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This weekend, Bob and I celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary (and 16 years together in total!). When we celebrated our first anniversary, we decided not to exchange gifts and instead, take a trip when we could. But even when we couldn't make a vacation happen, we'd always make sure to give each other a card. With this in mind, I knew I wanted to make him a card since that would be the anniversary gift.

The funny thing is around the time we started celebrating our anniversary, I actually had a card line. But when it came to making something for Bob, I had to go the complete opposite end of what my aesthetic was and design something for him I'd actually never make or sell to anyone….but something that would be pretty funny for both of us. So, I began the tradition of making this reoccuring series of anniversary cards that changes each year based on what we're doing or into at the time. I can't believe I'm sharing my terrible cartoony drawings with you guys, but I hope you get a kick out of them…


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This was the year I thought I'd become a pro golfer. Bob was really into golf, so I made an effort and tried to play as well. That was all and well until I realized that golf takes way too long to play, and I can get a much better workout in a lot less time doing something else.

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During the year of our 2nd anniversary, I was super into pickling and said I was going to open a gourmet pickle shop. Bob said he'd make dude pickles that came in football-shaped jars.

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In our 3rd year of marriage, we had just moved to San Diego for the year. I got a Mini Cooper convertible (which I've since traded in for a more practical baby car), but it was a year of fun and sun and lots of adventures. Little did we know that we'd end up staying in California and not returning to Philly like we thought…

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We celebrated our 4th anniversary in Japan! Bob had to go for work, so I tagged along and ate and shopped my way through Tokyo and Kyoto. SO fun. And our last big trip before…

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For our 5th anniversary, we were a month away from expecting Ruby. I was very pregnant and probably did not think this one through so well. Luckily, Ruby does not leave poop all over the floor as drawn. And as an actual parent of an almost-one-year-old, I've learned that you don't carry a baby by their legs when putting them in the crib. I'm working on the newest card for our 6th anniversary and thinking I might need to add our newest family member to the silly series.

Happy anniversary to my amazing and much better half…

{Wedding photo by Karen Wise. All other kooky illustrations by me.}

135 comments

  1. I love your cards! So thoughtful & creative and your illustrations are way better as compared to mine! Hope we get to see the next card.. Happy 6th Anniversary! `=D

  2. These are insanely fun! I want to steal the idea. I love these little type of inside jokes/traditons that capture where you are in your life together as a couple. Totally fun and cute!

  3. Aww, hahaha! These are perfect. How sweet of you to design special cards every year! So glad Ruby doesn’t poop everywhere you thought she would. 😉 Oh, and I totally want to see your card for this year! Happy Anniversary!!!

  4. I was just looking at your wedding album 2 days ago! You and Bob looked so much younger then. It’s nice to see that modern day couples are still lasting as long as you guys! Oh, and your prom picture’s pretty priceless too!

  5. These are so awesome and funny!
    I love seeing that you skip from hobby to hobby like myself. Happy Anniversary to one of my favorite internet couples!

  6. Those are hilarious and awesome. It’s so funny, cause me and my boyfriend of 5 years have a cat and i always put him in the xmas and bday cards to him. Thanks for sharing, they’re adorable!

  7. This is super rad. My sister makes me homemade cards and they always crack me up. One year she got, Josh, my husband, to do beefcake style photos in the park and made me a birthday card out of them. I fell on the floor laughing. I cried I laughed so hard. I love that Josh was willing to do something so out of character and that my sister really understands my sense of humor. Family that ‘gets you’ is winning.

  8. So fun and such a great series to look back on, I love it! We’ve only had 1 anniversary so far, maybe I can start keeping better record of what defines each year together… thank you!!!

  9. I love the continuity of the cards and the creativity! These are actually a great way to remember what was significant in each year of your marriage (I’m sure it starts to blend together a bit!). Thank you for sharing!

