Memories of Year Two

July 27th, 2015 marks two years since we said I Do.


Our first year of marriage was pretty similar to the previous two that we spent dating. We lived in the same city, hung out with the same people and worked at the same jobs.

Year two was a completely different story.

Last year at this time I was blogging (this) from the airport as I got ready to fly back across the world (after only three weeks in Brisbane) for my best friend’s wedding. We had moved into our new apartment only a few days before and I still wasn’t sure where I called home.

Looking back on that it seems like so much has changed in just 365 days. The past year has been so different than the first. We created a new life together, thousands of miles away from anyone we knew. Our two lives merged into one as we depended on each other not only for typical spousal things but as each other’s only companion.

There are so many things I want to remember about this influential year.

Important things like making a home out of our little loft and falling in love with our neighborhood.


Or how I truly learned to depend on Travis for the good portion of the year when I was a stay at home wife with no job.

Scary things like overcoming my (extreme) fear and attempting to scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef.

Or learning how to drive standard on the left side of the road (with a less than patient teacher).

Exciting things like flying across the world to spend Thanksgiving with my family in London,

and then taking a road trip with them to Brugge for the Christmas markets.

New things like spending Christmas just the two of us (in Fiji so we weren’t too distraught).


And learning to be alone as Travis traveled more and more for work (it just means cereal for dinner and Parenthood marathons).

Road trips through two different states (The Great Ocean Road and the South Australia wine country)


and exploring our own state, one weekend at a time.

Little things like our daily routines; walks to the gym before the sun comes up, bike rides to the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings and lazy Sundays on the couch.


Nerve-wracking things like starting a  job in a new country (and being surprised with my favorite fro-yo after my first day).

Or wondering where we are going to be in the next few years.

Fun things like showing members of both of our families where we live and taking them around Australia and New Zealand.


But also the home sickness when we have to miss out on big events in our friends’ and family’s lives.

I realize that no two years are going to be the same, so I want to be able to look back on this year and remember all of the big things and the little things.

It’s been a life-changing, amazing and somewhat terrifying year and I can’t for many, many more.


34 thoughts on “Memories of Year Two

  1. Happy Anniversary! And I had to chuckle at learning to drive a manual on the left side of the road…..omg, too many hilarious memories flooded in (although they werent so funny at the time!). Cheers to your next year!

  2. julie says:

    Love this recap with your pics! Happy anniversary looks like you two have this whole marriage thing down! 🙂

  3. What a sweet post! I’ve loved following along for the past year and seeing my own country through your eyes, so thanks! Also I love your wedding day look, the yellow is gorgeous and I really like a non traditional dress.

    • Courtney Alkek says:

      Aw thanks! I’ve loved following your North American journey, it’s like we switched places! The dress was actually my exit/after party dress I changed into at the end. I wish I had put it on earlier though, it was way better to dance in. One of our friends came up to me at the bar after the wedding and goes “courtney, did you cut your dress?!”

    • Thanks! You were one of the first blogs I found when I started mine. I have loved watching you explore my country now (and go to all the places I have never been). That was actually just my exit/after party dress, I had a more traditional one for the rest of the wedding. Although once I changed into it I was wishing I had done so earlier in the night.

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