Our 7th Wedding Anniversary Abroad

Spending our big day at a baseball game. Go Guerreros!

We are 35 days into our trip and celebrating one of our first big things abroad – our 7th wedding anniversary.

Shaun and I at senior prom!

Sure, while people say this is the copper/wool year, I would rather bypass the kitschy gifts and go straight to the fact that we are currently sharing our dream of traveling the world together and that means more to me than any gift ever would.

Sure, we spent our big day with Jaime from Breakaway Backpacker at an awesome Oaxaca Guerreros baseball game, but we had such an amazing time together. We were taking pictures and for the first time in a very long time, I realized that we are happy.

Shaun and I have been together for over 12 years and married for 7. We have been through our own ups and downs (marriage is hard!) but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The only way we would have ended up the people we are today was to have experienced everything we’ve been through together.

Yes, I realize this is a sappy ass post but I am so incredibly blessed to be with someone so curious and excited to see the world as I am.

The current us!

And so Oaxaca, we are happy to be here right now. We are happy to experience everything you have to offer and here is to many more anniversaries (abroad?)!

7th wedding anniversary down, can I hear more? How about you, 8th?

The 3 Musketeers! (Breakaway Backpacker’s Jaime is with us!)

Man with big binoculars. We had to take a pic.

for the first time in years I geniunely feel happy.


63 Responses to “Our 7th Wedding Anniversary Abroad”

  1. Juno May 16, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    Super sweet!! Congratulations you two! What a great way to spend a big day! Love your wedding photo…. πŸ™‚

    • Erica May 16, 2011 at 11:32 am #

      @Juno: Thank you! That was when we were in highschool. I was 17 years old!

      • Juno May 19, 2011 at 2:51 am #

        Oh I totally missed the title of the photo. I thought it looked like a prom. Nonetheless, super cute!! πŸ™‚

  2. Julia May 16, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    That senior prom picture is super sweet. Congratulations on the anniversary, may there be many, many more to come!

    • Erica May 16, 2011 at 11:33 am #

      @Julia: Thanks Julia! I think we have a handle on this now and I look forward to more!

  3. Annie May 16, 2011 at 4:19 am #

    Congrats you two! What a fabulous way to celebrate! I am so glad you two are so happy and doing so well in Mexico, enjoy it!!!

    • Erica May 16, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      @Annie: The funny thing is that I despise baseball on TV but going to games is one of our favorite things to do. πŸ™‚

  4. megan May 16, 2011 at 4:32 am #

    Congratulations, guys! That photo of you at the prom is adorable. Here’s to the next set of 7! πŸ™‚

    • Erica May 16, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      @Megan: Shaun always cringes when I post that picture. I haven’t seen his chin in ages and I think he gets weirded out looking at it. πŸ˜›

  5. Giulia May 16, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    You looked great together back then and still do. πŸ™‚
    Congrats on your 7th year of marriage! And so amazing to read how happy you are. I would hug you right now hehe πŸ™‚
    And greeeeat that you met Jaime! I will probably meet him in Italy in the next months, excited πŸ™‚

    • Erica May 16, 2011 at 11:35 am #

      @Giulia: *HUG* Jaime is a fun guy so be prepared to have an insane time! πŸ˜€

  6. Mom May 16, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    Congrats on 7!

  7. Terri - Try Anything Once May 16, 2011 at 9:59 am #


    • Erica May 16, 2011 at 11:39 am #

      @Terri: Thank you! ♥

  8. Jaime May 16, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    Awwww CONGRATS! I am so glad I was able to share y’alls seventh Oaxacaversary! Love all the pictures!

    • Shaun May 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

      Yeah, I guess it was cool that you tagged along. Whatever.

  9. Randy Bullis May 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Love the prom pic. Congratulations sweetheart (and you too Erica)

    :Love Dad

    • Shaun May 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

      Thanks, Pops! I’ll pass on the love to her too. πŸ˜‰

  10. Dalene May 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    You two are so super cute. πŸ™‚


    • Shaun May 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

      @ Dalene – Thanks! <3

  11. Christy @ Technosyncratic May 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Aww, so many congrats to you two! And while you both look adorable in your prom picture, I think you rock the tats better! πŸ˜‰

    • Shaun May 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

      @ Christy – Hahaha! We think so too!

  12. Andrea May 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Oh wow – congrats you two!!! =) Looks like a very fun way to spend the day, with great company. Wishing you many more wonderful, happy years together

    • Shaun May 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

      @ Andrea – Thanks! It was a blast! πŸ˜€

  13. Heather May 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Look at that prom photo!!! Cute!

    Happy anniversary and enjoy spending time with Jaime πŸ™‚

    • Erica May 18, 2011 at 11:20 am #

      @Heather: Thank you and we’re having a blast!

  14. Adventurous Kate May 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm #

    Congratulations, happy anniversary, LOVE the prom picture, and I’m so glad you’ve found that elusive happiness!

    • Erica May 18, 2011 at 11:21 am #

      @Kate: The elusive happiness also comes with super downs but I’m happy to be at an up right now.

  15. Robert McKay May 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

    Congrats! Seven years of marriage is a great thing, but personally I want to congratulate you on being HAPPY. I’m finally starting to feel what that’s like again as my wife and I are about to set off on our own trip.

