June 21, 2016

A few weeks ago, Nick and I took our 3-year anniversary pictures in Central Park! We took them with Basia, the photographer who shot all of those amazing wedding photos I’m always sneaking into my blog posts. I want to share allllll of the pictures from our anniversary session soon, but first I want to share a story from that day that I keep thinking about and laughing to myself.

Basia is all about getting natural photos, so she’s always telling you to talk to each other, whisper jokes, and just relax.

Basia (from a distance): “Whisper to her your favorite date.”

Nick: “I really liked when we went away for the weekend before we left Hawaii.”

Me: “Oh, me too! I read two books!”

Nick raised his eyebrows: “Yeah, that’s how you know you’re having a good time….”

We both started laughing and Basia caught it like the magician she is. It’s one of my favorites from the whole day.

I thought that this was hilarious because Nick understands that for me, reading two books on the beach is my idea of a good time, especially when he’s sitting next to me. But yeah, not many people would think of that as their most romantic date with their husband. Sorry, babe. It’s who I am.

I’m so thankful for a partner who not only gets me, but encourages me to be unapologetically me. I don’t have to worry about anything when I’m with him. It’s a comfort like no other. I can wear my Harry Potter headbands and my sweatpants. I can talk about my nerdy theories and my hopes and dreams and my crazy ideas. I can sit on the couch reading my book and know that he’s just as happy sitting next to me reading his.

I’m so thankful that I found someone that I can be so comfortable with, whether we are having a serious conversation, hiking in the mountains, cooking dinner, laughing on the couch, or reading books together on the beach.

Being yourself can be one of the hardest and most liberating things you will ever do, and I’m thankful for a partner who embraces my quirks and encourages me to be me.

That’s how you know you’re having a good time.

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21 responses to “Conversations with my husband.”

  1. Mandy says:

    Absolutely! If I can average a boon every couple of days on a trip then I know I’ve done it right! Ste is happy to just relax and zone out next to me – it is our perfect idea of fun.

    • Carolann says:

      Exactly!! We are the same way! We’re about to head off on a two-week trip to see Nick’s family and some friends, and I just set aside 3 books to take with me. That’s how you know you’re on a good vacation, when you can relax and do what you love. There’s always time to read in the car or on a plane or in the morning over a cup of coffee together :))

  2. Ahila says:

    That’s a beautiful thought on being with someone, with whom you can really be yourself, Carolann! And, I am glad that both of you found that with each other. Happy anniversary! Beautiful photo! 🙂

    • Carolann says:

      Thank you so much, Ahila. That was a really sweet comment and I really appreciate it. Being yourself can be hard sometimes, I think, but it is such a wonderful gift that you can give yourself and the people in your life. No judgments here on weird quirks 😉

  3. Love this post so much! Chris and I have been married for almost 6 years, and he always tells me that some of his favorite times are when we’re just “being” together. It might not seem that romantic or fun, but sometimes all you need is your significant other sitting next to you while you relax and have a good time!

    • Carolann says:

      6 years?! Wow! I had no idea!! Glad to know that the best times are still on the couch, because those really are some of my favorite nights with Nick to just relax and recharge with a book and some wine. When he’s gone that’s what I miss most, just having him next to me!!

  4. Audrey says:

    I swear that my love for my husband quadruples when he makes an obscure HP reference. I just beam! Haha! He’s never read the books and I know that he retains that silly nerdy knowledge just for me 🙂

    • Carolann says:

      Oh my gosh, Audrey, my husband is the exact same way!! The other day he pointed out the deathly hallows symbol to me on someone’s car just cause he knows it will make my day. He likes them enough, but not as much as me. He read the books when he was much older so I don’t think he can appreciate them the same way I can – I started reading them when I was 12 and sort of grew up with the books as they came out. I think the last one came out when I was in college. Still, he’s going with me to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in a few weeks. That’s love right there, using your vacation to take me to a wizard theme park 🙂

  5. I love this so much..and that picture is so beautiful!

  6. kari says:

    Love this–so sweet!

  7. Jenn says:

    Love this and totally agree! That is one of the reasons I love being around my husband, he lets me be my weird self and I let him be his goofy self – no judgement.

  8. Jen says:

    This is such a wonderful photo!

  9. Rachel says:

    Aww, you guys are so sweet! I’m glad you got to take anniversary photos! We’ve never gotten a professional photographer for anniversary photos, but we have at least always managed to take some, and I hope that’s a tradition we always maintain! I love a vacation with lots of book-reading, but I usually get mine done on the airplane–both Angel and I aren’t the type who are able to sit on the beach for long. We have to move, haha!

    • Carolann says:

      Whether you set up a tripod, get your sister to take it, or hire someone, I think its so great to do anniversary photos. We’ve only ben married for 3 years, but I think by the time we are married 10 or 20 it will be so great to look back to see how we have changed over the years. Since we are always moving around, it’s a great way for us to remember all the places we have lived too!

  10. Absolutely love this story Carolann and that the photographer captured the humour in it!! Love the idea of these NYC photo shoots you do! I’d love to do one there and might have to pinch your photographer details if and when a chance arises to return!

    • Carolann says:

      Oh great idea, Shikha! Basia is not only an amazing photographer but she is also one of the sweetest human beings you will ever meet. She makes you feel like a supermodel. I think it would be so fun to do a photoshoot while on vacation — if the chance ever arises I will give you her info!!

  11. Joyce says:

    I love this post and the story behind that photo. Might have cried a little but but don’t tell Nick. Your blog is awesome. Love you both.

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