August 9, 2002
5 years ago this past Thursday was the best day of my life! I am humbled by what a "good and perfect gift" God gave to me in Matt. I love you honey!
August 9, 2007
So, how does someone so creative, fun, and adventurous choose to celebrate a 5 year anniversary? Well, since our friends Peter & Jen also celebrated their 5th anniversary just days before us, Matt and Peter came up with a plan for the four of us to celebrate together. . . rather than writing out the whole story, I'm going to let these photos do most of the talking. . .
Yup. . .a ride in a hot air baloon!!
It was amazing watching the baloon get blown up.
It was HUGE!
There was a quick scramble to get in. . .
. . . and then we were off! (Jason was on the ground taking photos of the set up and lift off.)
Jen and me moments after lift off.
Peter - faithfully recording this memory.
The views were breathtaking.
This red baloon took off about 5 minutes before ours did.
A photo taken of our street as we passed by.
It was amazing how low the red baloon flew over the bridge near our flat.
About an hour after take-off our trip came to an end.
Sad. Yes. But the adventure was not over yet. . .
The baloon crew took us back to the park near Peter and Jen's flat and told us that anyone who goes higher than one meter is now a part of a special club. They had us all kneel, gave us diplomas, and a new name and title. I was dubbed the "Duchess of the Quiet Castle" and Matt was the given the honor of "Earl of the Festival and the Sun."
And no - not over yet. . .
. . . as we were kneeling they had each of us lean forward while they baptized us with earth, fire and water.
This means they took a chunk of our bangs, lit it on fire, poured champagne over it to put out the fire, and then smeared a little mud on our forhead. Really - I'm not kidding. (I'm hoping Peter's video of this turned out.)
Ahhhh yes. . .this is the stuff memories are made of!
Thank you my love for filling these past 5 years with such wonderful memories!