost 10 years ago. We had a party when we got back, with pizza and chicken wings, ha
    Merry Christmas!

  • teresa
    December 28, 2010 at 12:07 am

    this is the sweetest post ever, you two look so happy together!

  • Marianne
    January 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I know, I’m really late on this…but happy anniversary Biz!