Rock ‘n’ Roll, Snow & Irish Cream ♥


mt baldy lodge

Today, my hubby and I celebrate our 26th First Date Anniversary! 🙂 Yep, we remember these silly dates and though it sounds cliche, it still feels like yesterday. He was 27; I was 26. We lived in so. Calif. at the time and he took me to the Sycamore Inn for a very nice dinner, then dancing at Mt. Baldy Lodge & Restaurant! An awesome setting in the mountains! He chose this same place 6 months later when he proposed (after a ski lift ride to the top)…We then spent 3 New Year’s Eves here, dancing our socks off with a bunch of friends! I remember drinking Irish Cream Coffees (yum) and cooling off on the deck overlooking the snowy view, after dancing! Truly romantic and magical. ♥

irish cream coffee

Next month, we’ll celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I don’t think either of us can believe the time we’ve spent together is now wrapped up in photographs and not so current. Our relationship hasn’t been perfect. As far as I know, no relationship is…along with the laughs, we’ve shed tears for different reasons. However, we’ve managed to, instead of stumbling over the bumps, step over them and move forward…

I know of several couples who have divorced after 20 some years of marriage and it breaks my heart. I don’t want to be a statistic and so I have a vision of us rocking together on the front porch when we’re older, watching our grandchildren play.  Since our kids aren’t “there” yet, for having children, our vision is “way” into the future! This vision, though, will remain our anchor and strength to persevere anything thrown in our path that is not welcomed! God willing, we’ll have the chance to rock ‘n” roll in rocking chairs! 🙂

Living together for many, many years, married or not, takes work. It’s not a piece of cake. Well, sometimes, it is, but other times, it’s not so sweet. Fortunately, Matt and I are both talkers…we have no trouble communicating, which I think is the key. Holding things in only gives trouble fuel to smolder.

So after almost 25 years of marriage, our kids aren’t little and precious anymore. They’re both in college and luckily, responsible young adults. Whether they like it or not, they’ll always be our “precious babies!” I don’t know what we’ve done right, but we must have done something because we are so blessed. And I mean this with all sincerity and the least bit of boasting…

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A dark (health) cloud still insists on looming over us (one of the bumps), but with and through our lasting love for each other and our son and daughter, we’ll get through it, no matter what!

matt and lauren for blog

Doran Beach with the family - Mem. Day '09 072

So…Happy “First Date” Anniversary, Honey!
You were my best friend in the late 80’s when we met.

You still are to this day and always will be.

I Love You.

L xo ♥

52 thoughts on “Rock ‘n’ Roll, Snow & Irish Cream ♥

  1. This is so awesome it gave me chills Lauren 😀
    I’m so happy for you both and doing this first date anniversary is a great idea and it shows the love and deep connection is still thriving. Hugs

    1. Aww…thanks, Scott! Sometimes it’s the silly little memories that keep the love strong and I was working on a fb post that became too long, so I ventured over here! 🙂 Hugs to you, too..

  2. Awww this is such a wonderful post… Your love shines through, and marriage and lasting friendship is all about give and take.. Any relationship will have its ups and downs, its all part of growing together and coming through those obstacles closer together because of them… So Happy Anniversary, We celebrated our 25th back in the Millennium.. We travelled to Canada for a once in a lifetime 3 week trip… And loved every minute….
    Enjoy yourselves and that Irish Cream. Hummmm, I could quiet easily take a sip as I enjoy a Baileys 🙂

    Take care All of you and loved your photos..
    Big Hugs Lauren,
    Sue xoxox

    1. Thanks so much, Sue, for your wonderful wishes and Happy belated 25th to you two, also! Your trip sounds just wonderful! Thanks also for your photo complements and the Bailey’s was really good tonight! 🙂
      Big Hugs to you, too, and much love! xo


    I am crying right now….had to print this out in color and read it again….yep, crying some more….. How did I get so lucky with you?  The end of your post says it all.    I will love you always.  M

    1. Aww..thank you so much! And I’ll tell my hubby you like his mustache, too! He gets more complements on it, which is too funny! 🙂 Thanks again for your kind wishes and for your visit!

      1. cpsingleton42

        No problem. I read his reply. You are a very lucky couple. I wish you another fifty years of happiness.

  4. Wonderful post Lauren. Congratulations to you both and I wish you many many more years together through thick and thin. You are reaping the benefits of working hard at your relationship.