    • Erica May 18, 2011 at 11:22 am #

      @Robert: Thank you Robert. I didn’t realize I was stuck in the “unhappiness” of repetitiveness and general living. While there have been times during our travel where I get pissy, I’ve been so happy.

  16. Scott May 17, 2011 at 2:56 am #

    congratulations, and I have to say that the picture of the guy with binoculars has to be one of the funniest I have seen on a blog in a long time. Somewhere there is a joke about the the binoculars and the umpires, but I can’t place it right now, lol. good stuff!

    • Erica May 18, 2011 at 11:24 am #

      @Scott: We were cracking up SO BADLY. I’ve never seen such a crazy pair of binoculars before and he wasn’t even in the nosebleed section… not to mention it was MINOR league.

  17. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy May 17, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    You guys look so different! I’m a fan of doing silly stuff for anniversaries… it proves that the most important thing in life is who you’re with, not what you’re doing.

    • Erica May 18, 2011 at 11:25 am #

      @Scott: Yeah – we were babies back then! I also prefer doing silly things as well. While we do have the occasional romantic night out, I can say without a doubt that we have more laughs during celebrations like these. πŸ™‚

  18. Bethany May 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Oh so cute! Whenever I see you two I smile! Congrats!

    • Erica May 18, 2011 at 11:26 am #

      @Bethany: Thank you girlie!

  19. Patricia GW May 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Happy Anniversary!! You’re right, it doesn’t matter what item or material the year of the anniversary is supposed to be celebrated with. If you’re both happy and enjoying the best of life, you don’t have to wait to get excited on one day – you’re celebrating every day together πŸ™‚

    • Erica May 18, 2011 at 11:31 am #

      @Patricia: Right now I think I’m experiencing one of the happiest moments of my life and it feels so good.

  20. Jennifer Barry May 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Felicitaciones por su sΓ©ptimo aniversario de boda! Even though y’all are younger than me, I’ve only been married 5 years.

    Y’all look so cute in your prom pic. I think I burned mine. πŸ™‚

    • Erica May 18, 2011 at 11:32 am #

      @Jennifer: Gracias! We got married awfully young so the number looks really large. :X I think all prom pics are awesome! What a way to capture the way you were!

  21. jasmine jean May 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    OMG! you guys are adorable Now, but back then!!! how freaking cute was That! ??? haha. you both acquired tattoos and piercings at the same rate?? hahah.. that’s Awesome!!

    • Erica May 18, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      @Jasmine: Awww SHUCKS! Well, it doesn’t help that I also worked at a tattoo shop for three years lol!

  22. Kim May 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    Congrats you two! HAPPINESS is the best gift in the world. I wish you many, many more years of joy!

    • Erica May 18, 2011 at 11:34 am #

      @Kim: I couldn’t ask for a better gift! You are so sweet. <3

  23. Alex May 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    Just wanted to say congratulations! I hope you will have many more anniversaries to celebrate abroad πŸ™‚

    • Erica May 18, 2011 at 11:36 am #

      @Alex: Aww thanks!

  24. jade May 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Awwe- Congrats!! Sounds like you are sharing the perfect anniversary!

    • Erica May 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

      @Jade: I can’t complain!

  25. Ayngelina May 18, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    Congrats guys, love the prom photo – Erica I see you’ve acquired a bit of ink since those days πŸ˜‰

    • Erica May 19, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

      @Ayngelina: Just a few! πŸ˜› Just a few REALLY BIG ONES.

  26. Globetrottergirls May 22, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    Congratulations to your anniversary!! You two look so cute in your prom picture – you’ve been together for a REALLY long time!!

    Jealous that you went to a baseball game in Oaxaca! We stayed there for two weeks & the bus from our house to the city center went by the stadium every single time…we wanted to go to a baseball game so bad… but somehow we ran out of time. Sigh.

    • Erica May 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

      @GTG: Thanks ladies! You know, time happens to slip away from all of us!

  27. Sheryll May 23, 2011 at 2:50 am #

    This is the sweetest thing ever! Wishing you many, many, MANY more years of happiness.

    • Erica May 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

      @Sheryll: Thank you lady! You’re the best!

  28. Matt May 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    Congratulations!! My wife and I celebrated 10 years of marriage in April and we were thinking “Where did the time go?” It’s so awesome that you have taken the adventure to a whole new level. You guys sure look happy! Cheers!

    • Erica May 24, 2011 at 10:56 am #

      @Matt: Thank you! We are so happy right now – it really puts things into a different perspective with life.

  29. Emily May 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    This made me so happy to read πŸ™‚ Bryan and I have been married two months as of today–I hope we are just as happy as you guys are seven years down the road. I’m so glad that you are both living your dream and loving it!!!

    • Erica May 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

      @Emily: Just remember to laugh – it will get you though almost everything!

  30. Ali June 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    I’m way behind on blog reading, but trying to catch up. Belated congrats on your 7th anniversary! And the prom picture is so cute!

    • Erica June 28, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

      @Ali: No worries lady! I know you have been super busy! <3

  31. Leslie (Downtown Traveler) November 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    What are you doing for your 2013 anniversary? LOVE the pic from your senior prom. You guys have changed your style a lot since then πŸ™‚

    • Erica December 1, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

      I’m not really sure! 2013 will be 9 – I think we’re keeping it low key because we want the big 1-0 to be the big one. And NAH – we cleaned up all nice for the prom picture. πŸ˜€

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