Mom and Dad have been married 35 years!
I tried to break down what that meant, by the numbers. Like, jobs and houses and piano recitals and whatever other experiences there are that make up a marriage. But then I didn't because I don't know how many times they've moved and because it doesn't matter.
Mom and Dad are married. Take them, plus 4 kids, 3 sons-in-law, one granddaughter, and you have a party!
They decided to take our show on the road last weekend and get the family together in NW Arkansas because they wanted for all of us to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum. We had a great time and I'll tell you all about it eventually.
These pictures are from when we dressed up a little and went out on a Saturday night and Evelyn threw tantrums because she was really sleepy and sickly and half the food was burnt, cold, or both and afterward, when we toasted Mom and Dad's marriage, Robert said "Here's to 35 more years!" and Mom said she hoped death would take her a bit sooner than that.
So all in all, a great time! I mean it. We shopped, ate, got sarcastic with one another, and ran back and forth to different hotel rooms a lot. It was pretty much like every trip we ever took when I was growing up, and I think it was the first one where all the husbands came too!
I know it's tedious to make the good and bad of a trip into a metaphor for a relationship, but we literally weathered storms and made it through just fine! There were disappointments and unexpected joys! Sickness and health! Richer times and poorer times! Lost hotel keys! A crying child! Pregnancy!
Seriously, throw in some livestock breaking through fences, someone having an asthma attack/joint surgery, and a homeschool curriculum and you've got this couple's entire life compressed into one weekend.
My favorite part was when they thanked us all for coming. After they paid for everything but this one dinner where we got really sneaky and talked to the waiter about the check before Dad had a chance to, they thanked us for spending this time with them.
Any time, guys.
Happy anniversary! Here's to 35 more years?