Mar 21, 2008

Six Magical Years...


Okay, I've been noticing a lot of great Anniversary posts since I became a blogger. I have pinpointed the key ingredient to some really great old photographs. Pics of your dating years, through the engagement, and right up to the wedding day are especially useful in highlighting your magical journey together.


In the hasty unpacking I have done this week, I uncovered a treasure-trove of really great pics from our early days. However, we don't have a scanner and thus, I don't think it is going to happen this year. I did manage to scrounge some up from as early as 2004 however, so here are some illustrations of our adventurous journey so far.



Jeju Island in the South of Korea. We were living in Seoul at the time, and Ben had to go for work. Laine and I tagged along and made a trip out of it. We stayed in a little Pension near the beach. It was the fall of 2004 and just starting to get a little chilly. Going the month before probably would have been preferable!



Our trip to Bali in January 2005. We loved it and hope to go back someday. I need to post our video from the Sacred Monkey Forest. You can buy bananas at the entry to the forest which we thought was a GREAT idea! However, the monkeys get a little aggressive, something they don't tell you when they sell you the bananas. The video features Ben screaming at and running away from monkeys and me getting in the middle of screeching monkey fight. Good times.


One of our trips home visiting Logan, the place where it all started...





Ben and I at the Sequoia National Park near my family's house in CA. General Sherman is the largest living thing on Earth, he is MASSIVE to say the least {he is a tree if you can't tell}!



This picture is classic. Here we are at the Wat Phra Kaeo Temple in Bangkok. It was sooo hot so we wanted to wear shorts to sight seeing. But to the Thai people, the temple grounds are a very sacred place and so men must wear pants and women must wear skirts or dresses. We had heard that you could rent them outside of the temple grounds, which was true, but we didn't expect Hammer pants or this beautiful frock which I had to wear over my shorts. Looking good! Combine that with my new "Dior" glasses and it makes for one classy shot -January 2006




When looking for some good pics, I came across way too many where we had forgotten to take off the soft filter. I love how ethereal we look in Guam - Fall 2005




Family pics in Taipei December 2005. This is the Martyrs Shrine and it is gorgeous. We always brought our visitors here to see the changing of the guard.



Ben and I at the Forbidden City in Beijing April 2006. We had a great time seeing all of the sites and visiting with our friends the Coombs. We LOVED China and can't wait to go back! Though I would like to claim that I am pregnant in several other pics over the years, it is actually true in this picture. Baby Gabe is baking away in the oven.




The Great Wall, the only picture we got without the soft filter in hyper drive.




Back home again last year, Gabriel Benjamin Riley joining the clan October 2006



Besides the fact that we are together in this pic it didn't mean much to me, but supposedly it means a lot to sports fans. Ben's graduation from Duke for his MBA May 2007.

It's been a great SIX years! Seven will be even better, especially because if I have to upload the photos by hand or by harnessing the power of my own mind, we will have dating, engagement, and wedding photos next year! I love you Ben, Happy Anniversary!

13 comments:

Nick & Nicole said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! I dare say that you have the most interesting and exotic pictures of anyone that I know.

Kate Gildea said...

Happy Anniversary! I can't believe that it has already been 6 years, man time goes by so fast! Love you guys!

Melanie Whiting said...

Happy 6!! I loved all of your photos. You are the world traveler! MAN! I need to travel more like you. I loved to see your changes in hair too. Very cute. You are a gorgeous couple!!

Gaengy said...

Happy Anniversary...my dad and I were talking yesterday about your anniversary because you got married the day before their anniversary. It would have been 53years for them tomorrow. Grandpa is bringing her flowers tomorrow. They have left us a great legacy of sticking through the good and the bad times together. Hope you have a good day together.

Mike & Nicole said...

Have you really been married for 6 years? That is crazy! I loved seeing all of your old pictures and remembering all of your different hair styles... You have always had cute hair cuts! Only you can pull it off. I would look like a lesbian if I tried it:)

JLR said...

That was sweet seeing some of your adventures through the years. Happy Anniversary!

The Wells Family said...

I much enjoyed this post and seeing all of your adventures. You sure have been around the world! Congrats on your anniversary! Isn't it weird sometimes to think how fast time is flying and how we used to be those crazy kids at USU and now we are married with kids? Crazy I tell ya!

Manduk said...

6 years and still going strong! This hasn't been the most exciting anniversary we have ever had, but one thing never changes, life is always an adventure with you! No one has a way of life's banalities memorable like you do. Thanks for the post and the good memories- I love you!!!

The Napier Family said...

Awesome, I love the pics. Chris and I celebrated 7 this year. Congratulations!! You look great in those pics. Love the hair.

Bryant and Teresa Thompson said...

Time flies when you are having fun. You guys have seen a lot of amazing places together. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

Stacey Lau said...

Congrats on so many years together...you guys are getting up there! My two favorite hairstyles on you are short and really blonde (remember when you showed up to the branch activity and somebody told you that you looked like a rockstar?) and the way it is now. Oh, and Ben, all of your hair shots look good :)

Jeanine said...

HaPpY ANniVerSary! You are a true world traveler! Those pictures are amazing! I love the picture of your family when you had Gabe! Who looks that good after child birth? And Laine....darling!

Wayne said...

This is Wayne Goodrich trying to hunt down the famous Ben Riley. Nice family you have. wayne.goodrich@gmail.com

 
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