    And the photos are lovely. Enjoy your anniversary. ❤ Xxx

    1. Thanks, Chris, for your wishes through thick and thin! Yes, there are rewards after working hard at keeping the candle burning! Thanks for the photo complement, too, and I think you’ve seen some on fb, too..:) Hugs! ♥

  5. We too are together over two decades. Through good and bad times, but its been so great and I think we were lucky to have found each other. Lovely post, made me think. Best wishes and I hope all stays good in your future.

    1. That’s wonderful to hear, too, Tric, and I’m very happy for you! Thanks so much for your wishes, also, and I wish the same for you both, as well! It’s a blessing to find that one true love, isn’t it? xx

  6. Wonderful post, Lauren! Hapy 26th First Date anniversary! And a happy 25th wedding anniversary too! ( even though it’s not until next month) I wish you all the best *hug*

  7. That’s nice. Happy 26th First Date Anniversary! Being together that long certainly does take work, as almost anything that’s valuable does. I hope your health problem can be conquered and that you can have many more years together.

  8. Aw, that is so beautiful, Lauren! I believe that the first date anniversary is even more important than the wedding anniversary [hence we even engraved that date on our wedding rings rather than the wedding’s. As a coincidence, ours is in 5 days!]. So I wish you two a Happy 25th First Date Anniversary full of love and happiness, from my heart!!! 🙂 xx!

      1. Thanks, Marina, these little dates that sometimes get lost and almost more important than the big ones! I agree with you and Happy early Anniversary to you both, also! I wish you all the same and many, many more years of happiness! Much love and Big hugs! xo

  9. Peg Richards

    What an uplifting post, Lauren! Happy First Date Anniversary. I love it that you keep the “silly dates,” although this doesn’t seem silly at all. It’s the beginning of a great romance–the one you and Matt have lived together–and that is beautiful. Blessings on your special day. Love, Peg

  10. I like the idea of rocking and rolling in rocking chairs. Your first date sounds perfect, especially with that mixture of Irish Cream Coffee and snow. That’s really nice that you return to the scene of the crime to celebrate. Happy Anniversary and here’s to many more! xoxo

  11. Anonymous

    Happy Anniversary for both of you, it is very sweet my friend, very inspiring and love showed from every letter of this post. The idea about the 26th first date …. aw… very romantic… I am chilled by it… I am wishing both of the you more anniversary to come. more blessing, lots of love …. God Bless

    1. Thanks so much, Lane, and since this is showing anonymous, I hope I’m right about who I’m talking to. 🙂 Anyway, I appreciate your lovely comment and future wishes for us…love, hugs and blessings back to you, also!

    1. Aww…thanks, Kim, and it’s funny you should mention Nicholas Sparks because he’s one of my favorite authors. I’m sure you know I love reading romance and his stories are more than romance, they’re real life based on his experiences. Anyway, thank you so much for that complement and so far, so good! 🙂 Sending hugs and blessings your way!

  12. Julie Catherine

    Lauren, I’m a bit late for one date, and a bit early for the other … but my warmest wishes come straight from my heart to yours! Matt’s response brought tears to my eyes. I love that you both are so obviously in love and want the whole world to know just how much. You’re beautiful, delightful, and oh so romantic – love it! Hugs from Julie xoxox

    1. Aww…Julie, your comment brought tears to my eyes! Thank you so much, my friend, for all of your loving words! Sending tons of love and hugs back to you for a magical Monday! xoxox ♥

  13. ♥Congratulations on your anniversaries!!♥
    That’s lovely to remember all those silly dates, but they certainly weren’t silly at the time! Meeting someone special is a very BIG thing, and if it works out as well as you two have – how can you not remember it!!! 😀

    I agree with what you said about talking, and communication being a key. That was the one things that I discovered my ex partner didn’t have, he was good talking in general, but not about us, or anything else he wanted to avoid. Some people have a real big problem with that, and they manage to hide it well, until the romance wears off, and you think ‘Oh – something is terribly wrong here!’ I think this is often the reason people end up getting divorced. It makes sense that communication is the key. It creates a smooth pathway for tomorrow and binds all those cracks together!

    I hope you do get to rock n roll in those rocking chairs – with your grandchildren of course! Wonderful future thought!! 😆

  14. Happy Anniversaries, Lauren! You are blessed to have found a life-mate … it takes TWO remarkable giving and flexible people in the end. May your life together continue to be communicative and loving, and may that cloud life away. I know your children will give you joy no matter! XO ♥

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