On May 16, we celebrated seven years as the Jochums! I asked Nick if the past seven years have flown by or if he feels like he’s been stuck with me forever. His smile probably meant it’s been a long time! Our anniversary was during our trip to Pensacola Beach, so we got to enjoy a day on the beach and a pound of lobster and shrimp. The meal was so good that we actually went back later that week for a second date night. That’s probably what brought us together-we love to eat!
I’m a list maker, so here are my favorite seven things we have done since we got married.
1. We celebrated one year of marriage by moving to DC! Nick is not a city boy, but he took a relocation to his company headquarters so that I could have my dream of living in a big city. They were expensive years, but we had so much fun trying new restaurants, being tourists and enjoying the sports teams that it was worth the shock to our bank account. I still miss living and working there and jump at any chance to go back.
We went to see the National Christmas tree every year we lived there.
2. Becoming a family of three! I will never forget the shock of finding out I was pregnant (I thought I had mono again). This guy has been our greatest little adventure, but I couldn’t do it without Nick. He’s the most hands on daddy and Carson is always saying, “when I grow up big like Dad….” because he thinks Nick is so cool (I’m writing that down babe so you can remember it during his teenage years).
3. Trips to Costa Rica! We both had been to Costa Rica before we met, so we have a shared love of the country. If we ever up and disappear, we have taken off for the beaches of Costa Rica. We celebrated our first anniversary there and went back a few years later. I can’t wait to take Carson when he’s older.
4. Our week in France! This trip probably tops the list and I’m already itching to go back to Europe. We didn’t go with a heavily scheduled itinerary and spent the week walking miles around the city each day. We ruined our exercise by trying pounds of French pastries, but it was totally worth it.
5. Our wedding day! I never get tired of looking at our wedding album because the day was just so much fun. If only I could figure out an excuse to wear my wedding dress on a daily basis……
6. My support system. Warning, this one is a little mushy, but it’s a must for this list. When I wanted to move to DC, Nick found a way to get us there. When I wanted to do freelance work, he proofread my work. And when I wanted to go back to an office, he said whatever makes me happy. And when I decided to train for my first half marathon, he was out on almost every long run with me so I wouldn’t cry at the mileage and give up. (Side note-we were on a training run one Saturday morning and he got too close to a goose and her babies. That mama goose flew at him and nearly caused him to wipe out on his bike. We were hysterical).
Running my first 10k at Quantico
7. Everyday life. We may occasionally drive each other bananas, but the good days outweigh the bad. We laugh a lot.
Looking back at older photos, we seem like babies! We’ve definitely added some grey hair over the years.