13 February 2010

Happily Ever After

When I was a little kid and I read Cinderella, or Snow White or any of the other fairy tales, I always wanted to know what happened next. What is "Happily Ever After"?
Now I know, I am living it with my Sweet Hubby.
Most people don't have portraits that were taken on the day they met. We do. We met at a wedding. Can you think of anything more romantic? He performed the ceremony, that is him in the funny leisure suit to the left of the bride, and I was one of the maids of honor, that is me on the far left with flowers in my hand. No, I didn't catch the bouquet. He asked a mutual friend what my name was. "Oh that's Margaret's little sister". Not helpful, he didn't know Margaret either, that is her next to the last adult on the right. He asked me to sign as witness so he could learn my name. Later that year he performed the ceremony when Margaret married Dell. So the family joke has always been that my husband married my sister and my friend before he married me. December of 1983, we were married.
I knew I was lucky even then, see the smile?
This photo was taken at the airport when I left for RAF Upper Heyford in England. Since I was the enlisted member, I had to go first and "establish a domicile" then he could join me. His Mom, a truly wonderful lady, came along to see me off.
I knew before we got married that he was just right for me. He is a poet, a romantic, he has an excellent sense of humor, writes great letters and he is a good Daddy too. Isn't this the cutest picture?
That is him, the crazed one in the middle with the big grin. We are on the Djemaa el Fna, in Marrakesh, Morocco. He traveled alot before we met. When we got together, he took me with him. He is an excellent tour guide, even if he has never been there before. We make a pretty good team, he can get us there and I can always find our way back. We rode the night train from Tangier, the "Marrakesh Express". Back at home in the Cotswolds, there was several feet of snow on the ground. We didn't miss it. If you ever get to go, try the coconut macaroons, and if you go in January, the fresh oranges.
This is from the same trip, our hotel in Tangier, we are wearing the Djellabas we bargained for in the "Casbah".
A few years later, this is us on the first level of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
We look so young!
Next to the Seine. He traveled all over before we met then came home and picked me. I don't know why I am so lucky, but I am glad.
Medieval Banquet at Warwick Castle. We were the only paying guests in costume so they put us on the head table and made us part of the show (Thanks Carol for loaning us the costumes).
My Knight in Shining Armor. Well helmet and breastplate at least.
What he goes through for me.
Look close, that is us on the Gondola in Venice. One of the other tourists from our group recognized us and took this picture.
Last summer, at Yellowstone. Still traveling through life together.
This is my Sweet Hubby. He must like me if he is willing to traipse through all this with me. Happy Valentine's Day my Love!


  1. Happy Valentines to you both.

    Kind regards....Al.

  2. Gosh, Kat, what a wonderful post. I enjoyed all of the travel pictures and getting to see your husband and your family. I've been to many of the places you've been - didn't get to Marrakesh but I've been to Tangier and, of course, Venice and
    Paris and many places in England. Travel has sustained me and, though, retirement has financially made it almost impossible now, those memories will never fade.

  3. What a lovely post for Valentine's Day. You are both so lucky to have found your soulmates.

  4. What a beautiful post.
    You've been to so many places together, and you look so happy in each other's company.
    Have a wonderful Valentines Day!

  5. What a Wonderful Love Story....
    Wishing You a Wonderful Valentine's Day!

  6. That was a wonderful tour of your Valentine laced life, we enjoyed it! Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  7. Wonderful post! Really sweet...must have been fun to travel so much!

  8. What a great post! If you see 2 posts from me, it didn't look like the first one took. I have a new computer with Windows 7 and I am still getting used to it. All the traveling looked like so much fun!

  9. Okay, I am really having issues posting any kind of comment. Who knows? Just wanted to let you know I loved your valentine blog. Maybe they show up later?
    SNOW in the south - I hear it shuts everything down. Here in Wisconsin we are used to it, but I am very much looking forward to spring!

  10. My Sweet Hubby has been enjoying all the comments. Thanks folks! Zoe, I have it set so that comments only show after approval, I will always approve all of yours.

  11. what a beautiful valenines post and tribute to your love...

  12. I loved this post! So romantic! I love all the costumes as I am very interested in role playing. I have visited a Medieval Fair in vicinity of my city two years ago and loved it.;)
    Hope you had a lovely Valentines Day,

  13. What a cute couple you make! I love seeing your adventures, they look so exciting. I really like the line "What is Happily Ever After? Now I know, I am living it with my Sweet Hubby." So romantic!
    I feel the same about my hubs,too : )

  14. LOL ~ fun post ~ fun pictures!

  15. Lovely, sweet post, Kat! My guess is that he feels the same way about you! Happy Valentine's!


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