Thursday, September 18, 2014

Miami Beach and 16 years of marriage (9/12/98)

On September 12th, Sweetie and I celebrated 16 years of marriage.
Matt was working in Miami Beach that week and he invited me out to spend the weekend.
It took me about 2 minutes to say, "yes".
We hadn't even lined up child care.  I told the kids,
"You may be home alone for a bit, but mama's going to Miami Beach!"
I packed super light.  Only a small roller carry-on and a backpack.
 I flew out on 9/11.  Don't get me started.
Lots of prayers went out on that day.
We walked from one end of that island to the other.
Logging over 20,000 steps a day.
It was hot and fabulous.
It took us a couple of days to get to know the island.
We're not glitzy, glammy, clubbers who like to spend $200 on dinner.
By Day 3 we had that place figured out and were having a blast!
 Life guard stands.
Pink on the beach.
 It was their rainy season...which just means that the clouds come and go.
You may get a light sprinkle here and there.
Maybe a late afternoon thunderstorm...which was fabulous!
 What a great weekend!
Our Miami Beach favorites:
-the walking path between the ocean and Ocean Drive
-Lincoln Center...shopping/food
-Ocean Drive
-Collins Drive...shopping
-Washington Ave...restaurants
-Kilwin's Ice Cream (toasted coconut (hers) and salted caramel (his))
(2 locations...Marriot on Ocean Drive and Lincoln Center)
-SoFi Cafe...smoothies!  (#7 Acai Very Berry)
-Primo Pizza and Sandwiches (NY food, so good)
-walking on the new South Pointe Park Pier, then walking toward the harbor, then walking through the SoFi (south of 5th) neighborhood.

What to do next time:
-rent bikes...$6/hour (pick up and drop off all over the island!)
-Eat on Espanola Way!  Adorable restaurants south of Washington Ave on Espanola Way.
(Cuban, Mexican, Italian)
-breakfast or lunch at Big Pink Restaurant

A big thank you to the two most awesome sets of grandparents!!!
We sure do love you guys.
Thank you for caring for our kids and their crazy schedules.

Now, before I go...
How about I share 16 things I've learned about marriage!?!
1.  Marriage is so hard.
2.  Marriage is so rewarding.
3.  There are highs and lows.
4.  Compromise more.
5.  Bite that tongue!
6.  Find a couple of things that you love to do together.
7.  Don't forget to say "I'm sorry" and "thank you".
8.  Pray for your spouse.
9.  Put your spouse first.
10.  Choose to love your spouse...don't wait for the feeling.
11.  Do not allow the "D" word to enter your "conversations".  (divorce...not an option)
12.  Do not swear during arguments.
13.  Get your priorities straight...God, spouse, kids, etc...
14.  Find out your spouse's Love Language, and attempt to speak it.  Head's up, it won't be your Love Language.
15.  Laugh together.
16.  Be thankful.

XOXO Tiffany

"No, you won't always see eye-to-eye.  You're not supposed to be carbon copies of each other.  If you were, one of you would be unnecessary.  Two people who always share the same opinions and perspectives won't have any balance or flavor to enhance the relationship.  Rather, your differences are for listening to and learning from."
The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick

**We must have a crazy amount of "balance and flavor"...haha!

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