October 11, 2011


Twelve years ago yours truly married a wonderful, beautiful woman. It was a pretty amazing day and was followed by many other wonderful days. As is our custom when its our anniversary, the grandparents volunteered to stay with the kids while we split town. Last year we went to Philly, the year before NYC. This year we just wanted to relax. So we drove ourselves to Winchester, Virginia, and chilled in the Shenandoah Valley for a nice long weekend.

Having forgotten our Big Fancy Camera, I was armed only with my iPhone.

I'd like to say that we walked all the Civil War battlefields, took in all the museums, and walked every square inch of the town soaking up all the history it had to offer. We did do some of that. But honestly the Civil War bores me. We were there to relax which is precisely what we did. We also ate. A lot. Turns out that Winchester is a great food town. Who knew. We ate incredibly well and had one meal that put the best of the Monkeytown restaurants to shame. (Plus, that restaurant also had an awesome singer/guitarist and a midget so, you know, bonus points.)

Beth and I travel well together. And its important every year or so that we can just be us, together, and be fine. Better than fine. Great. Twelve years in (nineteen if you count the seven years of shacking up together), we're pretty awesome.

Posted by Chris at October 11, 2011 7:12 AM

Congrats, Chris & Beth!

Posted by: Carmen at October 11, 2011 9:02 AM

Happy Anniversary. I love the fact that you and Beth are such a great supportive couple. You are raising your kids so beautifully, while not losing sight of yourselves and your marriage.

Posted by: Maribeth at October 11, 2011 9:13 AM

Congratulations to both of you! May you share many more wonderful, happy years together.

Posted by: Delia at October 11, 2011 9:17 AM

Happy Anniversary!

So, 19 years together and you met your freshman year of college? Does this mean you've been a couple longer than you have not been a couple now? That's pretty awesome.

Posted by: stephanie at October 11, 2011 9:26 AM

Congrats to you both!

Posted by: Niki at October 11, 2011 10:06 AM

Happy Anniversary!

Posted by: bacioni at October 11, 2011 10:36 AM

Happy Anniversary, Chris and Beth! What a wonderful example of love and support you provide to your children. AND YAY on getting away and being "just you" at least once a year. If more parents put their marriage first, the world would be a much better place.

Good on ya.

Posted by: Mindy at October 11, 2011 12:47 PM

Congratulations! I was kinda worried when you didn't post. Happy to know it was for a good reason.

Posted by: Fraulein N at October 11, 2011 12:50 PM

So what's the last photo mean? That's a teaser if I ever saw one! Tiffany & Co.? Did you give Beth an anniversary gift? Spill!

Posted by: Donna at October 11, 2011 1:01 PM

Love that you do this every year! Looks like you had a nice, relaxing trip. However, I'm with Donna...spill on the Tiffany box!

Posted by: Krush at October 11, 2011 1:24 PM

Congrats on the 12/19. Can't believe that she let you shack up for 7 years before getting married. Mine would have left around the 1.5 year mark.

Posted by: Rex at October 11, 2011 1:25 PM

Happy Anniversary...now, what's in the box????

Congrats to you both!

Posted by: cyndy at October 11, 2011 1:36 PM

Happy Anniversary to you and your beautiful wife, I am a sucker for for happy love stories!

Posted by: Shannon at October 11, 2011 7:43 PM

Not verbally gifted enough to say anything more eloquent than what has already been posted….. So Happy Anniversary and May you have many more!

Posted by: Mutt at October 11, 2011 10:21 PM

Congrats on a long and good marriage. The key being that you are friends. We have 33 years together and our secret is that we defined marriage by our comminment not the paper and ring that so many others do. And you rock on pics with your iPhone.

Posted by: joss is boss at October 12, 2011 11:11 AM

How cool! I'm glad you both had a good time in Winchester. I have to look at the town with fresh eyes, I never knew it was a foodie place.
We were about 20 miles down the road in Front Royal, VA participating in a little festival. Had you stopped by, we would have bought you both celebratory beers. Some other day. Congratulations to you both.

Posted by: Amy at October 12, 2011 12:18 PM

Happy anniversary!

Posted by: Heather at October 14, 2011 1:18 AM

Congratulations! Sounds like you two had the perfect anniversary getaway.

Posted by: Dawn at October 16, 2011 5:54 PM