Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Decade!

Today is the 10 year Anniversary of my first date with Mr. Mustard!

Last night we went out on a date. We went to the beach at sunset, then had a delicious dinner out at a "grown-up place" while our new babysitter watched the girls. I have to say, our date last night was just as good if not better than our very first date 10 years ago! (And that is saying something because our first date was pretty awesome).

On our first date, back on November 12th, 20000, we ate at Canter's in Hollywood. Then we went and saw Meet The Parents, and then went back to my apartment and we stayed up late watching all of his student films. No joke! We were both getting our MFAs in Film from USC, so that made perfect sense! Anyway, I was smitten from the get-go, and the rest is history...

It's amazing everything we have shared these past 10 years, and I am so very grateful to have such a wonderful, smart, incredible man by my side. I know it's a bit cliche to say this, but he really does make me a better person each and every day. He's the best person I know, and if I had to pick anyone from all of history to have dinner with, it would be him.

Let's take the time machine back to 10 years ago...

November, 2000:


Mr. Mustard's Graduation from USC, School of Cinematic Arts, MFA program, May 2001 - (I graduated the next year):


My mom's wedding to Eric, in Indiana, June 2001:


Trip to Vegas, April 2001:


My birthday party at The Cat & Fiddle, Hollywood, 2001:


San Diego Zoo, September 2001:


On Vacation in Maine, Summer, 2002:

At Bret and Michelle's wedding, Summer 2002:


Our Wedding, in Indiana, August 2003:


At the Hoover Dam on our cross-country "honeymoon" drive back to Los Angeles after our wedding, August 2003:


At the O.C. Fair, Fall 2003:


New Year's Trip to New Orleans, January 2004:

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Sailing in Santa Barbara, May 2004:

In Malibu, winter 2004:


In the Limo the first time he won an Emmy, September 2005:


Governor's Ball at the Emmy's, September 2005:


Our "honeymoon" in Paris (two years after we got married)- November 2005:


Mr. Mustard's 30th Birthday in Maine. This picture was taken moments after we told his family we were expecting Paprika - December 2005:


At my Grandparents' 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner, in Indiana, where we told them they were going to be Great Grandparents! January 2006:


My Graduation from Berkeley Law, May 2006:


In Labor with Paprika (I was hooked up to heavy doses of Magnesium Sulfate - I was miserable, but so excited to meet our little girl!) August 2006:


At our friend's birthday party in Hollywood, 2007 (it was a murder-mystery party):


First Fall Festival with Paprika, October 2007:


In Malibu, 2008, 14 weeks pregnant with Vivian and Annemarie:


In Chicago, August 2008, Paprika's second birthday:


Ginger's birth, June 2009:


Last night out on our date! November 2010!:


Thank you, babe, for sticking with me through good times and bad! I can't imagine my life without you and I really don't want to...ever! You are the best and I am so very proud of you!!!


Lauren said...

Awe, I so enjoyed traveling through your time machine!! You are so beautiful, Erika! I can definately see the love between you & Mr. M. I'm glad you have a great guy by your side :)

Amee said...

happy decade! so fun looking back through your pics!

Devon said...

oh this was SO fun! you and Mr. M are such a great couple!

thanks for sharing!

MicheleL said...

What a great entry. Congratulations to both of you. You make a beautiful couple.

Sheila said...

Doesn't it just boggle your mind how the love you initially felt just continues to grow? How fortunate and sweet is life to be a "WE" and mean it. Congratulations and may you have a lifetime together.

Becky at lifeoutoffocus said...

I love all these pictures. What a rich history you both share!