We were SO busy yesterday we forgot! It was our second wedding anniversary, so a very happy wedding anniversary to us. Our first together and we forgot!
We remembered tonight when Mr O commented to me when he got home that the kids had changed so much from our wedding photo! He said “It isn’t even two years yet, is it?”
It dawned on me – oh yes it is!
Yesterday went like this: 5:30am Mr O got up and went to work. I don’t see him before I go to work. Then after work I went to see a house (we are looking at moving since our rent shot up astronomically), flew home, we all watched ourselves on Channel 31 (the interview went to air and was great, hopefully I’ll be able to upload it soon), dashed out to take the boys to soccer training, got home after 7:30pm and cooked the fish for dinner (Miss O 1 did the vegies). After that Mr O and spent time looking for houses on the internet and went to bed – totally zonked and oblivious to the fact it was our anniversary.
Clearly it was on Mr O’s mind, as he was looking at our wedding photos!
I did think of it about a week ago, but on the day? Family life just took over.
We might have to celebrate this weekend, I think.
Happy SECOND Wedding Anniversary to US!
I recently read an article by Chris Brogan about “recycling” articles: Recycle your Blog. I think he makes some very valid points, especially for a site like ours where for many current readers they may have not found much of the background. As my writing is approaching First Birthday status, I am taking the advice given by Chris and republishing some older articles this week. The first I’ve chosen is about our wedding. The original version is The Wedding, published November 14, 2010.
I haven’t written much about our actual wedding, so I thought I’d share a little. The following is an edited version of the statement that formed part of my husband’s partner visa application.
I arrived in Lagos late on a Thursday evening. I was met at the airport by my husband and two of his friends. We did not take photos at the airport as we did not want to draw attention to ourselves under the circumstances, but we took photos as soon as we arrived at the hotel. There are some 230 photos available and a video of the wedding. Read more
On this night 12 months ago, I was preparing for our wedding. So excuse me while I post a photo of that glorious day!
I know I have used this photo before, but I like it. We had hoped SO MUCH to be able to spend our first wedding anniversary together. Clearly that is not to be. Our anniversary is on Sunday, but May 22 was a Saturday last year.
Will we spend our first wedding anniversay apart? This is consuming my thoughts today. Our wedding anniversary is 22 days away.
Before Easter, I thought we had a chance of being together by our anniversary, but my hopes are fading with each passing day.
As my hopes fade, so does the motivation for doing things. Normal levels of motivation had started to come back, thankfully. I’d walked, cleared away the legal papers, started feeling more normal again. Today I am looking at the date in the corner of my screen and feeling beaten.
… but that was the least of it.
Australia does not recognise overseas marriage certificates for changing your name on drivers’ licences or passports. Just about everything else is OK, just those two things. No, credit cards - they won’t accept the overseas marriage certificate for credit cards either. So when I got back from our wedding, one of the things I had to do was change my name formally by deed poll. Well, no, I didn’t HAVE to change my name, I wanted to change my name!
Last night I took a sleeping tablet. This is finally a very exciting time, hopefully our very last time of waiting! So now it is difficult to sleep because of excitement. The anxiety and worry are still there and will remain until I know my husband is on the plane home with all four children and they are each in one piece! I am choosing to focus on the excitement rather than the anxiety.
I apologise to all for being “down” the last few days. Perhaps some explanation is in order.
As I mentioned in Annus Horribilis, this was THE time twelve months ago that disaster struck. I never in my wildest dreams thought we would still be apart twelve months later. At the time, I seriously considered leaving Australia, to the extent I sought legal advice on that very subject. I didn’t want to, I love my country, I have family here: all the things I have said before.