05 April 2017

Mt. Magazine

Warning - Lots of pictures in this one!

So James and I have now been married for twenty years.  Twenty.  Wow.  We used to joke that if we made it to five years he would not be able to "deselect me", as he called it.  We flew past five and now we are working on our second set of twenty.  Then another.  Then another....

A few photos of the early days, and more recently:

Our engagement photo - January, 1997

Our selfie on our anniversary - 28 March 2017.

Wedding day - 28 March 1997

Snapchatted twenty years later - 28 March 2017

For this big occasion, Ma sent us away to Mt. Magazine, the highest point in the beautiful state of Arkansas.  The road was super windy and crazy scary.  James drove and I held on tight.  I'm a flatland kinda girl.

We stopped in Conway on the way up there at a place I've heard a lot about and wanted to try - Tacos 4 Life.  The food was amazing - cilantro rice with two tacos.  James and I got two different ones and split them.  He ordered fish - excellent - and I ordered Cuban - also excellent.  I highly recommend this place.  It was pricier than we would normally do (Ma also send a gift card for spending money, thank you!) but they also donate to charity for every taco they sell.

We started our climb up the mountain.  It was a beautiful spring day.

Stopping at the scenic overlook, you could literally see for miles.

The elevation reaches approximately 2,500 feet at the top of Mt. Magazine.

Our digs for the night - a hot tub and cable TV.  It was great.  We watched the North Carolina Tarheels defeat the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the college basketball championship while we ate room service appetizers and relaxed.  I was for NC and James wanted Gonzaga.  It was a great game.

Our view from the balcony in our room.  Spectacular.

The sunset from our balcony.

Twenty years.  I did have a life before I was married.  Some of my readers may remember me then.  It is strange to me that I don't really see myself except as a wife and mom.  I mean I am my own person, don't get me wrong, but, James is such an amazing part of my life that I would be a completely different person without him.  He is funny and smart, spiritual and playful.  He is a great Dad to our family and a leader both in our home and among his peers.  We work well together, because we are different people with the same goals.  For example, he thought the Zags could beat the Tarheels.  Sometimes he wins.  Sometimes I win.  Together, we both win.

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