  10. This is just genius. Especially since you’ve done it from the start reusing the same pictures and stuff. Love this!
    – Sarah
    agirlintransit.blogspot.com

  11. Happy Anniversary! These are so funny and cute! Love them! Thanks for sharing 🙂 My husband and I got married this summer but we’ve been together for 14 years. I always love making cards for him too hehe

  12. This made me cry actually. I don’t know if I’m just uber emotional because I’m about to jump on the team waggon, but this is a really sweet and loving gift. I dig your gangsta heart…and creativity!

  13. These are so cute, the baby bob! My husband and I always exchange cards and go on a little road trip for anniversaries and valentine’s day instead of gifts. There’s no better way to show your love than to give them your time. 🙂

  14. Happy happy anniversary! I love the cards~ they’re so cute & creative! I totally remember your stationery line~ I loved every piece I owned. Can’t wait to see what you come up with for your 6th anniversary card! Oh~ our 6th anniversary was just last month~ I wish I had thought of a cute card too. =)

  15. Joy, you made my day with your hilarious poop-riddled 5th anniversary card. (Liking the recent changes to the blog, too, BTW!)

  16. Oh my gosh I love these! They are absolutely hilarious! My favorites are the pickle one (Dude pickles hahah) and the baby one. Wow you must have been scared of the poopy diapers… Happy Anniversary to you two!

  17. Congratulations on 6 years of marriage! This post reminded me just how long I’ve been following your blog… 6 years! It’s been great watching this blog evolve, and I can’t wait to see where you take it in the future.

  18. “And as an actual parent of an almost-one-year-old, I’ve learned that you don’t carry a baby by their legs when putting them in the crib” – This literally made me laugh out loud…at my work desk…
    Thanks for sharing!

  19. “And as an actual parent of an almost-one-year-old, I’ve learned that you don’t carry a baby by their legs when putting them in the crib” – This literally made me laugh out loud…at my work desk…
    Thanks for sharing!

  20. “And as an actual parent of an almost-one-year-old, I’ve learned that you don’t carry a baby by their legs when putting them in the crib” – This literally made me laugh out loud…at my work desk…
    Thanks for sharing!

  21. “And as an actual parent of an almost-one-year-old, I’ve learned that you don’t carry a baby by their legs when putting them in the crib” – This literally made me laugh out loud…at my work desk…
    Thanks for sharing!

  22. “And as an actual parent of an almost-one-year-old, I’ve learned that you don’t carry a baby by their legs when putting them in the crib” – This literally made me laugh out loud…at my work desk…
    Thanks for sharing!

  23. “And as an actual parent of an almost-one-year-old, I’ve learned that you don’t carry a baby by their legs when putting them in the crib” – This literally made me laugh out loud…at my work desk…
    Thanks for sharing!

  24. “And as an actual parent of an almost-one-year-old, I’ve learned that you don’t carry a baby by their legs when putting them in the crib” – This literally made me laugh out loud…at my work desk…
    Thanks for sharing!

  25. “And as an actual parent of an almost-one-year-old, I’ve learned that you don’t carry a baby by their legs when putting them in the crib” – This literally made me laugh out loud…at my work desk…
    Thanks for sharing!

  26. “And as an actual parent of an almost-one-year-old, I’ve learned that you don’t carry a baby by their legs when putting them in the crib” – This literally made me laugh out loud…at my work desk…
    Thanks for sharing!

  27. “And as an actual parent of an almost-one-year-old, I’ve learned that you don’t carry a baby by their legs when putting them in the crib” – This literally made me laugh out loud…at my work desk…
    Thanks for sharing!

  28. i just saw this & couldn’t help but be tickled & warmed at the same time. 🙂 it’s really great how you continue to support each other’s dreams & with ruby now, continue to grow not only as a couple, but as parents. happy (belated) anniversary to you both & hope that bob enjoyed his card!

  29. It made my day to see such an honest, uninhibited version of you. As bloggers, and in general as internet users, we curate our personalities – not that I’m against this, since it’s important to maintain professionalism – but this post reveals such a sweet and hilarious intimacy that one rarely reveals on such a raw level. Thanks, and cheers to your many years together!

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