Carmel Part 3: A Toast to Us

Ducky: A toast! Close friends and dear family all. A bountiful thanks and good things for Fall!
Abby: And to all a good night! [pause] Wrong holiday.-NCIS

Sorry I had to spread out the Carmel trip into so many posts, but we did so much! I didn’t want to jam it all into one entry. Alright so we had just gone on an amazing kayaking adventure and we’d worked up quite an appetite. We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant in Carmel. There was a band playing so Travel Girl, MIL and I danced to a couple of songs while the boys laughed at us.

After dinner we went back to the rental house and cooked smores on the outdoor bbq and had a champagne toast.

MIL started by toasting to Travel Girl and her boyfriend for being there, and for Travel Girl finally being able to join the family on the trip for the first time in 6 years.

Then MIL said she knew our anniversary was coming up and had a little something she wanted to share with us. Do you guys remember my wedding guest book? Well, MIL never wrote in it. She said she did it on purpose because she’d always planned on writing in it for our one year anniversary. I’m going to share with you a little excerpt from what you she wrote. She read it aloud to us, and by the end of it we were both crying.

I believe that the most important role for a parent is to not only provide their children with a safe and nurturing home to grow up in, the love of parents who accept them unconditionally, but also to guide them to make choices in life that will sustain their happiness and can be passed onto generations to come. That legacy is what makes our lives worth living. Soon it will be your turn and FIL and I look forward to sharing in those chapters in your life together.

The first year of marriage is challenging and from our perspective it is a challenge you have met with great success in part because you share the same goals, you communicate with each other, you are patient and support each other in all your endeavors…and, of course, the LOVE you share. We believe as we did on your wedding day that you two have made the right choice to marry. May you have a lifetime of happy years together.

This toast meant so much to me, especially since I had been under the impression that MIL did not approve of mine and Match’s choice for me to stay at home. It was a very sweet moment and one I will cherish.

After all the sentimental stuff, we finished our champagne and headed back into the house to play board games.

We passed out early again that night, all of us exhausted from a long day of fun. We decided to let Monkey sleep on the bed and he was quick to wiggle his way into the middle. How cute is my dog? I mean really.

We got up fairly early the next morning and took the puppies to the beach to play. My favorite part about Carmel beach is that it’s off leash.

We wore matching sweatshirts because we’re that couple.

After lunch we went back down to the beach and spent the afternoon relaxing, eating, drinking and playing this really cool game MIL bought called Ladder Ball. It’s so much fun, but super hard to play. Of course the boys figured it out right away.

We had unheard of warm weather for Carmel, and at one point Match went a little insane and jumped into the ocean. He says it was warm but I don’t believe a word of it.

It was another amazing trip to Carmel and I can’t wait to go back.


    Brittany E.

    That was really sweet thing for you MIL to do! She seems like she can be annoying sometimes but it seems she does it from a place of caring. That doesn’t make it any less annoying though! But what she said would have made me cry too!

    Brittany E.

    P.S.-I love that your “that couple.”


    Happy Anniversary! Looks like an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

    What your MIL is so sweet!

    Impulsive Addict

    Omg! What your MIL wrote was soooo sweet. For someone who has bitchy tendencies, she really made up for that with that sweet letter im the book.

    I love that you’re “that couple” and wear the same sweatshirt!

    The pics are all good. Love your pup!!!


    looks like so much fun! my pup would do the same thing as monkey. wiggle her way into the middle. love it!

    mil was very endearing to do that for your first anniv. super touching. hard to believe it’s been a year!

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