today is a happy day.

11 years ago, i married my biggest crush.

and he still has me right where he wants me.  oh, that man!

then, 3 years later, gracie was born.

on our anniversary.

we didn’t even remember until after she was born that it was our anniversary – we were too busy being smitten with her, and also pretty delirious.

to this day, gracie’s birthday has pretty much trumped our anniversary, which we are totally fine with.

but last year, we celebrated our 10 years together with a little trip.

and this year we’ll celebrate by taking our EIGHT YEAR OLD (!!!!) to get her EARS PIERCED!!!

ohmygoodness this is going too fast!


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    This is darling! You guys are so cute! And good for you that you don’t worry about the bday trumping the anniversary…Evy was due on my bday and I am ashamed to admit that I was praying she would come early or late, just so I could keep my bday. She listened, thank God. Sheesh…if that doesn’t make me sound horrible I don’t know what does. ha. xoxo

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    aw0 happy birth-a-versary! Funny how these sweet little people take so much of our time, love, and focus. ;)

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    Happy (birthday) Happy (anniversary) to your little family… Hope you all enjoyed your very special day.

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    Happy Birthday to Gracie and happy anniversary to you both!!! what a special day!!!!

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    Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to your daughter! This was fun for me to read this morning since our son was also born on our 3 year anniversary. With 26 minutes to spare!! I totally understand how it trumps the occasion every year. :) I Enjoy both!!!

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    Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday Gracie! Our 14th anniversary was May 18th.

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    Happy Anniversary & Birthday! :)

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    Happy birth-aver-sary! What a good gig for all of you. Good luck with those earrings!:)

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    We did the exact same thing with my son just a few weeks later!! We were married June 10, 2000 and he was born June 10, 2003. His birthday trumps our anniversary, too. You can see how we celebrated last year here:

    I think this year we’re going to watch a little league game and have a campout party. Good times!

    Hope y’all have a great day!

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    MrsHellbillyHero says:

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

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    Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday! I think it is very special when 2 beautiful events wind up on the same day :)

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    So stinkin’ cute!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!
    Before you become a parent everyone says that it goes by way too fast and you never quite believe them… until you’re in it! They weren’t lying! (c;

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    Happy Birthday Gracie–hope it is a great day and that you are very brave when you go get your ears pierced. You know, I had to wait until I was 10 before I could get my ears pierced! Enjoy your day!

    And Happy Anniversary to one of the cutest couples I don’t know (LOL)!!!


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    What a happy day in the Poppy house!!

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    Yeah Congrats and happy birthday to you all! Our 2nd was born the day after our 3rd anniversary! We too don’t usually do much for our ann. because we are too busy geting ready for a birthday party the next day. Have a happy day!


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    Happy Anniversary to you both!! Happy Birthday to your daughter!! I recently stumbled accross your blog and you have given me so much inspiration! I may need to special order the pair of pillows in a few months, when I know what color schemes I will be working with in the renovated home :)

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    Today is our anniversary too! And our 11th as well! Happy day to you. Happy birthday to Gracie. :)

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    I was born on my parents’ anniversary too! If Gracie is anything like me, she’ll appreciate this day more and more as she grows older. For me, since my Dad’s memory isn’t so hot, reminding him my birthday is coming up has become a great way to remind him to figure out an anniversary celebration as well. ;)

    Happy Anniversary to you and Happy Birthday to Gracie! May there be many more shared days ahead!

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    FoxyMomma says:

    happy belated anniversary & happy belated anniversary to your precious daughter! my hubby & i celebrated our 4th anniversary yesterday, also!! ;-)

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    I got my ears pierced when I was 11…I still remember it like it was yesterday! She’ll treasure that memory with you. :)

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    What a fun day to celebrate! Happy 11 years to you and your hubby and happy 8 years to your daughter! That is awesome! I popped over to your 10 year Mediterranean trip and had fun looking at pics. My hubby and I traveled in Europe 3 summers before we had kids. We did a whole summer in Italy and loved every minute–it was nice to be in a country where they said my name right–LOL!. Our favorite cities were Cinque Terra, Sorrento, Sienna, Rome, and Tuscany. We also did a day trip to Capri, but it was POURING rain when we were there–such a bummer. My husband went to France before he met me, but that is on my list to visit. Looks like a fun trip you had! Have a beautiful day celebrating today!

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    We’ll celebrate 10 years of marriage in July. I cant hardly believe it. Time flies by so fast, doesnt it? Have a wonderful day (& weekend) of celebrating!

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    give that little cutie (that would be gracie!) a hug from auntie kim! 8 years old…i’ll always remember our sleepless nights in basslake with those 2 little ones. that was great bonding at 3am! lots of love to you guys! :) happy anniversary!

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    Denissa says:

    Happy anniversary and happy birthday to cutie pie Gracie!! The 19th is my middle son’s birthday too :) I think one of our other kids share the same b-day too, isn’t Silas Aug 2nd? My oldest is that day..too funny! :)

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    I hope Gracie has a wonderful birthday and you have a fabulous anniversary!

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    Happy Birthaversary! This is the first time I have ever heard another person use this term. My husband and I got married two days before my birthday so every year we celebrate a Birthaversary. People always ask if I mind them being so close but it doesn’t bother me and my husband says it is easier to remember the dates this way.

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    Happy Anniversary!! And a special Happpy Birthday to the little lady:)

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    Happy belated anniversary! My 10 year anniversary was May 18 (2011). And our 1st child was born 3 days after our 3 year anniversary (May 21, 2004). Crazy…

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    Kelly O. says:

    Happy birthday Gracie and Happy Anniversary to you too! Mine is today as well- 11 years for us too. I was the very excited winner of your shey b camera strap giveaway last year :o) I never win anything so that was a nice surprise.
    Enjoy your day.

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    Congrats! My little sister was born on my parents anniversary too! We always grew up ignoring their anniversary for her birthday. Guess that’s just what you do for your kids. This year they celebrated 35 years and are currently on a 3 week trip to Hawaii! Consequently, they will miss MY birthday while they’re gone. Oh well, that’s life :) I’m a new follower of your blog and love it. Love your shop too! Have a fantastic weekend!

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    Happy Anniversary you two! Hope you enjoy it!

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    Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to your sweet girl. I hope you all have a great day.

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    How fun! Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday! Our oldest was born on our first anniversary. I totally get that the birthday trumps the anniversary most years. lol. Ah well. We’ll miss it when they are older and are off spending their birthdays with friends instead of us, right? Hope your day was great! :o)

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    Newest follower from FOTF! Love your stuff and what a cute family!

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    this is super sweet… especially since our just turned seven year old will be having her birthday party on our 14th anniversary this year! i can relate!!
    happiness to all of you!

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    Cute pictures! Our middle son was born on our anniversary, too. What a gift! We try to celebrate the weekend before or after so he can have his day. Good times.

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    Do you have a Facebook page or Twitter? Would love to follow you there, I’m on my iPhone and love reading your stuff!

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