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Kim & Sean’s Same Day Edit Film from Orange Blossom Films on Vimeo.

“Our lives are made in these small hours

These little wonders, these twists and turns of fate

Time falls away but these small hours, These small hours…..still remain”

Dear Sean,

Five years ago this weekend, I met you at the end of an aisle lined with pink rose petals and bordered by blossoming apple trees.  But it wasn’t a beginning.

Our marriage was conceived in political conversations, long emails, and day trips to tiny wineries and hole-in-the-wall taquerias.  You surprised me by joining me on a last-minute trip to San Diego.  You said “I love you” for the first time, on a hilltop overlooking the city I grew up in.  We grew together on a trip to Hawaii, on the dance floor at Susie and Matt’s wedding, on morning walks with your sweet puppy Rylee.   Those things were the beginning.  The hushed conversations, the same sick laughter, the fiery political debates.  A surprise engagement on a bridge in Paris was unexpected, but only because I had convinced myself that my sweet, very prepared, very practical, very Type A boyfriend would NEVER travel internationally with a diamond for gods sakes.  But you did.  And when you led me out to the middle of that bridge, looking for the perfect view, you whispered your proposal in my ear, so as not to make a spectacle.  I love that about you.  And I also love that a few nights later, after a few glasses of wine, you proposed again (on one knee this time) on the Spanish Steps in Rome in front of dozens of other drunk people.

Our wedding was everything that I had hoped and dreamed of.  YOU are everything that I hoped and dreamed of.  MAX is everything that I hoped and dreamed of.

But this life is NOTHING like I thought it would be.  It is exponentially better, and bigger, and more beautiful.

Because it’s not just the marriage, and the family….it’s the beautiful little moments that remain.

It was the feel of your hand on my back as we watched our family say the seven blessings during our wedding ceremony.  It was laughing with you as the photographer tried to get the perfect shot against the setting sun.  It was your voice, lifting in the wind as we rode bicycles through Nantucket, and you yelled to me “Hey!  If we conceive a boy here, we should name him Tucker!”  It was the look on your face when we heard our sweet baby’s heartbeat for the very first time.  The way you put your hand on my face when the doctor pulled Max from my belly, and you didn’t hesitate to connect your body with his until I was able to again.  It was in Max’s darkened nursery when he was just a few weeks old, you lying on the floor and me with a tiny screeching 6 lb baby nestled in my arms.  Admitting to ourselves that we had no idea what the hell we were doing.  It was scrawled on the notes that you sent with Valentine’s Day flowers, having them delivered to our door even though you were headed home.   It’s the way that you Skype us when you’re traveling, just to say goodnight.  The way you kiss me goodbye every morning, even though I’m still asleep.  It’s in the way that you move to hug me when I’ve had a shitty day and you know that I’m going to snap at you.  It’s holding your hand as we walk in to a restaurant on a date night.  It’s listening to you put Max to bed, and the sound of your voice as you read to him.  It’s watching you through the window as I’m doing dishes, and you’re teaching Max to play baseball.  You’re pitching to him, to our little boy, and it takes my breath away, to realize that this family is mine.

You, and Max, are what I’ve always dreamed of.  Every single little moment.  Every unexpected turn.  Every trial.  Every twist.  All of the little wonders.

“Let it slide, let your troubles fall behind you

Let it shine….. until you feel it all around you.  And I don’t mind, if it’s me you need to turn to.

We’ll get by.  It’s the heart that really matters in the end.”

So this is a thank you.  I thank god for you.  I thank fate and the powers that be and timing and tradition and luck and well, hell, even JDate….for you.  For letting me fall in love with you.  For creating this family with me.  For debating the presidential election at 11 pm with me.  For teaching Max how to pee standing up.  For understanding that I can’t don’t cook.  For all of it.

“Our lives are made in these small hours

These little wonders, these twists and turns of fate

Time falls away but these small hours, These small hours…..still remain.” –Little Wonders, by Rob Thomas

Happy 5th Anniversary to us.  With every little moment, I fall more and more in love with you.



In case you wanted to see how it all began….who knows, you might even recognize yourself in these pictures! Just promise not to laugh.  At the outfits.  Or the hair.  I’m talking about Sean here.  Ok, Ok, me too.

Kim & Sean’s Standard 3D slideshow from Orange Blossom Films on Vimeo.

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Amazing and gorgeous wedding videos were done by the fabulously talented Alex Tomek of Lumitone.  If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and you are looking for a videographer, he (along with his team) is the best of the best.  A dear, sweet man….with a great eye for making movies and a little bit of “diva wedding coordinator” in him too!  He was our wedding day hero, for reals.  Tell him the Simon Family sent you!



3 Replies to “Five Years, In Little Moments”

  1. Thank you Kim for sharing your life and your sweet memories with us, your devoted readers. I love the pic of Sean tossing the hat onto your head! Did he make it? LOL…

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